Virginia, Villanova, Kansas and Arizona celebrate...Conners leads, but Woods still lurks
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Guy scored 16 points and Devon Hall added 15 as the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers beat No. 12 North Carolina 71-63 in the ACC championship game. Tyler Jerome contributed 12 points, six rebounds and six assists for Virginia, which improved to 31-2 and locked up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. It’s the third ACC tournament title for the Cavaliers, and their second since 2014.
NEW YORK (AP) — Second-ranked Villanova went into overtime before claiming the Big East crown with a 76-66 win against Providence. Mikal Bridges scored 25 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the extra session. Jalen Brunson tied a career-high with 31 points and hit a pair of tying free throws before the Friars missed a last-gasp shot at the buzzer to send Providence to its third straight overtime.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ninth-ranked Kansas captured its 11th tournament title by downing No. 18 West Virginia, 81-70 in the Big 12 finale. Devonte Graham piled up 18 points and 13 assists for Kansas, which made its case for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Silvio DeSousa came up big in place of the injured Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah az-oo-BOO’-kay), finishing with 16 points on 8 of 8 shooting.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Deandre Ayton was outstanding for the second straight night as 15th-ranked Arizona knocked off Southern California, 75-61 to take the Pac-12 Tournament. Ayton poured in 32 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, giving him 64 points and 32 boards over the final two games of the tourney. He made 14 of 20 shots from the floor and all four of his free throws to lead Arizona to its 27th victory and ninth Pac-12 title.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Canadian rookie Corey Conners will carry the lead into the final round of the Valspar Championship, where Tiger Woods is among three players just one shot back. Conners shot a 3-under 68 that puts him minus-9 as he seeks his first PGA Tour victory, a few days after entering the tournament as an alternate. Woods tied for the lead with a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 10 en route to a 4-under 67 that puts him tied with Brandt Snedeker and Justin Rose at 8 under.