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Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - Dez Wells poured in a career-high 30 points on Friday, as Maryland knocked off No. 2 Duke, 83-74, in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Nick Faust, Alex Len, Jake Layman and Seth Allen added 10 points apiece for the Terrapins (22-11), who will take on North Carolina in Saturday's semifinals. Despite the resume-building victory, Maryland still may need to win the ACC tourney title to claim a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Duke (27-5) received 19 points and seven rebounds from Mason Plumlee, but the Blue Devils shot just 16 percent (4-for-25) from 3- point range in their second straight setback against the Terps.

Final Score: (3) Indiana 80, Illinois 64

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Cody Zeller scored 24 points to lead five Indiana players in double figures, as the third-ranked Hoosiers pulled away late to earn an 80-64 victory over Illinois in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Christian Watford scored 15 points, while Victor Oladipo and Yogi Ferrell each chipped in 12 for Indiana (27-5), which won the Big Ten regular season title outright for the first time since 1993 but has never won the tournament crown. The top-seeded Hoosiers, who also received 11 points from Will Sheehey, will next play Wisconsin in Saturday's semifinals after the Badgers knocked off Michigan. Tracy Abrams and Brandon Paul each scored 16 points to lead Illinois (22-12), which beat Minnesota in the first round on Thursday to likely seal an NCAA Tournament bid. Paul, who hit the winning shot at the buzzer in the Illini's 51-49 win on Thursday, didn't make a field goal in the second half Friday. Illinois handed Indiana one of its four conference losses, taking a 74-72 decision Feb. 7 in Champaign on Tyler Griffey's uncontested layup just before the buzzer. The Hoosiers, who were No. 1 at the time, made sure this one never got that close.

Final Score: (4) Louisville 69, (24) Notre Dame 57

New York, NY (Sports Network) - Peyton Siva tied a Big East Tournament record with seven steals to go with 12 points and six assists, as No. 4 Louisville downed No. 24 Notre Dame, 69-57, in semifinal action at Madison Square Garden. The reigning conference tourney champs never trailed and pulled away late in the second half to reach the title game for the fourth time in the past five years. The Cardinals (28-5) have won nine straight and will take on Syracuse in Saturday's finale. Russ Smith had a game-high 20 points for Louisville and Luke Hancock added 11 thanks to 3-of-3 shooting behind the arc. Notre Dame (25-9), playing its third game in as many days, shot just 37 percent in falling in the semifinals for the fourth straight year. Jack Cooley and Jerian Grant led the Fighting Irish with 14 points apiece.

Final Score: (19) Syracuse 58, (5) Georgetown 55 (OT)

New York, NY (Sports Network) - It was only fitting the final Big East battle between Syracuse and Georgetown was decided in overtime. C.J. Fair made up for his forgettable play in regulation with a highlight-reel dunk and a late steal, sparking the 19th-ranked Orange into the conference tournament final with a thrilling 58-55 victory over the fifth-ranked Hoyas. James Southerland, Brandon Triche and Baye Moussa Keita each scored 13 points for fifth-seeded Syracuse (26-8), which has won three games in three days and will play Louisville in Saturday's finale. The Hoyas (25-6), which had swept the season series by a combined 33 points, lost as the No. 1 seed in this event for just the second time. Mikael Hopkins had a game-high 15 points for Georgetown, while Markel Starks and Otto Porter Jr. chipped in 13 and 12, respectively, in the loss.

Final Score: (22) Wisconsin 68, (6) Michigan 59

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Traevon Jackson led a balanced Wisconsin attack with 16 points, as the 22nd-ranked Badgers knocked off No. 6 Michigan, 68-59, in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday at United Center. Ben Brust followed with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Ryan Evans added 12 points, six boards and six assists for the Badgers (22-10), who snuck past the Wolverines in overtime in their only meeting this season on Feb. 9. A date with the top-seeded Hoosiers awaits the Badgers in the semifinals, although Wisconsin did upend then-No. 2 Indiana in Wisconsin on Jan. 15. Trey Burke poured in a game-high 19 points and handed out seven assists, while Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 14 points and nine boards for the Wolverines (26-7), who will head into the NCAA Tournament with losses in two of their last three games.

Final Score: (7) Kansas 88, Iowa State 73

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Perry Ellis came off the bench to score 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting, as seventh-ranked Kansas pulled away in the second half for an 88-73 win over Iowa State in the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament. Jeff Withey and Elijah Johnson each added 14 points for the top- seeded Jayhawks (28-5), who will face 11th-ranked Kansas State in Saturday's title game. Ben McLemore ended with 10 points for Kansas, which beat the Cyclones for the 16th time in the last 17 meetings. Georges Niang scored 19 points and Melvin Ejim added 17 for Iowa State (22-11), which had won three in a row entering Friday's contest. The Cyclones upended Oklahoma in Thursday's quarterfinals, but had a difficult time against Kansas' size.

Final Score: (8) Michigan State 59, Iowa 56

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - No. 8 Michigan State overcame a ten-point deficit at halftime and defeated Iowa, 59-56, on Friday in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. Michigan State (25-7), which earned the third seed and a first-round bye in the tourney, will face Ohio State in the semifinals on Saturday. Adreian Payne had 18 points and 10 rebounds while Keith Appling and Gary Harris scored 13 points apiece for the Spartans. Mike Gesell led Iowa (21-12) with nine points and Melsahn Basabe had eight points and eight rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who defeated Northwestern, 73-59, in the first round on Thursday.

Final Score: (9) Miami-Florida 69, Boston College 58

Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - Shane Larkin scored 20 points and Kenny Kadji chipped in 15 with 11 rebounds, as ninth-ranked Miami-Florida fought off a stiff challenge from Boston College and claimed a 69-58 victory in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. Trey McKinney Jones added 12 points for the Hurricanes (25-6), who closed the contest with a 14-3 run. Miami captured the top seed in the tournament for the first time after winning the regular- season crown outright and will next faced fifth-seeded North Carolina State in Saturday's semifinals. Patrick Heckmann led Boston College (16-17) with 15 points, while Ryan Anderson and Olivier Hanlan each finished with 14. Hanlan made just 2-of-3 from 3-point range after blistering the nets with eight threes and 41 points in Thursday's 84-64 first-round win over Georgia Tech.

Final Score: (10) Ohio State 71, Nebraska 50

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Deshaun Thomas and Sam Thompson scored 19 points apiece, as 10th-ranked Ohio State defeated Nebraska, 71-50, in the Big Ten Conference Tournament quarterfinals. Ohio State (24-7), which earned the second seed and a first-round bye in the tourney, will play Michigan State in the semifinals on Saturday. Thompson shot 8-of-9 from the field and Thomas grabbed nine boards. LaQuinton Ross scored 11 points off the bench. Brandon Ubel had a team-high 16 points and seven rebounds for the Cornhuskers (15-18), who were the tenth seed in the tourney and defeated seventh seed Purdue, 57-55, in the first round on Thursday. Shavon Shields was the only other Nebraska player to score double-digits with 14.

Final Score: (11) Kansas State 68, (14) Oklahoma State 57

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Rodney McGruder scored 25 points and Angel Rodriguez added 17, as 11th-ranked Kansas State beat No. 14 Oklahoma State, 68-57, in the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament. Jordan Henriquez had eight points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats (27-6), who will try for their first Big 12 tourney title Saturday against seventh-ranked Kansas. The Wildcats lost to the Jayhawks in the 2010 championship game and lost to Kansas twice this regular season. Marcus Smart scored 18 and Le'Bryan Nash added 11 for the Cowboys (24-8), who edged Baylor on Thursday.

Final Score: (13) Florida 80, LSU 58

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Erik Murphy had 27 points and 12 rebounds in No. 13 Florida's 80-58 rout of LSU in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. The top-seeded Gators (25-6) had lost three of their last six games -- all by six points or less -- coming in. Murphy was 11-of-15 from the floor and 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. Charles Carmouche netted 14 points to lead the Tigers (19-12), who downed Georgia in the first round. Scottie Wilbekin added 16 points for Florida, which will play Alabama in Saturday's semifinal.

Final Score: (15) New Mexico 60, San Diego State 50

Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Tony Snell scored 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range as 15th-ranked New Mexico defeated San Diego State, 60-50, to advance to the final round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament. Cameron Bairstow added 16 points and 11 rebounds and Alex Kirk scored 15 for the top-seeded Lobos (28-5), who will look to win the MWC Tournament for the second consecutive year. New Mexico will face UNLV in the final on Saturday. Chase Tapley and Xavier Thames scored 14 points apiece for the Aztecs (22-10), who shot just 31.3 percent (20-for-64) from the field. San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin, who averaged 17.0 points per game entering the contest, was held to just eight points on 3-of-12 shooting.

Final Score: (16) Saint Louis 72, Charlotte 55

Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Not even 11 free-throw attempts over the final five seconds would have bailed out Charlotte Friday. Dwayne Evans had 25 points and nine rebounds in No. 16 Saint Louis' 72-55 rout of the 49ers in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Evans was nearly perfect. He was 8-of-9 from the field and 9-of-9 from the foul line. Cody Ellis added 13 points, but was just 3-of-13 from the floor and 1-of-7 from beyond the arc for the Billikens (25-6), who have won 13 of their last 14 games. Saint Louis will play Butler in Saturday's semifinals.

Final Score: (21) UCLA 66, (18) Arizona 64

Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Kyle Anderson's late putback proved to be the difference as No. 21 UCLA defeated 18th-ranked Arizona for the third time this season, taking a 66-64 victory to advance to the Pac-12 Championship game. Jordan Adams was instrumental in the Bruins' (25-8) second double-digit comeback victory in as many days, scoring a game-high 24 points, however it did all end well for the star freshman. He landed awkwardly on his right foot late in the contest, and after the game, x-rays revealed a break, which is expected to end his season. Top-seeded UCLA will have to move on without him and now awaits the winner of the semifinal matchup between Utah and Oregon. Anderson finished with 10 points and five steals, while Shabazz Muhammad and Travis Wear each scored 11 in the victory. Solomon Hill scored 10, but misfired on a potential tying bucket in the waning seconds for Arizona (25-7). Brandon Ashley scored a team-high 15 points off the bench in defeat. UCLA trailed, 37-27, in the early moments of the second half, but Adams and Muhammad combined for a 9-0 run which got the Bruins within two with 8:21 to play.

Final Score: (20) Memphis 85, Tulsa 74

Tulsa, OK (Sports Network) - Chris Crawford connected on 8-of-10 shots from 3- point range en route to a career-high 30 points, as No. 20 Memphis pulled away in the second half to notch an 85-74 victory over Tulsa in the semifinals of the Conference USA Tournament on Friday. Geron Johnson followed with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Shaq Goodwin netted 12 points for the top-seeded Tigers (29-4), who have won five straight and will take on second-seeded Southern Miss in the C-USA title game on Saturday. Scottie Haralson paced the Golden Hurricane (17-15) with 25 points and 12 boards, while Pat Swilling scored 15 off the bench in the setback, which snapped Tulsa's two-game winning streak.

Final Score: (25) VCU 82, Saint Joseph's 79

Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Treveon Graham scored 17 points to lead five VCU players in double figures as the No. 25 Rams posted an 82-79 victory over St. Joseph's in an Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinal at the Barclays Center. Troy Daniels accounted for four of the Rams' 11 makes from 3-point range as part of a 14-point effort, with Rob Brandenberg adding 13 and Darius Theus contributing 12 on 5-for-5 shooting to a balanced attack that enabled VCU (25-7) to prevail in its first-ever A-10 Tournament outing following a 17-year tenure in the Colonial Athletic Association. The second-seeded Rams earned a matchup with Massachusetts in Saturday's second semifinal. Carl Jones poured in a game-high 29 points and Langston Galloway finished with 25 for 10th-seeded St. Joseph's (18-13), which had reached the quarters with a 58-57 edging of Xavier in Thursday's first round.

Dez Wells (Photo: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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