Tar Heels extend their rebound run

Jessica Breland, who has 28 points and 10 rebounds, shoots over Miami’s Shenise Johnson, left, and Morgan Stroman during the second half of North Carolina’s 83-57 victory in the ACC semifinals.

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Jessica Breland, who has 28 points and 10 rebounds, shoots over Miami’s Shenise Johnson, left, and Morgan Stroman during the second half of North Carolina’s 83-57 victory in the ACC semifinals.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Jessica Breland had 10 rebounds and a season-high 28 points to help lead No. 19 North Carolina's 83-57 rout of No. 10 Miami in Saturday's ACC tournament semifinals.

The Tar Heels had lost four in a row entering the tournament. But now they have three wins in three days, including over Florida State in the quarterfinals, to earn a berth in today's final against No. 8 Duke, which beat Georgia Tech 74-66.

It will be the seventh time since 2000 that the rivals have met in the tournament final. The sixth-seeded Tar Heels will try to become the lowest-seeded team to win the tournament and first to win four games in four days.

"It's Carolina and Duke," said a grinning Cetera DeGraffenreid, who scored 14 for North Carolina. "Yeah, we don't like them."

The teams split the regular-season series, each team winning on its homecourt.

Duke got a season-high 20 points from Karima Christmas. Georgia Tech cut a 13-point second-half deficit to two with 7:10 left before Christmas helped the Blue Devils pull away.

First, she rebounded an air ball and scored to barely beat the shot clock. Soon after, she drove for a layup and added a press-breaking pass to Krystal Thomas for a layup that made it 63-55.

SEC: In Nashville, No. 4 Tennessee and No. 16 Kentucky reached the final for the second straight season. The Wildcats opened the game with a 22-2 run to beat Vanderbilt 69-56. The Commodores got as close as eight with 1:40 left. The Vols scored the game's first nine and never trailed in beating Georgia 82-58. The Bulldogs missed their first 14 shots.

Big East: No. 17 Georgetown defeated Syracuse 61-60 in Hartford, Conn., to earn a quarterfinal matchup with No. 1 UConn. Tied at 57, Alexa Roche made 1 of 2 free throws twice. In between, the rebound went out of bounds off the Orange. … No. 20 Marquette overcame a seven-point second-half deficit to beat Pittsburgh 65-61. It next faces Rutgers. … St. John's scored the game's final eight to beat West Virginia 59-51. Next is No. 12 DePaul. … Shoni Schimmel scored 13 and Monique Reid 12 to lead Louisville over Villanova 69-47. Next is No. 7 Notre Dame.

No. 3 Baylor 81, Colorado 59: Brittney Griner had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the visiting Bears (28-2, 15-1 Big 12). Baylor led 30-10 with 7:22 left in the first half then only 34-28 at halftime before pulling away again.

No. 5 Texas A&M 84, Nebraska 49: Up by two, the host Aggies (25-4, 13-3 Big 12) went on a 14-0 run early in the second half.

No. 6 Xavier 71, St. Joseph's 55: Down two, the Musketeers opened the second half with an 11-3 run then pulled away in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals in Lowell, Mass.

No. 9 UCLA 66, Wash. St. 48: The host Bruins (26-3, 16-2 Pac-10) scored the game's first 13.

Ohio St. 72, No. 11 Mich. St. 57: Jantel Lavender scored 37 for the Buckeyes in the Big Ten semifinals in Indianapolis. They face Penn State today.

No. 15 Green Bay 68, Detroit 48: Down three early in the second half, the visiting Phoenix (29-1, 18-0 Horizon) went on an 11-0 run.

Texas Tech 61, No. 18 Okla. 56: Down 35-31, the host Red Raiders opened the second half with a 10-2 run and led from there. The Sooners (20-10, 10-6 Big 12) made just 6 of 29 second-half shots.

No. 21 Marist 60, Siena 45: Erica Allenspach scored 34 and sparked a 14-4 second-half run as the Red Foxes pulled away in the Metro Atlantic semifinals in Bridgeport, Conn. They face Loyola on Monday.

Missouri 49, No. 23 Iowa St. 48: Kelesey Bolte, who leads the Cyclones (21-9, 9-7 Big 12) at 17.6 points per game, scored just five on 2-of-11 shooting in a road loss.

No. 25 Houston 90, Tulane 84, OT: Courtney Taylor had 24 points and 14 rebounds for the host Cougars (25-4, 16-0 C-USA), who went up for good on Brittney Scott's 3-pointer with 3:05 left.

Atlantic Sun: Stetson (20-12), which went 6-24 last season, made nine 3-pointers and used a 20-6 first-half run to beat Jacksonville 69-50 in the final in Macon, Ga.

Ivy: Lauren Edwards scored 11 of her 15 in the second half as host Princeton beat Harvard 68-59 to clinch the regular-season title and automatic NCAA berth.

Ohio Valley: Jasmine Newsome scored 24 as Tennessee-Martin defeated Tennessee Tech 82-76 in Nashville for its first NCAA berth.

Sunshine State conference: Tampa and Eckerd were ousted in the semifinals. Tampa fell behind by 18 in the first half in losing 75-62 to host Florida Tech. And Emma Cannon had 19 of her 24 points and 16 of her 21 rebounds in the second half as Florida Southern outscored Eckerd 50-28 to win 80-60.

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