In other games of interest, Oregon won the Pac-10 Tournament, holding off a valiant effort by USC, 74-66. Pitt won its first ever Big East tournament, 74-56, avenging last year's loss to UConn. Duke rallied in the second half to beat NC State, 84-77, preventing the Wolfpack from duplicating its memorable run through the ACC Tournament from twenty years ago. Kentucky showed why it has a good chance to win a game or two this season, remaining perfect in the SEC after edging Mississippi St., 64-57. In the Big-12 Final, Oklahoma edged Missouri in a rematch of last year's West Regional Final, 49-47, perhaps assuring it of a No. 1 seed in spite of scoring only a dozen points in the second half, and Illinois ended the tournament hopes of Ohio State, 72-59, in the Big-10 championship.
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