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  • Arizona, UCLA in Pac-12 final

  • LAS VEGAS — Nick Johnson scored 16 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 12 and Arizona ran away from tired Colorado, 63-43, in a dominating second half of their Pac-12 tournament semifinal on Friday.
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  • LAS VEGAS — Nick Johnson scored 16 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 12 and Arizona ran away from tired Colorado, 63-43, in a dominating second half of their Pac-12 tournament semifinal on Friday.
    Unlike its last win over Colorado, Arizona (30-3) started slow, allowing the Buffaloes to keep it close at halftime.
    Arizona shot 60 percent in the second half and held Colorado (23-11) to 5-of-22 shooting in the final 20 minutes to earn a spot in today's championship game against UCLA.
    T.J. McConnell added 12 points, five assists and four rebounds for the Wildcats in front of a pro-Arizona crowd at MGM Grand Garden Arena that made it feel like McKale Center West.
    UCLA 84, Stanford 59
    At Las Vegas, Norman Powell scored 22 points, Travis Wear added 16 and UCLA started its rout of Stanford early, rolling over the Cardinal in the Pac-12 semifinals.
    Coming off a rout in the quarterfinals, UCLA (25-8) started another one by building a 12-point lead in the opening four minutes. The Bruins kept making shots and kept building the lead, racing off to today's championship game against fourth-ranked and top-seeded Arizona.
    Kyle Anderson added 13 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for UCLA, which shot 65 percent.
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    No. 1 Florida 72, Missouri 49
    At Atlanta, Scottie Wilbekin scored 15 points and No. 1 Florida remained unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference, using one of its customary spurts to rout Missouri in the quarterfinals of the league tournament.
    The game was tied 29-29 at halftime, and the Tigers were still in the game with about 10 minutes to go. That's when Wilbekin and the Gators (30-2) suddenly took control.
    After Will Yeguete laid one in off a nifty pass from Kasey Hill, Florida pressed the inbounds pass, Wilbekin came up with a steal, then got free in the corner for a 3-pointer. Missouri missed at the other end, Patric Young connected on a short hook and just like that, the Gators had stretched a two-point lead to 45-36.
    No. 5 Louisville 94, Houston 65
    At Memphis, Russ Smith scored a career-high 42 points and Louisville cruised to victory over Houston in the semifinals of the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament.
    Smith shot 14 for 22 from the field and 5 for 7 from 3-point range. His final points came on a three-point play where he hit a reverse layup and converted the ensuing free throw.
    Luke Hancock and Montrezl Harrell both added 12 for the Cardinals (28-5), the tournament's second seed, who will face the winner of Friday's second game between top-seeded Cincinnati and Connecticut.
    No. 6 Virginia 64, Florida State 51
    At Greensboro, N.C., Joe Harris matched a season high with 20 points, and No. 6 Virginia pulled away in an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinal.
    Anthony Gill added 16 points for the top-seeded Cavaliers (26-6).
    They shot 48 percent, forced 15 turnovers and earned their third double-digit victory over the Seminoles this season while reaching the semifinals for the first time since 1995.
    No. 7 Duke 63, Clemson 62
    At Greensboro, N.C., Rodney Hood hit two free throws with 3.8 seconds left to lift Duke past Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.
    ACC rookie of the year Jabari Parker scored 18 points and Hood had 17 for the third-seeded Blue Devils (25-7).
    They blew a 13-point lead with 12 minutes left before regrouping just in time to avoid joining No. 15 North Carolina and No. 11 Syracuse as ACC quarterfinal losers.
    No. 8 Michigan 64, Illinois 63
    At Indianapolis, Jordan Morgan scored on a layup with 7.9 seconds left to send No. 8 Michigan to the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.
    The Illini had a chance to win on Tracy Abrams' shot, but it bounced off the front of the rim as the final buzzer sounded.
    Michigan (24-7), the regular season champion, advances to today's semifinals with its seventh straight win. It will face fifth-seeded Ohio State.
    No. 8 San Diego State 59, UNLV 51
    At Las Vegas, Dwayne Polee II had 18 points and six rebounds to lead San Diego State over UNLV in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament.
    San Diego State used a 19-9 run out of the break to open up a 48-33 lead with 8:13 left in the game. The Aztecs scored 12 points off of turnovers and outrebounded UNLV 34-29.
    Xavier Thames added 17 points and six assists for the Aztecs (29-3).
    No. 16 Iowa State 94, No. 10 Kansas 83
    At Kansas City, Mo., Georges Niang scored 25 points before leaving with a bloody gash to his forehead in the closing minutes, and Iowa State held on to beat Kansas and reach its first Big 12 tournament title game since 2000.
    DeAndre Kane had five 3-pointers and scored 20 points, and Big 12 player of the year Melvin Ejim added 19 points for the fourth-seeded Cyclones (25-8), who will play for just their second tournament title against Baylor today.
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