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Stanford nabs Pac-10 crown

No. 3 Duke, No. 6 Tar Heels to clash for ACC supremacy

Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. -- Casey Jacobsen scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half, and Ryan Mendez had 19 as top-ranked Stanford clinched the Pac-10 Conference title by beating Arizona State 99-75 Saturday.

The Cardinal (28-2, 16-2) avoided sharing their third straight conference crown with Arizona or UCLA, the only teams to beat Stanford at Maples Pavilion this season, and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Stanford, which is all but assured of the top seed in the West Regional, hadn't won three straight conference crowns since winning the Pacific Coast Conference from 1936-38.

The Sun Devils (13-16, 5-13) ended their season with five losses in seven games.

No. 3 Duke 84, No. 11 Maryland 82

ATLANTA -- Nate James tipped in a missed runner from Jason Williams with 1.3 seconds left, and Shane Battier scored 20 points as Duke edged Maryland in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals.

The Blue Devils (28-4) will meet arch-rival North Carolina in Sunday's championship game.

Maryland (21-10), which has not won an ACC crown since 1984, had its six-game winning streak snapped.

Indiana 58, No. 4 Illinois 56

CHICAGO -- Tom Coverdale had 17 points, and Kirk Haston blocked Frank Williams' last-second layup attempt as Indiana upset Illinois in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.

The Hoosiers (21-11) will play Iowa in Sunday's final after winning just one tournament game the past three years.

Illinois (24-7), the tournament's top seed, might have cost itself the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Regional of the NCAA tournament.

No. 14 Mississippi 74, No. 5 Florida 69

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Justin Reed scored 15 points, and Jason Flanigan made three free throws down the stretch to help Mississippi upset Florida in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Top-seeded Ole Miss (25-6) will play No. 15 Kentucky in the championship game Sunday.

Udonis Haslem had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the second-seeded Gators (23-6), who had won eight straight.

No. 6 North Carolina 70, Georgia Tech 63

ATLANTA -- North Carolina knocked off the hometown favorite to put itself in a familiar position: the championship game of the ACC tournament.

Joseph Forte had 27 points and 12 rebounds as the Tar Heels (25-5) survived a scare in the semifinals. This will be North Carolina's 27th appearance in the final in the 48-year history of the event.

The Yellow Jackets (17-12) got 18 points from Shaun Fein.

No. 8 Arizona 78, California 76

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Arizona capped its roller-coaster regular season with a 78-76 win Saturday over California, sending the No. 8 Wildcats into the NCAA tournament with a six-game winning streak.

Loren Woods had 22 points and nine rebounds, Michael Wright had 20 points and Gilbert Arenas added 18 for Arizona (23-7, 15-3 Pac-10), which upset No. 1 Stanford on Thursday night.

Jason Gardner's 3-pointer with 59 seconds remaining was decisive. It gave Arizona a 77-74 lead. Sean Lampley responded with two free throws for Cal, then Richard Jefferson made the second of two free throws with 12 seconds left to give the Wildcats a 78-76 lead.

No. 16 Oklahoma 62, No. 9 Kansas 57

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kelley Newton hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:40 left, and Oklahoma sank 13 of its last 14 free throws in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament.

The third-seeded Sooners (25-6) will meet No. 20 Texas in the title game Sunday. In the regular season, Oklahoma swept Texas two games.

Newton had 17 points, and Nolan Johnson added 16 for Oklahoma, which shot only 32 percent. Kansas (24-6), which shot just 37 percent, was denied a fourth trip to the Big 12 finals in five years.

No. 10 Boston College 79, Pittsburgh 57

NEW YORK -- Boston College had already completed the first worst-to-first regular season in conference history. The 10th-ranked Eagles added a Big East tournament title Saturday night with a 79-57 victory over Pittsburgh.

Using the same zone press it has all season to wear down opponents and the same balanced scoring to augment tournament MVP Troy Bell, Boston College (26-4) established itself as one of the nation's top teams entering the NCAA tournament.

Washington 96, No. 13 UCLA 94

SEATTLE -- Michael Johnson's 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left lifted last-place Washington to a huge upset. The Bruins (21-8, 14-4 Pac-10) had won 17 of 20 before dropping their regular-season finale.

It was a happy ending to a disappointing season for the Huskies (10-20, 4-14), who snapped an eight-game losing streak.

Johnson finished with a career-high 29 points on 11-of-23 shooting. Jason Kapono scored 26 points for UCLA.

No. 15 Kentucky 87, Arkansas 78

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Keith Bogans had 23 points and 10 rebounds as Kentucky rallied from 15 points down in the first half to advance to to the championship game of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

The Wildcats (21-9) improved their record in the semifinals to an incredible 31-1 and a perfect 9-0 since the league split into two divisions in 1992. Kentucky has won the tournament 22 times, more than all the other SEC schools combined.

No. 20 Texas 76, Baylor 62

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chris Owens scored 23 points as Texas cooled off upstart Baylor in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament.

Baylor (19-10), one day after pulling off the biggest upset in tournament history with a 62-49 victory over No. 7 Iowa State, made only 4-of-17 3-point attempts against the quick Texas defense.

The fourth-seeded Longhorns (25-7), who have won eight straight, reached the Big 12 finals for the first time after going 0-3 in past semifinals.

By The Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. -- Casey Jacobsen scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half, and Ryan Mendez had 19 as top-ranked Stanford clinched the Pac-10 Conference title by beating Arizona State 99-75 Saturday.

The Cardinal (28-2, 16-2) avoided sharing their third straight conference crown with Arizona or UCLA, the only teams to beat Stanford at Maples Pavilion this season, and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Stanford, which is all but assured of the top seed in the West Regional, hadn't won three straight conference crowns since winning the Pacific Coast Conference from 1936-38.

The Sun Devils (13-16, 5-13) ended their season with five losses in seven games.

No. 3 Duke 84, No. 11 Maryland 82

ATLANTA -- Nate James tipped in a missed runner from Jason Williams with 1.3 seconds left, and Shane Battier scored 20 points as Duke edged Maryland in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals.

The Blue Devils (28-4) will meet arch-rival North Carolina in Sunday's championship game.

Maryland (21-10), which has not won an ACC crown since 1984, had its six-game winning streak snapped.

Indiana 58, No. 4 Illinois 56

CHICAGO -- Tom Coverdale had 17 points, and Kirk Haston blocked Frank Williams' last-second layup attempt as Indiana upset Illinois in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.

The Hoosiers (21-11) will play Iowa in Sunday's final after winning just one tournament game the past three years.

Illinois (24-7), the tournament's top seed, might have cost itself the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Regional of the NCAA tournament.

No. 14 Mississippi 74, No. 5 Florida 69

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Justin Reed scored 15 points, and Jason Flanigan made three free throws down the stretch to help Mississippi upset Florida in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Top-seeded Ole Miss (25-6) will play No. 15 Kentucky in the championship game Sunday.

Udonis Haslem had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the second-seeded Gators (23-6), who had won eight straight.

No. 6 North Carolina 70, Georgia Tech 63

ATLANTA -- North Carolina knocked off the hometown favorite to put itself in a familiar position: the championship game of the ACC tournament.

Joseph Forte had 27 points and 12 rebounds as the Tar Heels (25-5) survived a scare in the semifinals. This will be North Carolina's 27th appearance in the final in the 48-year history of the event.

The Yellow Jackets (17-12) got 18 points from Shaun Fein.

No. 8 Arizona 78, California 76

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Arizona capped its roller-coaster regular season with a 78-76 win Saturday over California, sending the No. 8 Wildcats into the NCAA tournament with a six-game winning streak.

Loren Woods had 22 points and nine rebounds, Michael Wright had 20 points and Gilbert Arenas added 18 for Arizona (23-7, 15-3 Pac-10), which upset No. 1 Stanford on Thursday night.

Jason Gardner's 3-pointer with 59 seconds remaining was decisive. It gave Arizona a 77-74 lead. Sean Lampley responded with two free throws for Cal, then Richard Jefferson made the second of two free throws with 12 seconds left to give the Wildcats a 78-76 lead.

No. 16 Oklahoma 62, No. 9 Kansas 57

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kelley Newton hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:40 left, and Oklahoma sank 13 of its last 14 free throws in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament.

The third-seeded Sooners (25-6) will meet No. 20 Texas in the title game Sunday. In the regular season, Oklahoma swept Texas two games.

Newton had 17 points, and Nolan Johnson added 16 for Oklahoma, which shot only 32 percent. Kansas (24-6), which shot just 37 percent, was denied a fourth trip to the Big 12 finals in five years.

No. 10 Boston College 79, Pittsburgh 57

NEW YORK -- Boston College had already completed the first worst-to-first regular season in conference history. The 10th-ranked Eagles added a Big East tournament title Saturday night with a 79-57 victory over Pittsburgh.

Using the same zone press it has all season to wear down opponents and the same balanced scoring to augment tournament MVP Troy Bell, Boston College (26-4) established itself as one of the nation's top teams entering the NCAA tournament.

Washington 96, No. 13 UCLA 94

SEATTLE -- Michael Johnson's 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left lifted last-place Washington to a huge upset. The Bruins (21-8, 14-4 Pac-10) had won 17 of 20 before dropping their regular-season finale.

It was a happy ending to a disappointing season for the Huskies (10-20, 4-14), who snapped an eight-game losing streak.

Johnson finished with a career-high 29 points on 11-of-23 shooting. Jason Kapono scored 26 points for UCLA.

No. 15 Kentucky 87, Arkansas 78

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Keith Bogans had 23 points and 10 rebounds as Kentucky rallied from 15 points down in the first half to advance to to the championship game of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

The Wildcats (21-9) improved their record in the semifinals to an incredible 31-1 and a perfect 9-0 since the league split into two divisions in 1992. Kentucky has won the tournament 22 times, more than all the other SEC schools combined.

No. 20 Texas 76, Baylor 62

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chris Owens scored 23 points as Texas cooled off upstart Baylor in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament.

Baylor (19-10), one day after pulling off the biggest upset in tournament history with a 62-49 victory over No. 7 Iowa State, made only 4-of-17 3-point attempts against the quick Texas defense.

The fourth-seeded Longhorns (25-7), who have won eight straight, reached the Big 12 finals for the first time after going 0-3 in past semifinals.



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