More upsets as Tournament down to Sweet 16 24 Mar 14

In Saturday’s Play:

UNDATED (AP) — The 11th-seeded Dayton Flyers are now part of the Sweet 16 in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

The Flyers have followed Thursday’s one-point win over sixth-seeded Ohio State by squeaking past No. 3 Syracuse 55-53. Dayton held on after Jordan Sibert (SY’-burt) hit a 3-pointer with 44 seconds left to put the Flyers ahead 52-46.

Dyshawn Pierre scored 14 points for Dayton, which next faces either Kansas or Stanford in the South Regional semifinals Thursday in Memphis.

A pair of Big 10 teams barely avoided upsets.

Second seed Wisconsin rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat No. 7 Oregon 85-77. Frank Kaminsky finished with 19 points, Traevon Jackson had 16 and Jason Gasser had 13 for the Badgers, who hit five free throws in the closing seconds to clinch the win.

Fourth seed Michigan State blew a 16-point lead and trailed late in the second half before pulling out an 80-73 win over No. 12 Harvard. Branden Dawson scored a career-high 26 points as the Spartans moved into the Sweet 16 for the 12th time in the last 17 seasons.

Top overall seed Florida opened the third round by adding to its school-record winning streak.

Scottie Wilbekin scored 21 points and the Gators picked up their 28th consecutive win by silencing ninth seed Pittsburgh 61-45. Patric Young added seven points and eight rebounds for the Gators, who play again Thursday in Memphis.

In other NCAA tournament action:

— Second seed Villanova is done after Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier pumped in 25 points to lead a 77-65 triumph over the Wildcats. Ryan Boatright had 11 points and rebounds for the Huskies, who erupted 52 points after leading just 25-24 at intermission.

— No. 2 Michigan is in the Sweet 16 after Nik Stauskas contributed 17 points and eight assists in a convincing 79-65 win against Texas. Jordan Morgan added 15 points and 10 boards for the Wolverines, who won despite being outrebounded 41-30.

— Louisville was a 66-51 winner against Saint Louis as Luke Hancock delivered 21 points for the defending champs. Montrezl Harrell finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds as the fourth-seeded Cardinals advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third straight year.

— No. 4 San Diego State is in the regional semifinals for the second time in school history after Xavier Thames scored 30 points and had five assists in a 63-44 rout of North Dakota State. Dwayne Polee II was the only other Aztec in double figures with 15 points.

In Sunday’s Action:

UNDATED (AP) — It was a tough day for Kansas teams in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, but a pretty good one for double-digit seeds. Wichita State and Kansas both went down to defeat on Sunday, while Stanford and Tennessee played themselves into the Sweet 16.

Kentucky has ended Wichita State’s bid to become the first team since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers to record an undefeated season in NCAA men’s basketball. The Harrison twins combined for 39 points and the eighth-seeded Wildcats erased a nine-point, second-half deficit to beat the No. 1 Shockers 78-76. Andrew Harrison led the way with 20 points, Aaron Harrison finished with 19 and Julius Randle added 13 and 10 rebounds.

Wichita State had a chance to tie or win after Andrew Harrison missed a free throw on Kentucky’s final possession. The Shockers called time out with 3.2 seconds left before Fred VanVleet missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Cleanthony Early had a game-high 31 points for Wichita State, which became the first team in NCAA men’s basketball history to open a season 35-0 when it won its second-round game.

The win sets up an all-Kentucky matchup in the Midwest Regional at Indianapolis. The Wildcats will take on fourth seed Louisville.

No. 10 Stanford rallied in the second half and knocked off the second-seeded Kansas Jayhawks 60-57. Dwight Powell had 15 points and seven rebounds, for the Cardinal, who are in the Sweet 16 for the first time in six years. Chasson Randle finished with 13 points, six steals and four assists as Stanford advanced to play No. 11 Dayton, a game that will guarantee at least one double-digit seed in the regional finals.

Freshman Andrew Wiggins had just four points on 1-for-6 shooting with four turnovers in his final college game for Kansas.

Eleventh seed Tennessee cruised into the regional semis and will take on No. 2 Michigan at Indianapolis. Josh Richardson poured in 26 points and Jarnell Stokes had an impressive double-double as the Vols hammered No. 14 Mercer 83-63. Stokes finished with 17 points and 18 boards, for Tennessee, which has won its first three games of the tournament by an average of 16 points.

In Sunday’s other NCAA men’s tournament games:

— No. 3 Iowa State beat North Carolina 85-83 on DeAndre Kane’s layup with 1.6 seconds left, putting the Cyclones in the regional semifinals for the first time since 2000. Kane finished with a game-high 24 points and Melvin Ejim (EH’-jihm) added 19 as the Cyclones earned a meeting with Connecticut.

— Jordan Adams scored 19 points and fourth seed UCLA advanced to the Sweet 16 by thumping Stephen F. Austin 77-60. The Bruins ended the Lumberjacks’ 29-game winning streak and will face top-ranked Florida when they play their first regional semifinal game in six years.

— Top seed Arizona hammered Gonzaga 84-61 to coast into a regional semifinal meeting with San Diego State. Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson each had 18 points for the Wildcats, one more than teammate Nick Johnson.

— Sixth seed Baylor blew out No. 3 Creighton 85-55 as Brady Heslip and Isaiah Austin each scored 17 points to help the Bears earn a Sweet 16 game against Wisconsin. Bluejays forward and NCAA scoring leader Doug McDermott was held to 15 points in his final college game.