Craig Sword scored 26 points Tuesday as Mississippi State relied on sizzling three-point shooting to beat host Tennessee 71-66 and end its recent February misery.
Mississippi State (11-11, 4-5 SEC) shot 55.8 percent overall and 72.7 percent from three-point range to end a string of 16 consecutive February losses. The Bulldogs hadn't won a February game since beating South Carolina 69-67 in overtime on Feb. 29, 2012.
The Bulldogs led 63-61 in the final minute when Tennessee's Derek Reese drove into the lane and missed a dunk attempt. Fred Thomas got the rebound, raced to the other end of the floor and converted a three-point play with 52 seconds left.
Thomas had 20 points for Mississippi State.
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Josh Richardson scored a career-high 30 points for Tennessee (13-8, 5-4).
No. 5 Wisconsin 92, Indiana 78: Frank Kaminsky scored 23 points and host Wisconsin overwhelmed Indiana. Kaminsky was 9-for-12 from the field for the Badgers (20-2, 8-1 Big Ten).
An eight-point halftime deficit turned into a 30-point deficit with 10 minutes left after Indiana (16-7, 6-4) opened the second half by shooting 2-for-11 from the field. The Hoosiers played without leading scorer James Blackmon Jr., who had an apparent ankle injury.
Nick Zeisloft led Indiana with 17 points.
No. 14 Northern Iowa 61, Indiana St. 51: Seth Tuttle scored 15 points and Jeremy Morgan added 12 as Northern Iowa ran away from host Indiana State.
The Panthers (21-2, 10-1 Missouri Valley) won their 10th in a row and got their first season sweep of the Sycamores in five seasons.
Indiana State (11-12, 7-4) fell to 0-3 against ranked teams this season.
Georgetown 101, Wilberforce 81: Noah Cottrill scored 32 points — three shy of his career high — to lead host Georgetown (20-3) over Wilberforce (6-19).
Cottrill was not the game's high scorer, however. Patrick Mitchell made seven of Wilberforce's 11 three-pointers and scored 40 points to go with 10 rebounds.
Deondre McWhorter had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Georgetown, and Tony Kimbro added 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
The win was Coach Chris Briggs' 98th at Georgetown.
Raftery, Hill to callFinal Four with Nantz
Bill Raftery and Grant Hill will be the analysts alongside play-by-play man Jim Nantz for this year's Final Four, Turner and CBS announced.
With both of last year's Final Four analysts unavailable — Steve Kerr because he is coaching the Golden State Warriors and Greg Anthony because he is under suspension — Turner and CBS made what surely will be a widely popular move by adding Raftery to the team. It will be his first Final Four on television after 33 years calling the NCAA Tournament.
"It's quite a thrill," said the 71-year-old Raftery.
The trio will work together for the first time in the Big Ten semifinals and final March 14 and 15.
WVU player apologizes to Tubby for obscene gesture
West Virginia forward Brandon Watkins has issued an apology to Texas Tech and Coach Tubby Smith for an obscene gesture.
The sophomore made the gesture in the first half of the 15th-ranked Mountaineers' 77-58 win over the Red Raiders on Saturday. After fouling Texas Tech's Robert Turner on a layup attempt, Watkins raised the middle fingers of both hands while on his back behind the basket. A brief skirmish ensued and Texas Tech center Norense Odiase was ejected.
No. 2 UConn 96, Cincinnati 36: Geno Auriemma reached 900 victories faster than any other college coach when host UConn (21-1, 11-0 American Athletic Conference) routed Cincinnati. Auriemma needed just 1,034 games to reach the milestone.
The victory ties him with former Texas coach Jody Conradt for fifth place on the all-time women's list, 198 wins behind former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt.
Auriemma's winning percentage of 87.04 percent is the best in the history of the women's game.