Arizona routs California,
clinches Pac-12 outright
Brandon Ashley matched his career high with 21 points, T.J. McConnell tied his career best with 11 assists and No. 5 Arizona made certain it would finish alone atop the Pac-12 in the regular season with a 99-60 rout of California on Thursday night in Tucson, Ariz. The Wildcats (27-3, 15-2) already had clinched at least a tie for the conference title and the No. 1 seed in next week's Pac-12 tournament. Tyrone Wallace scored 16 points for the Bears (17-13, 7-10). It was the most one-sided victory for Arizona and most lopsided loss for Cal this season.
• RAZORBACKS RALLY: Michael Portis had 24 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 18 Arkansas to a 78-74 victory over South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. The Razorbacks (24-6, 13-4 Southeastern Conference) trailed by 11 points with 7 minutes left in a game during which they led by 20 in the first half. With the win, Arkansas clinched second place in the SEC and will be on the opposite side of the league tournament bracket from top-ranked and undefeated Kentucky. South Carolina (14-15, 5-12) managed only one point after leading scorer Tyrone Johnson left because of cramps with 2:29 left. Johnson finished with 18 points. Rashad Madden had nine points, nine assists and seven rebounds for Arkansas.
• TITLE TO LOUISIANA TECH: Raheem Appleby scored 23 points and Michale Kyser 19 as Louisiana Tech beat Southern Miss 72-61 in Ruston, La., to clinch the Conference USA regular-season crown. Kyser scored nine of his points in the final 8:34 of the second half and also finished with 14 rebounds. The Bulldogs (24-7, 15-3) claimed their first outright championship title since 1999 and will enter their conference tournament as the No. 1 seed.
• BIG NIGHT FOR FANT: George Fant scored a career-high 28 points and had 10 rebounds to help Western Kentucky hold off host Charlotte for an 88-84 overtime victory. After falling behind by three in overtime, Western Kentucky (19-10, 12-5 Conference USA) took the lead for good with a 7-0 burst sparked by Ben Lawson's dunk, making it 81-77 with 2:50 to play. Charlotte's Willie Clayton cut the gap to 86-84 with a tip-in with 19 seconds left before Trency Jackson clinched the win with a pair of free throws at the other end.
• ORANGE GOES OUT: Dearica Hamby had 23 points and 10 rebounds and 13th-seeded Wake Forest (13-19) upset No. 5 seed and 22nd-ranked Syracuse (21-9) 85-79 in the second round of the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
• NOT SO FOR NORTH CAROLINA: Stephanie Mavunga scored 23 points, matched her career high with 16 rebounds and blocked a career-high eight shots to help No. 15 North Carolina (24-7) beat Georgia Tech 84-64 in another ACC second-round game. Allisha Gray scored all 14 of her points in the second half, and Latifah Coleman added 10 points for North Carolina. Zaire O'Neil and Kaela Davis had 14 points each for Georgia Tech (18-14).
• KENTUCKY EDGES VANDY: Jennifer O'Neill scored 19 points as No. 12 Kentucky beat Vanderbilt 67-61 in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament in Little Rock, Ark. Linnae Harper added 18 points for the Wildcats (21-8). Marqu'es Webb had 18 points for Vanderbilt (15-16).
• AUBURN OUSTED: Courtney Williams led a balanced attack with 14 points to lead No. 18 Texas A&M (23-8) over Auburn (13-18) in another SEC second-round game. Tra'Cee Tanner scored 14 points, Katie Frerking had 13 points with 10 rebounds for Auburn.
• DON'T MOCK THE MOCS: Jasmine Joyner had a career-high 22 points as the top-seeded and No. 17-ranked Chattanooga (27-3) routed North Carolina-Greensboro (6-24) 78-44 in the opening game of the Southern Conference tournament in Asheville, N.C.