NEW ORLEANS -- Jordon Varnado had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Troy defeated Texas State 59-53 in the championship game of the Sun Belt Conference tournament on Sunday at Lakefront Arena.
The sixth-seeded Trojans (22-14) advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003 after winning their third game in three days and fourth in the tournament.
The fourth-seeded Bobcats (20-13) defeated top-seeded UTA 83-62 in the semifinals.
Texas State is coached by Danny Kaspar, a graduate of North Texas.
No. 8 Kentucky 82, Arkansas 65
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- De'Aaron Fox scored 18 points, and No. 8 Kentucky won its third straight Southeastern Conference tournament championship.
The Wildcats (29-5) added their 30th tournament title all-time to their 48 regular season championships in convincing fashion.
The Razorbacks couldn't string together points the way they usually do, not with Kentucky answering every big bucket with its own run.
Michigan 71, No. 24 Wisconsin 56
WASHINGTON -- Michigan completed a magical run to its first Big Ten Tournament title, using a swarming defense and accurate shooting to beat Wisconsin for its fourth victory in four days.
The eighth-seeded Wolverines (24-11) began their journey with a scary skid off the airport runway in Michigan and ended it by overwhelming the second-seeded Badgers, who had won three straight -- including the regular season finale against Minnesota -- by a total of 55 points.
Penn 57, Princeton 48
PHILADELPHIA -- Anna Ross scored 17 points and Michelle Nwokedi added 15 to help Penn win the inaugural Ivy League tournament.
The Quakers normally would have wrapped up the conference's automatic bid a few weeks ago as they went 13-1 in league play, but the Ivy ended its holdout as the lone Division I conference without a postseason tournament this year.
Rhode Island 70, VCU 63
PITTSBURGH -- Jared Terrell finished with 20 points and E.C. Matthews added 19, including a decisive runner with 55 seconds to goto lead Rhode Island in the Atlantic-10 title game.
The third-seeded Rams (24-9) never trailed and withstood a serious late push by second-seeded VCU (26-8) to capture their first conference tournament title since Lamar Odom led them to the A-10 crown 18 years ago.