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 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -Tyler Hansbrough hit a fadeaway jumper off an offensive rebound with 0.8 seconds left to help No. 1 North Carolina beat Virginia Tech 68-66 on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals.
Hansbrough finished with 26 points and nine rebounds for the top-seeded Tar Heels (31-2), who trailed almost the entire way against a team it had routed last month. The Tar Heels advanced to Sunday's championship against Clemson, which uspet Duke.
A.D. Vassallo scored 17 points to lead the fourth-seeded Hokies (19-13), who couldn't get off a shot on their final possession and watched a possible NCAA tournament bid-clinching win painfully slip away.
The Tar Heels rallied from an eight-point deficit in the second half before getting the ball with 21 seconds left in a tie game.
Clemson 78, No. 7 Duke 74
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Trevor Booker scored 18 points, Cliff Hammonds added 17 and Clemson, the perennial pushover in the Atlantic Coast Conference, stunned to reach the tournament title game for the first time in 46 years.
The third-seeded Tigers (24-8), who had lost 22 straight games to the Blue Devils, pulled away in the second half.
Rugged James Mays, who scored 16 points, had two three-point plays in an 11-4 run that snapped a 56-all tie.
Second-seeded Duke (27-5) cut the lead to 71-69 on Greg Paulus' 3-pointer with 48 seconds left. But then Clemson, a 63-percent free throw shooting team, made 3-of-4 from the line.
Big East
Pittsburgh 74, No. 9 Georgetown 65
NEW YORK (AP) - Ronald Ramon scored 17 points and Pittsburgh won its second Big East tournament championship in its eighth title-game.
The seventh-seeded Panthers (26-9) shed their runner-up tag with a performance just like those in all the other championship games: a blue-collar effort without a star player.
Roy Hibbert had 17 points for the Hoyas (27-5), who were trying to sweep the regular-season and tournament titles for a second straight season.
Pittsburgh's only title came in 2003 and that was under coach Ben Howland who left for UCLA after that season.
Sam Young, who had 16 points and was selected tournament MVP, led the Panthers' balanced offense that thrived on its own missed shots, grabbing 19 offensive rebounds against the bigger Hoyas.
Big Ten
No. 8 Wisconsin 65, No. 19 Michigan State 63
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Brian Butch scored 19, Marcus Landry added 18 and Joe Krabbenhoft had 11 points and 10 rebounds as Wisconsin held off a foul-challenged Michigan State and earned its second straight trip to the Big Ten tournament title game.
Wisconsin (28-4) will play Illinois, which beat Minnesota 54-50.
Drew Neitzel led all scorers with 26. But it wasn't nearly enough to bail out the Spartans (25-8), who were whistled for 30 fouls and had four players foul out, including three in a 56-second span.
Wisconsin won despite going only 26-of-37 from the free throw line.
Big 12
No. 6 Texas 77, Oklahoma 49
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A.J. Abrams broke out of a shooting slump with seven 3-pointers and 24 points, helping Texas reach its third consecutive Big 12 tournament final.
Abrams kept Texas (28-5) close in a tight first half, then keyed a 14-2 run early in the second to help the Longhorns pull away for their sixth straight win over the rival Sooners (22-11).
Texas, which has lost the past two Big 12 title games to Kansas, shot 50 percent and got 17 points from D.J. Augustin to move on to Sunday's championship game against the fifth-ranked Jayhawks.
Blake Griffin, Oklahoma's all-Big 12 forward, had 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting and 13 rebounds.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Brandon Rush scored a career-high 28 points in front of his home town fans, sealing No. 5 Kansas' win with two free throws in the final seconds.
The two-time defending champion Jayhawks (30-3) will face Texas for the championship for the third year in a row. Kansas and Texas tied for the regular-season title, but the Longhorns bested the Jayhawks 72-69 in their only meeting.
The Aggies (24-10) outrebounded Kansas 35-25 and hit almost 54 percent of their shots but could not stop Rush, the 6-foot-6 junior.
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Conference USA
No. 2 Memphis 77, Tulsa 51
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Antonio Anderson scored 19 points, and No. 2 Memphis added a third straight Conference USA tournament championship to the Tigers' third consecutive regular-season title.
Anderson hit 4-of-5 from 3-point range to become the third player to lead the Tigers (33-1) in scoring in as many games. He and Chris Doulas-Roberts, who added 16 points, went a combined 14-of-17 from the floor. Jeff Robinson had 11 off the bench.
Tulsa (20-13) 7-footer Jerome Jordan had a team-high 17 points, and Ben Uzoh added 13.
The Tigers finished the season with their seventh straight win and 42nd consecutive league win, strengthening their case for a second No. 1 seed in three seasons after tying the school record for wins in a season with 33.
Mountain West Conference
UNLV 76, No. 24 BYU 61
LAS VEGAS (AP) - UNLV upset top-seeded BYU in the Mountain West championship for the second straight season.
Wink Adams had 23 points and was at his best down the stretch, scoring 14 points in the final 6:48, including a trio of 3-pointers, as the second-seeded Runnin' Rebels turned a close contest into a rout.
Curtis Terry added 20 points, Corey Bailey grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds and Rene Rougeau pulled down 10 boards for the Runnin' Rebels (26-7), who overcame an early double-digit deficit just like they did a year ago in beating the Cougars for the championship.
Mack Center as the Runnin' Rebels went on an 18-3 run spanning halftime.
It was just the second loss in 17 games for BYU, which got 17 points from Jimmer Fredette.
Pac-10
No. 3 UCLA 67, No. 11 Stanford 64
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Darren Collison scored 28 points and UCLA won the Pac-10 tournament title.
The Bruins (31-3) used a 22-8 run in the second half to earn their 10th victory in a row and add the title to their third consecutive regular-season crown.
Freshman Kevin Love overcame back spasms to score 12 points, giving him double figures in all 34 games he's played this season. Russell Westbrook had 11 rebounds.
Brook Lopez scored 15 points and Anthony Goods added 13 for the Cardinal (26-7).
UCLA led by 10 with 2 minutes remaining before Stanford whittled its deficit to 65-64 on a dunk by Lawrence Hill with 3 seconds to go. The Cardinal fouled Collison, who made both for a three-point cushion. He was named tournament MVP.
Southeastern Conference
Arkansas 92, No. 4 Tennessee 91
ATLANTA (AP) - Steven Hill hit a turnaround jumper with 5.3 seconds remaining for his only points of the game and Arkansas knocked off Tennessee in the semifinals of the SEC tournament, perhaps costing the Volunteers a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
The Razorbacks (22-10) surely locked up an NCAA bid and advanced to face Georgia in Sunday's championship game.
The game was played before an estimated crowd of 2,000 at Georgia Tech's Alexander Memorial Coliseum, where the final two days of the tournament were moved after a tornado ripped through the Georgia Dome during the quarterfinals Friday night.
The teams went back-and-forth the entire game, the last five of 17 lead changes coming in the final 3 minutes. JuJuan Smith dumped in a layup with 23 seconds left to put Tennessee (29-4) ahead 91-90.
America East
UMBC 82, Hartford 65
CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Darryl Proctor scored 23 points to help Maryland-Baltimore County earn its first trip to the NCAA tournament with a victory in the America East championship game.
UMBC (24-8) was making its first trip to a championship game since starting Division I play in 1986. The Retrievers, who won the America East regular-season title, also set a school record for victories with the win.
Atlantic 10
Temple 69, Saint Joseph's 64
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Dionte Christmas scored 22 points and Temple earned its first NCAA tournament bid since 2001 with a victory over its archrival Saint Joseph's in the championship of the Atlantic 10 tournament.
Ryan Brooks added 15 points and Chris Clark had 10 as coach Fran Dunphy returned second-seeded Temple (21-12) to national prominence just two seasons after taking over for the John Chaney.
Ahmad Nivins had 18 points and Pat Calathes added 14 for fifth-seeded Saint Joseph's (21-12) which will have to sweat out selection Sunday to see if it will be returning to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004.
Big West
CS Fullerton 81, UC Irvine 66
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Josh Akognon had 23 points and Cal State Fullerton advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1978.
Scott Cutley, the co-Big West player of the year, had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Titans (24-8), who reached the Elite Eight in that last appearance after winning the league tournament.
Akognon was selected the tournament MVP after leading Fullerton in scoring for the third consecutive game.
The Titans shot 52.7 percent while making their fourth appearance in the conference title game and first since 1985.
Darren Fells had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Irvine (18-16), which was seeking their first NCAA berth.
Mid-American Conference
Kent State 74, Akron 55
CLEVELAND (AP) - Haminn Quaintance scored 16 points and Kent State crowned a dominant conference season by beating bitter rival Akron in the Mid-American tournament championship.
Mike Scott scored 14 points with 13 rebounds, Chris Singletary scored 13 and Al Fisher 12 for Kent State.
Akron's NCAA dreams fizzled again. The Zips were beaten by Miami of Ohio on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in last year's final, and were hoping to erase that painful memory by making the NCAA field for the first time since 1986.
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Coppin State 62, Morgan State 60
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Tywain McKee's driving layup with 2 seconds left helped Coppin State to an upset victory in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship.
McKee tied a season high with 33 points for the seventh-seeded Eagles (16-20), who blew a five-point lead with 1 1/2 minutes remaining but recovered to claim their first league title - and first NCAA tournament berth - since 1997.
California transfer Marquise Kately led Morgan State (22-10) with 21 points, but was held scoreless in the final 12 minutes.
Southwestern Athletic Conference
MVSU 59, Jackson State 58
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Carl Lucas made two free throws with 0.4 seconds left to lift Mississippi Valley State to the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament title.
Jackson State's Catraiva Givens put the fourth-seeded Tigers up 58-56 with 27.3 seconds left. Stanford Speech made one of two free throws for the No. 2 seed Delta Devils to draw them within one and Chris Watson kept the possession alive with an offensive rebound.
Mississippi Valley State (17-15) scrambled for a last-second shot before finding Lucas streaking toward the basket. Jackson State (13-20) took a time out to try to freeze Lucas, but the junior calmly swished both free throws. Lucas scored seven points and was selected the tournament MVP.
Western Athletic Conference
Boise St. 107, New Mexico St. 102, 3OT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Reggie Larry scored 31 points and Boise State ended a l4-year NCAA drought, outlasting New Mexico State.
Matt Nelson added 26 points and Tyler Tiedeman had 17 to help the Broncos (25-8) return to the NCAAs for the first time since 1994, when they won the Big Sky tourney but lost to Louisville in the first round.
It was a real marathon, tied at 71 at the end of regulation, at 80 after the first overtime and at 92 after two OTs.
But Boise State finally built up enough cushion, with Larry scoring twice in a 6-0 burst to start the final overtime.
Freshman Herb Pope led the Aggies (21-14) with 20 points.
 

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