NEW YORK (AP) -Providence might have had a chance against fifth-ranked Louisville if the Friars ever got a shot off.
Earl Clark had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Cardinals nearly forced Providence into setting a Big East tournament record for turnovers in a sloppy 73-55 quarterfinal victory Thursday.
Freshman center Samardo Samuels added 22 points for the No. 1 seed and regular-season conference champions, who've won eight straight and are trying to show the NCAA selection committee that they're deserving of a No. 1 seed when the bracket is announced Sunday.
Weyinmi Efejuku scored 17 to lead the Friars (19-13), who turned the ball over a staggering 26 times - one shy of the tournament record - in what likely was a must-win game for their own postseason hopes.
No. 10 Villanova 76, No. 21 Marquette 75
NEW YORK (AP) - Dwayne Anderson's last-second layup - his only basket - fell in as the buzzer sounded.
The fourth-seeded Wildcats (26-6) led by 17 points in the first half, but Marquette took its first lead since the game's early minutes on a 3-pointer by Lazar Hayward that made it 75-74 with 1:40 to play.
ms had two empty possessions after that with Jerel McNeal of the Golden Eagles (24-9) missing on a drive with 14 seconds to play.
Villanova's Reggie Redding dribbled the ball near the top of the key and finally began a move toward the basket with just a couple of seconds left. He found Anderson on the left side of the lane and his layup seemed to sit on the rim for a while before falling through.
Baylor 71, No. 11 Kansas 64
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - LaceDarius Dunn hit six 3-pointers and scored 24 points to help the Bears rally after blowing a 17-point lead.
The three-time defending champion Jayhawks (25-7) dispatched of the deficit quickly and led by five before Dunn fueled a decisive 12-0 run for the Bears (19-13).
Kansas became only the second top-seeded team to lose its opening game at the Big 12 tournament. Baylor was also responsible for the other upset, beating Iowa State in 2001.
Sherron Collins scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half to lead the Jayhawks, but he airballed a potential tying 3-pointer with 26 seconds left. Marcus Morris and Tyshawn Taylor added 12 points apiece for Kansas.
Kevin Rogers added 14 points and Curtis Jerrells scored 10 for the Bears, who advance to face either Kansas State or Texas in the semifinals on Friday.
Georgia Tech 86, No. 17 Clemson 81
Tech pulled off the first upset of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Clinch made five 3-pointers to carry the Yellow Jackets (12-18), who went 2-14 in the ACC during the regular season - including a pair of losses to the Tigers. He capped his performance with a pair of clinching free throws, eclipsing his career high of 30 points against Miami just eight days earlier.
Clemson (23-8) is now 0-for-56 in winning the ACC tournament. The Tigers made it to the championship game a year ago before losing to North Carolina, but they were one-and-done at the Georgia Dome.
No. 19 Xavier 66, Saint Louis 47
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - B.J. Raymond had 18 points, and C.J. Anderson added 15 for top-seeded Xavier (25-6, 13-4).
The Musketeers will play Temple Saint Joseph's on Friday night.
Kevin Lisch had 13 points to lead the Billikens (18-14, 8-9), and Willie Reed added 10.
Xavier used a 14-0 run spanning halftime to take control.
Raymond banked in a 30-footer at the first-half buzzer to cap a 7-0 spurt that gave the Musketeers a 35-25 lead.
Xavier then opened the second half by scoring the first seven points to take a 42-25 lead with 17:30 left.
No. 23 Arizona State 68, Arizona 56
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pac-10 player of the year James Harden had 27 points and eight rebounds to help the Sun Devils put Arizona's long NCAA tournament streak in jeopardy.
bott added 11 points and Jeff Pendergraph had 10 points and nine rebounds for fourth-seeded ASU (23-8), which advanced to Friday night's semifinals. The Sun Devils have an NCAA tournament berth locked up, no matter the outcome.
Jordan Hill had 20 points and 13 rebounds for fifth-seeded Arizona (19-13), which has appeared in 24 straight NCAA tournaments, the longest active streak and second-longest behind the 27-year streak by North Carolina from 1975-2001.
No. 25 BYU 80, Air Force 69
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Jimmer Fredette scored 21 points and Jonathan Tavernari had 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Lee Cummard scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half, adding eight rebounds and seven assists as the top-seeded Cougars (22-9) survived a scare from the surprising ninth-seeded Falcons, who went winless in 16 regular-season Mountain West games before beating Colorado State in Wednesday's play-in.
Anwar Johnson scored 16 of his 24 points in the first half for Air Force (10-21), which led 41-38 at halftime by outrebounding and outshooting the taller Cougars. The Falcons even kept it close until the final minutes, when Lamont Morgan Jr. and Tavernari hit key 3-pointers to finish off BYU's fifth straight victory.

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