Okla. state 82, No. 6 Kansas 64
Jayhawks still top seed
STILLWATER, Okla. – Kendall Smith scored a career-high 25 points and Mitchell Solomon had 16 points and seven rebounds to help lead the Cowboys to a victory over the Jayhawks in the regular-season finale for both teams on Saturday.
Oklahoma State (18-13, 8-10 Big 12) swept the season series from Kansas, marking the first time that the Jayhawks have been swept in a home-and-home since 2003-04, a span of 103 series.
The Cowboys' home fans rushed the court at the final buzzer as Oklahoma State finished the season with three wins in its final four games.
The Jayhawks (24-7, 13-5) had already secured the top seed in next week's Big 12 Conference tournament.
If Oklahoma State can beat Oklahoma in the first round of the Big 12 tournament on Wednesday, it will set up another matchup with Kansas in the quarterfinals Thursday.
"They would be the favorite in that game," Kansas coach Bill Self said.
MIami 69, Virginia tech 68
'Like the cardiac kids'
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Chris Lykes' clutch free throw gave the Hurricanes their most thrilling win in five days.
The freshman guard broke a tie by sinking the front end of a one-and-one with three seconds left to beat the Hokies. It was the Hurricanes' biggest heart-stopper since Tuesday, when they won at No. 9 North Carolina on Ja'Quan Newton's desperation buzzer-beater.
Miami has won four games in a row by a total of eight points, with each victory decided on the final possession. Jim Larranaga, who has been in coaching 46 years, said he has never experienced anything like it.
"They're like the cardiac kids," Larranaga said. "They somehow are enjoying being on the edge at the end of these games."
Miami (22-8, 11-7 ACC) takes plenty of momentum into the league tournament next week.
"It's finally starting to click," freshman guard Lonnie Walker IV said. "We clicked at the right time — going into the tournament."
No. 3 xavier 65, Depaul 62
Musketeers set mark
CHICAGO – Trevon Bluiett scored 22 points, and the Musketeers set a school record for regular-season wins while clinching the top seed in the Big East with a victory over the Blue Demons.
Xavier (27-4, 15-3) hung on for its 12th win in 13 games after DePaul's Eli Cain and Max Strus missed three-pointers in the closing seconds. That ended Villanova's four-year run of first-place finishes.
"I always want to be the little kid that flies up and jumps in the pool, doesn't test the water like a 48-year-old would," Xavier coach Chris Mack said. "Just jump right in. I'm a big believer in you get what you earn and you earn what you get and you go after things. You don't play on your heels and play defensive and scared and have success. That's how I want our team to play."
The Musketeers come into the conference tournament with soaring expectations, a No. 1 seed in the NCAAs in sight and a big run looking like a strong possibility.