Bruins victorious in matchup of top-five teams
Thomas Welsh scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, and No. 5 UCLA dominated the offensive boards to beat No. 4 Arizona, 77-72, in a Pacific-12 showdown Saturday night in Tucson.
The Bruins (26-3, 13-3) snapped Arizona’s 21-game home court winning streak and dropped the Wildcats (26-4, 15-2) into a tie with Oregon for first place in the Pac-12 heading into the final week of the regular season.
Allonzo Trier scored a careerhigh 28 for the Wildcats.
UCLA had 19 second-chance points to Arizona’s four.
KENTUCKY 76, FLORIDA 66: Not satisfied with making perimeter jumpers, Wildcats freshman Malik Monk drove to the basket to create numerous opportunities at the free throw line and found openings to feed his teammates in Lexington, Ky. And in doing so, he led 11th-ranked Kentucky to its biggest win of the season. Monk scored 30 of his 33 points in the second half for Kentucky (24-5, 14-2 SEC) against the 13th-ranked Gators (23-6, 13-3).
“I was just playing, but it was crazy,” Monk said.
VILLANOVA 79, CREIGHTON 63: The second-ranked Wildcats (27-3, 14-3 Big East) claimed another conference regular season title by beating the visiting Bluejays (22-7, 9-7). But they aren’t ready to start celebrating.
“We’re not done yet,” senior Kris Jenkins said.
Eric Paschall scored a seasonhigh 19 points and Josh Hart added 16 for Villanova.
KANSAS 77, TEXAS 67: Josh Jackson scored 18 points and Frank Mason III added 16 for the third-ranked Jayhawks in Austin.
Kansas (26-3, 14-2 Big 12) clinched its 13th consecutive conference title by beating the Longhorns (10-19, 4-12).
OREGON 75, STANFORD 73: The sixth-ranked Ducks survived their Bay Area trip by the slimmest of margins. Jordan Bell scored on a putback with 14 seconds left to give Oregon (26-4, 15-2 Pacific 12) its second straight victory in a rare Bay Area sweep.
Bell’s game-winner followed Dillon Brooks’s last-second, tiebreaking three-pointer three nights earlier at California. Reid Travis had 27 points and 14 rebounds for the Cardinal (14-14, 6-10).
NORTH CAROLINA 85, PITTSBURGH 67: The eighthranked Tar Heels clinched at least a share of the ACC regular season title in Pittsburgh.
Three weeks after surviving a serious scare by the Panthers (1514, 4-12) in Chapel Hill, N.C., North Carolina (25-5, 13-3) held Pittsburgh to 40 percent shooting and didn’t let it within single digits over the final 16 minutes.
IOWA STATE 72, BAYLOR 69: Cyclones star Deonte Burton often takes shots that his coaches wish he wouldn’t.
With a potential win over a top-10 opponent slipping away, Burton banked in the biggest basket of his career. He scored 22 points, including a crucial threepointer off the glass, for the Cyclones (19-9, 11-5 Big 12) against the No. 9 Bears (23-6, 10-6) in Ames, Iowa.
MIAMI 55, DUKE 50: The pregame was all about the Hurricanes’ seniors in Coral Gables, Fla. The freshman was the story from there. Freshman Bruce Brown scored 25 points for Miami (20-8, 10-6 ACC) in a win over the 10thranked Blue Devils (22-7, 10-6).
WEST VIRGINIA 61, TCU 60: The 12th-ranked Mountaineers (23-6, 11-5 Big 12) stayed in second place in the conference after Daxter Miles Jr. clinched the win with a free throw with 4.8 seconds left in Fort Worth.
Jevon Carter had 15 points and Nathan Adrian added 13 for the Mountaineers, who started the day in a three-way tie with Baylor and Iowa State. The Horned Frogs (17-12, 6-10) had tied the game on Alex Robinson’s free throw with nine seconds left.
MICHIGAN 82, PURDUE 70: Moe Wagner scored 22 of his 24 points in the first half, outplaying everyone on the Boilermakers’ vaunted front line in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Wolverines (19-10, 9-7 Big Ten) took another big step toward an NCAA tournament berth by beating 14 th-ranked Purdue (23-6, 12-4).
SMU 69, CONNECTICUT 61: It was Shake Milton’s turn to be SMU’s hot shooter. Milton scored 18 of his game-high 20 points in the first half to lead the 17thranked Mustangs (25-4, 15-1 American) past the Huskies (14-14, 9-7) in Hartford, Conn.
FLORIDA STATE 76, CLEMSON 74: Seminoles Coach Leonard Hamilton was glad to see his players smiling, laughing and celebrating a win on the road.
The 19th-ranked Seminoles (23-6, 11-5) came into Clemson, S.C., just 2-5 on the road in league play. It was the latest in a string of near misses for the Tigers (14-14, 4-12).
WICHITA STATE 86, MISSOURI STATE 67: Landry Shamet did his part, and then some, for the 25th-ranked Shockers (27-4, 17-1 Missouri Valley Conference) in Springfield, Mo.
He scored a career-best 23 points to help secure at least a share of the MVC title for a fourth straight season. Wichita State entered Saturday 20th in the country with a scoring average of 82.4 points per game, and didn’t let up while winning its 14th straight over the Bears (16-15, 7-11).
Freshman Malik Monk scored 30 points in the second half for No. 11 Kentucky against No. 13 Florida.