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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — No. 11 seed Syracuse held sixth-seeded San Diego State without a field goal for nearly a quarter of the game and sweet-shooting Buddy Boeheim hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 30 points as the Orange cruised to a 78-62 victory and into the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Marek Dolezaj added 11 points as Syracuse moved on to play third-seeded West Virginia. Jordan Schakel had 17 points for the Aztecs but the nation’s third-best 3-point shooter was just 5 of 13 from beyond the arc. Matt Mitchell also had 17 points on 8-of-19 shooting.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Geo Baker scored 13 points, including the decisive layup with 10 seconds left, and the 10th-seeded Scarlet Knights toppled No. 7 seed Clemson 60-56 in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament. Rutgers was last selected for the NCAAs in 1991, an appearance that ended with a first-round loss to Arizona State. The Scarlet Knights’ last victory in the tournament came in 1983 against a school that’s since changed its name from Southwest Louisiana to just Louisiana. That 38-year drought is now over for Rutgers, which will face No. 2 seed Houston on Sunday. Aamir Sims led Clemson with 15 points.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — North Carolina coach Roy Williams lost his first opening-round NCAA Tournament game in 30 tries as ninth-seeded Wisconsin blew out his eighth-seeded Tar Heels 85-62. Brad Davison scored 29 points for the Badgers, who negated North Carolina’s size advantage by draining 13 of 27 3-pointers. The Badgers had lost four of five entering the tournament. D’Mitrik Trice scored 21 points for Wisconsin, which advanced to play the South Region’s top seed, Baylor, on Sunday. Williams had won all 14 of his first-round games with Kansas and his first 15 with UNC. North never won more than three games in a row all season.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Florida is heading to the second round for an eighth straight NCAA Tournament appearance — and with arguably its best player on the bench as a de facto assistant coach. Colin Castleton scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Tre Mann hit a step-back 3-pointer with 23 seconds left in overtime and seventh-seeded Florida held off No. 10 seed Virginia Tech 75-70 in a first-round game. The Gators were cheered on by Keyontae Johnson, who has supported and inspired his teammates from the bench since his return from a scary medical episode. Johnson collapsed on the court during a game in December. Nahiem Alleyne finished with 30 points for Virginia Tech, including a 3-pointer that sent the game to overtime.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lucas Williamson scored 21 points in a dynamic performance by the defensive whiz, All-America forward Cameron Krutwig added 10, and eighth-seeded Loyola Chicago beat No. 9 seed Georgia Tech 71-60 on Friday to mark a triumphant return to the NCAA Tournament. Loyola advanced to play top-seeded Illinois on Sunday. Jordan Usher scored 15 points, Michael Devoe had 14 and Jose Alvarado 13 for the Yellow Jackets, who were forced to play without ACC player of the year Moses Wright after the big man tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Iowa leads the team race heading into the final day of the NCAA wrestling championships but Penn State showed it’s not going to easily loosen the grip it’s had on the title for nearly a decade. Spencer Lee and two of his Iowa teammates won semifinals and the Hawkeyes go into Saturday with 109 points. The Nittany Lions had all four of their semifinalists advance and had 94.5 points. The Hawkeyes are looking for their 24th team title and first since 2010. Penn State is looking for its ninth in 10 years and fifth in a row.
UNDATED (AP) — Oral Roberts upended the NCAA Tournament’s South Region with its 75-72 overtime win over Ohio State. The Golden Eagles earned a second-round game on Sunday against No. 7 Florida. The Gators also were stretched to overtime in their 75-70 win over No. 10 Virginia Tech. A tight Florida-Virginia Tech game was no surprise. Few expected to see a close Oral Roberts-Ohio State matchup, much less the Golden Eagles becoming the ninth 15 seed to win a tournament game. Florida, with its roster limited by injuries and other issues, presents an opportunity for Oral Roberts to steal another win.
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