If it wasn’t for the three conference tournament final games, Nebraska would have had the biggest win on Sunday. The Huskers worked their magic for another Big 10 victory. However, their 11th of the season might be the biggest win in the program’s history.
Three teams earned automatic bids on Sunday. Mercer, Coastal Carolina and Wichita State officially enter the field of 68.
Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields scored 26 points each, while Walter Pitchford chipped in with 15 points. The No.9 Wisconsin Badgers had little answers for the three headed monster in the second half.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin was led by Frank Kaminsky’s 14 points, but the Badgers’ offense was nonexistent during the decisive Nebraska run. Sam Dekker only scored six points in 24 minutes.
Nebraska earned their second Top 10 victory this season and barring numerous shocking upsets, the Huskers should be dancing in the NCAA Tournament. Nebraska (19-11, 11-7) moved to fourth place in the Big 10. Wisconsin dropped to (25-6, 12-6).
Aaron Craft made the game deciding defensive stop on Denzel Valentine, but it was the whole defensive effort in the final minutes that provided Ohio State the win. The Spartans were unable to score in final 4:30, yet they lost by two points. It was ugly down the stretch and that’s exactly the way the Buckeyes want it.
Adreian Payne (23 points) had a chance to drop a dagger on Ohio State’s senior night, but his contested three with 27 seconds left hit the front rim. The defense caused Payne to double clutch his shot and it never had a chance.
After getting the loose rebound and winning the possession arrow, Aaron Craft made one out of two foul shots to keep the game alive. LaQuinton Ross led the Buckeyes with 22 points.
With a three point lead, Maryland decided to foul before Virginia could get a game tying shot off. Naturally, Virginia made the first foul shot, missed the second one, and Maryland knocked the ball out of bounds. The Cavaliers had a chance for a game winning three but they used a perfect inbounds play for an alley-oop. Just like that, it was overtime. Still Maryland dominated the extra session to win by six.
The Billikens finally broke their three game losing streak with a game winning shot by Jordair Jett. The win gave them their second straight Atlantic 10 championship. Chaz Williams had one last ditched effort for the win, but the shot bounced off the rim. St. Louis is (26-5) and UMASS moved to (23-7).
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