|Top 25 Capsules|
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|Sunday, 01 March 2009 14:38|
Terrence Williams added 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Cardinals (23-5, 14-2 Big East), who have won five straight and can clinch at least a share of the regular-season title by winning their final two games.
Wesley Matthews led the Golden Eagles (23-6, 12-4) with 19 points, but Marquette lost its second straight despite a game effort without star Dominic James, who broke his left foot in a loss to No. 2 Connecticut last week.
The Cardinals harassed Marquette into a season-low 34 percent shooting and survived a couple of runs by Marquette, who never led in the second half but never let Louisville get comfortable.
No. 15 Kansas 90, No. 11 Missouri 65
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Sherron Collins scored 25 points and dished out key assists during an early 18-1 run, and No. 15 Kansas stretched its nation-leading home court streak to 40 straight wins.
young Jayhawks (24-5, 13-1 Big 12) on the cusp of a fifth straight Big 12 title and ninth in 13 years.
Picked fourth in the conference preseason poll after losing all five starters off their NCAA championship team, they're the first Kansas team to win 13 of its first 14 league games since the senior-laden 2001-02 squad finished 16-0.
Leo Lyons had 20 points and DeMarre Carroll had 16 for Missouri (24-5, 11-3), which had won seven in a row and exceeded last year's victory total by eight games.
No. 9 Michigan State 74, No. 20 Illinois, 66
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -Michigan State won the Big Ten regular season championship, holding off a late charge by No. 20 Illinois.
Kalin Lucas led the Spartans (23-5, 13-3) with 18 points. Raymar Morgan added 14 points and Delvon Roe had 10.
After Jeff Jordan's steal and layup tied it at 58 for Illinois (23-7, 11-6) with just over seven minutes to play, but Michigan State regained the lead and won coach Tom Izzo his fifth conference title in 13 seasons with the Spartans.
Mike Tisdale led the Illini with 15 points, all but two in the second half.
Lacking an answer for Tisdale, Michigan State coach Tim Izzo sent 6-foot-11, 260-pound reserve center Idong Ibok into the game.
He all but shut Tisdale down, and Michigan State outscored the Illini 16-8 down the stretch. Six of those points came from Lucas, four from the free throw line.