No. 3 Villanova cruises to Big East crown
VILLANOVA, Pa. — Kris Jenkins scored 14 straight points and a career-high 31 overall, leading No. 3 Villanova to an 83-62 romp over DePaul on Tuesday night and the outright Big East championship.
The Wildcats (26-4, 15-2) are Big East champs for the third straight season and had already clinched the top seed for the conference tournament next week in New York. The Wildcats won the tournament in 2015.
Jenkins scored 20 points by halftime and opened the second with consecutive 3s, topping his previous best of 23. The Wildcats shot 68 percent in the first half and proved they are still a force at any ranking.
The Wildcats slipped to No. 3 in the Top 25 after three weeks at No. 1. The Wildcats went 5-1 at No. 1 and lost last week at Xavier.
No. 4 VIRGINIA 64, CLEMSON 57: At Greenville, S.C., Malcolm Brogdon scored 18 points and Virginia rallied after blowing a double-digit lead. The Cavaliers (23-6, 12-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) got off to a 12-0 start and looked like they might blow the Tigers out of the building. Instead, Clemson (16-13, 9-8) scratched away and led 47-46 on Gabe DeVoe's 3-pointer with 6:29 remaining.
No. 6 OKLAHOMA 73, No. 19 BAYLOR 71: At Norman, Okla., Buddy Hield scored 23 points in his final home game, and Oklahoma squandered a 26-point lead before regrouping. Hield scored 13 points in the game's first 8 minutes, but the Sooners fell apart in the second half.
No. 11 LOUISVILLE 56, GEORGIA TECH 53: At Louisville, Ky., Chinanu Onuaku made two free throws with 30.9 seconds remaining and Damion Lee added two more with 10.7 left to help Louisville survive. Onuanku's underhanded free throws provided a 54-49 lead and loomed large as the Yellow Jackets stormed back with four straight points over the next 18 seconds.
No. 12 INDIANA 81, No. 16 IOWA 78: At Iowa City, Iowa, Yogi Ferrell had 20 points, including a crucial 3 with 37 seconds, and Indiana clinched its second outright Big Ten title in four years. Troy Williams had 15 points for the Hoosiers (24-6, 14-3), who will be the No. 1 seed in next week's conference tournament.
No. 15 PURDUE 81, NEBRASKA 62: At Lincoln, Neb., Vince Edwards scored 20 points and A.J. Hammons had 12 of his 16 points in the second half to lead Purdue. The Boilermakers (23-7, 11-6) ended a three-game road losing streak and moved into a tie with Ohio State for sixth in the Big Ten.
No. 17 DUKE 79, WAKE FOREST 71: At Durham, N.C., Grayson Allen scored 30 points for Duke. Marshall Plumlee added 13 points and matched a career high with 17 rebounds, and freshman Brandon Ingram finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils (22-8, 11-6 Atlantic Coast Conference).
No. 20 TEXAS A&M 81, AUBURN 63: At Auburn, Ala., Danuel House scored 19 points and Texas A&M rolled off 20 straight points in a come-from-behind victory. The Aggies (23-7, 12-5 Southeastern Conference) remain tied with Kentucky for the league lead going into the regular season finale Saturday night against Vanderbilt.
No. 22 KENTUCKY 88, FLORIDA 79: At Gainesville, Fla., Jamal Murray scored 21 points and Tyler Ulis added 19 as Kentucky handed Florida a fourth consecutive loss. Skal Labissiere made the most of his first start since Dec. 12, chipping in 11 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats.