UNC Wins ACC Championship
Wisconsin tops Illinois for Big 10 while Kansas outduels Texas in Big 12 title game
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2008 7:43 PM CDT
North Carolina coach Roy Williams, center, celebrates with players after defeating Clemson, 86-81, to win the ACC basketball tournament at Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, March 16, 2008.    (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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(Newser) – Sophomore Wayne Ellington scored 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting as North Carolina defeated Clemson for the third time this season, 86-81, to win the ACC championship. The Tigers, who took the Tar Heels to overtime in their previous two meetings, got 28 points from guard K.C. Rivers. This was UNC's 17th conference tournament title, reports AP. In other conference championship games:

  • Regular season champion Wisconsin added the Big 10 tournament title to its resume with its usual stifling defense in a 61-48 victory over surprising Illinois. The Badgers (29-4) have won 10 straight.
  • Mario Chalmers had a career-high 30 points as Kansas won the battle of the Big 12 regular season co-champions, 84-74, over Texas. UK is now 31-3.