Crown ’em and punch ’em

Crown those champs and punch those tickets to the Dance…..

SEC Tournament Championship:

South Carolina took care of Mississippi State, 66-52.

ACC Tournament Championship:

Notre Dame handled Syracuse, 68-57.

Big Ten Tournament Championship:

Maryland pulled away from Michigan State, 60-44.

Atlantic-10 Tournament Championship:

George Washington edged Duquesne, 63-60.

Southern Tournament Championship:

Chattanooga downed Mercer, 65-57, for their fourth straight title.

Pac-12 Tournament Championship:

Oregon State dominated UCLA, 69-57.

More results…..

Big 12 semifinals:

Texas defeated West Virginia, 67-51.

Baylor smashed Oklahoma, 84-57.

If I had to pick the Final Four today, I’d put Baylor there. They are 32-1.

American Athletic semifinals:

Connecticut and South Florida both easily advanced, to the surprise of no one.

America East semifinals:

Albany and UMaine advanced, setting up the predicted showdown.

Metro Atlantic semifinals:

Iona and Quinnipiac advanced to the title game.

Big East quarterfinals:

Seton Hall, DePaul and Creighton all advance, while St. John’s and Georgetown duking it out at this hour for the last spot.

All scores.

Team news:

South Carolina is peaking at the right time.

Kentucky will keep yesterday’s loss in perspective.

Coach news:

BYU coach Jeff Judkins has his team playing well in March again.

Eastern Michigan assistant coach Carly Thibault has winning blood lines.

UMass has fired coach Sharon Dawley.

Pro news:

Tamika Catchings is well-prepared for life after basketball.