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Rozier Leads Louisville Past NC State, Into Elite 8

Rozier Leads Louisville Past NC State, Into Elite 8

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Terry Rozier had 17 points and 14 rebounds to help No. 4 Louisville down No. 8 North Carolina State 75-65 in the East Regional semifinals of the Men's NCAA Tournament, Friday.Louisville and NC State traded punches throughout the game. After a Ralston Turner 3-pointer put the Wolfpack down one with 4:35 remaining in the game, the Cardinals went on a 9-0 run. NC State could never recover as Louisville heads to the Elite 8 for the third time in four years.Montrezl Harrell had 24 points for the Cardinals (27-8) in the win.Trevor Lacey put up 18 points for NC State (22-14) in the loss.Louisville advances to take on Michigan State on Sunday.

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Gonzaga Stomps Over UCLA and into Elite 8

Gonzaga Stomps Over UCLA and into Elite 8

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Przemek Karnowski had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 2 Gonzaga to its first Elite 8 appearance since 1999 by beating No. 11 UCLA 74-62 in the Men's NCAA Tournament, Friday.Gonzaga (35-2) was dominant, never trailing after the 17:14 mark of the first half.UCLA (22-14) went on a 6-0 run to open the second half and cut the Zags lead to one, but the Bulldogs countered by scoring 12 straight points, blowing the game open for good.The win marks the first time Gonzaga head coach Mark Few has reached the round of eight. He took over the team the year after it last made the regional final.Tony Parker had 16 points and 11 rebounds for UCLA in the loss.Gonzaga will take on Duke Sunday with the winner headed to the Final Four.

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Notre Dame Cruises into Elite 8

Notre Dame Cruises into Elite 8

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points, and Pat Connaughton added 16 while grabbing 10 rebounds, to lift No. 3 Notre Dame over No. 7 Wichita State 81-70 Thursday. The Irish have advanced to the Elite 8 of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament.Notre Dame (32-5) had its offense going from tip off to the final buzzer. The Fighting Irish shot 55.6 percent from the field, while connecting on 9 of 19 from 3-point land.Notre Dame led or was tied with Wichita State for all but 36 seconds of the game.Wichita State (30-5) had a rough time shooting the three, hitting 3 of 18 from long distance. Fred Van Vleet led the Shockers with 25 points in the loss.Notre Dame advances to take on top-seeded Kentucky Saturday.

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Wisconsin Battles Back; Upends UNC, Reaches Elite 8

Wisconsin Battles Back; Upends UNC, Reaches Elite 8

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Trailing by seven with 10:25 remaining, Wisconsin went on a 19-6 run, finished off by a Sam Decker layup, which gave the top-seeded Badgers the lead for good; they moved on to the Elite 8 of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament by knocking off the Tar Heels 79-72 Thursday.Decker finished the game with a career high 23 points, and Frank Kaminsky added 19 in the win. Wisconsin (34-3) is headed to its second straight Elite 8 and ends North Carolina's 11-game win-streak in the Sweet 16.In a game where who could rebound more was thought to be key, the Badgers won the matchup 35-28. Kennedy Meeks, whose status was uncertain after spraining his knee last weekend, played 14 minutes and scored four points for North Carolina (26-12) in the loss.Wisconsin will take on Arizona Saturday in Los Angeles.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/26/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/26/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Men's Tournament: 

Midwest Region: (1) Kentucky 78 (37-0) - (5) West Virginia 39 (25-10)

 (3) Notre Dame 81 (32-5) - (7) Wichita St 70 (30-5)

West Region: (1) Wisconsin 79 (34-3) - (4) North Carolina 72 (26-12)

(2) Arizona 68 (34-3) - (6) Xavier 60 (23-14)

 

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes 5 (27-36-10, 64 pts) - Pittsburgh Penguins 2  (40-23-11, 91 pts)

Los Angeles Kings 3 (37-23-14, 88 pts) - New York Islanders 2 (44-26-5, 93 pts)

Washington Capitals 3 (40-24-10, 90 pts) - New Jersey Devils 2 (31-31-12, 74 pts) *F/OT

Arizona Coyotes 4 (23-44-8, 54 pts) - Buffalo Sabres 3 (20-46-8, 48 pts) *F/OT

Anaheim Ducks 3 (47-22-7, 101 pts) - Boston Bruins 2 (36-25-13, 85 pts) *F/OT

New York Rangers 5 (47-19-7, 101 pts) - Ottawa Senators 1 (37-25-11, 85 pts)

San Jose Sharks 6 (36-30-8, 80 pts) - Detroit Red Wings 4 (39-22-12, 90 pts)

Nashville Predators 3 (46-21-8, 100 pts) - Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (46-22-7, 99 pts)

Florida Panthers 4 (34-26-14, 82 pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (27-42-6, 60 pts)

Winnipeg Jets 5 (39-24-12, 90 pts) - Montreal Canadiens 2 (46-21-8, 100 pts)

Colorado Avalanche 4 (33-28-12, 78pts) - Vancouver Canucks 1 (43-26-4, 90pts)

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks 111 (36-36) - Indiana Pacers 107 (31-41)

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West Virginia Freshman Says Ketucky Will Be 36-1 After Thursday

West Virginia Freshman Says Ketucky Will Be 36-1 After Thursday

G. Fiume/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- There may not be many people that think Kentucky will lose their perfect season and a chance at winning a national title when they play West Virginia Thursday, but there's at least one: Mountaineers guard Daxter Miles Jr."I give them their props," Miles said Wednesday. "Salute them to getting to 36-0. But tomorrow they're gonna be 36-1."Miles continued to say the Wildcats should fear the Mountaineers."They should be more intimidated," Miles said. "Because they're the ones who have the high standard, and we're coming for them."West Virginia (25-9) forces opponents into turnovers on 28.3 percent of possessions, the best percentage in Division I.Also, the Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins is 8-2 in games against Kentucky head coach John Calipari. Despite all of that, as of Thursday morning, Vegas has Kentucky as 13.5 point favorites.We'll find out Thursday night if Miles' prediction is correct. West Virginia and Kentucky are scheduled to tip off at 9:45 p.m. ET in Cleveland.

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(7) Michigan State Upsets (2) Virginia

(7) Michigan State Upsets (2) Virginia

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Behind Travis Trice's 23 points, the Michigan State Spartans knocked second-seed Virginia out of the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive year, winning 60-54.

Branden Dawson added 15 points and nine rebounds for the seventh-seeded Spartans, who advanced to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in the past eight seasons under head coach Tom Izzo. The Spartans will play the winner of the Oklahoma-Dayton game in Syracuse on Friday.

The Spartans stole a page from last year's regional semifinal win, limiting the Cavaliers to 29.8 percent shooting. Virginia finished 2-of-17 from 3-point range.

The Cavaliers finished with their second straight 30-win season which is a school record, however they fell earlier than expected in the NCAA tournament despite spending most of the season ranked in the top five in the country.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/20/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/20/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Men's Tournament - Second Round - Midwest Region: (2) Kansas 75 (27-8) - (15) New Mexico State 56 (23-11)

(5) West Virginia 68 (24-9) - (12) Buffalo 62 (23-10)

(7) Wichita State 81 (29-4) - (10) Indiana 76 (20-14)

(4) Maryland 65 (28-6) - (13) Valparaiso 62 (28-6)

West Region: (1) Wisconsin 86 (32-3) - (16) Coastal Carolina 72 (24-10)

(8) Oregon 79 (26-9) - (9) Oklahoma State 73 (18-14)

East Region: (2) Virginia 79 (30-3) - (15) Belmont 67 (22-11)

(3) Oklahoma 69 (23-10) - (14) Albany 60 (24-9)

(4) Louisville 57 (25-8) - (13) UC Irvine 55 (21-13)

(5) Northern Iowa 71 (31-3) - (12) Wyoming 56 (23-11)

 (7) Michigan State 70 (24-11) - (10) Georgia 63 (21-12)

South Region: (1) Duke 85 (30-4) - (16) Robert Morris 56 (20-15)

(7) Iowa 83 (22-11) - (10) Davidson 52 (24-8)

NBA: Orlando Magic 111 (22-49) - Portland Trail Blazers104 (44-23)

Philadelphia 76ers 97 (17-52) - New York Knicks 81 (14-55)

Cleveland Cavaliers 95 (45-26) - Indiana Pacers 92 (30-28)

Brooklyn Nets 129 (28-39) - Milwaukee Bucks 127 (34-35) - 3 Overtime

Miami Heat 108 (32-36) - Denver Nuggets 91 (26-44)

Chicago Bulls 108 (42-28) - Toronto Raptors 92 (41-48)

Oklahoma City Thunder 123 (39-30) - Atlanta Hawks 115 (53-16)

San Antonio Spurs 101 (43-25) - Boston Celtics 89 (30-38)

NHL: New Jersey Devils 3 (31-29-11) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (20-44-7)

Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (44-21-17) - Detroit Red Wings 1 (38-21-11)

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(7) Michigan State Holds Off (10) Georgia

(7) Michigan State Holds Off (10) Georgia

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) --  Denzel Valentine scored 16 points and went 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the final 30 seconds to help Michigan State beat Georgia 70-63 on Friday in the NCAA Tournament's round of 64.

Travis Trice scored 15 points and Branden Dawson had a strong second half for the Spartans (24-11), who answered a push from the Bulldogs with a poised run to take back control of the game.

Valentine's free throws were critical as Georgia (21-12) rallied to make it a one-possession game in a finish that at one point had Spartans longtime coach Tom Izzo turning and punching the scorer's table in fury.

Still, Michigan State did enough to hang on, showing at least glimpses of the experience from playing in 18 straight NCAA Tournaments.

Michigan State will take on (2) Virginia or (15) Belmont in the Round of 32.

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(2) Kansas Beats (15) New Mexico State, 75-56

(2) Kansas Beats (15) New Mexico State, 75-56

G Fiume/Getty Images(OMAHA, Neb.) --  Frank Mason III scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack, and second-seeded Kansas rolled to a 75-56 victory over No. 15 New Mexico State on Friday, giving the Big 12 its first NCAA Tournament victory in four tries this March.

"It was nice to see the lid come off the basket," said Kansas coach Bill Self, whose team had twice failed to hit a single 3-pointer in games during the last few weeks of the season.  

Perry Ellis added nine points for the Jayhawks in the win.

The Jayhawks will either play No. 7 Wichita State or No. 10 Indiana in the Round of 32.

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Russell Leads (10) Ohio St. Past (7) VCU in OT

Russell Leads (10) Ohio St. Past (7) VCU in OT

Getty_Ohio_State_Mascot.jpg(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Freshman guard D'Angelo Russell had 28 points, six rebounds, two steals, and two blocks to help No. 10 Ohio State eliminate No. 7 VCU 75-72 in overtime in their second-round NCAA Tournament game Thursday.Russell made 50 percent of his shots and went 4 of 7 from 3-point distance, leading Ohio State (24-10) to their first tournament win since 2013.The victory did not come easily for the Buckeyes. They fell behind by 12 in the first half before battling back to make it a one-point game at halftime. From that point on, there were nine lead-changes before the Buckeyes improved their NCAA Tournament record under head coach Thad Matta to 18-8.Jae'Sean Tate had 12 points and eight boards while guard Shannon Scott dished out 10 assists in the victory.Melvin Johnson scored 17 points for VCU (26-10) who is going home in their tournament opener for the second straight season.

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Late Goaltending Call Vaults (11) UCLA over (6) SMU

Late Goaltending Call Vaults (11) UCLA over (6) SMU

J. Meric/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- With 13 seconds remaining in the game, SMU center Yanick Moreira was called for goaltending on a Bryce Alford 3-point attempt, giving No. 11 UCLA the lead and ultimately the win over the No. 6 Mustangs 60-59 in the second round of the NCAA tournament."I had a pretty good look at it because I shot it," Alford said. "From my angle, I saw Kevon (Looney) and another player going after it, and I was confused because he went up and grabbed it on its way to the rim."I don't know if it would have gone in or not, but he definitely grabbed it on the way."The officials reviewed the play to make sure Alford was behind the 3-point line, but they said the goaltending call wasn't reviewable.SMU's Nic Moore scored 24 points but missed two go-ahead shots at the end of the game to send the Bruins into the third round of the tournament.Alford finished the night with 27 points, making 9-11 3-point shots.SMU (27-7) was appearing in its first tournament since 1993.UCLA (21-13) advances to take on No. 14 UAB which upset No. 3 Iowa State earlier in the day.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/19/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/19/15

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(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament –Second Round – East Region: (1) Villanova 93 (33-2) – (16) Lafayette 52 (20-13)

Midwest Region: (3) Notre Dame 69 (30-5) – (14) Northeastern 65 (23-12)

(8) Cincinnati 66 (23-10) – (9) Purdue 65 (21-13) OT

(6) Butler 56 (23-10) – (11) Texas 48 (20-14)

South Region: (5) Utah 57 (25-8) – (12) SF Austin 50 (29-5)

(11) UCLA 60 (21-13) – (6) SMU 59 (27-7)

(14) UAB 60 (20-15) – (3) Iowa State 59 (25-9)

West Region: (2) Arizona 93 (32-3) – (15) Texas Southern 72 (22-13)

(4) North Carolina 67 (25-11) – (13) Harvard 65 (22-8)

(6) Xavier 76 (22-13) – (11) Mississippi 57 (21-13)

(10) Ohio State 75 (24-10) – (7) VCU 72 (26-10)

(14) Georgia State 57 (25-9) – (3) Baylor 56 (24-10)

NBA:  Houston Rockets 118 (46-22) – Denver Nuggets 108 (26-43)

Minnesota Timberwolves 95 (15-53) – New York Knicks 92 (14-54)

NHL: Ottawa Senators 6 (35-24-11; 81pts) – Boston Bruins 4 (36-24-11; 83pts)

San Jose Sharks 4 (35-28-8; 78pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (27-39-6; 60pts)

Montreal Canadiens 4 (45-20-7; 97pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 0 (26-35-9; 61pts)

Florida Panthers 3 (32-25-14; 78pts) – Detroit Red Wings 1 (38-20-11; 7pts)

Washington Capitals 3 (39-23-10; 88pts) – Minnesota Wild 2 (39-25-7; 85pts)

Winnipeg Jets 2 (36-23-12; 84pts) – St. Louis Blues 1 (45-20-6; 96pts)

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(14) UAB Ousts (3) Iowa State, 60-59

(14) UAB Ousts (3) Iowa State, 60-59

iStock/Thinkstock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Blazers freshman forward William Lee hit the go-ahead jumper with 26 seconds left as 14th-seeded UAB (20-15) tripped up third-seeded Iowa State (25-9), 60-59, in the second round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on Thursday.

Lee finished the game with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Junior guard Robert Brown led the way for UAB with 21 points on 7-of-19 shooting.

Iowa State sophomore guard Monte Morris had a team-high 15 points, while junior forward Jameel McKay had 10 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.

The Blazers outrebounded the Cyclones, 52-37.

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Robert Morris Rallies to Beat North Florida; Setup Showdown with Duke

Robert Morris Rallies to Beat North Florida; Setup Showdown with Duke

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(DAYTON, Ohio) -- Robert Morris wanted to dance a little longer.The Colonials overcame a 13-point second half deficit to knock off North Florida 81-77 in the first-round of the Men's NCAA Tournament Wednesday.Robert Morris (20-14) advances to take on top-seeded Duke in second round play on Friday in Charlotte.The Colonials had three players that scored more than 19 points in the win, including Lucky Jones, who had 21 points, seven rebounds, and five steals.Robert Morris was able to overcome a 42-31 rebounding margin that favored North Florida by forcing the Ospreys into 19 turnovers that led to 21 points for the Colonials.Beau Beach scored a game-high 28 points for North Florida (23-12) who were the champions of the Atlantic Sun Tournament.Robert Morris hasn't been in the tournament since 2010 when, as a No. 15 seed, they almost eliminated the No. 2 seed Villanova in the first round. Robert Morris lost that game 73-70 in overtime.

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2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket

2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket

G Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the college basketball regular season officially over, the NCAA March Madness Tournament is set to begin.

No. 1 Kentucky is by far the clear favorite in the tournament.  After finishing the regular season 34-0, the Wildcats claimed the overall number one seed representing the Midwest Bracket.  The other three number one seeds include Villanova in the East Bracket, Duke in the South, and Wisconsin in the West.

The number two seeds are Kansas in the Midwest Bracket, Virginia in the East, Gonzaga in the South, and Arizona in the West.

The Big 12 and Big Ten led the way by placing seven teams each in the NCAA tournament bracket.

 

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(1) Kentucky Beats (21) Arkansas for SEC Tournament Title

(1) Kentucky Beats (21) Arkansas for SEC Tournament Title

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- No. 1 Kentucky extended their win streak to 34 games, winning the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship, defeating Arkansas, 78-63.

 Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Kentucky who never trailed in the game.

"We're still only guaranteed one game, so it's really the slate is clean whether we're 34-0 or have got five losses," Cauley-Stein said. "It's still from here on out, you're 0-0." The Wildcats (34-0) are only the fourth team to go into the NCAA Tournament undefeated since Indiana finished off the last perfect season with a title in 1976. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

(1) Kentucky Moves to 33-0 Entering SEC Title Game

(1) Kentucky Moves to 33-0 Entering SEC Title Game

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Ky.) -- Willie Cauley-Stein scored 18 points and Andrew Harrison added 15 in No. 1 Kentucky's rout over Auburn 91-67 Saturday to reach the Southeastern Conference Tournament final, making its record 33-0.

Trey Lyles, Aaron Harrison and Devin Booker each added 12 points for the Wildcats, who led by as many 28 in the final minute, and team shot 56 percent and out rebounded the Tigers 39-25 for the tournament's most lopsided victory.

Kentucky will face the winner of Arkansas and Georgia on Sunday.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/5/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/5/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Chicago Bulls 108 (39-23) - Oklahoma City Thunder 105 (34-28)

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers 3 (28-25-12, 68pts) - St. Louis Blues 1 (40-18-5, 85pts)

Minnesota Wild 2 (35-22-7, 77pts) - Washington Capitals 1 (35-21-10, 80pts)

Calgary Flames 4 (34-25-4, 72pts) - Boston Bruins 3 (31-22-9, 71pts) - Shootout

Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (40-20-6, 86pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (26-34-5, 57pts)

Dallas Stars 4 (29-26-10, 68pts) - Florida Panthers 3 (28-23-14, 70pts) - Shootout

New York Islanders 4 (42-21-3, 87pts) - Nashville Predators 3 (41-18-7, 89pts)

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (6) Wisconsin 76 (27-3) - Minnesota 63 (17-13)

(18) Arkansas 78 (24-6) - South Carolina 74 (14-15)

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Kansas Wins Big 12 Title in Dramatic Fashion

Kansas Wins Big 12 Title in Dramatic Fashion

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(LAWRENCE, Kan.) -- The Jayhawks (24-6) overcame an 18-point deficit on Tuesday night to win the Big 12 title after their 76-69 overtime win over No. 20 West Virginia (22-8).

Kansas guard Frank Mason III scored 19 points and forward Jamari Taylor chipped in with 14 in the victory.

"We haven't had a better win here for higher stakes than what that was," Kansas head coach Bill Self said after the game. "As a coach, when you have good players and you play well, you should win. But it always means a little more when you can't get anything going and somehow the kids figure out a way to do it. It was pretty special for me to sit there and watch those guys pull it off."

Kansas standout Perry Ellis sprained his right knee late in the first half and did not return.  Self said that Ellis would not play on Saturday against Oklahoma.

"We played tough, we played hard, but playing without Perry [Ellis] obviously is not good," Self said. "He had the flu and got off to a bad start anyway, then he gets hurt. We don't know the extent of it, but the good news is we think he can be back in a week or so."

This is Kansas' 11th straight conference title, which ties the streak Gonzaga had from 2001-11. 

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