(Sunday, March 22)
Final Score: Duke 68, San Diego State 49
Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) – Jahlil Okafor scored 26 points with six rebounds as top-seeded Duke crushed eight-seeded San Diego State, 68-49, in a third round matchup of the South Region of the NCAA Tournament. Quinn Cook scored 15 points with five boards and Justise Winslow added 13 points, 12 boards and five assists for the Blue Devils (31-4), who downed Robert Morris in their first game of the tournament. Duke will travel to Houston for a Sweet 16 matchup on Friday against fifth-seeded Utah. Winston Shepard scored 13 points and was the only player in double-digits for the Aztecs (27-9), who defeated St. John’s in the second round on Friday.
Final Score: Gonzaga 87, Iowa 68
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) – There was no Round of 32 letdown for Gonzaga Sunday. Kyle Wiltjer put that idea to rest early. Wiltjer had 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting with seven rebounds as the second-seeded Bulldogs cruised to an 87-68 win over Iowa in third-round action from the South Region. The Bulldogs had dropped their previous five games with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line. Gonzaga, the nation’s most efficient offensive team (52.4 percent) during the regular season, made 12 of its first 16 shots and raced out to a 29-17 advantage. Wiltjer, who nailed his first three shots from beyond the arc and six from the field overall, netted 10 quick points during the Bulldogs’ lightning fast start. The Bulldogs (34-2) led by 17 at the break and were up by as many as 22 over the final 20 minutes, easily reaching its first regional semifinal since 2009.
Final Score: Michigan State 60, Virginia 54
Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) – Travis Trice scored 13 of his 23 points in the opening 5 1/2 minutes of the game to give Michigan State the lead and the Spartans managed to hold on for a 60-54 victory over Virginia, knocking the Cavaliers out of the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. Branden Dawson added 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for the Spartans (25-11), who are seeded seventh in the East Region and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in the last eight years. Anthony Gill scored 11 points for Virginia and Darion Atkins contributed 10 with 14 rebounds in defeat. The Cavaliers (30-4) became the first ACC team to lose in this year’s tournament, as the conference won its first nine games prior to Sunday. These teams also met last year in the NCAA Tournament, as Michigan State knocked off a top- seeded Virginia squad in the East Region semifinals at Madison Square Garden.
Final Score: Oklahoma 72, Dayton 66
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Dayton’s magic in the state of Ohio has run out, and Oklahoma is in the driver’s seat in the East Region. Big 12 Player of the Year Buddy Hield scored 15 points as the third-seeded Sooners clamped down defensively over the final 10 minutes and knocked out the Flyers 72-66 on Sunday in front of a pro-Dayton crowd at Nationwide Arena. Jordan Woodard scored 16 points to lead Oklahoma (24-10), which will take on seventh-seeded Michigan State on Friday in Syracuse after the Spartans upset No. 2 seeded Virginia. Villanova, the top seed in the East, was eliminated by North Carolina State on Saturday. Scoochie Smith netted 16 points and Darrell Davis made five 3-pointers off the bench for 15 in the loss. Dayton (27-9) led by nine in the second half but went more than nine minutes without scoring down the stretch. The Flyers had been 19-0 in Ohio this season.
Final Score: Louisville 66, Northern Iowa 53
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) – Terry Rozier led the way with 25 points and seven assists as Louisville defeated Northern Iowa 66-53 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. Montrezl Harrell chipped in with 14 points and six rebounds, while Quentin Snider and Wayne Blackshear each scored 10 for the fourth-seeded Cardinals (26-8), who will face eighth-seeded North Carolina State Friday in their fourth straight Sweet 16 appearance. Seth Tuttle provided 14 points and seven boards, while Nate Buss had 11 points for the fifth-seeded Panthers (31-4), who were coming off a 74-54 victory over Wyoming in the second round.
Final Score: Wichita State 78, Kansas 65
Omaha, NE (SportsNetwork.com) – Tekele Cotton scored 19 points to lead five Wichita State players in double figures as the Shockers posted a 78-65 win over the Kansas Jayhawks in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. Fred VanVleet totaled 17 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals for the seventh- seeded Shockers (30-4), who advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years. They will face Notre Dame in the Midwest Region semifinals. Evan Wessel provided a spark for the Shockers in the Sunflower State showdown, scoring 12 points on four 3-pointers and grabbing nine rebounds. Ron Baker also had 12 points and Darius Carter added 10. Perry Ellis and Devonte’ Graham contributed 17 points apiece for second-seeded Kansas (27-9), which was held to 35.1 percent shooting in the first meeting between the schools since Jan. 6, 1993.
Final Score: West Virginia 69, Maryland 59
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Devin Williams tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds and West Virginia’s stifling defense forced 23 turnovers in its 69-59 win over Maryland in Sunday’s Midwest Regional matchup. Gary Browne netted 14 points and Daxter Miles Jr. and Jonathan Holton added 12 apiece for the fifth- seeded Mountaineers (25-9), who are rewarded with a Sweet 16 matchup against top-ranked Kentucky in Cleveland next Friday. Star freshman Melo Trimble scored 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting for Maryland (28-7) before leaving the game in the second half with a head injury. An emotional Trimble had to watch the final 8:25 from the bench.
Final Score: Wisconsin 72, Oregon 65
Omaha, NE (SportsNetwork.com) – It was exactly one year ago that Wisconsin and Oregon battled for a Sweet 16 berth. The two teams clashed Sunday in the NCAA Tournament with the same stakes. Once again, Wisconsin prevailed. Sam Dekker scored 17 points, Frank Kaminsky had 16 and the top-seeded Badgers posted a 72-65 win over the Ducks. The win by Wisconsin (33-3) sets up a matchup with fourth-seeded North Carolina in the West Region semifinals in Los Angeles. Joseph Young poured in 30 points for the eighth-seeded Ducks (26-10), who last year squandered a double-digit, second-half lead and lost 85-77 to the Badgers in the tourney’s third round in Milwaukee.