Bagley, No. 5 Duke Rout Irish, 88-70, In ACC Tournament
NEW YORK (AP) — Marvin Bagley III had 33 points and 17 rebounds, Grayson Allen made his first five 3-pointers and No. 5 Duke rolled to an 88-70 victory over Notre Dame in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament quarterfinals Thursday night.
Allen finished with 23 points and the second-seeded Blue Devils (26-6) advanced to play No. 3 seed Miami or 12th-ranked and sixth-seeded North Carolina in the second semifinal Friday night.
Duke, the defending champion after beating Notre Dame in the title game last year, earned its 100th ACC Tournament victory.
Bonzie Colson had 18 points and nine rebounds for the 10th-seeded Fighting Irish (20-14), who were unable to score the marquee victory over a top team that might have been a huge boost to their NCAA Tournament resume.
Injuries to Colson and senior guard Matt Farrell derailed Notre Dame in the middle of the season, and now the Irish have to hope the selection committee focuses on how good they can be when healthy.
The undersized Fighting Irish had no answer for Bagley’s size and athleticism in the lane. The freshman phenom and ACC Player of the Year came within one point of his career high set against Texas in late November. It was his fourth game with at least 30 points and 15 rebounds.
Trevon Duval dished out 11 assists for the Blue Devils, who overcame foul trouble for big man Wendell Carter Jr.
When the Irish lost 88-66 at Duke in late January during a seven-game skid, Colson and Farrell were both out. So they had good reason to believe this matchup could be much different.
The game began at a blistering pace, with both teams zooming up and down the court. They combined to go 8 for 13 on 3-pointers and Duke already had a 25-17 lead before the first timeout 7:18 in. Allen was 4 for 4 from outside the arc at that point, hitting three straight before Notre Dame coach Mike Brey called a timeout.
With the Irish playing their third game in three days, this one against a rested Duke squad that had been off since beating rival North Carolina on Saturday night, the fast start seemed to favor the Blue Devils as they built a 13-point advantage midway through the first half.
But the Irish trimmed that to 41-37 at halftime — despite Allen’s 17 points — and quickly got within two 40 seconds into the second.
That’s when Duke took control as Bagley and Duval combined for 10 points in a 12-2 spurt that gave the Blue Devils a 53-41 cushion.
Duke extended it to 80-62 with 4:30 remaining, and there would be no big rally for the Fighting Irish on this night. Notre Dame won its first two games in the tournament, erasing a 21-point deficit in the second half Wednesday night against Virginia Tech for the biggest comeback in school history.
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Duke is 7-0 at Barclays Center, including last year’s four-game run to win the first ACC Tournament held in Brooklyn. Notre Dame is 9-3 at Barclays .
Notre Dame: Hard to know how the NCAA Tournament selection committee will evaluate a team that went 14-5 with Colson and 6-9 without him. Farrell also missed several games during Colson’s absence with an injured ankle. Brey said he now has a top-20 team that his stars are healthy and it deserves a spot in the field of 68. Notre Dame opened 13-3 this season and was ranked No. 5 in the country in late November after beating then-No. 6 Wichita State to win the Maui Invitational. Now, the Irish must hope they did enough with Colson and Farrell in the lineup to impress the committee. If not, Notre Dame could be a favorite to win the NIT.
Duke: With a chance to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAAs, the Blue Devils are looking for their second consecutive ACC Tournament championship. They already have a record 20. … Duke improved to 100-44 in the ACC Tournament, including 62-22 with 14 championships in 38 appearances under coach Mike Krzyzewski. … Since switching primarily to a 2-3 zone defense, an uncharacteristic move for Krzyzewski, the Blue Devils have won seven of eight. Before that they had dropped three of four.
Notre Dame: On the bubble, and a big story, when Selection Sunday rolls around.
Duke: A semifinal matchup with Miami or North Carolina.
NO. 1 VIRGINIA 75, LOUISVILLE 58
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Guy and No. 1 Virginia looked like healthy favorites in their postseason debut, beating Louisville 75-58 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
Guy scored 19 points in his speedy return from a sprained left knee and the top-seeded Cavaliers (29-2) weathered a second-half charge. They’ll play 19th-ranked and fourth-seeded Clemson in the first semifinal Friday night in Brooklyn.
The ninth-seeded Cardinals (20-13) will sweat out Selection Sunday hoping for an at-large bid.
No. 2 VILLANOVA 94, MARQUETTE 70
NEW YORK (AP) — Mikal Bridges hit four 3s and scored 25 points and Big East player of the year Jalen Brunson scored 21 as the Wildcats (28-4) made 15 of 29 3s in the quarterfinal victory.
Jay Wright became the winningest coach in Villanova history with 414.
Markus Howard scored 23 points and Andrew Rowsey had 22 for Marquette (19-13).
No. 3 XAVIER 88, ST. JOHN’S 60
Trevon Bluiett scored 27 points, Kaiser Gates had 16 and Xavier looked every bit the top seed in the Big East Tournament.
The teams scuffled on the postgame handshake line and had to be separated as the crowd stood for the unexpected fracas.
The Musketeers (28-4) dominated in the second half on the Red Storm’s home court at Madison Square Garden. Xavier plays Providence in a semifinal Friday.
Marvin Clark II led St. John’s (16-17) with 18 points.
No. 9 KANSAS 82, OKLAHOMA STATE 68
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Malik Newman scored a career-high 30 points, Svi Mykhailiuk added 13 and Kansas reached the Big 12 semifinals.
Devonte Graham added 10 points, four rebounds and nine assists for the top-seeded Jayhawks (25-7), who were swept by the Cowboys (19-14) in the regular season but broke through when it mattered.
They advanced to play Kansas State.
Jeffrey Carroll scored 17 points and Kendall Smith had 14 for the No. 8 seed Cowboys.
No. 14 TEXAS TECH 73, TEXAS 69
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Keenan Evans scored 25 points, including a fadeaway jumper in the closing minutes, and Texas Tech held off hot-shooting Jacob Young and Texas in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals.
Jarrett Culver added 13 points for the Red Raiders (24-8), who had lost four of their last five in the regular season.
Young had a career-high 29 points for the Longhorns (19-14), going 11 of 17 from the field and 6 of 7 from beyond the arc.
No. 15 ARIZONA 83, COLORADO 67
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Allonzo Trier scored 22 points, Dusan Ristic had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Arizona used a big second-half run to roll in the Pac-12 quarterfinals.
Arizona (25-7) wasn’t exactly crisp on offense and Pac-12 player of the year Deandre Ayton had a rare quiet day. The Wildcats made up for it with scrappiness, earning a spot in the semifinals.
Ayton missed numerous shots he typically makes, fouling out after scoring 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting and grabbing six rebounds.
George King had 19 points for Colorado (17-15).
No. 19 CLEMSON 90, BOSTON COLLEGE 82
Gabe DeVoe scored 25 points and Shelton Mitchell had 21 as Clemson advanced to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2011.
The fourth-seeded Tigers (23-8) will face top-seeded and Virginia.
The Eagles’ excellent backcourt of Jerome Robinson (20 points) and Ky Bowman (23 points) combined to shoot 10 for 32 from the field, a day after the pair scored 50 points to carry BC (19-15) to an upset of North Carolina State.
Clemson, picked to finish 13th in the ACC in the preseason, instead is having its best season in seven years under coach Brad Brownell.
No. 22 NEVADA 79, UNLV 74
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jordan Caroline had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Nevada in a quarterfinal matchup between in-state rivals in the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
Top-seeded Nevada (27-6) used a 22-6 run early in the second half to erase a 12-point deficit and seize momentum after a dismal offensive performance in the first half.
Kris Clyburn led No. 8 seed UNLV (20-13) with 19 points and six rebounds.