College Basketball: Kentucky sweeps SEC; three-way tie in Big Ten

Posted: March 05, 2012

Freshman Anthony Davis had 22 points as No. 1 Kentucky capped a perfect Southeastern Conference season with a 74-59 victory over No. 16 Florida (22-9, 10-6) in Gainesville, Fla., on Sunday.

Kentucky (30-1, 16-0) extended its winning streak to 22 and secured its hold on a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Only two other teams since 1956 have gone unbeaten in SEC play - Kentucky in 1996 and 2003.

Ohio State 72, Michigan State 70 - William Buford made a high-arcing jumper from the top of the key with 1 second left to lift the No. 10 Buckeyes (25-6, 13-5) to the win at East Lansing, Mich., and forge a three-way tie for the Big Ten title with the Spartans (24-7, 13-5) and Michigan.

Michigan 71, Penn State 65 - Trey Burke scored 19 points as Wolverines (23-8, 13-5) won in State College to earn a share of the Big Ten title for the first time since 1986.

Sophomore Jermaine Marshall had a career-high 27 points and eight rebounds for the Nittany Lions (12-19, 4-14).

Wisconsin 70, Illinois 56 - Jordan Taylor scored 16 points to lead the No. 14 Badgers (23-8, 12-6) past the Illini (17-14, 6-12) in Madison, Wis. It was the 265th victory at Wisconsin for coach Bo Ryan, a native of Chester, tying Harold "Bud" Foster for most wins in the program's history.

Indiana 85, Purdue 74 - Christian Watford scored 19 points to give the No. 18 Hoosiers (24-7, 11-7 Big Ten) an 18-1 home record record in Bloomington, Ind. The Boilermakers finished 20-11, 10-8.

Virginia 75, Maryland 72 - Mike Scott had a career-high 35 points as the No. 24 Cavaliers (22-8, 9-7) beat the Terps (16-14, 6-10) in College Park, Md., to earn the most regular-season wins since the Ralph Sampson-led Virginia team won 25 in 1982-83.

Creighton 83, Illinois State 79 - Doug McDermott had 33 points as the Blue Jays (28-5) won the Missouri Valley Conference title in overtime, beating the Red Birds (20-13) in St. Louis.

NCAA Division II. Philadelphia University (20-10) received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II tournament and will meet the Eastern Regional's No. 1 seed, Franklin Pierce (21-7), on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass.

Noteworthy. Rhode Island fired Jim Baron after a 7-24 season. . . . Canisius fired Tom Parrotta after a 5-25 season.

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