ACC has 3 No. 1s...Michigan State, Auburn take tourney titles...Sixers beat Bucks
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — For the first time in NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament history one conference has produced three No. 1 seeds. ACC powerhouses Duke, Virginia and North Carolina join West Coast Conference standing Gonzaga as the top seeds in the tournament. Duke heads the East Regional, Virginia tops the South, North Carolina is No. 1 in the Midwest and Gonzaga is the leader in the West.
CHICAGO (AP) — Sixth-ranked Michigan State trailed by 13 in the second half and closed on a 10-0 run to rally past 10th-ranked Michigan, 65-60 in the Big Ten title game. Matt McQuaid nailed a career-high seven 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 27 points as Michigan State won the tournament for the first time since 2016. Cassius Winston converted the go-ahead layup in the closing minute and finished with 14 points and 11 assists.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bryce Brown scored 19 points and 22nd-ranked Auburn won their its SEC Tournament title in 34 years by routing eighth-ranked Tennessee 84-64. Chuma Okeke scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds for Auburn, which trailed 17-13 before holding the Volunteers to two baskets over the final 11 minutes of the first half. Lamonte’ Turner led Tennessee with 24 points, but two-time SEC Player of the Year Grant Williams was held to 13.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers overcame Giannis Antetokounmpo’s (YAH’-nihs an-the-toh-KOON’-pohz) career-high 52 points and knocked off the Bucks, 130-125 for their fourth straight win. Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) had 40 points and 15 rebounds for Philadelphia, which moved one game ahead of Indiana for third in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, and two ahead of the Celtics. Jimmy Butler added 27 points, JJ Redick 19 and Tobias Harris 12 for the Sixers.
DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin scored 25 points and the Pistons completed a season sweep of the Toronto Raptors with a 110-107 victory in Detroit. Andre Drummond had 15 points and 17 rebounds, while Reggie Jackson added 20 points to help the Pistons win for the 14th time in their last 18 games. The Raptors remain three games behind the East-leading Bucks following their fourth loss in seven games.