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Kansas opens with easy win

Kansas guard Elijah Johnson, shooting over Texas A&M’s Elston Turner, quickly realized he had his shooting touch.

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Kansas guard Elijah Johnson, shooting over Texas A&M’s Elston Turner, quickly realized he had his shooting touch.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Elijah Johnson scored a career-high 26, and No. 3 Kansas began pursuit of its third straight Big 12 tournament title with an 83-66 win over Texas A&M in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Thomas Robinson had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks (27-5).

Johnson started realizing he was shooting well, oddly enough, on shots that didn't count. Twice in the early going, a whistle stopped play just before Johnson shot. Both times the shots went down, and he told backcourt mate Tyshawn Taylor that he was feeling it.

"He came to me when he could," said Johnson, who benefited from a defense packed in to defend Robinson. Johnson made 5 of 7 3-pointers and all five free throws.

Khris Middleton led Texas A&M (14-18) with 24 points. Leading scorer Elston Turner had eight on 3-of-11 shooting.

no. 5 mizzou 88, okla. st. 70: Kim English scored 27 and led a 26-5 first-half run, and the Tigers (28-4) swamped the Cowboys (15-18) in the Big 12. Phil Pressey had 12 assists, one short of Missouri's record.

No. 12 Baylor 82, K-state 74: Perry Jones III scored a career-high 31 for the Bears (26-6), who debuted bright, fluorescent yellow uniforms in the Big 12 tournament against the Cowboys (21-10).

Texas 71, No. 25 Iowa St. 65: J'Covan Brown scored 23 and converted a go-ahead three-point play with 36.3 seconds left, and the Longhorns (20-12) held on against the Cyclones (22-10) in the Big 12 tournament. Royce White had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Iowa State.

No. 15 Indiana 75, Penn St. 58: Jordan Hulls scored 20 and Cody Zeller added 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Hoosiers (25-7) won in the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. Indiana earned its first postseason win since the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament, and its first Big Ten tournament victory since beating Wisconsin on March 10, 2006. Indiana plays the Badgers today. The Nittany Lions finished their first season under Patrick Chambers 12-20.

northwestern falls: The Wildcats, seemingly in good position to earn their first NCAA Tournament bid, failed to wrap up a key first-round Big Ten victory and lost 75-68 in overtime to Minnesota (19-13) — a loss that could send Northwestern (18-13) back to the NIT. "Beyond frustrating," coach Bill Carmody said.

MORE BIG TEN: Iowa (17-15) beat Illinois (17-15) 64-61, leading to speculation that Illini coach Bruce Weber will be fired after nine seasons. Weber cried after the game, saying: "Sometimes life isn't fair. Basketball isn't fair. It humbles you. You have to keep plugging in life. You have to keep plugging in basketball. … Anthony Johnson scored a career-high 17 and Purdue (21-11) beat Nebraska (12-18) 79-61. The Boilermakers made 13 3-pointers, matching a tournament record most recently reached in 2002.

No. 18 San Diego St. 65, Boise St. 62: Jamaal Franklin made an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Aztecs (25-6) beat the Broncos in the Mountain West Conference tournament in Las Vegas.

State

Famu 65, Delaware St. 55, OT: Amin Stevens scored 16 and Yannick Crowder scored eight of his 12 in overtime to help the Rattlers (9-22) pull away from the Hornets (15-13) in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference quarterfinals in Winston-Salem, N.C. Florida A&M faces Norfolk State today.

Elsewhere

Oregon state 86, Wash. 84: Jared Cunningham hit a go-ahead layup with 31.8 seconds left, and the ninth-seeded Beavers (19-13) blew a 15-point lead in the second half then rallied to upset the top-seeded Huskies in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals in Los Angeles. Washington freshman Tony Wroten Jr. scored 29, one shy of the Huskies' postseason record, but missed four free throws in the final 18.3 seconds. Washington (21-10) is on the NCAA bubble.

Arizona 66, UCLA 58: Solomon Hill scored 25 and the Wildcats (22-10) beat the Bruins (19-14) in a Pac-12 tournament quarterfinal. UCLA likely will miss the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years.

Women

no. 1 baylor 72, texas tech 48: Odyssey Sims scored 18 and Brittney Griner had 15 points, nine rebounds and five blocks to power the Bears (32-0) in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo.

No. 2 STANFORD 76, WASH. 57: Nnemkadi Ogwumike shook off a bloody nose caused by an elbow and scored 18 to help the Cardinal (29-1) advance to the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament in Los Angeles.

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Kansas opens with easy win 03/08/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 9, 2012 12:23am]

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