Maryland shocks No. 2 Duke in ACC quarterfinals
Dez Wells gave the floor a hard slap, and No. 2 Duke certainly felt it. It knocked the Blue Devils out of the Atlantic Coast Conference...
The Associated Press
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Dez Wells gave the floor a hard slap, and No. 2 Duke certainly felt it.
It knocked the Blue Devils out of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament early — and maybe off the No. 1-seed line for the NCAA tournament, too.
Wells scored a career-high 30 points and Maryland upset Duke 83-74 on Friday night in the ACC tournament quarterfinals.
Wells was 9 of 13 from the field and 10 of 10 from the free throw line to lead the seventh-seeded Terrapins (22-11), who delivered the first big shocker of the week in Greensboro and advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2009.
"You have to be good and be lucky to beat a great team. We're a little bit of both," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "Watching them play tonight, I think they fully expected to win that game and that's a good feeling when you have such a young basketball team to play on such a big stage in such a big game and to play with the poise that they played tonight."
They never trailed, held the league's best three-point-shooting team to 4 of 25 from beyond the arc and bolstered their NCAA tournament credentials by beating Duke for the second straight time.
"One of the things during this time of the year ... is that if you lose, it's final," coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "Our team did not feel that. And now we have to understand that that's the way it is. I mean, if you don't do it, it's done."
Mason Plumlee had 19 points to lead the second-seeded Blue Devils (27-5).
Wisconsin tops Michigan
CHICAGO — Ben Brust scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half and No. 22 Wisconsin knocked off sixth-ranked Michigan 68-59 in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Friday.
Traevon Jackson had 16 points for the Badgers (22-10), who will play top-seeded Indiana in the semifinals on Saturday. Ryan Evans added 12 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Trey Burke had 19 points and seven assists for Michigan (26-7), but the Big Ten player of the year was 8 for 22 from the field. Tim Hardaway Jr. shook off a leg injury in the first half and finished with 14 points and nine boards.
Wisconsin finally found its shooting stroke in the second half, putting together a 10-0 run to take a 29-24 lead with 15:09 to go.
Big East tournament
No. 19 Syracuse advanced to the championship game in New York with a 58-55 overtime victory over No. 5 Georgetown in the final conference clash of their storied heavyweight rivalry. In the title game, Syracuse will face No. 4 Louisville, which beat No. 24 Notre Dame 69-57 in the other semifinal. Peyton Siva, the former Franklin star, had 12 points for Louisville.
Big Ten Tournament
Cody Zeller scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 3 Indiana past Illinois 80-64 in a quarterfinal. Indiana will face Wisconsin in Saturday's semifinals in Chicago.
• No. 8 Michigan State earned a rugged 59-56 victory over Iowa in the quarterfinals. Iowa will have to sweat out a nervous Selection Sunday, while the Spartans will play No. 10 Ohio State on Saturday. The Buckeyes routed Nebraska, 71-50, in another quarterfinal.
Shane Larkin scored 20 points to help No. 9 Miami withstand an early scare and beat Boston College, 69-58, in the quarterfinals in Greensboro, N.C. Miami advanced to a semifinal matchup on Saturday with North Carolina State, which beat Virginia 75-56.
• P.J. Hairston scored 21 points to help North Carolina beat Florida State, 83-62, and advance to a semifinal matchup with Maryland on Saturday.
Big 12 Tournament
Perry Ellis scored a career-high 23 points, and No. 7 Kansas pulled away in the second half to beat Iowa State 88-73 in Kansas City, Mo., and reach the final. The Jayhawks will face rival No. 11 Kansas State, which beat No. 14 Oklahoma State 68-57 in the other semifinal behind Rodney McGruder's 25 points.
Derrick Millinghaus made a driving basket with 1.1 seconds left Friday as Mississippi rallied from a 14-point, second-half deficit to beat Missouri, 64-62, in the quarterfinals. Mississippi's semifinal opponent will be Vanderbilt, which beat Kentucky 64-48 in the quarterfinals, putting the Wildcats' hopes of reaching the NCAA tournament in serious doubt.
• Erik Murphy scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds to help No. 13 Florida past LSU, 80-58 in the quarterfinals. Florida's semifinal opponent will be Alabama, which beat Tennesse 58-48.