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|College Basketball Roundup & Notes -- 3/29/10
|Women's College Basketball
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Stanford is going to the women's Final Four for the third straight year.
The Cardinal beat Xavier 55-53 to win the Sacramento Regional. Jeanette Pohlen drove the length of the court for the game-winning layin at the final buzzer.
Xavier's Dee Dee Jernigan missed two wide-open layins in the closing 12 seconds that likely would have sent the Musketeers to San Antonio for their first Final Four.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Baylor freshman Brittney Griner hit a short jumper with 45 seconds left to propel fourth-seeded Baylor to a 51-48 win over No. 2-seeded Duke to win the Memphis Regional for the Lady Bears' second trip ever to the Final Four.
Griner just missed her third triple-double of the season for the Lady Bears (26-10) with 15 points, 11 rebounds and nine blocks. The 6-foot-8 freshman also set the NCAA tournament record for most blocks with 35 in four NCAA tournament games.
Baylor's men's team lost to Duke 78-71 Sunday in the South Regional final. According to STATS LLC, it's the first time there had been the same regional final matchup in both men's and women's brackets since the women's tournament began during the 1981-82 season.
Men's College Basketball
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Oddsmakers in Las Vegas say Duke is the 7-to-5 favorite among the Final Four to win the NCAA title while Michigan State is a longshot despite its trip to the finals last year.
Duke is rated a 2 and a-half point favorite to beat West Virginia in the semifinals on Saturday night.
The Las Vegas-based firm that recommends betting lines to 90 percent of sports books in Nevada says Butler has a 5-to-2 chance of winning the title and put West Virginia's chances at 2-to-1 and Michigan State's at 17-to-5.
The firm says Butler is favored by 1.5 points in its game against Michigan State. Butler owns the nation's longest winning streak, now 24 straight.
College Basketball - AP All-America Team
UNDATED (AP) -- Kentucky's John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are the first freshmen teammates to be selected to The Associated Press' All-America team.
The other players on the team are Ohio State junior Evan Turner, Syracuse junior Wes Johnson and Villanova senior Scottie Reynolds.
This is the third time in four years two freshmen were on the AP team.
College Basketball - CBI
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Joey Rodriguez scored 14 straight points during a decisive second-half surge to lead Virginia Commonwealth past Saint Louis 68-56 in the first game of the championship series of the College Basketball Invitational.
Rodriguez finished with a game-high 22 points and six assists. Larry Sanders added 20 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks for the Rams, who led by as many as 20.
The teams will play Game 2 of the best-of-three series in St. Louis on Wednesday.
College Basketball News
UNDATED (AP) -- Kansas center Cole Aldrich will skip his senior season to enter the NBA draft.
The 6-11 center, who averaged almost a double-double for the Big 12 champions, is projected by most experts as a high first-round pick. Aldrich averaged 11.3 points and 9.8 rebounds for the Jayhawks and set the Kansas team record with 125 blocks.
In other college basketball news:
- Michigan State's Tom Izzo says he has not been contacted by Oregon about that school's coaching vacancy. Taking part in a pre-Final Four teleconference, Izzo said he's happy at Michigan State and is focused on trying to win another national championship.
- Kevin Willard was officially announced as the new basketball coach at Seton Hall, replacing the fired Bobby Gonzalez. Seton Hall also announced that Anne Donovan will be leaving the WNBA's New York Liberty after this season to take over the Pirates' women's basketball team.
- A person close to the situation says former UCLA coach Steve Lavin will interview with St. John's. Lavin has been an ESPN analyst since UCLA fired him in 2003.
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