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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Oregon State played up the underdog role all season and is now the latest No. 12 seed to win an opening-round NCAA Tournament game. Roman Silva scored 16 points and the Beavers took advantage of Tennessee’s icy perimeter shooting to beat the fifth-seeded Vols 70-56 in the Midwest Region. Oregon State became the first Pac-10/12 school to win the conference tournament after being picked to finish last and is now the 51st 12-seed to take down a five-seed since the NCAA Tournament bracket expanded in 1985. The Vols shot 5 for 26 from the arc while shooting 33% overall.
UNDATED (AP) — There will be a battle for Illinois bragging rights in the second round of the Midwest Region. Top-seeded Illinois faces No. 8 seed Loyola Chicago on Sunday. The Fighting Illini won their first NCAA Tournament game since 2013 by routing Drexel 78-49, and Loyola outlasted Georgia Tech 71-60. Big men will be the focus of that matchup. Round two will also have 12th-seeded Oregon State squaring off with fourth-seeded Oklahoma State after the Beavers won their first tournament game since 1982, beating Tennessee 70-56. The Beavers are the 51st 12th seed to win their opener.
UNDATED (AP) — Players like UCLA’s Dominique Darius are not only gaining a head start and valuable experience in their college basketball careers as early enrollees out of high school, they have been counted upon to help women’s teams across the country keep their seasons going when players are held out for COVID-19 protocols. Now, some will make their March Madness debuts on the stage in the NCAA Tournament. At Oregon State, the Hemisfair Region eighth-seeded Beavers are getting a boost from Talia von Oelhoffen. Saylor Poffenbarger is doing the same for Connecticut, the River Walk Region No. 1 seed and second seed overall.
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.
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