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Michigan routs Penn St. in Big Ten opener

CHICAGO — Trey Burke scored 21 to lead No. 6 Michigan over Penn State 83-66 in the first round of the Big Ten tournament Thursday, avenging a regular-season loss to the Nittany Lions.

Tim Hardaway and Nik Stauskas each added 15 points for the No. 5 seed Wolverines (26-6), who play No. 4 seed Wisconsin in the quarterfinals today. Freshman reserve Mitch McGary had 10 points and 11 rebounds, helping Michigan to a 28-15 advantage in second-chance points.

D.J. Newbill scored 20 for Penn State, which faded after a fast start.

"It was a lot of motivation coming into this game," Hardaway said. "We knew what they did to us at Happy Valley, and we really wanted to do a great job just going into the game, sticking to the game plan and just playing Michigan basketball."

more big ten: Brandon Paul scored 25 and hit a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer to lead No. 8 seed Illinois (22-11) to a 51-49 victory over No. 9 seed Minnesota in the first round, advancing to face No. 1 seed Indiana today. The Gophers were so stunned that they headed off the court before remembering to return to shake their opponents' hands. … Shavon Shields scored 19, Brandon Ubel added 16 points and eight rebounds, and No. 10 seed Nebraska (15-17) beat No. 7 seed Purdue 57-55. The Cornhuskers hung on after Purdue's Terone Johnson missed two shots in the closing seconds and will meet No. 2 seed Ohio State.

big 12: Ben McLemore scored 24 to lead No. 7 Kansas, the top seed, to a 91-63 rout of No. 9 seed Texas Tech in Kansas City, Mo. Tonight the Jayhawks (27-5) have a semifinal matchup against No. 5 seed Iowa State, which they beat in overtime in both of their regular-season games.… Rodney McGruder scored 24 and sparked an 11-0 run in the second half, lifting No. 11 Kansas State (26-6), the No. 2 seed, past No. 7 seed Texas 66-49. Longhorns guard Myck Kabongo shot 0-for-5 and scored two. Texas' school-record 14 straight trips to the NCAA Tournament appears over. "I think we could have won this game. I think we could have won this tournament,'' Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "But we didn't because we made the same mistakes we made in two other games with (Kansas State). We helped them out. And they don't need any help."… Phil Forte hit two free throws with 2.9 seconds left and No. 14 Oklahoma State, the No. 3 seed, survived after blowing a 20-point lead to beat No. 6 seed Baylor 74-72. Marcus Smart scored 21 and LeBryan Nash 14 for the Cowboys (24-7), who built a big first-half lead and then watched it all disappear as the Bears (18-14) fought back. Pierre Jackson, who scored 31 for Baylor, got a good look at a 3-pointer after Forte's free throws. Racing up the sideline, he pulled up and missed off the back iron

pac-12: Shabazz Muhammad scored 12 of his 16 in the second half, Travis Wear hit a jumper with 11 seconds left and No. 21 UCLA (24-8), the top seed, rallied from 15 down to beat No. 9 seed Arizona State 80-75 in the quarterfinals in Las Vegas. The Bruins, who wore uniforms with sleeves and matching camouflage-patterned shorts, play No. 18 Arizona today. The No. 4 seed Wildcats (25-6) struggled to put away Colorado 79-69. Nick Johnson scored 18 and hit a contested shot with 34 seconds left. UCLA guard Larry Drew said of the UCLA uniforms, compared to pajamas by some: "Everybody seems to hate them — the older folks really aren't feeling them —but I think they're cool. It's time for a change, man, you can't keep living in the past."

c-usa: Chris Crawford set career highs with 24 points and six 3-pointers as No. 20 Memphis, the top seed, beat No. 8 seed Tulane 81-68 in the quarters in Tulsa, Okla. Memphis (28-4) closed the first half with a 14-0 run.

meac: In good news for Bethune-Cookman, Kendall Gray, Casey Walker and Tahj Tate combined for 38 points as No. 6 seed Delaware State became the latest team to pull an upset in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, knocking off No. 3 seed Hampton 63-60. The top three seeds have all lost in the quarterfinals, with top-seeded Norfolk State falling to eighth-seeded Bethune-Cookman and seventh-seeded North Carolina A&T knocking off second-seeded North Carolina Central on Wednesday. B-CU has a semifinal tonight against Morgan State (16-14), which advanced by beating Savannah State (19-14) in overtime.

two seconds, eight free throws: Charlotte guard Pierria Henry hit eight free throws in less than two seconds when Richmond was called for three technical fouls in the final five seconds and the 49ers won 68-63 the Atlantic 10 tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y.

"I felt like I was up there for 30 minutes," Henry said.

Richmond led 63-60 with 4.7 seconds to go when Richmond's Derrick Williams shoved Willie Clayton to the floor as Henry made the first of a one-and-one free throw, getting a technical. Henry made the three ensuing free throws, then still with possession because of the technical threw up a 3 as he was intentionally fouled, getting three more free throws. Richmond coach Chris Mooney then ripped off his jacket and stomped to midcourt, drawing two technicals.

Mooney paced outside the locker room for several minutes after being led off the court, muttering, "How can they decide the game …"

"I was upset and probably too upset," he said later. "So, again, I apologize. I wish it wouldn't have happened like that. I can't take it back right now, but I certainly wish I could, and I wish the whole last 4½ seconds would have been a little bit different."

coaches fired: Ball State (15-15) fired Billy Taylor after six seasons. … Drake fired Mark Phelps after five seasons. Drake (15-17) had a number of key players depart under Phelps.

Women: Connecticut guard Brianna Banks had surgery for a torn right knee ligament and should be ready to start the 2013-14 season. … Columbia (5-23) fired coach Paul Nixon after eight seasons.

.fast facts


automatic berths

Atlantic Sun Fla. Gulf Coast

Big South Liberty

Colonial James Madison

Horizon Valparaiso

Ivy Harvard

Metro Atlantic Iona

Missouri Valley Creighton

Northeast LIU Brooklyn

Ohio Valley Belmont

Patriot Bucknell

Southern Davidson

Summit S. Dakota State

Sun Belt W. Kentucky

West Coast Gonzaga


automatic berths

ACC Duke

Atlantic Sun Stetson

Big East Notre Dame

Big South Liberty

Big Ten Purdue

Big 12 Baylor

Ivy Princeton

MAAC Marist

Ohio Valley Tenn.-Martin

Pac-12 Stanford

SEC Texas A&M

Southern Chattanooga

Summit S. Dakota State

Sun Belt Middle Tennessee

West Coast Gonzaga

Michigan routs Penn St. in Big Ten opener 03/14/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 15, 2013 12:40am]
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