|Wednesday's Top 25 Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 04 March 2009 17:34|
By The Associated Press
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -Tyler Hansbrough had 22 points and 15 rebounds and No. 2 North Carolina stayed on track to win the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title with an 86-78 victory over fading Virginia Tech on Wednesday night.
The Tar Heels (26-3, 12-3), who lead Duke by one game heading into their regular season finale on Sunday in Chapel Hill, N.C., took command with a 10-0 run that started with 5:03 to play - after the Hokies closed within one.
Virginia Tech (17-12, 7-8), which lost for the fifth time in six games and seventh in 10, finish the regular season at No. 24 Florida State on Sunday.
A.D. Vassallo led Virginia Tech with 25 points, while Malcolm Delaney had 19 and Jeff Allen added 18 points and 12 rebounds.
No. 3 Pittsburgh 90, No. 13 Marquette 75
PITTSBURGH (AP) - DeJuan Blair scored 23 points and was dominating inside during a decisive 21-2 run for Pittsburgh, which fell behind by nine points early in the second half.
Pitt will play No. 1 Connecticut on Saturday in a Big East showdown.
hat gave them a 57-48 lead.
The Panthers (27-3, 14-3) quickly answered with a 9-0 surge capped by Blair's dunk to tie it at 57.
Levance Fields had 17 points and 10 assists and Sam Young scored 18 points as Pitt won its 20th in a row at home and moved to 18-0 at the Petersen Events Center this season.
Jerel McNeal scored 23 points and Lazar Hayward had 22, but the Golden Eagles lost their third in a row - all to teams in the top six, previously losing to UConn and Louisville - and all since senior point guard Dominic James broke a bone in his foot. No. 5 Memphis 69, Houston 60
HOUSTON (AP) - Tyreke Evans scored 23 points and Shawn Taggart added 12 points and 10 rebounds as Memphis inched closer to another perfect run through Conference USA.
Robert Dozier added 15 points for the Tigers (27-3, 15-0), who have won 21 straight games, the nation's longest winning streak.
Memphis has won 57 consecutive league games, 24 on the road. A win over Tulane on Saturday will complete the Tigers' third straight unbeaten march through their Conference USA regular season.
Aubrey Coleman scored 19 points for the Cougars (18-10, 9-6), who have lost nine straight to Memphis.
No. 6 Louisville 95, Seton Hall 78
The Cardinals (24-5, 15-2 Big East) kept their hopes for at least a share of the conference title alive by shooting 54 percent from the field against the reeling Pirates (15-14, 6-11).
Louisville travels to West Virginia in the regular season finale on Saturday and can win the title outright with a victory coupled with a loss by No. 1 Connecticut to No. 3 Pittsburgh.
Robert Mitchell had 24 points for led Seton Hall, which lost for the fifth time in six games.
Vanderbilt 75, No. 12 LSU 67
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A.J. Ogilvy scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Vanderbilt.
Jermaine Beal scored 17 points and Brad Tinsley thwarted LSU's comeback attempt with 3-pointer that gave Vanderbilt (18-11, 7-8 Southeastern Conference) a 71-66 lead with 38 seconds to go.
Marcus Thornton scored 18 points for the Tigers (25-5, 13-2), the SEC regular season champs who lost for only the second time at home this season. Tasmin Mitchell added 16 points for the Tigers and Bo Spencer had 14.
Vanderbilt, which shot 51 percent from the field, led 50-39 after Beal's 3-pointer with under 13 minutes to go.
Northwestern 64, No. 19 Purdue 61
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Kevin Coble scored 16 points and Northwestern ended the Boilermakers' seven-game home winning streak.
It was Northwestern's third victory over a ranked team this season. The Wildcats beat Minnesota on Jan. 18, then won at Michigan State on Jan. 21.
Keaton Grant and E'Twaun Moore both scored 14 points for the Boilermakers (22-8, 11-6). Purdue had won five of its past six games, and had won five straight in the series with Northwestern.