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Florida State's David Nichols (11) and M.J. Walker (23) react after their team defeated Virginia in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Friday.

David Nichols scored 14 points and No. 12 Florida State knocked off No. 2 Virginia 69-59 on Friday night to advance to the championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament at Charlotte, N.C.

Phil Cofer had 11 points and 7-foot-3 center Christ Koumadje added nine points and nine rebounds for the Seminoles.

The Cavaliers loss comes on the same floor where they became the first No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament to lose to a 16 seed in Maryland-Baltimore County last year. It's also the same floor where Virginia lost a second-round game as a No. 2 seed to seventh-seeded Michigan State in 2015.

De'Andre Hunter had 13 points for Virginia (29-3), which had its nine-game winning streak snapped and suffered its first loss to a team other than Duke.

NO. 4 KENTUCKY 73, ALABAMA 55: Tyler Herro scored 20 points and the fourth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats started their quest for a fifth straight Southeastern Conference Tournament title by beating Alabama in the quarterfinals at Nashville, Tenn.

With a heavy contingent of Big Blue Nation on hand, the Wildcats (27-5) improved to 17-2 all-time at this tournament against Alabama, and they got a measure of revenge for opening SEC play with a 77-75 road loss to the Crimson Tide back on Jan. 5. Alabama (18-15) needed to beat Kentucky again to burnish its resume for the NCAA Tournament after going 8-10 in conference play during the regular season.

FLORIDA 76, NO. 9 LSU 73: The Florida Gators finally figured out how to avoid overtime against LSU.

Andrew Nembhard hit a 3-pointer with a second left, and Florida rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half to upset the ninth-ranked Tigers in the Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals at Nashville, Tenn.

Freshman Keyontae Johnson had the ball when he saw LSU forward Naz Reid sliding into position to take a charge and passed to Nembhard, who was open at the top of the key.

NO. 11 HOUSTON 84, UCONN 45: Corey Davis Jr. scored 22 points and No. 11 Houston defeated UConn in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament at Memphis, Tenn.

Galen Robinson Jr. finished with 16 points, missing only one of his eight shots. Nate Hinton added 15 points for Houston (30-2), the tournament's top seed.

IOWA STATE 63, NO. 15 KANSAS STATE 59: Marial Shayok had watched shot after shot hit everything but net, and Iowa State's leading scorer and veteran leader could very well have grown hesitant and frustrated.

Instead, he hit the two biggest shots of the game.

Shayok rattled in a tying 3-pointer down the stretch, swished another from right in front of his own bench, then added a couple of free throws in the closing seconds to help the fifth-seeded Cyclones beat No. 15 Kansas State in the Big 12 semifinals at Kansas City, Mo.

NO. 18 BUFFALO 85, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 81: C.J. Massinburg dropped a spinning layup and made four free throws in the final 32 seconds as No. 18 Buffalo moved into the Mid-American Conference Tournament title game with a win over Central Michigan in the semifinals at Cleveland.

Massinburg, the MAC Player of the Year and Buffalo's senior leader, scored 21 points and Davonta Jordan added 16 for the Bulls, the defending champions trying to win the school's fourth tourney in five years. Massinburg scored Buffalo's last nine points.

NO. 22 AUBURN 73, SOUTH CAROLINA 64: Jared Harper scored 27 points and No. 22 Auburn showcased its record-setting 3-point attack to beat South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference Tournament at Nashville, Tenn.

The fifth-seeded Tigers (24-9) won their sixth straight to advance to a Saturday semifinal against No. 8 seed Florida (19-14).

Auburn went 13 of 34 from 3-point range and broke the SEC record for 3-point baskets in a single season by increasing its total to 368. 

NO. 24 CINCINNATI 82, SMU 74: Jarron Cumberland had two late three-point plays and finished with 26 points to help No. 24 Cincinnati beat SMU in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals at Memphis, Tenn.

Justin Jenifer and Tre Scott added 17 points, with Jenifer making all six shots — five from 3-point range — for the second-seeded Bearcats. Scott also had 12 rebounds. Jimmy Whitt Jr. led the Mustangs (15-17) with a career-high 24 points. Jahmal McMurray added 18.

NO. 25 VILLANOVA 71, XAVIER 67, OT: Phil Booth scored 28 points, Jermaine Samuels hit a trio of critical 3-pointers and No. 25 Villanova rallied past Xavier in overtime to reach its fifth consecutive Big East championship game in New York.

Paul Scruggs scored a career-high 28 points and Zach Hankins added 18 on 8-of-10 shooting for the fourth-seeded Musketeers (18-15), who had won seven of eight.


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