Tigers leave Big 12 on top

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kim English capped a phenomenal Big 12 Conference Tournament with 19 points, Phil Pressey added 15 points and eight assists and the fifth-ranked Tigers beat No. 12 Baylor 90-75 on Saturday night to win their second championship in the past four years.

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Missouri's Ricardo Ratliffe (left) drives to the basket past Baylor's Quincy Miller for two of his 17 points during the first half of Tigers' victory over the Bears in the Big 12 Tournament championship game.  ORLIN WAGNER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
ORLIN WAGNER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Missouri's Ricardo Ratliffe (left) drives to the basket past Baylor's Quincy Miller for two of his 17 points during the first half of Tigers' victory over the Bears in the Big 12 Tournament championship game.

The Tigers (30-4), who led from start to finish, will head off to the Southeastern Conference next year savoring a title in coach Frank Haith’s first season in charge.

English wound up 29 of 40 from the field in the tournament, and was named the most valuable player. Michael Dixon added 17 points, and Ricardo Ratliffe and Marcus Denmon finished with 15 each.

Perry Jones III led Baylor (27-7) with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

NO. 7 OHIO STATE 77, NO. 10 MICHIGAN 55

In Indianapolis, Jared Sullinger scored 24 points to help Ohio State (27-6) defeat Michigan (24-9) in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.

Deshaun Thomas scored 22 points and William Buford added 10 for the third-seeded Buckeyes.

Tim Hardaway Jr., led No. 2 seed Michigan with 13 points.

NO. 8 MICHIGAN STATE 65, NO. 14 WISCONSIN 52

In Indianapolis, Draymond Green had 14 points and 16 rebounds to lead Michigan State past Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.

It’s the first time the Spartans (26-7) will play for the league’s postseason title since 2000.

Wisconsin (24-9) was led by Jordan Taylor with 19 points.

MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP

NEW MEXICO 68, NO. 18 SAN DIEGO STATE 59

In Las Vegas, Tony Snell made four 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 14 points, and Drew Gordon had 12 points and 12 rebounds as New Mexico (27-6) overpowered top-seeded San Diego State (26-7) to win the Mountain West Conference Tournament championship.

Coach Steve Alford’s Lobos are headed to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons.

BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP

LOUISVILLE 50, CINCINNATI 44

In New York, Chris Smith scored 15 points and Louisville (26-9 withstood a closing run by Cincinnati (24-10) for a victory that gave the Cardinals their second Big East Tournament championship.

CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP

MEMPHIS 83, MARSHALL 57

In Memphis, Joe Jackson led five players in double figures with 19 points and the top-seeded Tigers (26-8) won their sixth Conference USA Tournament championship by beating Marshall (21-13) to grab the league’s automatic NCAA Tournament berth.

PACIFIC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP

COLORADO 53, ARIZONA 51

In Los Angeles, Spencer Dinwiddie scored 14 points and Colorado (23-11) upset Arizona (23-11) to win the league’s tournament championship and earn the school’s first NCAA Tournament bid since 2003.

AMERICA EAST CHAMPIONSHIP

VERMONT 51, STONY BROOK 43

In Stony Brook, N.Y., Four McGlynn had 14 points and Vermont (22-11), despite scoring just five points over the final 9½ minutes, held off Stony Brook (22-8) to win the America East Tournament and earn their fifth NCAA Tournament bid.

MID-AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP

OHIO 64, AKRON 63

In Cleveland, D.J. Cooper scored 23 points and Ohio (27-7) edged Akron (22-11) in the championship of the Mid-American Conference Tournament to get the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years.

MEAC CHAMPIONSHIP

NORFOLK STATE 73, BETHUNE-COOKMAN 70

In Winston-Salem, N.C., Kyle O’Quinn scored 18 points and Norfolk State (25-9) held on to beat Bethune-Cookman (18-17) for its first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title and first NCAA Tournament berth.

SOUTHLAND CHAMPIONSHIP

LAMAR 70, MCNEESE STATE 49

In Katy, Texas, Mike James scored 26 points, Devon Lamb added 12 and Lamar (23-11) defeated McNeese State(17-15) in the Southland Conference Tournament championship, sending Pat Knight into the NCAA Tournament for the first time as a head coach.

SWAC CHAMPIONSHIP

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE 71, TEXAS SOUTHERN 69

In Garland, Texas, Kevin Burwell scored 19 points and Mississippi Valley State (21-12) won the South­western Athletic Conference Tournament and earned an automatic NCAA bid, holding off Texas Southern (15-18).

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