NCAA COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL Thursday’s tournament games
No. 1 Virginia 75 Louisville 58
Kyle Guy and No. 1 Virginia looked like healthy favorites in their postseason debut, beating Louisville in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. Guy scored 19 points in his speedy return from a sprained left knee and the top-seeded Cavaliers (29-2) weathered a second-half charge. They’ll play 19th-ranked and fourth-seeded Clemson in the first semifinal tonight in Brooklyn. The ninth-seeded Cardinals (20-13) will sweat out Selection Sunday hoping for an at-large bid.
No. 2 Villanova 94, Marquette 70
Jay Wright became the winningest coach in Villanova history with 414, and the No. 2 Wildcats opened defense of their Big East Tournament championship in a win over Marquette. Wright improved to 414-165 since he took the job in 2001 and has led the Wildcats to the 2009 Final Four and 2016 national championship. He was tied with Al Severance, who went 413-201 from 1936-1961. He’s alone atop the record book — and should put the total far out of reach. The Wildcats (28-4) took control in the second half and showed why their third tournament title in four years is within reach. Mikal Bridges hit four 3s and scored 25 points and Big East player of the year Jalen Brunson scored 21. The Wildcats made 15 of 29 3s — a stunning 11 of 17 in the second half. Villanova is the No. 2 team in the AP Top 25 — and the tournament. Xavier won the Big East and earned the top seed even though it lost twice this season to the Wildcats. Markus Howard scored 23 points and Andrew Rowsey had 22 for Marquette. Rowsey had tears running down his cheeks as he sat on the bench in the final minutes.
No. 3 Xavier 88, St. John’s 60
Trevon Bluiett scored 27 points, Kaiser Gates had 16 and Xavier looked every bit the top seed in the Big East Tournament. The teams scuffled on the postgame handshake line and had to be separated as the crowd stood for the unexpected fracas. The Musketeers (28-4) dominated in the second half on the Red Storm’s home court at Madison Square Garden. Xavier plays Providence in a semifinal today. Marvin Clark II led St. John’s (16-17) with 18 points.
No. 5 Duke 88, Notre Dame 70
Marvin Bagley III had 33 points and 17 rebounds, Grayson Allen made his first five 3-pointers and No. 5 Duke rolled to victory over Notre Dame in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament quarterfinals. Allen finished with 23 points. Duke, the defending champion after beating Notre Dame in the title game last year, earned its 100th ACC Tournament victory. Bonzie Colson had 18 points and nine rebounds for the 10th-seeded Fighting Irish (20-14), who were unable to score the marquee victory over a top team that might have been a huge boost to their NCAA Tournament resume.
No. 9 Kansas 82, Oklahoma State 68
KANSAS CITY, MO.
Malik Newman scored a career-high 30 points, Svi Mykhailiuk added 13 and Kansas reached the Big 12 semifinals. Devonte Graham added 10 points, four rebounds and nine assists for the top-seeded Jayhawks (25-7), who were swept by the Cowboys (19-14) in the regular season but broke through when it mattered. They advanced to play Kansas State. Jeffrey Carroll scored 17 points and Kendall Smith had 14 for the No. 8 seed Cowboys.
No. 14 Texas Tech 73, Texas 69
KANSAS CITY, MO.
Keenan Evans scored 25 points, including a pretty fadeaway jumper in the closing minutes, and No. 14 Texas Tech held off hot-shooting Jacob Young and Texas for a victory in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals. Jarrett Culver added 13 points for the deep and talented Red Raiders (24-8), who had lost four of their last five in the regular season but appeared to recapture their mojo in Kansas City. Young had a career-high 29 points for the Longhorns (19-14), going 11 of 17 from the field and 6 of 7 from beyond the arc. But he missed a wide open layup with 36 seconds left that would have gotten the Longhorns within 70-67, and Evans made a free throw at the other end to help seal it. Matt Coleman added 20 points for No. 7 seed Texas, which got star freshman Mo Bamba back from a toe sprain that had caused him to miss three games. The big man was still a step slower than normal, and he wound up with 10 points and four rebounds in 14 minutes.
No. 15 Arizona 83, Colorado 67
Allonzo Trier scored 22 points, Dusan Ristic had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Arizona used a big second-half run to roll in the Pac-12 quarterfinals. Arizona (25-7) wasn’t exactly crisp on offense and Pac-12 player of the year Deandre Ayton had a rare quiet day. The Wildcats made up for it with scrappiness, earning a spot in the semifinals. Ayton missed numerous shots he typically makes, fouling out after scoring 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting and grabbing six rebounds. George King had 19 points for Colorado (17-15).
No. 19 Clemson 90, Boston College 82
Gabe DeVoe scored 25 points and Shelton Mitchell had 21 as Clemson advanced to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2011. The fourth-seeded Tigers (23-8) will face top-seeded and Virginia. The Eagles’ excellent backcourt of Jerome Robinson (20 points) and Ky Bowman (23 points) combined to shoot 10 for 32 from the field, a day after the pair scored 50 points to carry BC (19-15) to an upset of North Carolina State. Clemson, picked to finish 13th in the ACC in the preseason, instead is having its best season in seven years under coach Brad Brownell.
No. 22 Nevada 79, UNLV 74
Jordan Caroline had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Nevada in a quarterfinal matchup between in-state rivals in the Mountain West Conference Tournament. Top-seeded Nevada (27-6) used a 22-6 run early in the second half to erase a 12-point deficit and seize momentum after a dismal offensive performance in the first half. Kris Clyburn led No. 8 seed UNLV (20-13) with 19 points and six rebounds.