College basketball had plenty of headlining moments on the final Saturday of the regular season. Doug McDermott scored a career high 45 points on Senior night. He surpassed 3,000 points on a step back three pointer and completed a perfect career with a perfect ending.
Andrew Wiggins hit for a career high 41 points in a loss to West Virginia. Jabari Parker also scored a career high 30 points in a win over North Carolina.
We also saw another ticket punched to the “Big Dance.” Eastern Kentucky upset Belmont behind a barrage of three’s to open the game. Corey Walden scored 29 points added five rebounds and seven assists in the Ohio Valley Championship.
Florida 84- Kentucky 65
The Gators rolled to a 21 point halftime lead, before letting the Wildcats get back in the game. However, Florida turned up the heat again to put away Kentucky for the complete sweep. Florida finished undefeated in the SEC with an (18-0) record. Patric Young scored 18 points in the win.
West Virginia 92- Kansas 86
West Virginia took a 25 point lead in the second half, but that’s when the game got interesting. Still, the Mountaineers were able to hold off Kansas and Andrew Wiggins’ 41 points.
Memphis 67- SMU 58
Memphis turned a four point deficit into a nine point win. It’s the second straight second half that SMU has struggled to score. Joe Jackson scored 18 for Memphis, while Nic Moore led the Mustangs with 16 points. Both teams finished at (23-8).
Cincinnati 70- Rutgers 66
The Bearcats beat Rutgers to clinch a tie for regular season crown with Louisville. Thanks to a coin flip, Cincinnati is the No.1 seed in the American Athletic tournament. Sean Kilpatrick scored another 24 points for Cincinnati in the win.
Louisville 81- Connecticut 48
Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the surging Cardinals. Russ Smith had a tremendous floor game on Senior night. By virtue of the coin flip, Louisville received the No.2 seed.
Villanova 77- Georgetown 59
The Villanova Wildcats are inching closer towards that No.1 seed in the east. They dominated Georgetown in the final home game, behind Darrun Hilliard’s 19 points. Villanova earned the earned the Big East crown.
Iowa State 85- Oklahoma State 81
Naz Long snatched another victory from Oklahoma State with a 30 foot 3-point shot at the buzzer. Long sent the game into overtime, and Iowa State beat the Cowboys in another improbable outcome. DeAndre Kane scored 27 points as the Cyclones came back from a 16 point deficit.
Wichita State 67- Missouri State 42
Ever since Missouri State outscored Wichita State by 18 in the first half of the first game, it’s been all Shockers. Wichita State came back to win in overtime. Then earlier this month, Wichita State won by 23. On Saturday, they dominated from start to finish once again. Wichita State hit 8-9 3-point makes in the first half and breezed into the final of the MVC. That’s 33 wins and counting.
Oregon 64- Arizona 57
The Ducks are back to form with seven straight wins. Oregon used a big run to fly past Arizona late in the second half. They turned a 12 point deficit into a seven point win. Oregon earned a winning record in the PAC-12. Jason Calliste led the Ducks with 18 points.
Oklahoma 97- TCU 67
Buddy Hield scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the easy victory.
San Diego State 51- New Mexico 48
San Diego State had 11 minutes of garbage time before they surrendered the MWC title to New Mexico on their home floor. With a 41-25 lead, the game looked like a loss cause for the Aztecs. Suddenly, Coach Fisher dropped in a 1-3-1 zone that stymied New Mexico for the rest of the game. The adjustment completely got the Lobos out of their game. Xavier Thames scored 23 points to lead San Diego State to the conference title.
Jabari Parker scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead North Carolina to a win over North Carolina. His activity got James Michael McAdoo into foul trouble and the Tarheels had no answers. Rodney Hood scored 24 points. North Carolina snapped their 12 game winning streak.
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