Connecticut clinches share of Big East title

Charlotte lost in overtime to No. 7 George Washington.
STORRS, Conn. -- Marcus Williams went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final 48 seconds and No. 2 Connecticut clinched a share of the Big East regular-season championship with an 84-80 victory over Louisville on Saturday.
The Huskies (27-2, 14-2) won part of the regular season title for the 10th time by winning their fifth straight game overall and 16th of 17.
Connecticut, which was No. 1 in The Associated Press' Top 25 for four weeks before losing to Villanova on Feb. 13, could move back to the top of the poll since No. 1 Duke lost at Florida State on Wednesday.
Juan Palacios had a career-high 29 points for the Cardinals (18-11, 6-10).
No. 7 George Washington 86, Charlotte 85, OT
WASHINGTON -- Carl Elliott's basket at the buzzer of overtime helped George Washington complete its first perfect Atlantic 10 season.
Elliott caught Noel Wilmore's 3-point air ball in traffic in the paint and lofted the ball into the basket at the buzzer, extending the nation's longest winning streak to 18 games. The Colonials (26-1, 16-0) matched Temple in 1983-84 and 1987-88 and St. Joseph's in 2003-04 as teams with a perfect conference slate.
The Colonials got a huge break in the final 10 seconds of overtime when Charlotte was assessed with a technical foul. Maureece Rice missed a short jumper in traffic with the score 84-82. Charlotte got the rebound, but play was stopped because of an altercation between the 49ers' Leemire Goldwire and GW's Mike Hall with 5.7 seconds left.
No. 10 Illinois 75, No. 25 Michigan State 68
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Dee Brown scored 16 of his 20 points after halftime and made two 3-pointers during a 12-0 run midway through the second half to lift Illinois.
The Illini (25-5, 11-5 Big Ten) closed the regular season with five wins in six games and will share the conference title if last-place Purdue upsets Ohio State on the road today.
No. 11 Tennessee 68,Vanderbilt 59
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Chris Lofton scored 21 points to help Tennessee erase a 16-point second-half deficit.
C.J. Watson added 11 points for Tennessee (21-6, 12-4 Southeastern Conference). Andre Patterson and Major Wingate scored 10 points each for the Vols.
No. 12 Boston College 59,Virginia Tech 57
BOSTON -- Jared Dudley had 16 points and nine rebounds and Craig Smith scored 12 to help Boston College beat Virginia Tech.
BC (24-6, 11-5 ACC) had already clinched a bye in the first-round of the conference tournament, and the victory means the Eagles wouldn't have to play top-ranked Duke until the league championship game.
No. 15 UCLA 75, Stanford 54
STANFORD, Calif. -- UCLA can savor the Pac-10 championship all alone.
Arron Afflalo led four players in double figures with 16 points and the Bruins captured their first conference title in nine years, securing the top seed in next week's Pac-10 tournament.
Cincinnati 78,No. 16 West Virginia 75
CINCINNATI -- Power forward Eric Hicks wiped away tears after a pre-game embrace from ousted coach Bob Huggins, then scored 18 points to lead Cincinnati.
Huggins attended a game at the Bearcats' arena for the first time since he was forced out last August. He got a standing ovation and hugged the Bearcats' five seniors during pregame festivities -- a surreal start to an important game for Cincinnati.
No. 18 Kansas 66, Kansas St. 52
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Brandon Rush tied a career high with 24 points, and Kansas clinched a share of the Big 12 championship.
Kansas (22-7, 13-3 Big 12), which had been projected to be in a rebuilding mode this year, can win its sixth conference title outright if No. 6 Texas loses its regular-season finale to No. 19 Oklahoma today.
No. 21 LSU 55, Mississippi 52
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Glen Davis scored 15 points, including five free throws down the stretch, to help LSU hold off Mississippi.
LSU (22-7, 14-2 SEC) made 12 of 15 foul shots over the final 5:30 to seal the victory.
Davis made five of seven foul shots while Tasmin Mitchell made all four of his free throw attempts and Darrel Mitchell hit three of four down the stretch.
Wake Forest 76,No. 22 N.C. State 63
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Eric Williams had 22 points and 16 rebounds to help Wake Forest beat North Carolina State.
Justin Gray scored 16 points for the Demon Deacons (15-15, 3-13 Atlantic Coast Conference), who head into next week's league tournament as the 12th seed despite entering the season ranked 18th nationally.
No. 23 Iowa 59, Wisconsin 44
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jeff Horner scored 22 points, Adam Haluska added 16 and Iowa completed the best home season in school history.
The Hawkeyes (22-8, 11-5 Big Ten)-- who clinched at least a No. 2 seed for the Big Ten tournament -- finished with a school-record 17 home wins and went unbeaten in Iowa City for the first time since 1965-66.
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