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“We got the chance to take a lot of pictures. It was a big treat for our guys,” Pitino said. “It was a lot of fun. … He was just telling a lot of stories.”



Conference player of the year Otto Porter Jr. scored 18 points, making all 11 of his free throws to offset a 3-for-9 performance from the field.

Markel Starks had 14 points and reserve D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 13, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer that sparked a game-turning run for the Hoyas (25-5). They improved to 15-1 as the tournament’s top seed, with the lone loss coming against West Virginia in the 2010 championship game.

Georgetown, looking to land a No. 1 seed in the NCAAs, squandered an early 16-point cushion and fell behind briefly in the second half before clamping down with its signature defense.

Cashmere Wright hit four 3-pointers and scored 14 points for ninth-seeded Cincinnati (22-11).


No. 19 SYRACUSE 62, No. 17 PITTSBURGH 59

James Southerland had a second straight great effort from 3-point range and Michael Carter-Williams scored Syracuse’s last seven points.

Southerland had 20 points as he did in the second-round win over Seton Hall. The senior was 6 for 6 on 3s against Pittsburgh a day after going 6 for 9 from beyond the arc against the Pirates.

Carter-Williams had 11 points and seven assists for the Orange (25-8).

Lamar Patterson had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Panthers (24-8) in their final Big East game.


No. 24 NOTRE DAME 73, No. 12 MARQUETTE 65

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