UCONN & Alabama Advance To Men's Final Four

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BOSTON (AP) — Defending national champion UConn powered its way back into the Final Four behind a 30-0 run led by Donovan Clingan, who finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Huskies crushed Illinois 77-52. It was a March Madness record 10th straight double-digit victory for the Huskies, who cruised to their fifth national title last year and seem inexorably headed for a sixth. Their NCAA Tournament wins this year have come by 39, 17, 30 and 25 points. The top-seeded Huskies will face Alabama in the Final Four in Glendale, Arizona. Marcus Domask scored 17 points for third-seeded Illinois.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mark Sears hit seven 3-pointers and Alabama recovered from its early long-distance shooting woes to beat Clemson 89-82 and reach the Final Four for the first time. The Tide will face defending champion UConn in Glendale, Arizona. Sears finished with 23 points. Alabama made 10 of its 16 3-pointers in the second half to pull away. Clemson was led by Joseph Girard III with 19 points and Ian Schieffelin added 18 points nand 11 rebounds. The Tigers were trying to make the Final Four for the first time, too. They had allowed just 14 3-pointers in their first three NCAA Tournament victories.