Saturday , Mar , 10 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Greg Oden scored 22 points and Ron Lewis added
16, leading top-ranked Ohio State to a 72-62 victory over Michigan in the
quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament at the United Center. Mike Conley Jr.
contributed 13 points and six assists for the regular-season champion Buckeyes
(28-3), who have won 15 straight games and will take on Purdue in Saturday’s
semifinals. Oden hit 8-of-12 shots, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four
shots for Ohio State. The Buckeyes shot 50 percent from the floor and held the
Wolverines to a dismal 33 percent. Dion Harris, Michigan’s leading scorer,
made only 1-of-13 shots and finished with nine points. Lester Abram scored 13
points and Jerret Smith chipped in 12 for Michigan (21-12), which beat
Minnesota in the opening round Thursday and needed at least a win in this game
to strengthen its slim NCAA Tournament hopes.

Final Score: (2) Kansas 64, Oklahoma 47

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Brandon Rush scored 13 of his 16 points
in the second half, as the second-ranked Kansas Jayhawks beat Oklahoma, 64-47,
in quarterfinal round action of the Big 12 Tournament at the Ford Center.
Darrell Arthur added 10 points for the top-seeded and defending conference
tournament champion Jayhawks (28-4), who have won nine straight. Mario
Chalmers tallied nine points for Kansas, which will next face fourth- seeded
Kansas State in the semifinals on Saturday. The Wildcats beat Texas Tech,
66-45. Longar Longar had 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead the ninth-seeded
Sooners (16-15), who lost for the seventh time in eight games. Michael Neal
added 10 points for Oklahoma, which shot a horrid 20 percent in the second
half after keeping it close through the first 20 minutes of action.

Final Score: (3) Wisconsin 70, Michigan State 57

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Alando Tucker poured in 21 points, pulled down
six rebounds and dished out four assists to lead third-ranked Wisconsin past
Michigan State, 70-57, in quarterfinal action of the Big Ten Tournament at the
United Center. Kammron Taylor scored 11 points for the second-seeded Badgers
(28-4), who defeated Michigan State, 52-50, in the regular season finale last
Saturday. Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft each chipped in nine points in the
win. Wisconsin will play Illinois in the semifinals on Saturday. Goran Suton
netted 14 points with eight boards for the seventh-seeded Spartans (22-11),
who edged Northwestern, 62-57, in the opening round on Thursday. Raymar Morgan
added 11 points and Drew Neitzel posted 10 points with eight helpers in

Final Score: (5) Memphis 71, Tulane 49

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 17 points to pace
fifth-ranked Memphis past Tulane, 71-49, in Conference USA semifinal action at
FedExForum. Jeremy Hunt contributed 10 points despite an 0-for-6 performance
from behind the arc and Antonio Anderson added nine for Memphis (29-3), which
is a perfect 18-0 on its home floor this season. The Tigers extended the
nation’s longest overall winning streak to 21 games. Memphis moves on to play
Houston in the title game. Donnie Stith had 14 points and seven rebounds for
the Green Wave (17-13), who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Chris
Moore finished with nine points and five boards in a losing cause.

Final Score: (6) Florida 74, Georgia 57

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Taurean Green scored 19 points and dished out
five assists as sixth-ranked Florida rode a sizzling first half and slammed
Georgia, 74-57 in SEC quarterfinal action at the Georgia Dome. Corey Brewer
and Al Horford netted 15 points each for the top-seeded Gators (27-5), who
face Ole Miss in the semifinals on Saturday. Horford also grabbed a game-high
nine boards. Takais Brown recorded 12 points for the Bulldogs (18-13), who
shot a horrendous 19 percent (7-of-37) from the floor in the first half. Billy
Humphrey had 10 points and seven rebounds, and Corey Butler added nine points
in a losing cause.

Final Score: Oklahoma State 57, (7) Texas A&M 56

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Mario Boggan finished with 11 points and
netted the game-winning basket down the stretch, as Oklahoma State stunned
seventh-ranked Texas A&M, 57-56, in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12
Tournament at Ford Center. David Monds added 11 points and five rebounds for
the Cowboys (22-11), who will hook up with Texas in the semifinals on
Saturday. Terrel Harris had nine points and JamesOn Curry also netted nine
points to go along with five assists and four boards before fouling out for
Oklahoma State, which shot 40 percent from the field for the game. Joseph
Jones poured in a game-high 18 points and had seven rebounds for the Aggies
(25-6), who turned the basketball over 13 times and were outscored 33-28 in
the second half after leading most of the game. Josh Carter had 14 points and
Acie Law struggled with just 10 in the loss.

Final Score: (8) North Carolina 73, Florida State 58

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) – Wayne Ellington scored 18 points, as the eighth-
ranked North Carolina Tar Heels downed the Florida State Seminoles, 73-58, in
the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. The top-seeded Tar Heels (26-6) got
only six points and four rebounds from Tyler Hansbrough, but received 14
points from Ty Lawson, 11 points from Brandan Wright, and 10 points and nine
boards from Reyshawn Terry. Hansbrough sported a facemask to protect a broken
nose. He suffered the injury when Duke’s Gerald Henderson delivered an elbow
to his face in the final seconds of UNC’s 86-72 win over the Blue Devils on
March 4. Florida State’s Al Thornton was in foul trouble for much of the
second half, and only scored 12 points and grabbed six boards before fouling
out with 6:48 left in the game. Toney Douglas and Jerel Allen scored 10 points
each for the ninth-seeded Seminoles (20-12). The Tar Heels will face Boston
College on Saturday for a spot in Sunday’s championship game. The Seminoles,
who had a three-game winning streak snapped with the loss, will anxiously
await the release of the brackets for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, but most
likely are again destined for a berth in the National Invitation Tournament.

Final Score: (9) Georgetown 84, (20) Notre Dame 82

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Jeff Green scored a career-high 30 points and
hit the go-ahead shot in the lane with 13 seconds remaining, as ninth-ranked
Georgetown edged No. 20 Notre Dame, 84-82, in the semifinals of the Big East
Tournament. Green also had 12 rebounds for the Hoyas (25-6), who will face
Pittsburgh in the final Saturday night. The Panthers beat Louisville, 65-59,
in Friday’s other semifinal. DaJuan Summers contributed 18 points and Patrick
Ewing Jr. added 15 for the top-seeded Hoyas, who rallied from a 14-point
deficit in the first half to advance to the conference final for the first
time since losing to Connecticut in 1996. Georgetown’s last tourney
championship in the Big East was 1989. Russell Carter scored 21 and pulled
down nine rebounds, but missed the potential winning shot in the closing
seconds for the Fighting Irish (24-7), who will now await for an at-large bid
to the NCAA Tournament. Tory Jackson had 20 points for Notre Dame, while Colin
Falls scored 14 and Luke Harangody had 11 before fouling out on Green’s final

Final Score: Utah State 79, (10) Nevada 77

Las Cruces, NM (Sports Network) – Jaycee Carroll poured in 24 points as Utah
State slipped past top-seeded Nevada, 79-77, in the semifinals of the Western
Athletic Conference Tournament at Pan American Center. Chaz Spicer, who
drained two free throws to break a 77-77 tie with 2.5 seconds to play, had 20
points and pulled down five rebounds for the fourth-seeded Aggies (23-10), who
advance to play New Mexico State for the right to move on to the NCAA
Tournament. Nevada’s Nick Fazekas got the inbounds pass to Ramon Sessions, but
his desperation three-pointer wasn’t even close. Durrall Peterson scored 13
points, grabbed six boards and dished out four assists for Utah State, which
finished 43 percent shooting from the field. Marcelus Kemp led the 10th-ranked
Wolfpack (28-4) with 24 points, while Fazekas posted 20 points with 10
rebounds in defeat. Sessions donated 12 points and pulled down six boards for
Nevada, which fell to Utah State by the same score on March 1. The Wolfpack,
which are still assured of their fourth straight NCAA tournament bid, shot 47
percent from the floor.

Final Score: Southern California 70, (11) Washington State 61

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Gabe Pruitt went 6-for-7 from three-point
range and finished with 26 points as Southern California upset 11th-ranked
Washington State, 70-61, to advance to the Pac-10 Tournament championship. Taj
Gibson and Lodrick Stewart each scored 15 points, while Gibson pulled down
nine rebounds for the third-seeded Trojans (24-10), who will square off with
Oregon for the tournament title. Derrick Low scored 15 points but shot just 5-
of-16 for the Cougars (25-7), who had beaten USC twice during the regular
season by a total of five points.

Final Score: (13) Pittsburgh 65, (12) Louisville 59

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Antonio Graves scored 23 points and went
4-of-6 from three-point range to lead 13th-ranked Pittsburgh to a 65-59
victory over No. 12 Louisville in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament.
Mike Cook tallied 13 points and eight rebounds for the Panthers (27-6), who
scored the opening 17 points of the second half to advance to Saturday’s
championship versus Georgetown. The top-seeded Hoyas beat Notre Dame, 84-82,
in Friday’s first semifinal. The Panthers won despite having their best
player, center Aaron Gray, in foul trouble. Gray was limited to eight points
and was on the floor for only 14 minutes, but still the Panthers are into the
championship game for the sixth time in the last seven years. Pittsburgh won
its only championship in 2003, beating Connecticut in the final. Terrence
Williams had 18 points and Earl Clark pulled down 12 rebounds for the
Cardinals (23-9), who blew an 11-point halftime lead.

Final Score: (15) Texas 74, Baylor 69

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Kevin Durant rebounded from a slow start
to finish with 29 points and 13 rebounds, as 15th-ranked Texas came from
behind to edge Baylor, 74-69, in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12
Tournament at Ford Center. Durant, who had just five points at halftime,
emerged in the second half to help Texas overcome a 20-point deficit. A.J.
Abrams added 16 points while Damion James and Craig Winder each had eight
points for the Longhorns (23-8), who earned the right to face Oklahoma State
in the semifinals on Saturday. Curtis Jerrells netted 19 points and pulled
down nine rebounds for the Bears (15-16), who led by 18 points at halftime and
by as many as 20 in the second half.

Final Score: (16) Oregon 81, California 63

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Tajuan Porter scored 24 points and Malik
Hairston had 22 as 16th-ranked Oregon defeated California, 81-63, in the
semifinal round of the Pac-10 Tournament. Maarty Leunen posted 13 points, five
rebounds and five assists while Aaron Brooks added 10 points and six assists
for the fourth-seeded Ducks (25-7), who face USC for the championship. Ryan
Anderson and Theo Robertson each had 17 points for the Golden Bears (16-17)
while Robertson grabbed 12 rebounds.

Final Score: (23) BYU 96, Wyoming 84

Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) – Trent Plaisted tied his career-high with 27
points and also cleared 10 boards, and No. 23 BYU held off Wyoming, 96-84, in
the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament at Thomas & Mack
Center. Lee Cummard scored 21 points and had seven rebounds for the top-seeded
Cougars (25-7), who have won 20 of their last 23 games overall, including 12
of the last 13, and will play for the conference championship for the first
time since 2001. The team will face UNLV in the final on Saturday. Austin
Ainge chipped in with 16 points, and conference player of the year Keena Young
had a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards for BYU. Brad Jones had 23
points, seven rebounds and five assists for the fifth-seeded Cowboys (17-15),
who came in winners of three of their last four games in the MWC Tournament.
Brandon Ewing also donated 23 points, and Eric Platt finished with 13 for

Final Score: (25) UNLV 88, Colorado State 72

Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) – Senior guard Kevin Kruger scored 21 points,
including five three-pointers, and also dished out nine assists as 25th-ranked
UNLV trounced Colorado State, 88-72, in the semifinals of the Mountain West
Conference Tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center. Wink Adams chipped in with
18 points, and Michael Umeh had 15 for the Runnin’ Rebels (27-6), who notched
their sixth straight victory one day removed from setting a tournament record
for the largest margin of victory with an 80-54 win over Utah in the
quarterfinals. UNLV will battle top-seeded and 23rd-ranked BYU for the
conference championship on Saturday afternoon. Jason Smith had 16 points and
11 boards for sixth-seeded CSU (17-13), which upset San Diego State, 69-64, in
the quarterfinals on Thursday. Prior to the tournament, the Rams had lost
three of their last four games. Stuart Creason had 14 points, Cory Lewis and
Tim Denson added 13 apiece, and Tyler Smith finished with 11 points for the