College basketball / Top 25 roundup

Indiana's Yogi Ferrell tries to drive past Wisconsin's Ben Brust during the second half of Saturday's Big Ten tournament semifinal game in Chicago. The No. 22 Badgers upset the No. 3 Hoosiers 68-56.
Indiana's Yogi Ferrell tries to drive past Wisconsin's Ben Brust during the second half of Saturday's Big Ten tournament semifinal game in Chicago. The No. 22 Badgers upset the No. 3 Hoosiers 68-56. Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo

No. 22 Wisconsin 68, No. 3 Indiana 56

Ryan Evans scored 16 points to help No. 22 Wisconsin upset No. 3 Indiana 68-56 in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament Saturday.

The Badgers allowed only seven points after the top-seeded Hoosiers pulled within one with 9:45 left. They earned their 12th consecutive win against Indiana, tying a record for any school against the powerhouse program, and will play No. 10 Ohio State in today's final.

Ben Brust added 12 points for Wisconsin (23-10), which has won three straight and six of eight. Sam Dekker scored nine of his 11 points in the second half, including seven in a row during one impressive burst.

Christian Watford scored 14 points for Indiana (27-6), and Cody Zeller had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Victor Oladipo scored 10, but was 4 for 12 from the field.

The Hoosiers, who won the regular-season conference title, now have to wait until Selection Sunday to see if they did enough to earn a coveted No. 1 seeds.

No. 9 Miami 81, N.C. State 71

Durand Scott scored a career-high 32 points to help No. 9 Miami beat North Carolina State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals, earning its first trip to the championship game against North Carolina.

Shane Larkin added 23 for the top-seeded Hurricanes (26-6), who led the entire way and by 19 points late in the first half. Miami shot 46 percent behind Scott, a senior guard who went 12-for-18 from the field and 5-for-8 from 3-point range.

Scott also had a couple of big shots that shut down comeback bids from the fifth-seeded Wolfpack (24-10), who got as close as six after halftime but couldn't dig out of that big hole.

No. 10 Ohio State 61, No. 8 Michigan State 58

Aaron Craft came on strong in the second half to finish with 20 points and lead No. 10 Ohio State past No. 8 Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament semifinals.

Craft keyed a seven-point spurt midway through the second half that stretched the lead to eight at 55-47, and the Buckeyes (25-7) came away with the win after the Spartans (25-8) pulled within one. The victory avenged a loss in last year's championship game

It was 57-56 after Derrick Nix converted a three-point play for Michigan State with 1:54 remaining, but Craft hit a free throw. Thomas grabbed a huge rebound off a missed 3 by Shannon Scott to keep the possession going and scored in the paint after a timeout to make it a four-point game, sending the Buckeyes back to the conference final.

No. 13 Florida 61, Alabama 51

Kenny Boynton scored 11 straight points during a 15-0 second-half run Saturday as No. 13 Florida rallied from a 10-point, second-half deficit to beat Alabama in a Southeastern Conference tournament semifinal.

The top-seeded Gators (26-6) advanced to today's championship game against Mississippi. Alabama (21-12), the tournament's No. 4 seed, will spend today waiting to learn its fate from the NCAA tournament selection committee.

Held scoreless for the first 25 minutes of the game, Boynton finished with a game-high 16 points. Patric Young had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Gators. Mike Rosario added 10 points.

Trevor Releford scored 12 points and Nick Jacobs and Trevor Lacey each added 11 for Alabama.

No. 15 New Mex. 63, UNLV 56

Tony Snell scored 13 straight points for New Mexico during a second-half run, and the No. 15 Lobos pulled away late to beat UNLV and add the Mountain West tournament title to their regular season crown.

Snell carried New Mexico (29-5) down the stretch, making three 3-pointers and adding a pair of field goals as the Lobos took over in the last 8 minutes of the game to win the conference title and the rubber game of the series between the teams this season.

No. 16 St. Louis 67, Butler 56

Dwayne Evans nearly set a career high in points for the second straight game, and No. 16 Saint Louis' defense locked down Butler in the second half to reach the Billikens' first Atlantic 10 title game.

Evans had 24 points and 11 rebounds a day after going for 25 and nine in the quarterfinals against Charlotte.

Top-seeded Saint Louis beat the Bulldogs for the third time this season and will face No. 25 VCU in today's finale.

The Billikens (26-6) held Butler without a field goal for almost seven minutes midway through the second half to pull away.

No. 20 Memphis 91, Southern Miss 79 (2OT)

Chris Crawford scored 23 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in double overtime, and No. 20 Memphis beat Southern Miss to win its seventh Conference USA tournament title in the past eight years.

Crawford, the league's Sixth Man of the Year, connected on a 3-pointer from the left wing to put the top-seeded Tigers (30-4) up 78-76 with 2:44 remaining. He also had a jumper and a pair of free throws in a 9-0 run by Memphis soon after that finally put the game away.

Daveon Boardingham scored 19 points and Jonathan Mills had 15 points and 17 rebounds for second-seeded Southern Miss (25-9), which nearly clinched an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Instead, the Golden Eagles must hope to get their second straight at-large bid today.

No. 25 VCU 71, UMass 62

Troy Daniels made six 3-pointers to score 20 points, and No. 25 VCU advanced to the Atlantic 10 tournament title game in its first season in the conference.

The Rams will face top-seeded Saint Louis in a matchup of the league's top two teams during the regular season.

The Billikens won 76-62 at home in their one meeting Feb. 19.

VCU (26-7) forced 24 turnovers to hold off a pesky Minutemen team that upset Temple in Friday's quarterfinals.

Chaz Williams ended his A-10 tournament run back home in Brooklyn with 62 points in three games for sixth-seeded UMass (21-11). He scored 18 on 7-of-12 shooting Saturday.

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