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Thursday, 28 February 2008 18:38
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 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -Julian Betko scored a career-high 17 points, all in the first half, and No. 14 Butler held off Wright State 66-61 Thursday night to clinch the No. 1 seed in next week's Horizon League tournament.
The 6-foot-6 senior from Slovakia topped his previous career high of 15 points in 14 minutes in the first half and missed his only attempt in the second period.
Mike Green had nine of his 15 points in the second half, and Matt Howard added 12 points for the Bulldogs. Vaughn Duggins led Wright State with 17 points.
Butler (26-3, 15-2) finishes the regular season against last-place Detroit on Saturday. The Bulldogs had already clinched at least a tie for the regular-season title, and the win assured them of the top seed and a bye into the conference tournament semifinals at Butler on March 8.
Wright State (20-8, 13-5) would get the No. 2 seed and a spot in the semifinals by beating Valparaiso on Saturday. But a loss to the Crusaders could drop the Raiders to the third seed and force them to play a first-round game at home on Tuesday.
No. 13 Louisville 90, No. 17 Notre Dame 85
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - David Padgett scored a season-high 26 points and No. 13 Louisville overcame a dazzling 40-point performance from Notre Dame center Luke Harangody.
Louisville's eighth straight victory moved the Cardinals (23-6, 13-3 Big East) into a first-place tie with No. 11 Georgetown with two games remaining. Louisville plays Villanova on Sunday and ends the season at Georgetown on March 8.
Harangody made sure Notre Dame (21-6, 11-4) stayed in it. He knocked down the first three 3-pointers of his career in the final 1:32, eventually pulling the Irish within 86-81 with 23 seconds left.
In the end, it wasn't quite enough to overcome the Cardinals. Earl Clark and Edgar Sosa made four straight free throws in the last 19 seconds to preserve the victory.
No. 10 Wisconsin 57, No. 19 Michigan State 42
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Brian Butch hit a career-high four 3-pointers as No. 10 Wisconsin used a late run to shake loose from No. 19 Michigan State. It was the fifth straight victory for Wisconsin (24-4, 14-2 Big Ten). Michigan State (22-6, 10-5) has lost three of its last five, including three straight road games.
Butch finished with 16 points and seven rebounds. The Badgers' defense did the rest.
Wisconsin frustrated Michigan State's Drew Neitzel all night, holding him to a single 3-pointer on 1-for-10 shooting. Goran Suton scored 14 and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Michigan State.
 

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