Saturday, March 14, 2015

Kentucky, Arizona, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Kansas advance in conference tourneys; Bobby Portis Leads Arkansas in SEC

Conference Tournament Highlights and
College Hoops Player of the Day for Friday, April 13, 2015

There was enough college hoops action Friday night to fill up the entire weekend, what with 19 conference tournaments in various stages of elimination. 14 tourneys wrap up on Saturday, plus the Ivy League will decide its representative for the NCAA Championship when Yale meet Harvard in a one-game playoff at 4:00 pm EDT in Philadelphia.

Sunday, five more conferences - American, Atlantic 10, Big Ten, SEC, and Sun Belt - will crown champions, leading up to the selection committee announcements of the at-large bids and overall seedings in the four regions, beginning at 6:00 pm EDT.

Highlights from Friday's games include:

#1 Kentucky advancing to the semi-final in the SEC with a 64-49 win over Florida, where they face Auburn, Saturday, at 1:00 pm EDT.

On the other side of the bracket, Georgia topped South Carolina, 74-62, while Arkansas eliminated Tennessee, 80-72, and will meet the Bulldogs in a semi-final match-up Saturday, at 3:00 pm EDT. In their victory, forward Bobby Portis put up player of the day numbers, scoring a game-high 26 points on 8-for-13 shooting, going 9-for-10 from the foul line, and was the game's top rebounder, with 11. Despite being out-boarded, 41-31, the Razorbacks made up for that deficiency with hounding defense, holding the Vols to just 33% shooting.

A 6'11" sophomore, Portis posted his 12th double double of the season and added a pair of assists, two steals, and a blocked shot. In their only meeting of the season, Arkansas won, 79-75, at Georgia, on January 6.

The ACC has settled on the combatants for their final, as North Carolina ousted top-seeded Virginia, 71-67, and Notre Dame handled #2 seed (and #2 nationally), Duke, 74-64.

The Tar Heels and Irish square off Saturday night, at 8:30 pm EDT.

In the PAC-12, Arizona ousted UCLA, 70-64, advancing to the final, where they will meet Oregon, a 76-64 winner over a resolute Utah squad, 67-64, on Joseph Young's 25 points and buzzer-beating three-pointer. The PAC-12 final is scheduled for 8:00 pm PDT.

The Big Ten semi-finals start at 1:00 pm EDT on Saturday, when Wisconsin battles Purdue, followed by a 3:30 meeting between Michigan State and Maryland.

In the Big 12, #13 Iowa State meets #9 Kansas in the final at 6:00 pm EDT.

CBD's Conference Champion Scoreboard will be updated in Saturday night's post, along with results and highlights.

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