New York, NY (Sports Network) - The reigning Big East Tournament champions began their title defense in typical fashion Thursday, as No. 4 Louisville used its stout defensive prowess to shut down Villanova, 74-55, in quarterfinal action at Madison Square Garden. The Cardinals (27-5) forced 25 turnovers and held their opponent to 39 percent shooting. Russ Smith paced the offense with 28 points behind four 3-pointers, while Luke Hancock and Peyton Siva added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for second-seeded Louisville, which next plays Notre Dame on Friday. Villanova, one of the many teams on the proverbial NCAA Tournament bubble, won the only regular season meeting between the teams, but the seventh-seeded Wildcats (20-13) were unable to duplicate the balanced attack they had in Wednesday's win over St. John's. JayVaughn Pinkston scored 21 points, and Mouphtaou Yarou finished with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in the loss.
Final Score: (5) Georgetown 62, Cincinnati 43
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Otto Porter scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds, leading fifth-ranked Georgetown to a 62-43 victory over Cincinnati in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Markel Starks added 14 points and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera chipped in 13 for the Hoyas (25-5), who shared the regular-season Big East title with Louisville and Marquette but earned the tournament's top seed. Porter, the Big East's Player of the Year, made only 3-of-9 shots from the field, but canned each of his 11 free throws to lead Georgetown into the semifinals. The Hoyas, who improved to 15-1 as the Big East's top seed, will next face Syracuse.
Final Score: (6) Michigan 83, Penn State 66
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Trey Burke totaled a game-high 21 points as No. 6 Michigan pulled away in the second half to down Penn State, 83-66, in first- round action in the Big Ten Tournament from United Center. Tim Hardaway and Nik Stauskas each added 15 points for the Wolverines (26-6), who advance to take on four seed Wisconsin on Friday. Jon Horford totaled 11 points, while Mitch McGary had 10 with a game-best 11 rebounds. D.J. Newbill posted 20 points, six boards and three assists for the Nittany Lions (10-21), who received 15 points in defeat from Sasa Borovnjak.
Final Score: (7) Kansas 91, Texas Tech 63
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Ben McLemore made four 3-pointers en route to 24 points and the seventh-ranked Kansas Jayhawks handled the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 91-63, in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament. Rio Adams added 11 points for the Jayhawks (27-5), who are looking for their ninth Big 12 Tournament title. Jeff Withey and Kevin Young each scored nine points. Kansas will next take on the fifth-seeded Iowa State Cyclones in Friday's semis. Dejan Kravic and Dusty Hannahs ended with 20 and 15 points, respectively, for the Red Raiders (11-20), who were coming off a thrilling victory over West Virginia in the first round on Wednesday. Jordan Tolbert donated 13 points.
Final Score: (11) Kansas State 66, Texas 49
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Rodney McGruder had 24 points and seven rebounds on 4-of-8 shooting from behind the arc as No. 11 Kansas State pulled away late to down Texas, 66-49, on Thursday in Big 12 Conference quarterfinal action. Angel Rodriguez scored 13 points and dished out five helpers for the Wildcats (26-6), who move on to face Oklahoma State on Friday, after falling to the Cowboys, 76-70, to end the regular season nearly one week ago. Julien Lewis paced Texas with 13 points and Jonathan Holmes donated 10 for the Longhorns (16-17), who shot just 34 percent after winning three straight coming in.
Final Score: (24) Notre Dame 73, (12) Marquette 65
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Pat Connaughton has found his range at Madison Square Garden, as Notre Dame's sharpshooter drained six 3-pointers for the second straight night to help the 24th-ranked Fighting Irish down 12th-ranked Marquette, 73-65, in quarterfinal action of the Big East Tournament. Connaughton finished with 18 points, Jerian Grant added 17 and Garrick Sherman had 16 off the bench for Notre Dame (25-8), which started slow but recovered in time to advance to the semifinals for the fourth straight year. The sixth- seeded Irish will next play Louisville on Friday in the third meeting between the schools this season, one of which was a five-overtime thriller won by Notre Dame last month. Marquette (23-8) went on a 6-1 stretch to finish the regular season tied atop the conference standings with Georgetown and Louisville, but failed to win in this event for the second consecutive year. Jamil Wilson led the Golden Eagles with 16 points, while Junior Cadougan and Vander Blue netted 14 and 12, respectively, in the loss.
Final Score: (14) Oklahoma State 74, Baylor 72
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Phil Forte hit two free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining as No. 14 Oklahoma State survived a furious late Baylor rally, to down the Bears, 74-72, on Thursday in Big 12 Conference quarterfinal action. Forte finished with 14 points and shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line for the Cowboys (24-7), who advance to face familiar foe Kansas State in the semifinal round on Friday. Marcus Smart scored a team- high 21 points and pulled down five rebounds and Le'Bryan Nash added 14 points in the victory. The Cowboys defeated the Wildcats, 76-70, last Saturday to end the regular season. Pierre Jackson scored 24 of his 31 points in the second half for the Bears (18-14), who trailed by 18 at the break and improbably tied the contest on a rare four-point play with 19 seconds remaining. A.J. Walton added 13 and Cory Jefferson had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards in defeat.
Final Score: (18) Arizona 79, Colorado 69
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Nick Johnson totaled 18 points as No. 18 Arizona got past Colorado, 79-69, in Pac-12 quarterfinal action. Mark Lyons hit key free throws down the stretch while posting 14 points, with Solomon Hill contributing 13 with seven rebounds for the fourth-seeded Wildcats (25-6), who will take on No. 1 seed UCLA in a Friday semifinal. Spencer Dinwiddie had 18 points and Andre Roberson finished with 15 points and a game- best 11 boards for the Buffaloes (21-11), who had topped Oregon State in Wednesday's first round.
Final Score: (19) Syracuse 62, (17) Pittsburgh 59
New York, NY (Sports Network) - James Southerland had another sensational shooting performance and No. 19 Syracuse held on for a 62-59 decision to send 17th-ranked Pittsburgh home from the Big East Tournament for the last time. After making 6-of-9 from long distance in their second round win over Seton Hall, Southerland canned all six of his 3-pointers en route to 20 points on Thursday for the Orange (25-8), who will take on top-seeded Georgetown for the third time this season in Friday's semifinal. Michael Carter-Williams added clutch free throws down the stretch to tally 11 points with seven assists and recorded his third steal late in the game to seal the victory for Syracuse, which received 13 and 12 points, respectively, from C.J. Fair and Brandon Triche. The Panthers (24-8), along with the Orange, are bolting for the Atlantic Coast Conference at the start of the 2013-14 season and shot just 37.5 percent in their Big East Tournament finale. Lamar Peterson finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds, Tray Woodall scored 12 and both James Robinson and Talib Zanna had 10 points in the defeat.
Final Score: (20) Memphis 81, Tulane 68
Tulsa, OK (Sports Network) - Chris Crawford canned six shots from 3-point range en route to a game-best 24 points as the No. 20 Memphis Tigers cruised to an 81-68 victory over Tulane in quarterfinal play of the Conference USA Tournament. Joe Jackson scored 15 points and Adonis Thomas chipped in 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists for a Tigers team which shot 55.4 percent for the game. Memphis (28-4) will play Tulsa in Friday's semifinal. Tulane (19-14), losers of four straight coming into the tourney, dug itself a sizeable hole by the end of the first half and couldn't get out. Josh Davis tallied a double-double with 21 points and 15 rebounds in the setback, while Jordan Callahan and Kendall Timmons contributed 18 and 10 points, respectively, for Tulane.
Final Score: (21) UCLA 80, Arizona State 75
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Larry Drew II scored 20 points, with four rebounds and four assists, as No. 21 UCLA rallied past Arizona State, 80-75, in quarterfinal action in the inaugural Pac-12 Tournament. Shabazz Muhammad totaled 16 points and nine boards for the Bruins (24-8), the top overall seed who will take on Arizona in a Friday semifinal. Jordan Bachynski's game-best 22 points wasn't enough for the Sun Devils (21-12), who had topped Stanford in a Wednesday matchup. Jahii Carson added 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the setback.