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Tourney Snacks: ACC, Pac-12 teams make up half the Sweet 16

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  • Duke’s Jahlil Okafor: Okafor was nearly unstoppable in the Blue Devils’ win over No. 8 San Diego State, scoring 26 points on 12-for-16 shooting to go along with six rebounds and three blocks. Duke is one of five ACC teams in the Sweet 16.
  • Gonzaga’s Kyle Wiltjer: 24 points on 10-for-12 shooting from the field and seven rebounds in the Bulldogs’ 87-68 win over No. 7 Iowa.
  • Louisville’s Terry Rozier: Rozier shot 8-for-13 from the field and 8-for-9 from the foul line, scoring 25 points along with five rebounds and seven assists in the Cardinals’ win over No. 5 Northern Iowa. This is Louisville’s fourth straight Sweet 16 appearance.

GAME OF THE DAY: No. 7 Michigan State 60, No. 2 Virginia 54

Tom Izzo’s Spartans ended the ACC’s unblemished run through the NCAA tournament with a win over Virginia in Charlotte. Travis Trice scored 13 of his 23 points in the first half to lead the way, and Michigan State limited the Cavaliers to 29.7 percent shooting.

  • No. 5 West Virginia 69, No. 4 Maryland 59: Bob Huggins’ Mountaineers were all over the place defensively, forcing 23 Maryland turnovers which they converted into 26 points. Devin Williams led four West Virginia players in double figures with 16 points, and he also grabbed ten rebounds (three offensive).
  • No. 3 Oklahoma 72, No. 11 Dayton 66: The Flyers’ run came to an end in Columbus, as the Sooners won despite the fact that Dayton shot 11-for-21 from three. Jordan Woodard (16 points) and Buddy Hield (15) led the way offensively, with Frank Booker scoring 12 points off the bench.

DUNK OF THE DAY: Oregon’s Dillon Brooks

The Ducks were unable to beat No. 1 Wisconsin in Omaha, losing 72-65 despite a 30-point outing from Joseph Young, but Brooks’ dunk over Frank Kaminsky was an impressive one. Brooks is only a freshman, and with Young and Jalil Abdul-Bassit being the lone scholarship seniors (and a good recruiting class coming in) Oregon will be a factor in the Pac-12 next season.

TEAM OF THE DAY: No. 7 Wichita State

The Shockers have been waiting a long time to get a shot at No. 2 Kansas (1993 to be exact), and they took full advantage of the opportunity Sunday in Omaha. Wichita State won 78-65, with Tekele Cotton scoring 19 points, Fred Van Vleet 17 and Ron Baker and Evan Wessel 12 apiece.

Sunday’s Snacks: No. 1 Kentucky, No. 6 Wisconsin among automatic bid winners on Selection Sunday

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 6 Wisconsin 80, Michigan State 69 (OT)

After a Gavin Schilling dunk with 6:43 remaining gave the Spartans a 59-49 lead, Bo Ryan’s Badgers closed the game on a 31-10 run to win complete the regular season/postseason double in the Big Ten. Nigel Hayes scored 25 points and Bronson Keonig put together another stellar performance with 18 points and nine assists. Wisconsin has now won a school-record 31 games, and the question now is whether or not it will be enough to land the program its first-ever one seed.


1. No. 1 Kentucky 78, No. 21 Arkansas 63

John Calipari’s Wildcats are now six wins away from becoming the first team to go 40-0 in men’s college basketball history. Kentucky completed a 21-0 run through the SEC with a 15-point win over Arkansas in Nashville, with Willie Cauley-Stein and Andrew Harrison scoring 15 points apiece and Aaron Harrison adding 11 and six assists. Cauley-Stein, who also grabbed ten rebounds, spent most of his day defending Bobby Portis and the SEC Player of the Year finished with 13 points (3-for-7 FG) and two rebounds.

2. No. 20 SMU 62, UConn 54

The Huskies dug themselves another deep hole with cold shooting, but unlike yesterday’s win over Tulsa they were unable to climb out against the best team in the American. Markus Kennedy led four Mustangs in double figures with 15 points, earning tournament MVP honors, and outside of Rodney Purvis (29 points) UConn could not establish anything offensively (32.7 percent shooting). With UConn’s loss one bubble team will receive a reprieve of sorts, but it’s uncertain who that team will be.

3. VCU 71, Dayton 65

Treveon Graham, who’s been struggling with a high ankle sprain for more than a month, led the Rams to their first Atlantic 10 tournament title with 20 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. He was one of four starters to reach double figures for VCU, which hit ten three-pointers and limited Dayton to 38.2 percent shooting from the field. Scoochie Smith led four Flyers in double figures with 16 points while also accounting for five rebounds, three assists and four steals.

4. Georgia State 38, Georgia Southern 36

Playing without Ryan Harrow the Panthers were able to claw their way to the NCAA tournament with a two-point win over Georgia Southern in the Sun Belt final. R.J. Hunter, who shot 3-for-15 from the field, hit two free throws with 21.6 seconds remaining to give Georgia State a two-point lead they would not relinquish. Kevin Ware, who began his college career at Louisville, was the only player who got going offensively as he scored 18 points.


1. VCU’s Treveon Graham

Graham scored 20 points while also grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing out four assists in the Rams’ 71-65 win over Dayton.

2. Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein

Cauley-Stein accounted for 15 points, ten rebounds and two blocks in the Wildcats’ win over Arkansas.

3. Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes

Hayes scored 25 points, making all 12 of his free throw attempts, as Wisconsin came back to beat Michigan State in overtime.


1. Georgia Southern’s Jelani Hewitt and Eric Ferguson

There wasn’t much offense to be found from anyone in the Sun Belt final, which Georgia State won 38-36. As for Hewitt and Ferguson, they combined to shoot 3-for-23 from the field and 14 points. As a team the Eagles shot 22.9 percent from the field.

2. Arkansas’ Rashad Madden

Madden made just one of his eight field goal attempts, scoring four points in the Razorbacks’ SEC title game loss to No. 1 Kentucky.

3. UConn’s Ryan Boatright and Daniel Hamilton

The Huskies left it all on the court in their loss to No. 20 SMU, but both Boatright (who left the game for part of the second half with a left shoulder injury) and Hamilton struggled offensively. They combined to score 15 points on 3-for-21 shooting from the field.

Late Night Snacks: No. 3 Villanova, No. 5 Arizona and No. 11 Notre Dame among conference tournament winners

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 13 Iowa State 70, No. 9 Kansas 66

Despite trailing by as much as 17 Iowa State found a way to once again come back, as they worked out the kinks offensively to win their second consecutive Big 12 tournament title. Georges Niang scored 19 points and Abdel Nader added an important 13 off the bench for Iowa State.


1. No. 11 Notre Dame 90, No. 19 North Carolina 82

Mike Brey’s Fighting Irish went on a 22-2 run in the second half as they beat the Tar Heels to earn their first ACC title in their second year in the conference. Jerian Grant 24 points and dished out ten assists, and Pat Connaughton scored 20 points as all five starters reached double figures. Marcus Paige scored 24 points and Brice Johnson added 20 for North Carolina.

2. No. 3 Villanova 69, Xavier 52

Villanova used a balanced effort to take care of the Musketeers in the Big East title game, and sixth man Josh Hart won Most Outstanding Player honors for the tournament. Hart shot 21-for-29 from the field in New York, and he’s just one of the many options that makes Jay Wright’s team one that is capable of winning the national title.

3. Wyoming 45, San Diego State 43

The fears of bubble teams across the country have been realized, as the Cowboys completed their run through the Mountain West tournament. It wasn’t a pretty game offensively, but both teams made life difficult on each other with some solid defense. Josh Adams, who won tournament MVP honors, hit a three with one minute remaining that gave Wyoming the lead for good.

4. No. 5 Arizona 80, Oregon 52

It’s safe to say that Arizona is not a good matchup for Oregon (or a lot of other teams for that matter). The Wildcats rolled to their first Pac-12 tournament title since 2002, and in three meetings with the Ducks they’ve won by a combined margin of eight points. Brandon Ashley led the way offensively with 20 points, making six of his eight shots from the field.


1. Georgia State’s R.J. Hunter

The junior helped lead the Panthers back to the Sun Belt title game as he had 32 points and eight steals in a win over Louisiana Lafayette. Hunter was 11-for-22 from the field and also added five rebounds on the afternoon.

2. Stephen F. Austin’s Thomas Walkup

Walkup accounted for 24 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in the Lumberjacks’ Southland title win over Sam Houston State.

3. Montana’s Martin Bruenig

The Grizzlies fell short of their goal of winning the Big Sky, but Bruenig tallied 23 points and 17 rebounds in a four-point loss to Eastern Washington.


1. Purdue’s second half

After a solid first half from AJ Hammons, the Boilers were up five at the half and looked like they were in position for a potential upset. Then Wisconsin blew the doors off in the second half once Hammons picked up his fourth foul and Purdue never recovered. Purdue was outscored 41-16 in the second half.

2. Auburn’s K.T. Harrell

The senior guard will end his season with a 1-for-12 performance from the field and was 0-for-6 from the 3-point line. To his credit, Harrell wad 11-for-12 from the free-throw line, but Kentucky held Harrell in check and Auburn didn’t really stand a chance without him.

2. Rhode Island’s ball control

The Rams committed 21 turnovers, which were converted into 22 points by Dayton in the Flyers’ 56-52 win in the Atlantic 10 semifinal matchup.


  • America East final: Peter Hooley hit a three-pointer with 1.6 seconds remaining gave Albany a one-point win over Stony Brook. It’s been a difficult season for Hooley, whose mother passed away from cancer earlier this year.
  • American semis: No. 20 SMU will play for the conference tournament title, as they took care of Temple 69-56. The Mustangs’ opponent: UConn, which received big shots down the stretch from Ryan Boatright, Daniel Hamilton and Rodney Purvis to beat Tulsa 47-42.
  • Atlantic 10 semis: The two teams picked to finish atop the conference standings before the season began will meet for the title on Sunday. VCU avenged a blowout loss at No. 24 Davidson with a 93-73 win over the Wildcats, and Dayton held off Rhode Island 56-52 in the other semifinal.
  • Big Sky final: Eastern Washington erased a nine-point second half deficit to win at Montana 69-65. Tyler Harvey scored 18 points and Drew Brandon added 16 for the Eagles, who are a team that can pull an upset next week.
  • Big Ten semis: No. 6 Wisconsin and Michigan State will meet in Sunday’s title game, as the Badgers turned a five-point halftime deficit into a 71-51 win over Purdue. The Spartans advanced with a 62-58 win over No. 8 Maryland.
  • Big West final: UC Irvine clinched its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, as they beat Hawaii 67-58 in Anaheim. Luke Nelson led three starters in double figures with 17 points, and the Anteaters have the ability to cause trouble for an opponent.
  • Conference USA final: UAB will make its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2011, as they beat Middle Tennessee 73-60 in Birmingham.
  • Ivy League playoff: A Steve Moundou-Missi jumper with just over seven seconds remaining gave Harvard a 53-51 win over Yale at The Palestra. Javier Duren’s runner in the final seconds rolled off the rim, and the Crimson will make their fourth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance as a result.
  • Mid-American final: In his second year at the helm Bobby Hurley has led Buffalo to the NCAA tournament as the Bulls beat Central Michigan 89-84 in Cleveland.
  • SEC semis: No. 1 Kentucky made short work of Auburn, racing out to a 15-4 lead and winning 91-67. The Wildcats will play No. 21 Arkansas in Sunday’s title game, as the Razorbacks limited Georgia to 32.7 percent shooting in their 60-49 victory.
  • Southland final: Brad Underwood’s Lumberjacks are back. Stephen F. Austin will make its second consecutive NCAA tournament, as they beat rival Sam Houston State 83-70. Thomas Walkup led four players in double figures with 24 points, and Jared Johnson contributed 17 points and five rebounds off the bench.
  • SWAC final: Texas Southern, which clinched the automatic bid last night, came back to beat Southern 62-58. Mike Davis’ team could be dangerous next week.
  • Sun Belt semis: Georgia State, which finished one win short of the NCAA tournament last season, is back in the title game after beating Louisiana 83-79. Georgia Southern will be their opponent, as the Eagles beat ULM 44-43 in the second game of the day.
  • WAC final: New Mexico State is headed to the NCAA tournament for a fourth straight year, as they beat Seattle 80-61 in Las Vegas. Remi Barry scored 21 points and Chili Nephawe added 18 points and ten rebounds. Also of note was senior guard Daniel Mullings, who accounted for eight points, seven assists and six steals while limiting Isiah Umpig to 13 points on 2-for-7 shooting (8-for-8 FT).