Blackhawks Rally To Stun Kings
(Los Angeles, CA) — The Blackhawks reeled off four goals in the final 10 minutes as they stunned the Kings 5-3 in Los Angeles. Vinnie Hinostroza tied the game in the third with less than six minutes to play, and Jonathan Toews scored the winning goal with 1:58 left. Patrick Kane padded the lead with three seconds on the clock as the Blackhawks snapped a seven-game road losing streak. The Kings did all their scoring in the second period. Jonathan Quick allowed four goals on 24 shots as L.A’s three-game win streak came to an end.
Michigan Knocks Off Michigan State
(New York, NY) — Number-13 Michigan put an end to second-ranked Michigan State’s 13-game win streak with a 75-64 victory in the Big Ten tournament semifinals in New York. Zavier Simpson, Mo Wagner, and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman each posted 15 points for the Wolverines. Michigan State’s last loss entering this game was versus Michigan on January 13th. Miles Bridges scored 17 point in defeat. The Spartans fell to 29-and-4.
Purdue Drops Penn State In Big Ten Semifinals
(New York, NY) — Carsen Edwards nailed six three-pointers as eighth-ranked Purdue dropped Penn State 78-70 in the Big Ten semifinals from New York. Edwards finished with 27 points for the Boilermakers. Isaac Haas added 17 points for Purdue, which will face Michigan in the tournament title game on Sunday. Shep Garner nailed six three’s for Penn State and finished with 33 points. The Nittany Lions are 21-and-13 and hope for an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Oklahoma State Clobbers Kansas
(Stillwater, OK) — Kendall Smith led the way with 25 points as Oklahoma State clobbered number-six Kansas 82-64 in Stillwater. Mitchell Solomon pitched in with 16 points in the winning effort. Oklahoma State wrapped up the regular season at 18-and-13 overall including 8-and-10 in Big 12 play. The Cowboys will play in the first round of the conference tournament on Wednesday. Devonte’ Graham was the only Jayhawks player in double figures with 15 points. Kansas was swept in a home-and-home season series for the first time since the 2003-2004 season. At 24-and-7 and 13-and-5 the Jayhawks are the top-seed in the Big 12 tourney and have a first-round bye.
Marshall Slips Past Middle Tennessee
(Murfreesboro, TN) — Jon Elmore scored a game-high 23 points to lead Marshall to a 76-67 upset win over number-23 Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro. C.J. Burks chipped in with 20 points for the Thundering Herd, while Jannson Williams added a 13 point 11 rebound double-double effort off the bench. Marshall has won two-of-three as its record improved to 21-and-10. Brandon Walters paced Middle Tennessee with 20 points. The Blue Raiders had their 11-game winning streak snapped as they fell to 24-and-6 overall.
San Diego State Stuns Nevada
(San Diego, CA) — Trey Kell scored 17 points to help San Diego State earn the upset victory over number-21 Nevada 79-74 in San Diego. Kell scored six of his 17 points in the final 1:19 to power the Aztecs to the win. Malik Pope added 16 points for San Diego State, which earned its sixth win in-a-row to up its record to 19-and-10. Jordan Caroline exploded for 29 points in a losing effort, while Caleb Martin chipped in with 22. The Wolf Pack had their six-game winning streak snapped as they dropped to 26-and-6 overall.
Duke Drops North Carolina
(Durham, NC) — Marvin Bagley The Third poured in 21 points and pulled down 15 rebounds as third-ranked Duke knocked off number-nine North Carolina 74-64 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Bagley scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half to help the Blue Devils overcome a 10-point halftime deficit. Senior guard Grayson Allen added 15 points in his final home game for Duke as they improved to 25-and-6. Cameron Johnson paced the Tar Heels with 16 points. North Carolina has dropped two straight to fall to 22-and-9. The in-state rivals split their regular season series.
Florida Folds Kentucky
(Gainesville, FL) — Florida completed a season-sweep of number-25 Kentucky with an 80-67 win in Gainesville. Jalen Hudson led the charge for the Gators with 22 points. They led by as much as 23 and held off a late rally attempt from the Wildcats. Florida is now at 20 wins and is the third seed in next week’s SEC Tournament in St. Louis. Shae-Gilegous Alexander finished with a team-high 17 points for Kentucky. The Wildcats look to defend their title after winning the SEC Tournament last season.
Texas Knocks Off West Virginia Without Bamba
(Austin, TX) — The Longhorns scored the upset without their best player in an 87-78 overtime win over number-19 West Virginia in Austin. Mo Bamba sat out with a sprained toe, but Matt Coleman and Kerwin Roach picked up the slack with 22 points each. Coleman and Jacob Young each nailed key three-pointers in overtime to put the game out of reach. Texas ends the regular season at 18-and-13. Lamont West led the Mountaineers with 15 points off the bench. West Virginia drops to 22-and-9. The Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament tips off on Wednesday in Kansas City.
Syracuse Upends Clemson
(Syracuse, NY) — Oshae Brissett nailed three key free throws late as Syracuse upended 18th-ranked Clemson 55-52 at the Carrier Dome. Brissett and Tyus Battle each finished with 17 points as the Orange secured a marquee win to close the regular season. They’re now 19-and-12. Marcquise Reed led the Tigers with 21 points in their regular season finale. Clemson dropped to 22-and-8 and has lost four-of-six. The ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament tips off Tuesday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.