CHICAGO — vans scored 16 points in a terrific all-around performance and No. 22 Wisconsin upset No. 3 Indiana 68-56 in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament Saturday.
The Badgers allowed only seven points after the top-seeded Hoosiers pulled within one with 9:45 left. They earned their 12th consecutive win against Indiana, tying a record for any school against the powerhouse program, and will play No. 10 Ohio State in today’s final.
Ben Brust added 12 points for Wisconsin (23-10), which has won three straight and six of eight. Sam Dekker scored nine of his 11 points in the second half, including seven in a row during one impressive burst.
Christian Watford scored 14 points for Indiana (27-6), and Cody Zeller had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Victor Oladipo scored 10, but was 4 for 12 from the field.
The Hoosiers, who won the regular-season conference title, now have to wait to see if they did enough to earn a coveted No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament.
Big Ten Conference
No. 10 Ohio State 61,
No. 8 Michigan State 58
CHICAGO — Aaron Craft came on strong in the second half to finish with 20 points and lead No. 10 Ohio State past No. 8 Michigan State on Saturday in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.
Craft keyed a seven-point spurt midway through the second half that stretched the lead to 55-47, and the Buckeyes (25-7) came away with the win after the Spartans (25-8) pulled within one. The victory avenged a loss in last year’s championship game.
Deshaun Thomas scored 16 even though he hit just 6 of 19 shots — 2 of 11 3-pointers — and the Buckeyes won their seventh straight.
Derrick Nix led Michigan State with 17 points and nine rebounds. Keith Appling scored 16 points, but the Spartans came up short in this one.
Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament
No. 9 Miami 81,
N.C. State 71
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Durand Scott knocked down the shots to turn away North Carolina State’s best pushes, and Shane Larkin provided the steady floor leadership that kept ninth-ranked Miami in control.
Scott scored a career-high 32 points to help the Hurricanes beat the Wolfpack 81-71 on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals, earning the program’s first trip to the final.
Shane Larkin added 23 for the top-seeded Hurricanes (26-6), who before Saturday had reached the ACC semifinals just once before — as a No. 12 seed making a surprise run before falling to eventual national champion Duke in 2010. Now they’re heading to today’s final to face third-seeded North Carolina, which beat Maryland in the other semifinal.
Southeastern Conference Tournament
No. 13 Florida 61,
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Held scoreless for the first 25 minutes, Kenny Boynton had 11 straight points during a critical 15-0 run Saturday as No. 13 Florida erased a 10-point, second-half deficit to beat Alabama in a Southeastern Conference semifinal.
The top-seeded Gators (26-6) advanced to the championship game today against No. 3 seed Mississippi (25-8), which defeated Vanderbilt 64-52 in the other semifinal. Alabama (21-12), the tournament’s No. 4 seed, will spend today waiting to learn its fate from the NCAA tournament selection committee.
Boynton scored all 16 of his points during a 7-minute span. Patric Young had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Gators. Mike Rosario added 10 points. Trevor Releford scored 12 points, and Nick Jacobs and Lacey each added 11 for Alabama.
Atlantic 10 Conference
No. 16 Saint Louis 67,
NEW YORK — Dwayne Evans nearly set a career high in points for the second straight day, and No. 16 Saint Louis’ defense locked down Butler in the second half for a win.
Evans had 24 points and 11 rebounds after going for 25 and nine in the quarterfinals against Charlotte. He’s 15 for 19 from the floor and 18 of 20 from the foul line in the tournament.
Butler was up 24-17 with 5½ minutes left in the first half, then shot 11 for 37 from the field the rest of the way. Leading scorer Rotnei Clarke had 10 points in the first 11 minutes; he managed only six more.
No. 25 VCU 71,
NEW YORK — No. 25 VCU gained some breathing room against the pesky Minutemenon a Rob Brandenberg 3-pointer, and the Rams won to reach the Atlantic 10 tournament title game in their first season in the conference.
Brandenberg’s 3, with Chaz Williams draped all over him, put VCU up 68-61 with 81 seconds left.
Troy Daniels made six 3-pointers to score 20 points, and the Rams forced 24 turnovers.
Williams ended his A-10 tournament run back home in Brooklyn with 62 points in three games for sixth-seeded UMass (21-11), which upset Temple in Friday’s quarterfinals. He scored 18 on 7-of-12 shooting Saturday.
No. 20 Memphis 91,
Southern Miss 79, 2OT
TULSA, Okla. — With the best performances of his career, the Conference USA tournament belonged to Chris Crawford.
Crawford scored 20 of his 23 points in the final 13 minutes, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in double overtime, and the Tigers beat Southern Miss to cut down the nets in the Conference USA tournament for the third straight year.
Joe Jackson, the Tigers’ leading scorer, added 22 points after being held scoreless for the first time all season in the semifinals.
Daveon Boardingham scored 19 points and Jonathan Mills had 15 points and 17 rebounds for second-seeded Southern Miss (25-9).
It nearly clinched an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Instead, the Golden Eagles must hope to get their second straight at-large bid today during the NCAA Tournament selections.