COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP)—Fully dressed but still soaking in the moment, several Missouri players loitered on the court nearly an hour after capping a perfect home schedule.
Who could blame them?
The finale, a 73-64 upset over No. 4 Oklahoma on Wednesday night, was perhaps the most impressive of the 18 home wins. Especially given it came only three days after the 15th-ranked Tigers were beaten by 25 points at No. 9 Kansas.
“It was a great night for our guys, and to come off a tough, big-time loss against Kansas shows their resilience,” coach Mike Anderson said. “It’s unbelievable.”
DeMarre Carroll had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Missouri (25-5, 12-3 Big 12) allowed Blake Griffin to get his points while holding most of the rest of the Sooners (26-4, 12-3) in check. Griffin had 16 points and 21 rebounds for his nation-leading 24th double-double.
Taylor Griffin added 14 points and eight rebounds, while the remainder of the Oklahoma roster was a combined 12-for-40.
“No one has come in here and won,” coach Jeff Capel said. “So it’s one game. Everyone else may be in panic mode, but we’re not. We’ll be fine.”
Missouri entered with a 26-point average margin of victory at home—best in the nation.
Missouri is second in the Big 12, owning the tiebreaker over Oklahoma, one game behind Kansas. The Tigers finish the regular season Saturday at Texas A&M. Oklahoma, which has lost three of four, closes at home against Oklahoma State on Saturday.
“You just look at the teams we’ve lost to and they’re not bad teams,” said Griffin, who missed 1 1/2 games with a concussion. “I’m not worried about it. Those teams are good teams and we’ve played well, except for this game.”
No. 2 North Carolina 86, Virginia Tech 78
At Blacksburg, Va., Tyler Hansbrough had 22 points and 15 rebounds and North Carolina stayed on track to win the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title.
The Tar Heels (26-3, 12-3), who lead Duke by one game heading into their regular season finale on Sunday, took command with a 10-0 run that started with 5:03 to play—after the Hokies closed within one.
A.D. Vassallo had 25 points, Malcolm Delaney had 19 and Jeff Allen added 18 points and 12 rebounds for Virginia Tech (17-12, 7-8), which finishes the regular season at No. 24 Florida State on Sunday.
No. 3 Pittsburgh 90, No. 13 Marquette 75
At Pittsburgh, DeJuan Blair scored 23 points and and the Panthers overcame a nine-point second-half deficit with a decisive 21-2 run.
Pitt (27-3, 14-3) will play No. 1 Connecticut on Saturday in a Big East showdown.
Levance Fields had 17 points and 10 assists and Sam Young scored 18 points as Pitt won its 20th in a row at home and moved to 18-0 at the Petersen Events Center this season.
Jerel McNeal scored 23 points and Lazar Hayward had 22 for the Golden Eagles (23-7, 12-5), who opened the second half with a 21-5 run before losing their third in a row.
No. 5 Memphis 69, Houston 60
At Houston, Tyreke Evans scored 23 points and Shawn Taggart added 12 points and 10 rebounds as Memphis inched closer to another perfect run through Conference USA.
Robert Dozier added 15 points for the Tigers (27-3, 15-0), who have won 21 straight games, the nation’s longest winning streak.
Memphis has won 57 consecutive league games, 24 on the road. A win over Tulane on Saturday will complete the Tigers’ third straight unbeaten march through their Conference USA regular season.
Aubrey Coleman scored 19 points for the Cougars (18-10, 9-6), who have lost nine straight to Memphis.
No. 6 Louisville 95, Seton Hall 78
At Louisville, Ky., junior Earl Clark scored a career-high 27 points in his final home game and senior Terrence Williams added 14 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for Louisville.
The Cardinals (24-5, 15-2 Big East) kept their hopes for at least a share of the conference title alive by shooting 54 percent from the field against the reeling Pirates (15-14, 6-11).
Louisville travels to West Virginia in the regular season finale on Saturday and can win the title outright with a victory coupled with a loss by No. 1 Connecticut to No. 3 Pittsburgh.
Robert Mitchell had 24 points for led Seton Hall, which lost for the fifth time in six games.
Texas Tech 84, No. 9 Kansas 65
At Lubbock, Texas, Alan Voskuil had nine 3-pointers and scored a career-high 35 points to lead Texas Tech.
Voskuil, who was playing his final home game, was 9-of-14 from beyond the arc as the Red Raiders (13-17, 3-12 Big 12) ended a six-game losing streak.
Despite the loss, Kansas (24-6, 13-2) clinched at least a share of the Big 12 regular season title, its fifth straight and ninth in the conference’s 13 seasons.
Sherron Collins, Marcus Morris and Tyshawn Taylor all scored 11 points for the Jayhawks, who moved into the top 10 for the first time this season on Monday.
Vanderbilt 75, No. 12 LSU 67
At Baton Rouge, La., A.J. Ogilvy scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Vanderbilt.
Jermaine Beal scored 17 points and Brad Tinsley thwarted LSU’s comeback attempt with 3-pointer that gave Vanderbilt (18-11, 7-8 SEC) a 71-66 lead with 38 seconds to go.
Marcus Thornton scored 18 points for the Tigers (25-5, 13-2), the SEC regular season champs who lost for only the second time at home this season. Tasmin Mitchell added 16 points for the Tigers and Bo Spencer had 14.
Northwestern 64, No. 19 Purdue 61
At West Lafayette, Ind., Kevin Coble scored 16 points and Northwestern ended the Boilermakers’ seven-game home winning streak.
Michael Thompson and Craig Moore both scored 12 points for the Wildcats (17-11, 8-9 Big Ten).
It was Northwestern’s third victory over a ranked team this season. The Wildcats beat Minnesota on Jan. 18, then won at Michigan State on Jan. 21.
Keaton Grant and E’Twaun Moore both scored 14 points for Purdue (22-8, 11-6), which had won five of its past six games, and had won five straight in the series with Northwestern.