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Top 25 roundup: Duke topples top-seeded Miami in ACC semis


Kyle Filipowski scored 17 points and had plenty of help as No. 21 Duke avenged a 22-point loss from last month by defeating No. 14 Miami 85-78 in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals Friday night at Greensboro, N.C.

Dariq Whitehead scored 16 points off the bench, Tyrese Proctor supplied 15 points and Mark Mitchell had 14 points as the top four scorers for the Blue Devils were freshmen. Jeremy Roach had 13 points.

Fourth-seeded Duke (25-8), which has won eight games in a row, faces second-seeded and 13th-ranked Virginia in the final after the Cavaliers topped third-seeded Clemson 76-56. The Blue Devils are in the tournament final for the second year in a row and go for their first title since 2019.

Isaiah Wong, the ACC Player of the Year, scored 22 points for top-seeded Miami (25-7), though he sat out stretches because of foul trouble. Jordan Miller posted 17 points, Nijel Pack had 11 points, and Wooga Poplar and Bensley Joseph both provided 10 points, but the Hurricanes missed their final five shots from the field.

No. 1 Houston 60, East Carolina 46

Marcus Sasser scored 24 of his 30 points in the second half to lead the Cougars past the Pirates in a quarterfinal game of the American Athletic Conference tournament at Fort Worth, Texas.

Top-seeded Houston (30-2) moves on to play fourth-seeded Cincinnati (21-11) in the tournament semifinals on Saturday. Jamal Shead added 12 points for the Cougars, who have won 12 straight games, with J’Wan Roberts grabbing a team-high 12 rebounds.

Ezra Ausar led the Pirates (16-17) with 18 points and 19 rebounds. East Carolina outshot 31.4 percent to 28.1 percent but turned over the ball 17 times, leading to 19 points for Houston.

No. 2 UCLA 75, Oregon 56

Tyger Campbell scored a career-high 28 points and took over during a key stretch after another starter was injured as the Bruins advanced to the Pac-12 tournament title game by beating the Ducks in Las Vegas.

Jaime Jaquez Jr. had 18 points and 10 rebounds for top-seeded UCLA (29-4), which played the final 16:16 without shot-blocking big man Adem Bona, who sustained a left shoulder injury while diving for a loose ball. The Bruins were already playing without Jaylen Clark, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. UCLA will square off with second-seeded and eighth-ranked Arizona in the final on Saturday.

Will Richardson and Quincy Guerrier each scored 10 points for fourth-seeded Oregon (19-14). N’Faly Dante posted eight points and 10 rebounds.

No. 3 Kansas 71, Iowa State 58

Jalen Wilson collected 25 points, 10 rebounds and three steals to lift the top-seeded Jayhawks to a victory over the fifth-seeded Cyclones in a Big 12 tournament semifinal game in Kansas City, Mo.

Wilson, the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year, recorded his 12th double-double of the season. Gradey Dick scored 15 points and Dajuan Harris contributed 11 points, six assists and four steals for the Jayhawks (27-6), who posted their ninth win in 10 games.

Kansas advances to the championship game Saturday to face second-seeded Texas. The Longhorns beat sixth-seeded TCU 66-60. Jaren Holmes scored 16 points and Robert Jones added 11 for the Cyclones (19-13), who committed 22 turnovers.

No. 4 Alabama 72, Mississippi State 49

Brandon Miller scored 18 points as the Crimson Tide rolled to a victory over the Bulldogs in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament in Nashville, Tenn.

Miller added nine rebounds and five assists for the SEC regular-season champion Crimson Tide (27-5), who will face fourth-seeded Missouri (24-8) in the semifinals on Saturday.

Noah Gurley had 11 points and Charles Bediako added 11 points, six rebounds and five blocks for top-seeded Alabama, which is seeking its second conference tournament title in the past three seasons. Mississippi State (21-12) was led by Tolu Smith’s 17 points and 11 rebounds.

No. 5 Purdue 70, Rutgers 65

Mason Gillis scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help the Boilermakers hold off the Scarlet Knights in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals in Chicago.

The top-seeded Boilermakers (27-5) advanced to the semifinals on Saturday, where they will face 13th-seeded Ohio State, which beat Michigan State. Purdue center Zach Edey scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. David Jenkins Jr. added 12 points off the bench.

Ninth-seeded Rutgers (19-14) will now await its NCAA Tournament fate. Derek Simpson led the Scarlet Knights with 18 points despite shooting 5-for-16 from the field. Cam Spencer added 13 points and Paul Mulcahy and Clifford Omoruyi each had 10.

No. 6 Marquette 70, No. 11 UConn 68

Chase Ross hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 6:14 remaining and the Golden Eagles dominated defensively in the final minutes to advance to the Big East tournament championship game with a hard-fought victory over the Huskies in New York.

The top-seeded Golden Eagles (27-6) won their eighth straight to earn a matchup with second-seeded Xavier in Saturday’s title game. The Musketeers routed Creighton 82-60 in the other semifinal game.

Tyler Kolek scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half while battling foul trouble. Key reserve David Joplin also finished with 17 while Kam Jones contributed 14 and Olivier-Maxence Prosper chipped in 11. Adama Sanogo led the Huskies (25-8) with 19 points while Alex Karaban and Nahiem Alleyne contributed 10 apiece.

No. 7 Texas 66, No. 22 TCU 60

Christian Bishop recorded 15 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots to help the Longhorns post a victory over the Horned Frogs to advance to the Big 12 championship game in Kansas City, Mo.

Dylan Disu added 15 points and eight rebounds for the second-seeded Longhorns (25-8), who never trailed in the semifinal contest. Marcus Carr was just 3-of-15 shooting while contributing 10 points and five steals for Texas, which will face No. 3 Kansas in Saturday’s title game.

Mike Miles Jr. scored 15 points and Chuck O’Bannon added 12 for sixth-seeded TCU (21-12). Damion Baugh collected 10 rebounds for the Horned Frogs.

No. 8 Arizona 78, Arizona State 59

Azoulas Tubelis scored 17 points to lead a balanced scoring effort from the Wildcats, who led the Sun Devils almost wire to wire in a semifinal win at the Pac-12 Conference tournament in Las Vegas.

The result sets up a rematch of last year’s Pac-12 championship game between the Wildcats and top-seeded UCLA, which beat Oregon 75-56 in the other semifinal. Arizona won last year’s final 84-76.

Oumar Ballo and Cedric Henderson Jr. put up 14 points each. Ballo also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, and Tubelis had nine boards for Arizona. Frankie Collins and Jamiya Neal paced Arizona State (22-12) with 11 points each.

No. 13 Virginia 76, Clemson 56

Jayden Gardner recorded 23 points and 12 rebounds as the Cavaliers slammed the Tigers in an ACC semifinal at Greensboro, N.C.

Armaan Franklin added 16 points and Kihei Clark chipped in 13 for second-seeded Virginia (25-6), which will face fourth-seeded Duke in the ACC tournament title game.

Hunter Tyson led the Tigers (23-10) with 15 points on 4-of-8 3-point shooting. PJ Hall contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Brevin Galloway chipped in with 12 points.

No. 19 Indiana 70, Maryland 60

Trayce Jackson-Davis finished with 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to lead the Hoosiers past the Terrapins in a Big Ten tournament quarterfinal in Chicago.

The third-seeded Hoosiers (22-10) will next take on 10th-seeded Penn State, in the semifinals on Saturday. Indiana’s Jalen Hood-Schifino contributed 19 points and six rebounds.

Hakim Hart led Maryland (21-12) with 16 points and four assists. Jahmir Young scored 12 points, but he shot just 3 of 15 from the floor.

No. 15 Xavier 82, No. 24 Creighton 60

Souley Boum scored 23 points and added five rebounds and six assists for the Musketeers, which advanced to the Big East tournament championship game with a win over the Bluejays in New York.

Xavier, the second seed, advanced to face top-seeded Marquette in Saturday’s championship game. The No. 6 Golden Eagles edged No. 11 Connecticut, 70-68, in Friday’s first semifinal. The championship game appearance is the first for Marquette and the second for Xavier, which fell to Villanova, 69-52, in 2015.

Colby Jones (14 points, 10 rebounds) had a double-double for Xavier (25-8), which has won five straight. Jack Nunge had 17 points and seven rebounds while Desmond Claude scored 11 points off the bench. Ryan Kalkbrenner scored 18 points while Baylor Scheierman had 15 points for Creighton (21-12).

No. 25 Missouri 79, No. 17 Tennessee 71

D’Moi Hodge scored 26 points and Kobe Brown added 24 to lift the Tigers over the Volunteers in a Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinal clash in Nashville, Tenn.

Hodge sank four 3-pointers and Brown contributed three to go along with nine rebounds for fourth-seeded Missouri (24-8), which won its fifth straight game to advance to face top-seeded Alabama on Saturday afternoon. The Crimson Tide (27-5) breezed to a 72-49 victory over Mississippi State on Friday.

DeAndre Gholston, whose deep 3-pointer at the buzzer knocked off Tennessee earlier this season, had 10 points on Friday. Tennessee’s Santiago Vescovi drained five 3-pointers to highlight his 17-point performance. Tyreke Key scored 16 points off the bench for the fifth-seeded Volunteers (23-10).

No. 18 Texas A&M 67, Arkansas 61

Henry Coleman III scored 16 points and led a furious second-half comeback as the Aggies rallied past the Razorbacks in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals in Nashville, Tenn.

The Aggies will play sixth-seeded Vanderbilt in Saturday’s second semifinal after the Commodores beat third-seeded and 23rd-ranked Kentucky 80-73. Trailing by 13 at halftime, the second-seeded Aggies (24-8) got 11 points from Coleman, including going 5-of-5 at the foul line, in the second half’s first eight minutes.

Wade Taylor IV had a game-high 18 points while Coleman collected 11 rebounds. Tyrece Radford and Dexter Dennis had 11 points apiece for the Aggies. The tenth-seeded Razorbacks (20-13) got 16 points from Nick Smith Jr. and 15 from Makhi Mitchell.

No. 20 San Diego State 64, San Jose State 49

Darrion Trammell and Keshad Johnson scored 15 points each to lead the top-seeded Aztecs to a win over the Spartans in the semifinals of the Mountain West tournament in Las Vegas.

Micah Parrish paced the reserves with nine points for San Diego State (26-6), which advanced to play third-seeded Utah State in the final on Saturday. The Aggies defeated second-seeded Boise State 72-62 in the second semifinal.

Omari Moore, who came in averaging 17.8 points for San Jose State (20-13), was held to seven on 3-for-13 shooting. Tibet Gorener scored 15 points off the bench as the lone player in double figures for the Spartans.

Vanderbilt 80, No. 23 Kentucky 73

Ezra Manjon scored 25 points and the Commodores defeated the Wildcats in the SEC tournament quarterfinals in Nashville, Tenn.

Tyrin Lawrence and Jordan Wright added 18 points each for the sixth-seeded Commodores (20-13), who won for the fifth straight game and 10th time in 11 games. They will face No. 2 seed Texas A&M in the semifinals Saturday.

Antonio Reeves scored 22 points before fouling out, Jacob Toppin had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Oscar Tshiebwe added 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead the third-seeded Wildcats (21-11).

–Field Level Media

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