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Nova Upsets Pitt in All-Time Classic

Posted: March 29, 2009 1:23 AM ; Updated: March 29, 2009 1:25 AM

BOSTON (AP) -- It was physical. It was defensive. It was just the way they like it in the Big East.

With bodies clogging the lane and 3-pointers clanging off the rim, Scottie Reynolds made a half-court dash for a last-second basket to give Villanova 78-76 victory over Pittsburgh and send the Wildcats to their first Final Four since the 1985 team made its stunning run to the NCAA championship.

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Tiger Woods Five Strokes Back

Posted: March 29, 2009 1:19 AM ; Updated: March 29, 2009 1:23 AM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sean O'Hair couldn't think of a bad shot he hit over the last four holes, yet he still made three bogeys.

Tiger Woods was thrilled with his last two bogeys - one after a shot caromed off the cart path, another after a shot no one could find along the banks of the lake guarding the 18th green.

Right after the sonic boom from the return of space shuttle Discovery resounded across the course, Bay Hill lowered a boom of its own Saturday and turned the Arnold Palmer Invitational into a windy, wacky test of survival.

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UConn Punches Final Four Ticket

Posted: March 28, 2009 6:01 PM ; Updated: March 28, 2009 6:04 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -Freshman Kemba Walker scored 23 points as Connecticut held off Missouri 82-75 on Saturday to earn a trip to the Final Four and extend the Big East's dominance of the NCAA tournament.

The top-seeded Huskies blew an early 11-point lead but survived against the frenetic third-seeded Tigers, who were denied their first Final Four berth.

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Michigan St. Tops Defending Champs

Posted: March 28, 2009 1:06 AM ; Updated: March 28, 2009 1:08 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Kalin Lucas couldn't shoot straight for 39 minutes. He made up for those misses in a hurry.

Lucas scored seven points in the final 49 seconds, including 5-for-5 on free throws, to help Michigan State rally for a 67-62 win over defending national champion Kansas Friday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals.

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North Carolina Hammers Gonzaga

Posted: March 28, 2009 1:03 AM ; Updated: March 28, 2009 1:07 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Ty Lawson sat on the sideline with both feet propped up on a chair, shooting an occasional glance toward the court as his left ankle was re-taped.

He went back in the game a few moments later, but there was no rush. North Carolina had this one well under control.

Lawson scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half, and the top-seeded Tar Heels routed Gonzaga 98-77 in the South Regional on Friday night. They'll play second-seeded Oklahoma on Sunday for a berth in the Final Four.

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Oklahoma Breezes Past Syracuse

Posted: March 28, 2009 1:00 AM ; Updated: March 28, 2009 1:07 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Blake Griffin saw 6-foot Jonny Flynn plant his feet near the basket, trying to draw a charge near the end of the first half. So Oklahoma's bullish power forward changed his plans.

Oh, he still drove through Flynn, flattening the point guard. The change came as Griffin switched from another thundering dunk to a simple layup -- and when a blocking foul was called, he got the added bonus of a free throw.

"I was hoping it went in our favor," Griffin said.

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Villanova Blows Away Duke

Posted: March 27, 2009 12:02 AM ; Updated: March 27, 2009 12:26 AM

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BOSTON (AP) -- Dante Cunningham scored 14 points with 11 rebounds and third-seeded Villanova beat Duke for the first time in more than 50 years, taking advantage of the Blue Devils' poor shooting to win 77-54 Thursday night and advance to the NCAA regional final.

The Wildcats (29-7) will play Big East rival Pittsburgh (31-4), the top seed in the East, on Saturday for a trip to the Final Four.

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