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 ATLANTA (AP) -North Carolina can start focusing on a national championship. The nation's top-ranked team was denied a shot at its third straight Atlantic Coast Conference title.
Toney Douglas scored 27 points, including the go-ahead free throws, and No. 22 Florida State held on for a 73-70 victory over the Tar Heels, who were without Ty Lawson, in the ACC semifinals Saturday.
Tyler Hansbrough had 22 points and 12 rebounds, but the reigning national player of the year lost control of the ball trying to get inside for a shot with about 20 seconds remaining and North Carolina trailing 71-70. Florida State's Derwin Kitchen scooped it up, was fouled and hit two clutch free throws.
Wayne Ellington, who led North Carolina (28-4) with 24 points, missed from beyond the arc. Danny Green chased down the rebound, stepped outside the line and fired up another 3 at the buzzer that came up short, and the Seminoles erupted in a raucous celebration.
No. 4 Memphis 64, Tulsa 39
25 and won their 61st straight league game.
Memphis, last year's national runner-up, hasn't lost since Dec. 20 to Syracuse.
Fans started chanting ``No. 1 seed, No. 1 seed'' in the final minutes.
Antonio Anderson added 12 points and Doneal Mack had 11 for Memphis, which padded its NCAA record of wins during this four-year run to 135.
The Tigers ended a seven-game wining streak for Tulsa (24-10). The Golden Hurricane was led by reserve Glenn Andrews with 13 points.
Ohio State 82, No. 7 Michigan State 70
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Ohio State used every bit of its depth and versatility, not to mention some nifty 3-point shooting, in overpowering Michigan State in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament Saturday.
It was the second-most points the Spartans (26-6) had allowed this season.
Evan Turner had all 18 of his points in the second half, along with 10 rebounds and five assists. Jon Diebler had 17 on 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point range, William Buford had 14 and B.J. Mullens added 12 for the Buckeyes (22-9).
Kalin Lucas had 17 for the Spartans, who were hoping that adding the tournament title to their regular-season crown might convince the NCAA selection committee to make them a No. 1 seed, especially after Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Oklahoma lost.
No. 9 Duke 67, Maryland 61
o the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship game.
Kyle Singler added 14 points for No. 9 Duke, which will face Florida State Sunday. Florida State beat top-ranked North Carolina 73-70 in Saturday's first semifinal.
Duke (27-6) led only 44-41 before Gerald Henderson's 3-pointer with 8:53 started the 12-2 run. Scheyer and David McClure each had back-to-back baskets in the run, which ended with Duke leading 56-43 with 5:35 remaining.
Eric Hayes answered with four straight points for Maryland (20-13), but he missed a 3-point attempt with 2 minutes left after the Terrapins cut the lead to seven points at 57-50.
Hayes led Maryland with 20 points, including 15 after Duke's 12-2 run. He scored 15 of Maryland's final 18 points. Greivis Vasquez had 14 points and Adrian Bowie added 10 for the Terrapins.
Mississippi State 67, No. 20 LSU 57
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Jarvis Varnado scored 19 points and Barry Stewart added 17 to lead surging Mississippi State into the championship game of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
The Bulldogs (22-12) began the week needing to win two or three times to improve their chances of getting a spot in the NCAA tournament. Now, they just have to beat Tennessee to claim the SEC's automatic berth with their first conference tourney title since 2002.
LSU (26-7) beat Mississippi State twice during the regular season, but were not match this time with SEC Player of the Year Marcus Thornton scoring 14 on 5-for-19 shooting and the Tigers shooting 31 percent overall.
Thornton was 0-for-6 on 3-point attempts and the Tigers misfired on 12 of 16 attempts from behind the arc as a team, giving Mississippi State a reprieve from its own poor shooting.
No. 24 Purdue 66, Illinois 56
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Robbie Hummel finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds Saturday, and JaJuan Johnson had 20 points and three blocks to lead the Boilermakers into the Big Ten tournament championship game.
The victory ends third-seeded Purdue's three-game losing streak to the Illini (24-9) and sets up a rematch with fifth-seeded Ohio State, an 82-70 upset winner over No. 7 Michigan State. The Boilermakers and Buckeyes split the first two games this season, each winning at home.
It's the first time since 1998 that Purdue (24-9) will play for the tourney title.

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