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VIDEO: Tyler Dorsey’s three saves No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 11 Rhode Island

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Oregon was down by as many as 11 points in the second half, but the Ducks, who were led by 27 points from Tyler Dorsey, came storming back.

It’s fitting, then, that Dorsey was the man that hit the game-winning shot:

Dorsey has been on fire over the course of the last two weeks. After putting up just a single point in the final game of the regular season for Oregon, Dorsey has scored at least 21 points in each of Oregon’s five games during March Madness, the three Pqc-12 tournament games and both games in the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.

And it was Dorsey who helped dig the No. 3 seed Ducks out of a hole on Sunday night.

No. 11 seed Rhode Island was more than up for the challenge, as they used a 27-8 run to turn an eight-point first half deficit into an 11-point second half lead. The star during that stretch was Indiana transfer Stanford Robinson, who scored 13 of his 21 points in the first half and was the spark for that massive run. Jared Terrell (15 points, six assists) and E.C. Mathews (13 points) made big plays in the second half to keep the Ducks at bay, but after taking a 72-68 lead with under two minutes left, the Rams would not score again.

With the win, Oregon advances to the Sweet 16 for the second straight season, where they will face No. 7 seed Michigan, who has somehow turned into something of a Cinderella pick despite being pretty damn good.

NCAA Tournament Sunday Recap: Louisville, Duke get upset, North Carolina, Kentucky survive

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Saturday gave us two of the best games of the tournament, with No. 8 Wisconsin upsetting No. 1 Villanova and No. 5 Iowa State erasing a 19-point second half deficit only to give the game right back to No. 4 Purdue.

Sunday hasn’t disappointed either, as the day was chock-full of upsets, dogfights, highlights and last-second shots.

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No. 2 Duke is heading home. The Blue Devils got run out of Greenville by No. 7 South Carolina, as the Gamecocks scored 65 second half points in an 88-81 win on Sunday night. It was a fitting ending for a team loaded with talent that was never quite able to put it all together, as they were more or less punked by a tougher, more physical South Carolina team in what amounted to a road game.

The best game of the day was the nightcap in Indianapolis, as No. 2 Kentucky avoided a late-game collapse and locked up No. 10 Wichita State on the final two possessions of the game. There was so much to love about this game, from the Wichita State revenge factor to the battle between De’Aaron Fox and Landry Shamet to the way that Gregg Marshall schemed Malik Monk into a limited role. What was even better was that the game came down to a final possession, and while it was a low-scoring, defensive slugfest, it was a hell of a game to watch. Defense doesn’t have to be ugly.

The ride isn’t over yet for No. 7 Michigan, as the Wolverines came from behind to beat No. 2 Louisville and get to the Sweet 16. The most impressive part of the win is that Michigan did it while star point guard Derrick Walton Jr., who has ben one of the best players in the country over the course of the last six weeks, finished with just 10 points on 3-for-13 shooting. The Wolverines were involved in a plane crash earlier this month, and ever since then, the narrative that this is a Team of Destiny has ben bandied about. That should stop, because the Wolverines aren’t a Cinderella. They’re just damn good.

With the loss, the ACC — the ‘best conference in the history of conferences’ —  is now down to just two teams left in this tournament, No. 1 seed North Carolina and No. 2 seed Duke, while the Big Ten — which was maligned all year long — has three teams in the Sweet 16, including the two teams that beat No. 1 Villanova and No. 2 Louisville.

The team that Michigan will play in the next round, No. 3 seed Oregon, came very close to getting upset as well. The Ducks erased an 11-point second half deficit, knocking off No. 11 Rhode Island thanks to a Tyler Dorsey three with 36 seconds left in the game. URI had a couple of shots to tie the game on the final possession, but they couldn’t connect.

No one in the tournament has been more impressive throughout the first weekend than No. 1 seed Kansas, who pulled away from No. 9 Michigan State down the stretch and ended up sending the Fighting Tom Izzos home with a 20-point loss.

No. 1 seed North Carolina was not impressive, however, as the Tar Heels blew a double-digit lead and very nearly lost to No. 8 seed Arkansas on Sunday evening. The Tar Heels were down 65-60 with three minutes left, but used some sterling defense and a 12-0 run down the stretch to pull away with the win. The question with this team is defense and toughness, and while that was something of an issue late in the first half and early in the second half, the Tar Heels made the plays they needed to make down the stretch to win it.

Terry Maston and Johnathan Motley combined for 38 points and 19 boards as No. 3 seed Baylor survived an upset bid from No. 11 seed USC to get back to the Sweet 16 for the fourth time under Scott Drew and the first time since 2014. And while No. 3 seed UCLA struggled in the first half, Lonzo Ball did all the things that his Daddy keeps telling us he can do in the second half and carried the Bruins past No. 6 Cincinnati.

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Tyler Dorsey, Oregon: Dorsey not only scored 27 points on 9-for-10 shooting against Rhode Island, but he had five boards, three assists and two steals, in addition to, you know, a game-winning jumper.

Moe Wagner, Michigan: The German important scored 26 points on 11-for-14 shooting as the Wolverines knocked off No. 2 seed Louisville to get to the Sweet 16. Just don’t call them the ‘Team of Destiny’.

Josh Jackson, Kansas: Jackson had a team-high 23 points as the Jayhawks beat No. 9 seed Michigan State.

No. 1 Kansas completes dominant first weekend run with win over No. 9 Michigan State

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Josh Jackson had 23 points. Frank Mason III went for 20 points and five assists. Devonte’ Graham had 18 points, four assists and four big threes.

And with that, the Jayhawks are headed to the Sweet 16 with an emphatic, statement win over Tom Izzo and the No. 9 seed Michigan State Spartans, 90-70.

Izzo is one of college basketball’s greatest and most brilliant tacticians, proof being his 21-4 record, entering Sunday, in the second game of a weekend in NCAA tournament, and Sparty got blitzed. With the exception of a couple of Michigan State spurts in the second half, Kansas was more or less in control of this thing after a run late in the first half put them up by 11.

The final eight minutes was all Kansas, as the Jayhawks just ran away from Michigan State. Highlight reel dunks, careening drives from Mason, alley-oops, dagger threes from Graham.

No team in college basketball will be heading into the Sweet 16 with a more impressive, more dominant weekend than Kansas.

And it comes at the perfect time, because Kansas is going to have a fight on their hands in the Sweet 16. The Jayhawks will face off with No. 4 seed Purdue and first-team all-american Caleb Swanigan, who is the second-biggest low-post scorer Purdue has. Kansas? They have one big man worth his size in Landen Lucas. It’s going to take quite an effort from Kansas to slow down that group on the interior, and, at the very least, they are going to have to lean heavily on that core of perimeter stars to make Purdue pay for playing big.

That’s a concern for Kansas.

But Purdue has to be concerned, as well.

Because Kansas may be the best team in the country, and I’m not sure they’ve had a better two-game stretch than they did this weekend.

VIDEO: Maryland Women’s player hits 75-foot, over-the-head shot

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The Lady Terps are still alive and rolling in the NCAA tournament, and freshman Destiny Slocum just had her One Shining Moment.

At the end of the first half, Slocum somehow made a 75-foot shot while taking a shot like a soccer throw-in.

With a hand in her face!

This is incredible:

NCAA comments on confederate flag flown near Greenville tournament site

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The NCAA Tournament returned to the state of South Carolina this week for the first time in 15 years with the first and second round action in the Greenville.

Greenville received those games because all NCAA events were pulled from sites in North Carolina due to the discriminatory HB2 law passed in the state. It’s not a coincidence that the games were moved to South Carolina; in 2002, the NCAA pulled events from that state because of a confederate flag that was flown on the statehouse grounds.

On Sunday, prior to the second round NCAA Tournament games, Duke-South Carolina and North Carolina-Arkansas, in Greenville, someone raised a confederate flag at the top of a parking structure across the street from the arena.

“The NCAA is proud and excited to host championships in the state of South Carolina once again,” Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball, said in a statement released by the NCAA. “We are committed to assuring that our events are safe and accessible to all. No symbols that compromise that commitment will be permitted to be displayed on venue property that the tournament controls. Freedom of speech activities on public property in areas surrounding the arena are managed by the city of Greenville and we are supportive of the city’s efforts.”

Arizona’s Rawle Alkins dislocated, fractured finger, returned to game

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Arizona freshman guard Rawle Alkins suffered a minor fracture when he dislocated his right index finger during the No. 2 Wildcats 69-60 win over No. 7 seed Saint Mary’s in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night.

Alkins suffered the injury in a scrum for a rebound when the ball hit his finger. He was immediately taken out of the game and into the locker room for x-rays, but he didn’t miss much time. He returned to the game with the finger, which is on his shooting hand, heavily bandaged. He finished with six points.

“Even with that, I still wanted to play for my team,” Alkins said. “Being that it could potentially be the last game of the year, I didn’t want to go out like this.”

“I’m going to do whatever it takes to get back on the court.”

Alkins is averaging 11.1 points and 5.0 boards this season.