NCAA basketball top 25 roundup


No. 9 Miami 88, N. Carolina 77

Shane Larkin scored a career-high 28 points, eight in the final 2 1-2 minutes, and Miami beat North Carolina Sunday for the program's first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship to go with its first regular-season title.

Trey McKinney Jones added a career-high 20 points for the top-seeded Hurricanes (27-6), including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 6:27 left that started Miami's final push.

P.J. Hairston scored 28 points and had six of the Tar Heels' 13 3-pointers. The loss by the third-seeded Tar Heels (24-10) left coach Roy Williams at 699 career wins. Miami shot 51 percent and made 12 of 22 3-pointers, six from McKinney Jones and four from Larkin.

No. 10 Ohio State 50, No. 22 Wisconsin 43

DeShaun Thomas scored 17 points and Ohio State used some stout defense to win their conference-best fifth Big Ten tournament title.

Thomas was 6 for 19 from the field, but made some big free throws down the stretch as Ohio State won the championship for the third time in the last four years. Aaron Craft had nine points and six rebounds, and LaQuinton Ross delivered a couple of huge plays for the Buckeyes (26-7).

Travon Jackson scored 10 points for the Badgers (23-11), who shot 38.3 percent from the field. None of his teammates reached double figures, with Sam Dekker next up at eight points.

After Dekker scored on a reverse layup with 7:01 remaining, Wisconsin went scoreless for the next 4 1-2 minutes while Ross had a strong offensive rebound and putback, then converted a layup to make it 47-41 with 2:39 to go.

Mississippi 66, No. 13 Florida 63

Murphy Holloway scored 23 points and Marshall Henderson had 21 as Mississippi Rebels gave coach Andy Kennedy his first NCAA tournament berth with the upset in the Southeastern Conference tournament championship.

The Rebels (26-8) have won seven of eight and earned their first tournament title since 1981 and second ever. Reginald Buckner added 13 points for Ole Miss.

Mike Rosario had 18 points and Kenny Boynton added 13 for the Gators (26-7), who haven't won this tournament since wrapping up a three-peat in 2007. They go into the NCAA tournament 0-6 in games decided by six points or less.

The Gators had a final chance to force overtime. Scottie Wilbekin missed both free throws with 4.2 seconds left, and Boynton's last gasp 3 glanced off the rim after he took a step back to make sure he was over the line.

No. 16 St. Louis 62, No. 25 VCU 56

Kwamain Mitchell scored 19 points, including a huge 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down, and tournament MVP Dwayne Evans added 16 for Saint Louis, which won its first Atlantic 10 tourney title.

Top-seeded Saint Louis (27-6) led 45-32 with less than 12 minutes left, but the second-seeded Rams were within a point 3 minutes later.

Cody Ellis hit a 3-pointer on the Billikens' next possession, then made another clutch 3 for a 57-51 lead with more than 2 minutes left.

Treveon Graham led VCU (26-8) with 20 points.


No. 15 Delaware 59, Drexel 56

Elena Delle Donne scored 28 points, and Delaware held off Drexel to win its second straight Colonial Athletic Association title and extend its school-record winning streak to 25 games.

The victory earned the Blue Hens (30-3) an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. Delaware hosts the first and second rounds and will almost certainly open at home.

The top-seeded Blue Hens led by 46-29 with 14:35 left before the Dragons (22-10) rallied to go in front 56-55 with 1:10 remaining. After Trumae Lucas made two free throws for Delaware with 44.4 seconds to go, Drexel's Abby Redick was called for traveling. Delle Donne made two free throws with 9.9 seconds left, and Drexel never got off a final shot. Soon after that, the Blue Hens lined up to cut down the net.

No. 20 Green Bay 54, Loyola of Chicago 38

Sarah Eichler scored 16 points and Adrian Ritchie added 15 points as Green Bay beat Loyola of Chicago in the Horizon League tournament championship game.

It's Green Bay's third league tournament title in a row and the fifth straight year the team will compete in the NCAA tournament. The Phoenix (29-4), winners of 24 in a row, finished the year a perfect 19-0 against Horizon League teams. They beat Loyola twice during the regular season by an average of 14.5 points.


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