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Dosunmu returns, Illinois tops Ohio St.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) After missing three games with a concussion and facial injuries, Illinois star Ayo Dosunmu returned Saturday wearing a protective mask he chose because it makes him look a little like a superhero.

Dosunmu played the part with a 19-point performance, and the No. 4 Illini rallied late to beat reeling No. 7 Ohio State 73-68.

"They gave me different options of masks to wear, and I thought this was the best mask for me," he said of the protective covering over his broken nose and upper face. "I'm into comic books and stuff. I feel like a superhero with a black mask on."


Without Cunningham, OK State tops WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Minus star freshman Cade Cunningham, No. 17 Oklahoma State still found some welcome momentum going into the postseason.

Sophomore Avery Anderson III scored a career-high 31 points and the Cowboys, with Cunningham sitting out the regular-season finale because of a sprained ankle, beat No. 6 West Virginia 85-80 on Saturday.


Providence fends off No. 10 Villanova

No. 10 Villanova is limping into the postseason with a third-string point guard and a bit of a road slump.

David Duke and Nate Watson scored 20 points apiece, and Duke outjumped his taller teammate and four Wildcats to tip in the game-winner with 2.8 seconds left on Saturday as Providence held on after blowing a 20-point lead to beat the Big East champions 54-52.


No. 21 UVa tops Cards, secures ACC title

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Virginia's clutch baskets alone were cause enough for players to leap off the bench in celebration.

The Cavaliers' whooping was even louder because of the reward those big shots earned.


No. 14 Creighton rolls without McDermott

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Marcus Zegarowski matched his career high with 32 points and No. 14 Creighton closed a difficult week off the court with a 93-73 victory over Butler on Saturday.

The Bluejays (18-7, 14-6 Big East) won for the first time in three games, doing it without head coach Greg McDermott, who is suspended indefinitely for making racially insensitive remarks to his team following a Feb. 27 loss. Assistant coach Alan Huss served as interim head coach against the Bulldogs.


Notre Dame beats No. 11 Florida State

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) This time, Notre Dame made enough plays to knock off a ranked team.

It had been a while.


Auburn coach Pearl gets 600th victory

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Allen Flanigan scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half and Auburn pulled away late to beat Mississippi State 78-71 on Saturday and give Bruce Pearl his 600th coaching victory in the Tigers' season finale.

With no seniors and just two upperclassmen on the roster, Auburn didn't stage a Senior Day, and the Tigers (13-14, 7-11 Southeastern Conference) announced in November that they were self-imposing a postseason ban as a result of a long-running NCAA investigation. But they found reason to celebrate after the win over the Bulldogs as Pearl did a little dance at center court, surrounded by his players.


No. 12 Arkansas runs SEC streak to 11

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Moses Moody scored 28 points, Jalen Tate added 22 and No. 12 Arkansas beat Texas A&M 87-80 on Saturday to match the program's longest Southeastern Conference winning streak at 11 games.

The Razorbacks also won 11 straight SEC games in 1993-94 en route to a national championship.


USC beats UCLA on Eaddy 3 with 1.4 left

LOS ANGELES (AP) Usually, the late-season dramatics belong to UCLA. After all, the Bruins own a record 11 national championships and their all-time roster boasts some of the game's greatest players.

Southern California's basketball history pales by comparison at a school known for its powerhouse football program. But the Trojans stunned the Bruins for the second year in a row on Saturday, winning 64-63 on Tahj Eaddy's 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining.


No. 8 Alabama starts slow but beats UGa.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Alabama looked ordinary when it was missing its strength as one of the nation's best 3-point shooting teams.

When the long-range shots started falling, the Crimson Tide again looked like the Southeastern Conference champions.

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