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  • Villanova clinches Big East

  • CINCINNATI — Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points and No. 6 Villanova clinched the outright Big East championship for the first time in 32 years by holding off Xavier 77-70 on Thursday night.
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  • CINCINNATI — Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points and No. 6 Villanova clinched the outright Big East championship for the first time in 32 years by holding off Xavier 77-70 on Thursday night.
    JayVaughn Pinkston added 15 points — eight in the last 3:20 — James Bell finished with 12 and Ryan Arcidiacono chipped in with 11 as the Wildcats (27-3, 15-2 Big East) extended their school record for regular-season wins with their fifth straight and 11th in their last 12 games.
    No. 15 Cincinnati 97,No. 20 Memphis 84
    At Cincinnati, Sean Kilpatrick scored a season-high 34 points in his final home game, and a trio of senior starters steadied Cincinnati in a win that left the American Athletic Conference race tied with a game to go.
    The Bearcats (25-5, 14-3 AAC) remained tied atop the first-year league with No. 11 Louisville. The Cardinals won 84-71 at No. 18 Southern Methodist on Wednesday night and finish at home against No. 19 Connecticut.
    No. 22 Michigan State 86,No. 24 Iowa 76
    At East Lansing, Mich., Keith Appling scored in double figures for the first time in more than five weeks for Michigan State.
    Appling showed his old aggressiveness before hip and wrist injuries and scored 12 points for the Spartans (23-7, 12-5 Big Ten).
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