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The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - College Basketball -

No. 2 Vir­ginia 73, Louisville 68: Ty Jerome scored 24 points, in­clud­ing the go-ahead free throw with 5:34 re­main­ing, and the Cava­liers (28-2, 16-2) held off the Car­di­nals (19-12, 10-8) to clinch the top seed in this week’s ACC Tour­na­ment.

Kyle Guy added 13 points and Jay Huff also made huge con­tri­bu­tions at both ends as Vir­ginia won its eighth in a row.

The Cava­liers will head to Char­lotte as the top seed and with a dou­ble-bye for the fourth time in the last six years. Auburn 84, No. 5 Ten­nessee 80: Jared Harper made four straight free throws over the fi­nal 31 sec­onds to help the Tigers (22-9, 11-7 SEC) clinch a vic­tory over the Vol­un­teers (27-4, 15-3) in Auburn, Ala. Ten­nessee could have clinched at least a share of the SEC reg­u­lar-sea­son ti­tle for the sec­ond year in a row.

No. 6 Ken­tucky 66, Florida 57: Tyler Herro scored 16 points and led a big sec­ond-half run that helped the Wild­cats (26-5, 15-3 SEC) over­come the Ga­tors (17-14, 9-9) in Lex­ing­ton, Ky. Florida has lost three straight.

No. 11 Pur­due 70, North­west­ern 57: Carsen Edwards scored 21 points, and the Boil­er­mak­ers (23-8, 16-4) clinched a share of the Big Ten reg- ular-sea­son cham­pi­onship by beat­ing the Wild­cats (13-18, 4-16) in Evanston, Ill.

No. 13 Kan­sas 78, Bay­lor 70: Dedric Law­son scored 23 points, in­clud­ing 11 on 12 free-throw at­tempts, to help the Jay­hawks (23-8, 12-6) beat the Bears (1912, 10-8) in Lawrence, Kan., stay un­de­feated at home and fin­ish out­side of first in the Big 12 for the first time since plac­ing third in 2003-04. Ge­orge­town 86, No. 16 Mar­quette 84: James Ak­injo scored 25 points, Mac McClung added 23 and the Hoyas (18-13, 9-9) won in Mil­wau­kee to hand the Golden Ea­gles (23-8, 12-6) their fourth straight loss – and the Big East reg­u­lar-sea­son ti­tle to No. 23 Vil­lanova.

No. 22 Wof­ford 99, VMI 72: Nathan Hoover led a bal­anced scor­ing at­tack with 17 points, and the Ter­ri­ers (27-4) ex­tended their school-record win­ning streak to 18 games with a rout of the Key­dets (11-21) in a South­ern Con­fer­ence quar­ter­fi­nal game at Asheville, N.C. East Ten­nessee State is next in the semi­fi­nals. Se­ton Hall 79, No. 23 Vil­lanova 75: Myles Pow­ell scored 20 points, Myles Cale added 19 and the Pi­rates (18-12, 9-9 Big East) might have punched their ticket to the NCAA Tour­na­ment by stun­ning the Wild­cats (22-9, 13-5) in the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale in Ne­wark, N.J.

S. Alabama 78, Ap­palachian St. 71: Josh Ajayi matched his sea­son high with 26 points as the Jaguars (15-16, 8-10 Sun Belt) got past the Moun­taineers (11-20, 6-12) in the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale for both teams at Boone, N.C.

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