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Kansas shocked in Big 12 semifinal

Brady Heslip celebrates making a 3-pointer in No. 12 Baylor’s
81-72 win over No. 3 Kansas in the Big 12 semifinals.

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Brady Heslip celebrates making a 3-pointer in No. 12 Baylor’s 81-72 win over No. 3 Kansas in the Big 12 semifinals.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — No. 12 Baylor heard all the pundits clamoring for one more Kansas-Missouri matchup, this time in the Big 12 tournament final. It didn't matter both of those teams needed to win in the semifinals.

"You never want to get disrespected," the Bears' Quincy Acy said. "So we came in with the mind-set to win every game."

Baylor is 2-for-2 so far.

Brady Heslip made two late 3-pointers and Perry Jones scored 18 in an 81-72 upset of the No. 3 Jayhawks on Friday. In the final, Baylor (27-6) faces No. 5 Missouri, which beat Texas 81-67.

"This was a night we grew up," Baylor coach Scott Drew said.

Tyshawn Taylor scored 20 for Kansas (26-6), which used a second-half charge to briefly take the lead. But Heslip's 3-pointers — one with 2:03 left, the other with 1:12 left — allowed the Bears to hang on.

"They beat us," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "Make no mistake about that."

No. 7 Ohio St. 88, Purdue 71: Jared Sullinger scored a season-high 30 and added 12 rebounds for the Buckeyes in the Big Ten quarterfinals in Indianapolis. Sullinger scored six during an 8-0 run that put the Buckeyes (26-6), who face Michigan, up 52-41 early in the second half. Robbie Hummel the top scorer for the Boilermakers (21-12), scored just six on 2 of 8 shooting.

No. 8 Mich. St. 92, Iowa 75: Draymond Green had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans in the Big Ten quarterfinals in Indianapolis. Michigan State (25-7), which faces Wisconsin, made 21 of 30 shots and 6 of 11 3-pointers for a 55-39 halftime lead. The Hawkeyes (17-16) had won four of six, including wins against Indiana and Wisconsin.

No. 10 Mich. 73, Minn. 69 OT: Trey Burke scored seven of his career-high 30 in overtime for the Wolverines in the Big Ten quarterfinals in Indianapolis. Minnesota (19-14) led 54-45 with 4:37 left. But Michigan (24-8) made five consecutive 3-pointers. Then Burke and Stu Douglass opened overtime with consecutive 3-pointers, and Douglass' 7-footer rolled in to make it 64-57.

No. 14 Wisconsin 79, No. 15 Indiana 71: Rob Wilson, a senior who entered averaging 3.1 points in 10.7 minutes, scored a career-high 30 for the Badgers in the Big Ten quarterfinals in Indianapolis. The Badgers (24-8), who face Michigan State, tied the tournament record with 13 3-pointers. Before the game, Indiana (25-8) announced senior guard Verdell Jones is out for the season with a torn ACL sustained Thursday against Penn State.

No. 18 San Diego St. 79, Colo. St. 69: Chase Tapley scored 10 of his 17 during the first five minutes of the second half for the Aztecs in the Mountain West semifinals in Las Vegas. San Diego State (26-6) faces the winner of the late game between No. 20 UNLV and New Mexico. Down 39-38, the Aztecs outscored the Rams 21-9 over the first 5:19 of the second half.

UMass 77, No. 21 Temple 71: Jesse Morgan scored 21 and Chaz Williams 20 as the Minutemen upset the top seed to reach the Atlantic 10 semifinals in Atlantic City. Down five, UMass (22-10), which faces St. Bonaventure, opened the second half with a 15-0 run. The Owls (24-7) won their first outright A-10 title since 1990 and had won three of the past four tournaments.

Pac-12: Kyle Fogg scored 22 as Arizona beat Oregon State 72-61 to reach the final in Los Angeles. The Wildcats face the winner of the late game between Cal and Colorado.

C-USA: Wesley Witherspoon scored 15 and Tarik Black 13 as host and top-seeded Memphis routed Central Florida 83-52 to reach the final. The Tigers (25-8) face Marshall, which beat Southern Miss 73-62. Memphis was never threatened after the first 10 minutes, steadily building its lead through the second half. The Knights (22-10) trailed by as many as 38 before the Tigers began emptying their bench.

MEAC: Adrien Coleman led six players in double figures with 16 as Bethune-Cookman beat Hampton 81-72 in the semifinals in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Wildcats (18-16) face Norfolk State, which got 13 points and eight rebounds from Kyle O'Quinn to beat Florida A&M 58-46. Amin Stevens had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Rattlers (10-23).

Firings: Illinois fired Bruce Weber, who went 210-101 over nine seasons. This season the Illini went 2-12 down the stretch to finish 17-15 (6-12 Big Ten). They lost to North Carolina in the 2005 national title game but are 55-66 in the Big Ten since. … Nebraska fired Doc Sadler, who went 101-89 with no tournament berths in six seasons. This season the Cornhuskers went 12-18, their fewest wins since 2003.

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Belmont Atlantic Sun

Creighton Missouri Valley

Davidson Southern

Detroit Horizon

Harvard Ivy

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Montana Big Sky

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UNC Asheville Big South

VCU Colonial

W. Kentucky Sun Belt

Kansas shocked in Big 12 semifinal 03/09/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 10, 2012 12:28am]

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