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Kansas cruises to outright Big 12 title

Kansas’ Perry Ellis drives to the basket past Texas center Prince Ibeh.

Associated Press

Kansas’ Perry Ellis drives to the basket past Texas center Prince Ibeh.

AUSTIN, Texas — Perry Ellis had 20 points and top-ranked Kansas rolled over No. 23 Texas 86-56 on Monday night, an emphatic exclamation point that clinched the outright Big 12 championship for the Jayhawks.

Kansas had already earned at least a share of a 12th straight crown and settled the question of whether it would get to claim it as its own in the opening minutes with a barrage of 3-pointers, a steady diet of points from Ellis and defense that gave Texas nothing easy.

The Jayhawks (26-4, 14-3) made 11 3-pointers, led by 24 at halftime and sent Texas' sellout home crowd headed to the exits early. Ellis finished 9-of-11 from the field.

Frank Mason III added 14 points for Kansas.

Javan Felix scored 13 for Texas (19-11, 10-7), which is 0-9 against No. 1-ranked opponents.

NO. 8 UNC 75, SYRACUSE 70: Brice Johnson had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Joel Berry II added 13 points and two key late free throws for the host Tar Heels (24-6, 13-4 ACC), who led by as many as 13 points after halftime but had plenty of trouble putting the game away against Syracuse's zone.

UNC led by just a point near the two-minute mark, but Isaiah Hicks and Johnson came up with big baskets to help the Tar Heels stay in control. Berry's two free throws with 6.6 seconds left made it a two-possession game, helping UNC hang on to first place in the conference.

Michael Gbinije scored 17 to lead the Orange (19-11, 9-8), which shot 41 percent and made 5 of 20 3-pointers.

NO. 21 IOWA ST. 58, OKLA. ST. 50: Abdel Nader scored 19, Georges Niang added 17 with 10 rebounds and the host Cyclones (21-9, 10-7 Big 12) held on in Niang's final home game. Iowa State, which clinched its fifth straight winning season in conference play, broke open a tight game with an 11-0 run to start the second half.

MINNESOTA: Three players were suspended after an illicit video appeared on one of their social media accounts, the Associated Press reported. The clip was posted Friday on Kevin Dorsey's Instagram and Twitter feeds before being disabled about a half-hour later. Dorsey and fellow guards Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer were benched Sunday.

VANDERBILT: The school was fined $100,000 by the Southeastern Conference after fans stormed the court following Saturday's 74-62 victory over Kentucky.

AP POLL: Kansas is No. 1 for a second time this season, the first school to reach the top for a second stint. No. 25 California returned to the Top 25, and Notre Dame fell out.

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NO. 4 BAYLOR 74, NO. 6 TEXAS 48: Kristy Wallace had a season-high 23 points for the host Bears (30-1, 17-1 Big 12), who wrapped up sole possession of the regular-season conference title. The Longhorns (26-3, 15-3) shot 29 percent and had a season low in points.

AP POLL: USF moved up one spot to No. 20, and No. 25 Florida rejoined the poll along with West Virginia. Florida State dropped two spots to No. 14. Oklahoma State and Missouri fell out. UConn remained a unanimous No. 1.

Florida vs. No. 22 Kentucky

7 tonight, O'Connell Center, Gainesville Records: Florida 17-12, 8-8 SEC; Kentucky 21-8, 11-5 TV/radio: ESPN; 620-AM

Kansas cruises to outright Big 12 title 02/29/16 [Last modified: Monday, February 29, 2016 11:54pm]
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