Pitt rocks No. 1 UConn

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Huskies can't stop Young

No. 6 Louisville wins Big East regular-season title

March 08, 2009|By From Sun news services

Two games, two UConn losses, two big performances by Pitt's Sam Young. By now, Connecticut could be excused for not wanting to see the Panthers again, yet the Huskies can't wait for the next matchup.

Young dominated one of this season's biggest games with 31 points and host No. 3 Pittsburgh likely secured one of the top seeds in the NCAA tournament, opening a 14-point lead early in the second half before holding off top-ranked Connecticut, 70-60, yesterday.

Pitt (28-3, 15-3 Big East) had never beaten a No. 1-ranked team in school history before accomplishing it twice in less than a month - both times against Connecticut (27-3, 15-3), which still hasn't figured out how to slow down Young.

"Every time I see those UConn jerseys, my eyes light up," said Young, who scored 25 points in Pitt's 76-68 win Feb. 16 at Hartford.

"I guarantee you we're going to see them again, nine times out of 10 we're going to see them in the Big East tournament, and we're going to be ready for them," the Huskies' Stanley Robinson said.

No. 6 Louisville 62, West Virginia 59:: Terrence Williams scored 20 points and the Cardinals clinched the Big East regular-season title, beating the host Mountaineers (21-10, 10-8).

Louisville (25-5, 16-2) held on to earn the top seed in the conference tournament.

No. 4 Oklahoma 82, Oklahoma State 78:: Blake Griffin scored 33 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to set a Big 12 season record, and the Sooners beat the visiting Cowboys (20-10, 9-7) to claim the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament.

Oklahoma (27-4, 13-3) won after losing three of its past four games.

No. 5 Memphis 74, Tulane 47:: Robert Dozier had 16 points and 12 rebounds as three Memphis players recorded double doubles, and the Tigers (28-3, 16-0 Conference USA) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 22 games with a victory over the visiting Green Wave (13-16, 7-9).

No. 9 Kansas 83, Texas 73:: Sherron Collins had 21 points and seven assists, and the Jayhawks won their fifth straight Big 12 title by beating the Longhorns (20-10, 9-7).

Kansas (25-6, 14-2) pulled away down the stretch to extend the nation's longest home winning streak to 41 games.

Auburn 69, No. 12 LSU 53:: Korvotney Barber had 16 points and 17 rebounds as Auburn defeated LSU.

Host Auburn (21-10, 10-6 Southeastern Conference) scored 42 points in the paint and outrebounded LSU (25-6, 13-3) 45-37.

No. 15 Syracuse 86, No. 13 Marquette 79, OT:: Jonny Flynn scored 20 of his 24 points after halftime, and the Orange beat the Golden Eagles in overtime.

Andy Rautins added 20 points for Syracuse (23-8, 11-7 Big East).

Jerel McNeal scored 25 points for host Marquette (23-8, 12-6).

Texas A&M 96, No. 15 Missouri 86:: Donald Sloan scored 16 points and the Aggies fought off a late rally by the visiting Tigers for their sixth straight victory.

Texas A&M (23-8, 9-7 Big 12) built an early lead and was up by 26 points with about 16 minutes remaining. But Missouri (25-6, 12-4) went on two runs to whittle the lead.

No. 16 Washington 67, Washington State 60:: Quincy Pondexter scored 16 points and Jon Brockman tied his career high with 18 rebounds in his final home game to lead the Huskies (24-7, 14-4 Pacific-10) over the Cougars (16-14, 8-10), clinching their first outright conference championship since 1953.

Richmond 80, No. 17 Xavier 75:: Kevin Anderson scored a career-high 29 points to lead the host Spiders (17-14, 9-7 Atlantic 10) to an upset of the Musketeers (24-6, 12-4).

No. 20 UCLA 94, Oregon 68:: Josh Shipp scored a career-high 28 points, Darren Collison added 19 and the host Bruins (24-7, 13-5 Pac-10) defeated the Ducks (8-22, 2-16).

No. 21 Arizona State 83, California 66:: Jeff Pendergraph had 27 points and 10 rebounds in his final home game to lead the Sun Devils (22-8, 11-7 Pac-10) over the Golden Bears (22-9, 11-7), ending Arizona State's three-game losing streak.

No. 22 Butler 62, Wright State 57:: Horizon League Player of the Year Matt Howard scored 24 points, leading the Bulldogs (26-4) past the visiting Raiders (20-13) in the conference tournament semifinals.

Radford 108, Virginia Military 94:: Artsiom Parakhouski had 26 points and 18 rebounds, and the host Highlanders (21-11) beat the Keydets (24-8) to win their first Big South Conference championship in 11 years.

East Tennessee State 85, Jacksonville 68:: Mike Smith scored 22 points and the Bucs (23-10) clinched their eighth NCAA tournament berth by routing the Dolphins (18-13) to win the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament in Nashville, Tenn.

Women

East Tennessee State 58, Jacksonville 52:: Siarre Evans had 12 points and 15 rebounds, and the Lady Buccaneers (20-10) earned a second straight trip to the NCAA tournament by beating the Dolphins (19-13) in Nashville in the Atlantic Sun tournament championship game.

automatic bids

These teams have earned automatic bids to the NCAA men's tournament by winning their conference tournaments:

Cornell, Ivy League

East Tennessee State, Atlantic Sun

Radford, Big South

Morehead State, Ohio Valley

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