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Best of the Big Ten bails out Buckeyes

INDIANAPOLIS — Evan Turner made a 37-footer at the buzzer to give No. 5 Ohio State a 69-68 win over Michigan on Friday in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.

"You can't really practice for those moments," he said. "You just have to come out and come ready."

The Big Ten player of the year posed with his shooting arm in the air after the release, confident the long shot would fall.

"I was just trying to get the ball up and get it in shooting range and keep my follow-through," Turner said. "And it went in."

Turner finished with 18 points and eight assists for the Buckeyes (25-7), who play Illinois today.

Turner had shot 1-for-8 in the second half, but took the biggest shot of the game without hesitation. He was surprised that no one impeded his progress as he dribbled up the court. The Wolverines also did not guard the player inbounding the ball, electing to drop all five players back.

"Honestly I thought they were going to press or something like that," Turner said. "The whole game, they were swarming me. They gave me one good look."

Manny Harris hit a jumper with 2.2 seconds left to give Michigan (15-17) a 68-66 lead.

"I was so mad kind of at how we had played throughout the course of the game," Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said. "But as he let it go, I thought, 'That thing has got a chance to go in,' " he said. "I'm not sure it was supposed to go in with how we had played for 39 minutes and 57.8 seconds, but fortunately it did."

No. 6 Purdue 69, N'western 61: E'Twaun Moore tied a career high with 28 points and was 4-of-4 from the line in the final 15 seconds for the Boilermakers. Second-seeded Purdue (27-4), which faces Minnesota, is 3-1 since star forward Robbie Hummel tore his right ACL. Seventh-seeded Northwestern won the teams' regular-season meeting.

Minn. 72, No. 11 Mich. St. 67, OT: Devoe Joseph made two 3-pointers during a 10-0 overtime run for the sixth-seeded Golden Gophers. Third-seeded Michigan State (24-8) played without suspended guard Chris Allen. Coach Tom Izzo said only it was for "not meeting responsibilities to his teammates." The Spartans trailed most of the night, closing regulation on a 7-0 run. Raymar Morgan's layup with 1:30 left finally tied it. Joseph had a chance to win in regulation but missed a desperation heave.

Illinois 58, No. 13 Wis. 54: Mike Tisdale scored 21 for the Illini, who led 46-30 with 6:44 left. Fourth-seeded Wisconsin (23-8) missed 27 of 33 first-half shots but made five consecutive 3-pointers late, including Trevon Hughes' with 31.4 seconds left that made it 56-54. But after Jeff Jordan made 1 of 2 free throws for fifth-seeded Illinois (19-13), Jason Bohannon missed a 3-pointer.

Big 12

No. 1 Kansas 79, No. 23 Texas A&M 66: Xavier Henry scored 11 during the Jayhawks' 21-2 run that helped put them into the final in Kansas City, Mo. The fourth-seeded Aggies (23-9) led by as many as nine in the second half and 57-56 on Donald Sloan's jumper with 8:52 left. But they didn't make another field goal until Sloan's with 45.8 seconds left. That allowed top-seeded Kansas (31-2) to rally.

No. 9 Kansas St. 82, No. 21 Baylor 75: Dominique Sutton had 14 points and 14 rebounds to send the second-seeded Wildcats (26-6) to their first Big 12 final. Third-seeded Baylor (25-7) gave up 17 offensive rebounds.

Other tournaments

Atlantic 10: Juan Fernandez made three 3-pointers during a game-opening 24-8 run for No. 17 Temple, which beat St. Bonaventure 69-51 in the quarterfinals in Atlantic City. Top-seeded Temple (27-5) faces fifth-seeded Rhode Island, which beat fourth-seeded St. Louis 63-47. … Terrell Holloway had the go-ahead three-point play with 1:22 left as No. 24 and second-seeded Xavier (24-7) rallied from a 15-point deficit in the final 10 minutes to beat Dayton 78-73.

Pac-10: Theo Robertson scored 15 of his 20 in the second half as top-seeded Cal beat UCLA 85-72 in a semifinal in Los Angeles.

Mountain West: Dairese Gary missed a runner in the final second as No. 8 New Mexico lost 72-69 in the semifinals in Las Vegas. The Lobos (29-4) had been 24-0 when leading at halftime.

C-USA: Randy Culpepper scored 21 to lead No. 25 UTEP past host Tulsa 75-61 and into the final. The top-seeded Miners (26-5) opened with a 15-4 run. UTEP faces seventh-seeded Houston, which defeated sixth-seeded Southern Miss 74-66.

Patriot: C.J. McCollum scored 20 to lead host Lehigh past Lafayette 74-59 and into the NCAA Tournament for only the fourth time. The top-seeded Mountain Hawks (22-10), who previously went in 1985, 1988 and 2004, never trailed the third-seeded Leopards.

Draft: Iowa State's Craig Brackins will skip his senior season. The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds.


No. 2 Stanford 72, Arizona 52: Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 25 as the Cardinal advanced to the Pac-10 semifinals in Los Angeles. The Cardinal led just 43-40 with 13:21 left when All-American Jayne Appel, hobbled by a sore right ankle, made her first appearance.

No. 3 Nebraska 63, Kan. St. 46: Kelsey Griffin scored 16 of her 24 over the first nine minutes of the second half as the Cornhuskers reached the Big 12 semifinals in Kansas City, Mo. Nebraska (30-0) faces Texas A&M today.

No. 11 Texas A&M 77, No. 15 Texas 64: Tanisha Smith scored 21 and Danielle Adams and Tyra White 18 for the Aggies in the Big 12 quarters. The Longhorns (22-10) led 40-38 early in the second half, but Texas A&M (23-7) went on a 20-2 run.

No. 12 Okla. 59, No. 16 Baylor 54: Danielle Robinson scored 26 and Nyeshia Stevenson 10 of her 12 in the last five minutes for the Sooners (22-9) in the Big 12 quarters. Brittney Griner, returning from a two-game suspension for punching a player, had 13 points and a tournament-record 10 blocks for the Bears (23-9).

No. 20 Okla. St. 62, No. 14 Iowa St. 59: Andrea Riley scored 43 to set the Big 12 tournament record for the second straight game for the Cowboys. Riley, who scored 37 against Kansas for Oklahoma State (23-9), made six of her first seven shots then missed 17 in a row before getting hot. She finished 16-of-44 against the Cyclones (23-7).

C-USA: Tulane (26-6) opened the game with a 22-2 run and beat UAB 62-54 in the final in Tulsa, Okla., to earn its first NCAA berth since 2002.

Southland: Lamar (26-7) beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 86-59 in the final in Katy, Texas, for its first Tournament berth.


Automatic berths

Schools that have clinched automatic berths in the NCAA Tournament:

Butler Horizon

Cornell Ivy

East Tenn. St. Atlantic Sun

Lehigh Patriot

Montana Big Sky

Murray St. Ohio Valley

N. IowaMissouri Valley

North Texas Sun Belt

Oakland (Mich.) Summit

Old Dominion Colonial

Robert Morris Northeast

Saint Mary's West Coast

Siena Metro Atlantic

Winthrop Big South

Wofford Southern


Automatic berths

Schools that have clinched automatic berths in the NCAA Tournament:

Austin Peay Ohio Valley

Chattanooga Southern

UConn Big East

Duke ACC

East Tenn. St. Atlantic Sun

Gonzaga West Coast

Lamar Southland

Marist Metro Atlantic

Middle Tenn. St. Sun Belt

Ohio St. Big Ten

Princeton Ivy

South Dakota St. Summit

Tennessee SEC

Tulane C-USA

Xavier Atlantic 10

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