College Basketball Roundup: Layup in final seconds lifts Michigan past Illinois

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NO. 8 MICHIGAN 64, ILLINOIS 63

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jordan Morgan scored on a layup with 7.9 seconds left to send No. 8 Michigan to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday.

The Illini had a chance to win on Tracy Abrams' shot, but it bounced off the front of the rim as the final buzzer sounded.

Michigan (24-7), the regular season champion, advances to Saturday's semifinals with its seventh straight win. It will face either fourth-seeded Nebraska or fifth-seeded Ohio State -- two teams it has not lost to this season. The Buckeyes rallied from an 18-point deficit to defeat the Cornhuskers 71-67 Friday.

Conference player of the year Nik Stauskas scored 19 points to lead Michigan, which won despite scoring six points in the final 71⁄2 minutes.

Illinois (19-14) was led by Abrams and Rayvonte Rice with 11 points each.

NO. 12 WISCONSIN 83, MINNESOTA 57

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ben Brust scored a career-high 29 points and Frank Kaminsky had 12 rebounds to lead Wisconsin over Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.

The second-seeded Badgers (26-6) have won nine of 10.

Minnesota (20-13) was led by Deandre Mathieu with 18 points and Joey King with 14, but lost for the sixth time in its last eight tries against the Badgers. The Gophers now must wait to see if the NCAA Tournament selection committee thinks they have done enough to get one of the 36 at-large bids.

The Badgers scored the last eight points of the first half to take a 34-22 lead, then fended off Minnesota's second-half charge with 10-2 run that made it 50-33. The Gophers couldn't get closer than 10 the rest of the game.

NO. 1 FLORIDA 72, MISSOURI 49

ATLANTA -- Scottie Wilbekin scored 15 points and No. 1 Florida remained unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference, using one of its customary spurts to rout Missouri in the quarterfinals of the league tournament.

The game was tied 29-29 at halftime, and the Tigers were still in the game with about 10 minutes to go. That's when Wilbekin and the Gators (30-2) suddenly took control.

NO. 5 LOUISVILLE 94, HOUSTON 65

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Russ Smith scored a career-high 42 points and Louisville cruised to victory over Houston in the semifinals of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Tournament.

NO. 6 VIRGINIA 64, FLORIDA STATE 51

Joe Harris matched a season high with 20 points, and No. 6 Virginia pulled away in an ACC Tournament quarterfinal.

Anthony Gill added 16 points for the top-seeded Cavaliers (26-6).

NO. 16 IOWA STATE 94, NO. 10 KANSAS 83

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Georges Niang scored 25 points before leaving with a bloody gash to his forehead in the closing minutes, and Iowa State held on to beat Kansas and reach its first Big 12 Tournament title game since 2000.

N.C. STATE 66, NO. 11 SYRACUSE 63

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- T.J. Warren scored 28 points while Ralston Turner banked in the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:28 left to help North Carolina State upset Syracuse in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.

PITT 80, NO. 15 NORTH CAROLINA 75

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Talib Zanna had 19 points and a career-high 21 rebounds to help Pittsburgh beat No. 15 North Carolina 80-75 in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament quarterfinals.

ST. BONAVENTURE 71, NO. 18 SAINT LOUIS 68

NEW YORK -- Jordan Gathers hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and St. Bonaventure stunned No. 18 Saint Louis in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

NO. 23 VCU 71, RICHMOND 53

NEW YORK -- Defensive ace Briante Weber scored 18 points in 18 minutes, and VCU routed crosstown rival Richmond in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

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