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Gainesville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The top-ranked Florida Gators concluded the regular season with yet another victory in SEC play. The Gators became the first team to make it through an 18-game SEC schedule undefeated with an 84-65 victory over the 25th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday. Patric Young had 18 points and seven rebounds for Florida (29-2, 18-0 SEC), which extended its program-record winning streak to 23 games. Casey Prather and Scottie Wilbekin tallied 15 and 13 points, respectively. The Gators, who have won a school-record 32 straight home games, shot 59.6 percent from the field and went 9-of-15 from beyond the arc. Julius Randle ended with 16 points and 10 boards for the Wildcats (22-9, 12-6), who turned the ball over 14 times. James Young added 14 points.

Final Score: (2) Wichita State 67, Missouri State 42

St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Cleanthony Early scored 20 points and No. 2 Wichita State rolled to a 67-42 win over Missouri State on Saturday that moved the unbeaten Shockers into the final of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. The Shockers (33-0) will face Indiana State in Sunday's final. They are one win away from tying UNLV's 23-year-old record for best start to a season. Tekele Cotton added 13 points for Wichita State, which held the fourth-seeded Bears (20-12) under 32 percent shooting. Gavin Thurman had nine points to lead Missouri State. The Shockers haven't lost since falling to eventual champion Louisville in the Final Four last year. UNLV made it to the NCAA tournament perfect in 1990-91 and was 34-0 before losing to Duke in the Final Four. The top-seeded Shockers beat Evansville by 22 on Friday in their tournament opener and led by as many as 38 on Saturday.

Final Score: Oregon 64, (3) Arizona 57

Eugene, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Jason Calliste and Johnathan Loyd connected on consecutive 3-pointers during a late 14-1 run as Oregon bolstered its NCAA tournament chances with an upset of No. 3 Arizona on Saturday. Calliste had 18 points and Loyd scored 16 in the Ducks' 64-57 victory -- their seventh straight win to end the regular season. Their 3-pointers stretched a two- point lead to eight with under three minutes to play. Arizona went almost eight minutes between field goals before T.J. McConnell's three made it a 59-54 game with 1:56 left. The Wildcats later pulled within four points but missed a chance to get closer when Nick Johnson was blocked down low by Ben Carter. Calliste made two free throws at the other end to make it a 63-57 game with just 28.9 seconds left. Seven Oregon seniors were honored in their final home game, including Calliste and Loyd, and Ducks coach Dana Altman said the energy in Matthew Knight Arena helped carry his team down the stretch. Senior Mike Moser added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Ducks (22-8, 10-8 Pac-12), who were seen as a bubble team by many observers coming into the game. Aaron Gordon scored 21 points to lead the Wildcats (28-3, 15-3), who had a five-game winning streak snapped. Arizona clinched the Pac-12 regular- season title with a win over Stanford last Sunday and will have a first-round bye in next week's conference tournament. The Wildcats out- shot Oregon overall 42.3 percent to 41.2 percent but the Ducks made 10 of their 19 3-point attempts.

Final Score: (4) Duke 93, (14) North Carolina 81

Durham, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jabari Parker went out with a bang in perhaps his final home game at Duke, tallying a career-high 30 points to lead the fourth-ranked Blue Devils to a 93-81 drubbing of North Carolina that ended the No. 14 Tar Heels' 12-game win streak. Three days after being dealt a startling 10-point loss at ACC also-ran Wake Forest, Duke (24-7, 13-5 ACC) bounced back from that result and avenged last month's 74-66 setback to the Tar Heels behind big efforts from Parker -- widely believed to be declaring for this year's NBA Draft -- and Rodney Hood to clinch the No. 3 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament. Parker added 11 rebounds while going 10-of-17 from the field, while Hood delivered 24 points on an 8-of-13 shooting rate. Marcus Paige scored 24 points for North Carolina (23-8, 13-5), which shot 59.6 percent as a team but was badly beaten on the glass, recording 20 rebounds to the Blue Devils' 34 and giving up 20 second-chance points to its Tobacco Road rival. Bryce Johnson finished with 15 points and nine rebounds in the Tar Heels' first loss since a 76-61 defeat at Virginia on Jan. 20. North Carolina will be the ACC Tournament's fourth seed.

Final Score: (6) Villanova 77, Georgetown 59

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Darrun Hilliard picked up 19 points and five assists as No. 6 Villanova took down Georgetown, 77-59, on Saturday. JayVaughn Pinkston added 13 points and seven boards for the Wildcats (28-3, 16-2 Big East), already the owners of the No. 1 seed in the upcoming conference tourney, who finished the year with six consecutive wins and 12 in their last 13. Ryan Arcidiacono had 11 points and Kris Jenkins contributed 10 and five boards for Villanova, which posted its highest win total since going 30-8 in 2008-09. Markel Starks totaled a game-high 20 points for the Hoyas (17-13, 8-10), losers in four of six to end the regular season. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 14 points and Aaron Bowen scored 13 in defeat.

Final Score: West Virginia 92, (8) Kansas 86

Morgantown, WV (SportsNetwork.com) - Juwan Staten had 24 points, nine assists and five rebounds as West Virginia held off eighth-ranked Kansas for a 92-86 win at WVU Coliseum on Saturday. The Mountaineers (17-14, 9-9 Big 12) led by as many as 25 in the second half, but saw that lead evaporate to just five with less than a minute to go. WVU went 7-for-8 from the line down the stretch to seal its first-ever win over Kansas. Eron Harris added 28 points on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range and Devin Williams finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Mountaineers, who will face Texas in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament. Andrew Wiggins provided his most impressive performance of the season, pouring in a season-high 41 points to go with eight rebounds, five steals, four blocks and two assists. The highly- touted freshman was 12-for-18 from the field and finished 15-for-19 from the free-throw line. Perry Ellis added 14 points for Kansas (23-8, 14-4). The Jayhawks dropped two of their last three regular-season games, but had already secured the top seed in the upcoming Big 12 tournament. Kansas will play the winner of Oklahoma State/Texas Tech in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.

Final Score: (10) San Diego State 51, (21) New Mexico 48

San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - San Diego State couldn't stop Cameron Bairstow, so head coach Steve Fisher turned to a 1-3-1 zone. New Mexico never had an answer. Xavier Thames had 23 points and five steals and No. 10 San Diego State clinched the Mountain West regular-season title with a 51-48 victory over 21st-ranked New Mexico. After Alex Kirk's jumper staked the Lobos to a 41-25 advantage with 12:04 left, the Aztecs (27-3, 16-2 MWC) switched to the zone and Bairstow, who had 19 points to that point, netted just one the rest of the way. Bairstow had 26 points in New Mexico's 58-44 triumph over San Diego State on Feb. 22. San Diego State, meanwhile, closed the game on a 26-7 run. Dwayne Polee II, who anchored the zone, tallied four of the Aztecs' eight steals in the final 12 minutes. The Aztecs, who won despite shooting 39.6 percent (19-of-48) from the floor and missing all nine of their 3-point attempts, closed the year with four straight wins. Kirk finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for New Mexico (24-6, 15-3), which had its six-game winning streak snapped.

Final Score: (11) Louisville 81, (19) Connecticut 48

Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Montrezl Harrell had 20 points and 11 rebounds as No. 11 Louisville thrashed 19th-ranked Connecticut 81-48 to earn a share of the inaugural American Athletic Conference regular-season title. Luke Hancock scored 16 points and freshly named Wooden Award finalist Russ Smith dished out a personal-best 13 assists for the Cardinals (26-5, 15-3 American), who joined No. 15 Cincinnati atop the league standings. Cincinnati won a coin flip to claim the top seed for next week's conference tournament. UConn is the No. 4 seed and will play Memphis in the quarterfinals. DeAndre Daniels had 17 points and eight rebounds for UConn (24-7, 12-6), while leading scorer Shabazz Napier was held to nine points on 2-of-13 shooting, including 1-of-10 from 3-point range. Napier is also a finalist for the Wooden Award. Louisville's defense stifled the Huskies, limiting them to season- worst 29.4 percent shooting and forcing 22 turnovers.

Final Score: (12) Michigan 84, Indiana 80

Ann Arbor, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Nik Stauskas put the finishing touches on a terrific regular season, depositing 21 points in 12th-ranked Michigan's 84-80 triumph over Indiana from Crisler Center. Stauskas reached double figures for the eighth consecutive game for the Wolverines (23-7, 15-3 Big Ten), who had already clinched the outright Big Ten regular season title. Glenn Robinson III added 20 points and Jordan Morgan shot 7-of-8 for 15 points and 10 rebounds. Will Sheehey paced Indiana (17-14, 7-11) with 17 points, while Troy Williams and Yogi Ferrell netted 16 apiece as the Hoosiers' three-game winning streak over the Maize and Blue came to an end.

Final Score: (13) Creighton 88, Providence 73

Omaha, NE (SportsNetwork.com) - Creighton senior forward Doug McDermott saved his best collegiate performance for his final regular-season game. McDermott tallied a career-high 45 points on Creighton's Senior Night, as the 13th- ranked Bluejays cruised to an 88-73 triumph over Providence on Saturday at CenturyLink Center. McDermott shot 17-of-25 from the floor, including 5- of-7 from 3-point range, as he moved into 7th place in NCAA history with 3,011 points, passing both Oscar Robertson and Hersey Hawkins following his fantastic effort against the Friars. With the win, Creighton secured the second seed in the upcoming Big East tournament, giving the Bluejays a bye into the quarterfinals, where they will meet the winner of the first-round matchup between DePaul and Georgetown on March 13. Austin Chatman chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds for the Bluejays (24-6, 14-4 Big East), who snapped a two-game slide by shooting an impressive 64.7 percent (33-of-51) from the floor. Bryce Cotton paced Providence (20-11, 10-8) with 23 points, while LaDontae Henton had 21 points and seven boards for the Friars, who were looking for a season sweep of the Bluejays after besting them at home on Jan. 18. Providence will play St. John's in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament on Thursday.

Final Score: (15) Cincinnati 70, Rutgers 66

Piscataway, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Sean Kilpatrick scored five of his 24 points in the final 1:08 as No. 15 Cincinnati secured a share of the inaugural American Athletic Conference regular-season title with a 70-66 win over Rutgers. The Bearcats were down 64-63 after a 6-0 Rutgers run. Myles Mack used a shot fake and hit from just inside the arc on the right wing to give the Scarlet Knights the lead with 3:18 remaining. Justin Jackson and Kilpatrick carried Cincinnati down the stretch. After putting back his own miss from in the paint, Jackson threw a bounce pass to Kilpatrick, who drew a foul on a layup. His free throw made it 68-64. Rutgers then benefited from a questionable goaltending call to draw within two. On the next Cincinnati possession, Kilpatrick, a finalist for the Wooden Award, slashed through the lane for a game-sealing layup. Jackson finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bearcats (26-5, 15-3 American), who were joined atop the league standings by 11th-ranked Louisville after the Cardinals routed No. 19 Connecticut on Saturday. Cincinnati won a coin flip to claim the top seed for next week's conference tournament. J.J. Moore had 19 points and Kadeem Jack added 15 with 12 rebounds for Rutgers (11-20, 5-13), which ended the regular season having lost six of seven.

Final Score: (16) Iowa State 85, Oklahoma State 81 (OT)

Ames, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - DeAndre Kane scored 27 points to go with eight assists and seven rebounds to lead 16th-ranked Iowa State to an 85-81 overtime win over Oklahoma State. Georges Niang added 22 points and six rebounds and Melvin Ejim scored 12 points and pulled down eight boards for the Cyclones (23-7, 11-7 Big 12), who finished fourth and will play Kansas State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament on Thursday. Marcus Smart scored 27 points and Markel Brown added 26 points and 12 boards for the Cowboys (20-11, 8-10), who fell into eighth place in the conference standings. OSU will face ninth seed Texas Tech in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament on Wednesday.

Final Score: (20) Memphis 67, (18) SMU 58

Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Jackson totaled 15 of his team-high 18 points after intermission, as No. 20 Memphis used a strong second half to dispatch 18th-ranked SMU, 67-58, at FedEx Forum. Austin Nichols contributed 14 and nine rebounds for the Tigers (23-8, 12-6 AAC), who shook off a 13- point loss to Cincinnati their last time out and avenged a 15-point loss to the Dallas-area program in early February. Fifth-seeded Memphis will take on fourth-seed UConn in the quarterfinals of the AAC tourney on Thursday. Nic Moore recorded 16 points and seven assists for the Mustangs (23-8, 12-6), who dropped their final two games after winning three straight. Markus Kennedy and Nick Russell each had 13 in the setback. SMU rose to the third seed due to tiebreakers, and will face sixth-seeded Houston in the quarters.

Final Score: (23) Oklahoma 97, TCU 67

Fort Worth, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Buddy Hield scored a game-high 24 points to go with eight rebounds and four assists in No. 23 Oklahoma's 97-67 dismantling of TCU. Cameron Clark and Isaiah Cousins scored 18 points apiece and Ryan Spangler finished with 10 for the Sooners (23-8, 12-6 Big 12), who secured the second seed in the upcoming Big 12 tournament. Oklahoma will face the winner of Baylor/TCU in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Jarvis Ray scored 18 points, Kyan Anderson finished with 17 points and Karviar Shepherd scored 10 for the Horned Frogs (9-21, 0-18), who haven't won a conference game since taking down Oklahoma March 9, 2013.

Final Score: Illinois 66, (24) Iowa 63

Iowa City, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jon Ekey rose up from the wing and buried a contested 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left to lift Illinois to a 66-63 win over No. 24 Iowa on Saturday. Ekey, who finished with 12 points off the bench, knocked down a trey with three minutes left to give the Illini a 63-59 lead before Roy Devyn Marble and Gabriel Olaseni converted back-to-back layups to tie the game at 63-apiece to set up the late-game heroics. Rayvonte Rice paced Illinois (18-13, 7-11 Big Ten) with 15 points, while Nnanna Egwu and Kendrick Nunn scored 14 and 10 points, respectively, in the Illini's fourth win in their last five games. Aaron White led Iowa (20-11, 9-9) with 12 points and eight rebounds in the setback. Adam Woodbury and Mike Gesell each netted 11 points, while seniors Marble and Melsahn Basabe scored eight and six points, respectively, in their final game at Carver Hawkeye Arena. Iowa has lost two straight to close the regular season and five of its last six overall. The loss also snapped a 30-game home winning streak to unranked opponents.

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