Wichita State too much for Northern Iowa
WICHITA, KAN. – Playing in front of a spirited crowd in one of the biggest home games in school history, Wichita State responded. Ron Baker scored 17 points and Fred VanVleet had 13 to help the 11th-ranked Shockers beat No. 10 Northern Iowa 74-60 on Saturday and win the Missouri Valley Conference for a second year in a row..
"Combined with 'College GameDay' being here, a top-10 opponent, playing for a championship, I've coached 17 years and this is the biggest regular-season home game I've ever had," Shockers coach Gregg Marshall said. "Our team responded. And our fans responded. It was electric."
Wichita State (27-3, 17-1 MVC) had five double-figure scorers as Tekele Cotton, Darius Carter and Evan Wessel each had 11 points.
Northern Iowa (27-3, 16-2) had just one: Seth Tuttle scored 16 points. The Panthers entered the game fourth nationally giving up 53.8 points per game but could not stop the Shockers or continue a 16-game winning streak.
• ONE SHORT OF 30: Andrew Harrison and Trey Lyles each scored 18 points and No. 1 Kentucky rolled past No. 18 Arkansas 84-67 in Lexington, Ky., to win the Southeastern Conference regular-season title. The long-awaited marquee matchup of the SEC's top two teams belonged to the undefeated Wildcats (29-0, 16-0) on both ends as they earned their 46th league title and halted a three-game losing streak against the Razorbacks (23-6, 12-4).
• KANSAS WINS WITHOUT ALEXANDER: Perry Ellis had 28 points and 13 rebounds and No. 8 Kansas (23-6, 12-4) held on through to beat Texas (17-12, 6-10) 69-64. The Jayhawks, who remained a game clear of Oklahoma in the Big 12 race, played without Cliff Alexander, who was held out after questions were raised about the five-star freshman's eligibility.
• BEARS TROUNCE MOUNTAINEERS: Taurean Prince scored 20 points as No. 19 Baylor beat No. 20 West Virginia 78-66 in Waco, Texas. The Bears (22-7, 10-6 Big 12) have won four in a row, overcoming seven three-pointers freshman Jevon Carter hit for West Virginia (22-7, 10-6).
• CAVS GET A PIECE: Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points and No. 2 Virginia (27-1, 15-1 ACC) assured itself at least a share of the conference regular-season crown by beating visiting Virginia Tech (10-19, 2-14) 69-57.
• DUKE STILL ROLLING: Freshman Justise Winslow scored 23 points, Jahlil Okafor added 13 points and 14 rebounds and host and No. 4 Duke (26-3, 13-3 ACC) routed Syracuse (18-11, 9-7) 73-54 for its ninth victory in a row.
• MAKE IT 10 FOR NOVA: Kris Jenkins hit back-to-back three-pointers to start a late run and Villanova (27-2, 14-2 Big East) rallied to beat host Xavier (18-12, 8-9) 78-66, giving the Wildcats their 10th victory in a row.
• COYOTES TRIP UP JACKRABBITS: Tre Burnette had 19 points and 13 rebounds as South Dakota (16-15, 9-7) beat Summit League leader South Dakota State (21-9, 12-4) 80-64 in Vermillion, S.D.
• NO. 3 BAYLOR TUMBLES: Baylor's shot a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament appears to be slipping away. Senior Fallon Ellis scored a career-high 18 points and host Iowa State stunned No. 3 Baylor 76-71, Coach Bill Fennelly earned his 600th career victory for the Cyclones (18-10, 9-8 Big 12), who handed the Lady Bears (26-3, 15-2 Big 12) their second loss in a row.
• NO SURPRISE, IT'S UCONN: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 21 points in her final home game to lead top-ranked UConn to an 87-24 rout of visiting Memphis as the Huskies (28-1, 17-0) secured their second consecutive regular-season championship in the American Athletic Conference.