Buckeyes Bounce Badgers...Terps Beat Tar Heels

Sunday, February 25th 2007, 10:10 pm
By: News On 6

UNDATED (AP) Second-ranked Ohio State has claimed its second straight Big Ten title Sunday, and another accolade could come Monday.

Mike Conley Junior hit a runner with 4-seconds left to give the Buckeyes a 49-48 win over #1 Wisconsin. Conley finished with 11-points and Ivan Harris had a team-high 13 as Ohio state improved to 26-3 overall, 14-1 in the Big Ten.

The Badgers went 0-2 after moving to the top of The Associated Press men's basketball poll last Monday. Those losses should allow the Buckeyes to grab the top spot when the poll is released Monday.

Unranked Maryland has moved closer to securing an NCAA tournament bid by downing #5 North Carolina 89-87. D.J. Strawberry poured in a career-high 27 points, including a layup that put the Terrapins ahead to stay with about 90 seconds left. Mike Jones scored 9-of his 18 points during a 16-3 run that allowed Maryland to wipe out a 12-point deficit in the 2nd half.

In other top-25 action:

-- 7th-ranked Memphis extended the nation's longest winning streak to 17 games by beating Houston 77-64. Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 19 in the Tigers' 29th straight home game.

-- Derrick Byars scored 26 points and Shan Foster finished with 21 points as 17th-rated Vanderbilt handled Kentucky 67-65. The Commodores took their first lead when Byars scored off his missed free throw with 25.5 seconds left.

-- Greg Paulus led the way with 19 points as 18th-ranked Duke dumped St. John's 67-50 to improve to 14-1 against non-conference foes.

-- 20th-ranked Louisville got 17 points from Terrence Williams and 16 off the bench from freshman Derrick Caracter in a 76-69 win over Connecticut. It's the fifth straight win for the Cardinals.