CHICAGO, IL (Sporting Alert) — The Results and scores from the NCAA DI Men’s Basketball tournaments on Friday.
Sixth-ranked Wisconsin Moves On
No. 6 Wisconsin muscled off a very determined Michigan side for a 71-60 victory in their BIG TEN Men’s Basketball Tournament quarterfinal fixture at the United Center on Friday.
Sam Dekker posted 17 points, six rebounds, six assists, three steals and had one block shot for the Badgers, who got a double-double from reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, Frank Kaminsky.
Kaminsky, who was 6-of-12 from the field finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the win for Wisconsin (29-3, 16-2 Big Ten), which advances to the tournament semi-finals.
Both teams were locked at 55-55 with 5:12 left in the contest before the Badgers closed on a 17-6 run in addition to collecting important stops on defense to setup the win.
Kaminsky revealed that the team had to grind out some challenging times during the game, but finding their rhythm again was the key difference in the last five minutes.
“We had a lot of energy (down the stretch),” Kaminsky told reporters. “We knew we had to get stops on defense and make plays on offense and once we did that we were ok.”
Wisconsin, which led 31-26 at halftime, was winning for the fourth straight time.
Zak Irvin scored 21 points and 11 rebounds for Michigan (16-16, 8-10 Big Ten). The sophomore guard, who is averaging 14.0 points per game, was scoring 20 or more points for the fifth time this season.
“Zak Irvin had a hell of a game. He was making everything I felt like,” Kaminsky said about the Wolverines’ guard.
“When a player is going like that it’s tough to stop them.”
Ricky Doyle added 12 points off the bench and Spike Albrecht finished with 10 in the defeat for the Wolverines, who went 51.9 percent (27-of-52) as a team from the floor.
Bronson Koenig had 12 points for Badgers, who shot 49-percent (25-of-51) from the field as a team, while Nigel Hayes ended with 11 points and nine rebounds in the victory.
Wisconsin plays the winner of the clash between Penn State and Purdue in Saturday’s the Big Ten tournament semifinals.
Wildcats Stay Perfect
Also on Friday, No. 1 Kentucky (32-0, 18-0 SEC) beat Florida 64-49 to remain undefeated this season, while booking a place in the SEC tournament quarterfinals.
Karl-Anthony Towns had a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds and Aaron Harrison finished with 13 points to lead the Wildcats, who will face Auburn in SEC semifinal on Saturday.
Jon Horford scored 15 points to pace the Gators (16-17, 8-10 SEC) with Eli Carter adding 11 in the defeat.
“They outrebounded us a little bit, but the difference in the game was the free throw line,” said Florida coach Billy Donovan.
“Twenty-three attempts to our five was a huge factor in the game. … If you take away the free throw line, it’s pretty consistent all the way through.”
Dame Down Blue Devils
Elsewhere on the night, No. 11 Notre Dame jumped all over No. 2 Duke in the early goings and then maintained their efforts throughout the game for a 74-64 win and advanced to the ACC tournament final for the first time.
The Fighting Irish (28-5, 14-4 ACC), which led 41-26 at halftime, were paced by Bonzie Colson, who scored 17 points and five rebounds off the bench, while shooting 5-of-9 from the field.
Demetrius Jackson finished with 15 points and five assists and Jerian Grant ended with 13 points and seven boards in the win for Notre Dame.
Jahlil Okafor had a big night of 28 points, eight rebounds and two blocks and Justise Winslow added 11 points and 11 boards for Blue Devils (29-4), who had their 12-game winning streak snapped.
With the win, Notre Dame moves on to play No. 19 North Carolina in Saturday’s ACC championship game.
North Carolina (24-10, 11-7 ACC) stunned No. 3 Virginia (29-3, 16-2 ACC), 71-67 at the Greensboro Coliseum, with Justin Jackson scoring 22 points and Marcus Paige adding 14 points and five assists.
Malcolm Brogdon led the Cavaliers with 25 points, while Anthony Gill and London Perrantes each had 12 in the defeat for the ACC regular season champions.
NCAA Top 25 Game Scores and Tournament Results
(1) Kentucky 64, Florida 49
(11) Notre Dame 74, (2) Duke 64
(19) North Carolina 71, (3) Virginia 67
(4) Villanova 63, Providence 61
(5) Arizona 70, UCLA 64
(6) Wisconsin 71, Michigan 60
(8) Maryland 75, Indiana 69
(9) Kansas 62, (16) Baylor 52
(13) Iowa State 67, (15) Oklahoma 65
Oregon 67, (17) Utah 64
(20) SMU 74, East Carolina 68
(21) Arkansas 80, Tennessee 72
Xavier 65, (23) Georgetown 63
(24) Davidson 67, La Salle 66
Wyoming 71, (25) Boise State 66
OTHER NCAA TOURNAMENT SCORES
Purdue 64, Penn State 59
Temple 80, Memphis 75
Virginia Commonwealth 70, Richmond 67
Auburn 73, LSU 70
Southern 68, Alabama St 66
Middle Tennessee 53, UTEP 50
Stephen F. Austin 91, Northwestern St 79
UL Lafayette 53, Texas State 43
Delaware St 63, North Carolina Central 57
Dayton 75, St. Bonaventure 71
Central Michigan 75, Toledo 66
UAB 72, Louisiana Tech 62
Tulsa 59, Houston 51
Eastern Washington 91, Sacramento St 83
Hampton 75, Norfolk St 64
UL Monroe 77, South Alabama 59
Sam Houston St 70, Texas A&M-CC 67
Rhode Island 71, George Washington 58
New Mexico St 57, CSU Bakersfield 53
Buffalo 68, Akron 59
Michigan St 76, Ohio State 67
Connecticut 57, Cincinnati 54
Hawaii 65, UC Davis 58
Texas Southern 90, Prairie View 77
Georgia 74, South Carolina 62
Montana 61, Northern Arizona 59
Seattle 69, UMKC 63 Score
San Diego St 56, Colorado St 43
UC Irvine 72, UC Santa Barbara 63