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UCF, Cal State Bakersfield reach NIT semis

(TSX / STATS) -- During his eight seasons at Stanford, Johnny Dawkins twice directed the Cardinal to the NIT championship. Now his new school, Central Florida, is two steps away from the same accomplishment.

Backstopped by 7-foot-6 sophomore center Tacko Fall, who blocked three shots and influenced numerous airballs, UCF shut down Illinois' offense and earned a 68-58 victory in an NIT quarterfinal on Wednesday night at sold-out CFE Arena in Orlando, Fla.

Fourth-seeded UCF (24-11) will face TCU (22-15), also a No. 4 seed, in semifinal action on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

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Leaders
Points: M. Hill17.2
Rebounds: M. Hill5.1
Assists: M. Hill2.9
FG%: M. Hill43.4%
FT%: M. Hill78.4%
3P%: J. Coleman-Lands38.0%
Steals: M. Hill1.2
Blocks: M. Morgan0.8
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Kansas31-5
4 Arizona32-5
5 North Carolina33-7
6 Kentucky32-6
7 Duke28-9
8 UCLA31-5
9 Oregon33-6
10 Louisville25-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 North Carolina33-7
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Oregon33-6
4 Kansas31-5
5 Kentucky32-6
6 South Carolina26-11
7 Arizona32-5
8 Villanova32-4
9 UCLA31-5
10 Florida27-9
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Big Ten Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Purdue 14-4 27-8
Wisconsin 12-6 27-10
Maryland 12-6 24-9
Minnesota 11-7 24-10
Michigan 10-8 26-12
Northwestern 10-8 24-12
Michigan State 10-8 20-15
Iowa 10-8 19-15
Illinois 8-10 20-15
Ohio State 7-11 17-15
Indiana 7-11 18-16
Penn State 6-12 15-18
Nebraska 6-12 12-19
Rutgers 3-15 15-18
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