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I Slept On It: Michigan State Tops Sliding Iowa; Cincy Handles Memphis

The Spartans handed the Hawkeyes their fourth loss in their last five. Meanwhile, the Bearcats remain tied for the AAC lead with just one game left in the regular season. Plus, I'll take a quick look at yesterday's conference tournament results.

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"I Slept On It" is Blogging the Bracket's nearly daily roundup of the previous night's college basketball action, with a bracketology focus.

American

Sean Kilpatrick scored 34 for Cincinnati (25-5, 14-3) on Senior Night, as the Bearcats defeated Memphis (22-8, 11-6), 97-84, to remain tied atop the AAC with Louisville.

Atlantic 10

VCU (23-7, 11-4) came back from 11 down at Richmond (18-12, 8-7) to win, 56-50. The Rams are now tied for second in the A 10 with St. Joseph's Hawks.

Big East

Villanova (27-3, 15-2) claimed the outright Big East title by holding off a late Xavier (20-11, 10-8) rally in Cincinnati, 77-70. The Musketeers will likely be in the First Four in today's bracket.

Big Ten

Iowa (20-10, 9-8) continues its late slide, as Michigan State (23-7, 12-5) took control in the second half, turning a 41-39 halftime deficit to an 86-76 win. While the Hawkeyes' Roy Devyn Marble led all scorers with 24, five Spartans hit double-figures. Iowa has now dropped four of its last five.

Pac-12

UCLA (23-7, 12-5) won at Washington (16-14, 8-9) for the second season in a row, 91-82. Jordan Adams scored 31 for the Bruins on the night, hitting 11 of his 15 field goals and eight of nine foul shots.

SEC

LSU (18-11, 9-8) was down 16 at one point at Vanderbilt (15-14, 7-10) before rallying to win, 57-51. Johnny O'Bryant III scored 25 on an 11-for-18 shooting night and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Bayou Bengals, who next host surprising Georgia on Saturday.

Atlantic Sun Semifinals

Florida Gulf Coast (22-11, 16-4) is a win a way from its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Eagles will host Mercer (25-8, 16-4) on Sunday afternoon in Fort Myers after defeating ETSU (18-15, 11-9), 69-64. On the other hand, the Bears needed a pair of overtimes to eliminate USC Upstate (19-14, 12-8), 78-75.

MAAC First Round

In Springfield, three teams advanced to Friday's quarterfinals after a long evening of basketball.

No. 8 Rider (14-16, 10-11) defeated No. 9 Monmouth (11-21, 5-16), 71-60
No. 7 St. Peter's (14-16, 10-11) knocked out No. 10 Fairfield (7-25, 4-17), 65-62, after overtime.
No. 11 Niagara (7-25, 4-17) beat No. 6 Marist (12-19, 9-12) for the second time this season, 78-76, to advance.

MVC First Round

No. 9 Evansville (14-18, 7-12) held off No. 8 Drake (15-14, 6-13), 69-61, to earn the right to take on undefeated Wichita State tomorrow at 1 p.m. Eastern.
No. 10 Loyola of Chicago (10-21, 5-14) stunned No. 7 Bradley (12-20, 7-12), which mounted an impressive late comeback attempt with a Milton Doyle three at the buzzer to win, 74-72, setting up a meeting with Indiana State tomorrow evening.

OVC Quarterfinals

No. 4 Morehead State (20-12, 11-6) avenged Saturday's loss to No. 5 Tennessee Tech (17-16, 10-8) to earn a semifinal berth opposite Belmont tomorrow evening.
No. 3 Eastern Kentucky (22-9, 12 -5) will take on in-state rival Murray State in the second semi after defeating No. 6 Southeast Missouri (18-14, 9-9), 84-76.

West Coast Opening Round

No. 10 Loyola Marymount (13-18, 5-14) upset No. 7 Portland (15-16, 7-12), 67-64, to advance to a Saturday quarterfinal against BYU.
No. 9 Santa Clara (14-18, 7-12) rolled by No. 8 Pacific (15-15, 6-13), 81-64, to make the Tigers' return to the WCC Tournament a short one. The Broncos next play Gonzaga on Saturday evening.

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