Top 25: Indiana wins 1st outright Big Ten title since 1993

2013-03-11T00:00:00Z Top 25: Indiana wins 1st outright Big Ten title since 1993The Associated Press The Associated Press
March 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Cody Zeller squeezed the basketball as the final seconds ticked off, sealing Indiana's first outright Big Ten title in two decades.

It was a fitting finish, for sure. Because without some huge plays by their 7-foot center, the No. 2 Hoosiers would've had to share the conference championship with Ohio State and Michigan State.

Zeller made a go-ahead layup with 13 seconds left and altered Trey Burke's shot at the other end, lifting Indiana to a 72-71 win over No. 7 Michigan on Sunday.

"We've been working on that all year - closing out games," said Zeller, who had 25 points and 10 rebounds.

The Hoosiers (26-5, 14-4) trailed by five in the final minute but took advantage when Michigan (25-6, 12-6) couldn't close it out at the foul line, costing themselves a piece of the Big Ten title.

Jordan Morgan had a fairly easy tip-in attempt of Burke's miss that could have won it for Michigan, but the ball rolled tantalizingly around the rim and off. "It just hung there," Burke said.

• No. 10 Michigan State 71, Northwestern 61: In East Lansing, Mich., Keith Appling scored 16 points and Gary Harris added 12 to lift Michigan State.

The Spartans (24-7, 13-5) were eliminated from Big Ten title contention when Indiana beat Michigan.

Michigan State struggled to put away undermanned Northwestern (13-18, 4-14).

The Wildcats rallied from a 13-point first-half deficit, tying it at 51 before the Spartans recovered.

Kale Abrahamson scored 16 points for Northwestern, which has lost eight straight.

• No. 14 Ohio State 68, Illinois 55: In Columbus, Ohio, Deshaun Thomas, playing perhaps his final home game for Ohio State, scored 19 points to lead the Buckeyes (23-7, 13-5), who will be the No. 2 seed in next week's Big Ten tournament at Chicago's United Center.

Brandon Paul scored 21 points for Illinois (21-11, 8-10), which is the No. 8 seed.

Ohio State's Aaron Craft added 14 points.

• Temple 84, No. 21 VCU 76: In Philadelphia, Khalif Wyatt scored 30 points and Jake O'Brien had 19, and the Owls (23-8, 11-5 Atlantic 10) rallied from a 16-point deficit to win.

The Owls (23-8, 11-5 Atlantic 10) clinched the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament and earned a first-round bye. Temple and VCU will each open play at the Barclays Center in New York on Friday.

The Rams (24-7, 12-4), the No. 2 seed, lost their chance to clinch a tie with Saint Louis for the A-10 title.

• No. 22 Wisconsin 63, Penn State 60: In State College, Pa., Traevon Jackson made a contested three-pointer at the buzzer and finished with 15 points, and Wisconsin survived an upset scare to win its regular-season finale.

The Badgers (21-10, 12-6 Big Ten) went the length of the court with less than 4 seconds left. Jackson pulled up at the wing and made the three over the outstretched arm of Kevin Montminy. Officials upheld the basket on the review. D.J. Newbill had tied it with 5 seconds left with a jumper for Penn State (10-20, 2-16).

Women

• No. 1 Baylor 77, Oklahoma State 69: In Dallas, Brittney Griner had 30 points and 10 rebounds, and top-ranked Baylor (31-1) held off a late charge by Oklahoma State in the Big 12 tournament semifinals.

Oklahoma State (21-10) cut a 17-point deficit to 72-69 with 1:34 left, but Baylor's Jordan Madden hit a three-pointer before Griner blocked a Cowgirls shot, one of her seven blocks. Baylor will face Iowa State in its third consecutive tournament final tonight.

• No. 2 Notre Dame 75, South Florida 66: In Hartford, Conn., Natalie Achonwa had 20 points and 20 rebounds to help Notre Dame (29-1) advance to the Big East semifinals against No. 13 Louisville today.

• No. 3 Connecticut 94, DePaul 61: In Hartford, Conn., Breanna Stewart scored 21 points to lead a balanced offense as UConn (28-3) advanced to the semifinals of the the Big East tourney against No. 24 Syracuse today.

• No. 6 Duke 92, No. 15 North Carolina 73: In Greensboro, N.C., freshman Alexis Jones scored a career-high 24 points and Duke (30-2) claimed its eighth Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title by routing North Carolina in the final.

• No. 19. Texas A&M 75, No. 7 Kentucky 67: In Duluth, Ga., Kelsey Bone had 18 points and 15 rebounds, with most of her production coming in the second half, and Texas A&M (24-9) won the SEC tournament title in its first year in the league.

Rim shots

• In St. Louis, Jahenns Manigat had a season-best 16 points and hit a layup with 11.5 seconds to go, giving top-seeded Creighton just enough to beat Wichita State 68-65 for its second straight Missouri Valley Conference men's tournament title.

• In Conway, S.C., Jesse Sanders' 27 points helped Liberty beat Charleston Southern 87-76 for the Big South men's tourney title.

• In Charlottesville, Va., Mike Tobey's tip-in with 1:46 to play in overtime gave Virginia the lead and it held on to beat Maryland 61-58 in a game the Cavaliers had to win to boost their NCAA tournament hopes.

NCAA Automatic Bids

Men

Belmont, Ohio Valley

Creighton, Missouri Valley

Florida Gulf Coast, Atlantic Sun

Harvard, Ivy League

Liberty, Big South

Women

Duke, ACC

Liberty, Big South

Princeton, Ivy League

Purdue, Big Ten

Stanford, Pac-12

Stetson, Atlantic Sun

Texas A&M, SEC

UT Martin, Ohio Valley

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