Anthony Grundy scored 24 points, and Julius Hodge sank a big 3-pointer with 1:17 left to key North Carolina State's 86-82 upset of No. 2 Maryland in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
The Terrapins last captured the ACC title 18 years ago and were riding a 13-game winning streak coming in.
Regular-season ACC champion Maryland (26-4) was in its eighth straight conference semifinal, but it has advanced to the title game just once in that span -- in 2000, when it lost to Duke.
Terrapins star Juan Dixon had an off-game, going 6-of-16 for just 13 points.
No. 3 Duke 79, Wake Forest 64
Mike Dunleavy scored 18 points, Carlos Boozer had 17 and Jason Williams added 15 to lead Duke.
The Blue Devils (28-3), who had their record streak of regular-season ACC titles snapped at five by Maryland, are on the verge of a conference-record fourth straight tournament title.
America East Conference
Boston University 66, Maine 40
The Terriers (22-9) shot 11-of-18 from 3-point range and held Maine to the lowest point total in America East championship game history to earn their first NCAA tournament trip since 1997.
The previous low was 46 points, also by Maine, in 1991.
Atlantic 10 Conference
No. 24 Xavier 73, Richmond 60
David West had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Lionel Chalmers added 19 points for the Musketeers.
Xavier (25-5), which held the Spiders without a field goal for the final 7:12, heads to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year after missing it the previous two seasons.
Big East Conference
No. 19 Connecticut 74, No. 7 Pittsburgh 65, 2OT
In a classic Big East tournament championship game, the Huskies took home their fifth conference title.
Caron Butler, the tournament MVP, gave Connecticut (24-6) the lead for good at 66-64 on a turnaround jumper with 1:59 left in the second overtime. He finished with 23 points for the Huskies, who have won nine straight.
Taliek Brown made a 30-footer as the shot clock expired to give Connecticut a 69-64 lead.
Big East co-player of the year Brandin Knight, who had just checked back into the game after leaving with a knee injury, hoisted a 40-footer for Pittsburgh (27-5) as the buzzer sounded to end the first overtime.
Big Ten Conference
Iowa 62, No. 23 Indiana 60
Luke Recker's 15-foot runner from the right corner as time expired put Iowa (19-14) in the Big Ten title game for the second straight year.
Recker -- who started his college career at Indiana -- finished with 17 points, including the Hawkeyes' last five in the final minute.
No. 21 Ohio State 94, No. 10 Illinois 88
Brian Brown scored a career-high 27 points, and Brent Darby added 23 as the Buckeyes (22-7) reached their first Big Ten tournament title game.
Brian Cook led Illinois (24-8) with 22 points, Frank Williams had 18 and Robert Archibald 16.
Illini guard Cory Bradford -- the tournament's career scoring leader -- had 12 points and passed Eddie Johnson for third place on the school's career scoring list.
Big 12 Conference
No. 1 Kansas 90, Texas Tech 50
Drew Gooden had 16 points and a tournament-record 21 rebounds, and freshman point guard Aaron Miles set a Big 12 tourney mark with 15 assists as Kansas (29-2) led by as many 48.
It was the biggest margin of defeat for a Bob Knight-coached team since Indiana lost to Michigan 112-64 on Feb. 22, 1998.
No. 4 Oklahoma 67, Texas 51
Aaron McGhee had 16 points and 15 rebounds as Oklahoma (26-4) overcame another poor shooting performance.
Ebi Ere and Jason Detrick added 15 points each for the defending tournament champions.
Big Sky Conference
Montana 70, Eastern Washington 66
Tournament MVP Dan Trammel scored 14 points, including a go-ahead layup with 1:51 left, and Montana (16-14) clinched its first NCAA tournament berth since 1997 and fifth overall.
No. 5 Cincinnati 77, No. 13 Marquette 63
Cincinnati (30-3) set a school record for victories and made a strong bid for its first No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Steve Logan, the conference's leading scorer and two-time player of the year, finished with 26 points.
The Bearcats, who play almost exclusively man-to-man defense, confused Marquette (26-6) by switching to a zone midway through the first half. They erased a five-point deficit and pulled away.
Pennsylvania 77, Yale 58
Koko Archibong had 21 points and 16 rebounds as Pennsylvania advanced to the NCAA tournament for the 20th time, beating Yale in an Ivy League playoff game.
Penn (25-6) has won 10 straight since losing at Yale on Feb. 9.
The Bulldogs (20-10) were trying to become the first team other than Penn or Princeton to win the Ivy League title since Cornell in 1988. They have not reached the NCAAs since 1962.
Penn, Princeton and Yale all tied for the Ivy title with 11-3 league records. Yale beat Princeton on Thursday night at the Palestra in Philadelphia, advancing to play the Quakers at Lafayette College for the conference's automatic NCAA bid.
Kent St. 70, Bowling Green 59
Tournament MVP Trevor Huffman scored 17 points as Kent State capped a dominant season in the Mid-American Conference by winning its third tournament title in four years.
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Hampton 80, Howard 62
Tommy Adams scored 19 points, including a key three-point play with 8:14 left, and Hampton won its second consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament title.
No. 15 Arizona 81, No. 22 Southern California 71
Freshman guard Salim Stoudamire scored a career-high 29 points and the Wildcats (22-9) earned the Pac-10's automatic berth to the NCAA tournament, where they'll be making their 18th consecutive appearance.
Arizona has been no lower than a No. 5 seed in the last 12 years, which includes the 1997 national title and a runner-up finish to Duke last year.
Mississippi State 57, LSU 51
Mario Austin scored 17 points, and Marckell Patterson hit a key basket with 25.5 seconds remaining as the Bulldogs (25-7) won their seventh straight.
No. 8 Alabama 65, South Carolina 57
Kenny Walker's three-point play with 26.3 seconds remaining broke a tie and lifted Alabama to victory.
McNeese St. 65, Louisiana-Monroe 43
Fred Gentry's 18 points and game-high 14 rebounds led the top-seeded Cowboys (21-8) to their first NCAA tournament berth in 13 years.
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Alcorn St. 70, Alabama St. 67
Marcus Fleming had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead the Braves (21-9) to their first SWAC title since 1999 and an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
Western Athletic Conference
Hawaii 73, Tulsa 59
Predrag Savovic scored 28 points for Hawaii, which nearly squandered a 16-point lead in the second half.
No. 4 Oklahoma 84, No. 7 Baylor 69
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Stacey Dales scored 25 points as fourth-ranked Oklahoma defeated No. 7 Baylor 84-69 Saturday night for its first Big 12 Conference tournament championship and an NCAA berth.
No. 8 Louisiana Tech 53, Hawaii 50
TULSA, Okla. -- Amber Obaze scored 16 points and made two crucial baskets in the closing minutes as Louisiana Tech won the Western Athletic Conference tournament.
No. 15 Old Dominion 76, N.C.-Wilmington 48
NORFOLK, Va. -- Myriah Spence scored 15 points and Hamchetou Maiga 13 for Old Dominion in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship game.
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