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Jack picks up the slack for Georgia Tech

Associated Press

With leading scorer B.J. Elder hobbled by a badly sprained ankle, Jarrett Jack scored a career-high 29 points to lift George Tech past Kansas in overtime of the St. Louis Regional championship Sunday.

The victory put Georgia Tech in the Final Four for the second time ever, and first since 1990.

No team had more tight games on its road to the Final Four than the third-seeded Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech's first three games were decided by a total of 13 points.

Solid all day, Jack was unstoppable in overtime. After little Will Bynum hit a 3 to break a 71-all tie, Jack went 4-for-4 from the line in the last 47 seconds to seal the win.

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Jack finished 8-of-12 from the floor, and had nine rebounds and six assists. Luke Schenscher added 15 points and Clarence Moore had 14 for the Yellow Jackets (27-9).

The third-seeded Yellow Jackets will face second-seeded Oklahoma State on Saturday in San Antonio.

Oklahoma State 64,

Saint Joseph's 62

The kid with the famous NBA name showed college basketball's player of the year how to do it.

John Lucas hit a 3-pointer with 6.9 seconds left, Jameer Nelson missed right before the buzzer and Oklahoma State held off Saint Joseph's 64-62 in a thriller Saturday night for a trip to the Final Four.

Nelson's fadeaway jumper from above the foul line ticked off the rim and the East Rutherford regional ended with the unanimous All-American sitting on the court, beyond the top of the key. His disbelieving teammates scattered around, bent over at the hips and staring down.

"Every time I shoot the ball, I think it's in," Nelson said.

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The last rebound fittingly landed in Lucas' arms, and he cradled the ball. He celebrated by racing toward the stands and jumping into his dad's arms for a hearty embrace.

The family has seen a lot of big shots -- the elder Lucas was a former No. 1 NBA pick and enjoyed a stellar career before becoming a pro coach. Connecticut 87, Alabama 71

That powerhouse Connecticut team everyone talked about six months ago is two wins from living up to expectations.

Ben Gordon scored 36 points -- one shy of his career high -- and Rashad Anderson added a career-best 28 -- in the Huskies' 87-71 victory over the Crimson Tide on Saturday in the Phoenix Regional final.

UConn (31-6) used a 17-4 outburst over the final five minutes of the first half to go up 53-29 and 'Bama never got closer than 14 after that.

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