No. 4 North Carolina won its 15th Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Sunday by beating No. 1 Duke 83-68, capping a three-day run in which they defeated all three teams they lost to during the regular season.
Antawn Jamison, playing with a painful groin injury, was the hero as he has been all season for the Tar Heels (30-3), scoring 22 points and grabbing a season-high 18 rebounds.Shammond Williams, who scored 25 points in North Carolina's semifinal overtime victory against Maryland, added 19 points as the Tar Heels defended their ACC title.
Roshown McLeod led Duke (29-3) with 24 points and Chris Carrawell had 18, but the Blue Devils had another horrid shooting day - its third straight in the ACC postseason. Duke shot 33 percent and was only 11-of-32 on 3-pointers.
The Tar Heels used a 13-0 second-half run to pull away and the win gave coach Bill Guthridge an ACC crown in his first season replacing Dean Smith and moves North Carolina's record against Duke in ACC finals to 6-2.
MICHIGAN 76, PURDUE 67: At Chicago, Robert Traylor had 24 points and 13 rebounds to earn MVP honors as the Wolverines won the inaugural Big Ten tournament.
Maceo Baston added 16 points for the Wolverines (24-8), who won their 13th conference title but first since 1986.
The Wolverines will take a six-game winning streak into the NCAA tournament.
Brad Miller had 23 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Purdue (26-7), which failed in its bid for a record 22nd Big Ten championship. Fellow senior Chad Austin, who had 41 points in Purdue's first two tournament games, scored only six on 2-for-14 shooting.
After going 23-for-41 from 3-point range in their first two games, the Wolverines were only 5-for-15 Sunday. Instead, they won by pounding the ball inside to the 6-foot-8 Traylor, who simply couldn't be stopped when he caught the ball in the low post. He was 12-for-16 from the field, completing the tournament at 26-for-41. He also pulled down 38 rebounds in three games.
KANSAS 72, OKLAHOMA 58: At Kansas City, Mo., Paul Pierce scored 26 points and took charge in the second half to lead a 23-6 run that gave the Jayhawks (34-3) their second straight Big 12 tournament title.
With shooting guard Billy Thomas out for the third straight game with a groin injury, Ryan Robertson was shifted from his normal point guard position to off-guard and he had 10 points, going 2-of-4 from 3-point range. T.J. Pugh, a 6-foot-8 defensive specialist averaging 5.9 points a game, scored 12 points and had six rebounds, while center Raef LaFrentz finished with nine points and nine rebounds.
Corey Brewer led Oklahoma with 15 points, while Evan Wiley had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
KENTUCKY 86, SO. CAROLINA 56: At Atlanta, the Wildcats won the Southeastern Conference tournament for the sixth time in seven years with their third straight double-figure victory.
Tournament MVP Wayne Turner scored 18 points and Allen Edwards, who missed the semifinal while attending his mother's funeral, returned to add 15 for Kentucky (29-4).
Kentucky won its three tournament games by an average of 22 points, the biggest blowout coming against Eastern Division runner-up South Carolina (23-7).
Kentucky guard Jeff Sheppard didn't play in the championship game because of a sprained ankle.
Turner was 7-of-17 from the field, including a couple of 3-pointers, and had four assists, while Edwards, who missed the final regular-season game, rejoined the team for Friday's quarterfinal game, then left again for his mother's funeral Saturday, had five assists and three steals.
BJ McKie, who had a tournament-high 37 points against Mississippi in the semifinals, scored 12 against Kentucky - all on 3-pointers - and Melvin Watson, coming off a 27-point performance, had eight.