Shipp's wild shot gives UCLA another controversial win
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By Andy Katz
''The ball shall be out of bounds when it passes over the backboard from any direction.'' Pac-10 officiating coordinator Bill McCabe told ESPN.com Saturday night that official Dave Libbey was well aware of the rule that a shot cannot come from over the top of the backboard and be counted as good. But McCabe said Libbey chose to allow Josh Shipp's game-winning rainbow bucket over the corner of the backboard from along the baseline that went in with 1.5 seconds left to give UCLA an 81-80 victory over Cal at Pauley Pavilion.
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It was a tough loss to swallow for the Cal Golden Bears, who could argue two late-game non-calls.
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By Adam Rittenberg
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Former walk-on and current Valley MVP Adam Emmenecker is just getting better. He had his second consecutive double-double in the conference tourney on Saturday.
By Pat Forde
On Tap For Sunday• Michigan State at Ohio State, noon ET
• Florida at Kentucky, noon ET
• Va. Tech at Clemson, 1:30 p.m. ET (Full Court)
• Indiana at Penn State, 2 ET (ESPN)
• Oklahoma State at Texas, 4 p.m. ET (ESPN)
• Kent State at Akron, 6 p.m. ET (Full Court)
For the full schedule, click here. All games on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Full Court also are on ESPN360.com.
Top 25 Scores From Saturday• No. 1 UNC 76, No. 5 Duke 68
• No. 2 UCLA 81, Cal 80
• No. 3 Memphis 94, UAB 56
• No. 6 Kansas 72, Texas A&M 55
• USC 77, No. 7 Stanford 64
• No. 8 Wisconsin 65, Northwestern 52
• No. 10 G'town 55, No. 13 Louisville 52
• No. 11 Xavier 86, Richmond 61
• No. 12 Butler 66, Illinois-Chicago 50
• Alabama 78, No. 16 Vanderbilt 73 (OT)
• No. 19 Notre Dame 67, South Florida 60
• Syracuse 87, No. 20 Marquette 72
• No. 21 Drake 75, Creighton 67
• No. 22 Wazzu 76, Washington 73 (2OT)
• No. 24 BYU 61, TCU 54
• No. 25 Mississippi State 84, LSU 75
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UCLA beats Cal in a thriller
Writer's TakeBy Dana O'Neil
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Unprompted, the booming voice in the back of the room launched into a slow, steady tutorial for his son standing at the podium.
John Thompson III, whose Georgetown team's second consecutive Big East regular-season crown was just sewn up, simply smiled. Long accustomed to living in his father's looming shadow, JTIII isn't interested in chasing windmills, holding up the gene pool or living up to other people's standards.
He no longer has to. By winning back-to-back conference titles, the son accomplished something the Hall of Fame father never did. On a greater scale, the Hoyas' dogfight of a 55-52 victory over Louisville solidified Georgetown once more as a program, not simply a flash-in-the-pan team.
To read all of Dana O'Neil's column, click here.
GameDay: Who's in and who's out?
Bracket MathBy Joe Lunardi
Special to ESPN.com NO. 1 SEEDS:
• EAST North Carolina
• WEST UCLA
• MIDWEST Tennessee
• SOUTH Memphis
Notable: Three additional teams -- Kansas, Duke and Texas (in that order) -- remain in contention for No. 1 seeds. "LOCKS":
• Big East (7): Louisville, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Connecticut, Marquette, West Virginia, Pittsburgh
• Big 12 (5): Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Baylor
• Big Ten (4): Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan State
• Pac-10 (4): UCLA, Stanford, Washington State, Southern California
• ACC (3): North Carolina, Duke, Clemson
• SEC (3): Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State
• Missouri Valley (2): Drake, Illinois State
• West Coast (2): Gonzaga, Saint Mary's
• Atlantic 10 (1): Xavier
• Conference USA (1): Memphis
• Horizon (1): Butler
• Mountain West (1): BYU
(Total: 34 teams, adding West Virginia, Kansas State, Baylor and Illinois State) LAST FOUR IN:
Syracuse, Arizona State, UAB, Maryland
LAST FOUR OUT:
Florida, Western Kentucky, Virginia Tech, Oregon To check out Bracketology, click here. Bracketology will be updated daily Monday through Selection Sunday.