Ron Baker scored 15 points to lead four Wichita State players in double figures and the second-ranked Shockers became the first Division 1 team to reach 30-0 in the regular season with a 69-49 victory over Bradley on Tuesday night in Peoria, Ill.
Wichita State is the 11th team to reach 30-0, the previous 10 all hitting the 30-win mark during postseason play. The last team to reach 30-0 was UNLV in 1990-91. The Runnin’ Rebels went 34-0 that season before losing to Duke in the national semifinals.
The Shockers (30-0, 17-0 Missouri Valley Conference) have one more regular-season game, at home Saturday against Missouri State. The last team to finish a regular season unbeaten was Saint Joseph’s in 2003-04 at 27-0. The next season, Illinois got to 29-0 before losing its regular-season finale at Ohio State.
Florida 57, Vanderbilt 54 — Dorian Finney-Smith scored 19 points, and the No. 1 Gators held off the host Commodores to clinch a share of its second straight Southeastern Conference title and seventh overall.
Patric Young added 12 points for the Gators (26-2, 15-0 SEC), who continued the best season in school history by winning their 20th straight game. They will have a chance to claim their third SEC title in four years with a win against LSU on Saturday.
The Commodores (15-12, 7-8) beat Florida, 83-70, the last time the Gators came into Memorial Gym ranked No. 1, on Feb. 17, 2007. Coach Kevin Stallings only has seven healthy scholarship players right now, and they proved no match for Florida’s smothering defense.
Duke 66, Virginia Tech 48 — Rodney Hood scored 21 points and Rasheed Sulaimon added 15 for the No. 6 Blue Devils (23-6, 12-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who jumped to a 24-4 lead midway through the first half and never trailed against the visiting Hokies (9-18, 2-3).
The Blue Devils shot 39 percent, including 10 for 33 from 3-point range — well below their ACC-leading 40.7 percent.
Hood was 9 of 17 from the field to lead the Blue Devils, and Sulaimon knocked down four 3-pointers. Freshman Jabari Parker added a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds to go with three blocks.
Wisconsin 69, Indiana 58 — Sam Dekker scored 16 points, Traevon Jackson added 14, and the No. 14 Badgers (23-5, 10-5 Big Ten) shrugged off a slow start to beat the visiting Hoosiers (15-12, 5-9).
Wisconsin was held to its lowest point production in a first half this season, taking a 29-19 lead.
But the Badgers, who shot just 26 percent in the first half, used a 22-5 run early in the second half to put the game away.
Yogi Ferrell scored 21 points to lead Indiana, while freshman Noah Vonleh added 18.
Minnesota 95, Iowa 89 — Austin Hollins scored a career-high 27 points on 8-for-10 shooting, DeAndre Mathieu had 19 points and seven assists, and the host Gophers (18-11, 7-9 Big Ten) knocked off the No. 20 Hawkeyes (19-8, 8-6).
Hollins made all seven of his free throws for the Gophers, who won for just the third time in their last nine games by making 13 of their last 14 free throws over the final 70 seconds. Charles Buggs came off the end of the bench to score a career-high 13 points.
New Mexico 67, Utah State 58 — Cullen Neal scored 9 of his 12 points in a decisive run in the second half to help the No. 25 Lobos (22-5, 13-3 Mountain West) defeat the visiting Aggies (15-13, 5-10).
Saint Peter’s 63, Fairfield 62 — The Stags (6-24, 3-16 MAAC) held a 62-58 lead with 42 seconds remaining after Amadou Sidibe (18 points) made both ends of a 1 and 1, but a 3-pointer by Desi Washington in the closing seconds lifted the host Peacocks (12-16, 8-11).
LIU Brooklyn 80, Sacred Heart 75 — The host Pioneers (4-25, 1-13 Northeast) closed the game on an 11-4 flurry but it wasn’t enough to catch the Blackbirds (9-18, 4-10) and end a 12-game skid. Evan Kelley led the Pioneers with 15 points,
UConn 81, SMU 48 — Bria Hartley scored 25 points, Breanna Stewart added 23, and the No. 1 Huskies broke open a close game late in the first half and cruised past the Mustangs (16-11, 7-9) in Dallas.
The Huskies (29-0, 16-0 American Athletic) won their 35th straight game, halfway to the second-longest winning streak in school history.
UConn’s lead was just 22-17 before the Huskies scored the last 15 points of the first half, a span that covered 4 minutes.
Stewart started the decisive run with a 15-foot baseline jumper and had back-to-back layups in transition for a 30-17 lead.