No. 1 Arizona 84, No. 8 Gonzaga 61
Aaron Gordon had 18 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals as the Wildcats forced a season-high 21 turnovers in the round of 32 of the NCAA tournament in San Diego.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 18 points, five rebounds, five assists and four blocks while Nick Johnson chipped in 17 points, five rebounds and five assists for No. 1 seed Arizona (32-4), which advanced to meet fourth-seeded San Diego State in the West regional semifinals on Thursday in Anaheim, Calif. T.J. McConnell had 12 points and six assists and Gabe York chipped in 11 points as the Wildcats earned their third Sweet 16 berth in the last five years.
Przemek Karnowski led eighth-seeded Gonzaga (29-7) with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Kevin Pangos battled through a foot injury that forced him to briefly leave the game early in the first half and finished with 12 points. David Stockton contributed 10 points and six assists for the Bulldogs, who were held to 22 field goals after shooting 50 percent in an 85-77 second-round win over Oklahoma State.
Arizona won 69-60 at San Diego State on Nov. 14, when Johnson scored a game-high 23 points and the Wildcats outrebounded the Aztecs 39-28.
No. 1 Virginia 78, No. 8 Memphis 60
Joe Harris scored 16 points as the Cavaliers enjoyed an offensive explosion to accompany their typical defensive excellence in a Round of 32 victory in Raleigh, N.C.
Top-seeded Virginia (30-6) shot 55.6 percent and knocked down 5-of-11 3-pointers in advancing to face No. 4 Michigan State in a East regional showdown on Friday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Anthony Gill chipped in 13 points, eight rebounds and two blocks off the bench for the Cavaliers, who will be appearing in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1995.
Memphis' four senior guards combined to shoot 9-of-28, as the team still has not reached the Sweet 16 since 2009. Austin Nichols had a team-high 15 points for the eighth-seeded Tigers (24-10), who shot poorly from the field (40.7 percent) and the arc (3-of-13), not to mention a hideous 9-of-21 effort from the foul line.
Virginia shot 56 percent in the first half and led 35-20 at the break thanks to a closing 16-2 run, which featured back-to-back 3s by Harris and London Perrantes. The Cavaliers were never seriously threatened in the second half, as their lead got down to 15 with about 15 minutes left, but Mike Tobey's layup ignited a quick 6-0 run and Virginia cruised from there.
No. 6 Baylor 85, No. 3 Creighton 55
Isaiah Austin and Brady Heslip scored 17 points apiece as the Bears routed the Bluejays in San Antonio to reach the Sweet 16 for the third time in five years.
Cory Jefferson and Kenny Chery each scored 14 points for sixth-seeded Baylor (26-11), which will face No. 2 seed Wisconsin in the West regional semifinal Thursday in Anaheim, Calif. Royce O'Neale added 10 points and eight assists as the Bears shot a blistering 63.8 percent from the floor and were 11-for-18 from 3-point range.
National scoring leader Doug McDermott was limited to 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting to lead No. 3 seed Creighton (27-8). Austin Chatman (11 points) was the only other player in double figures for the Bluejays, who entered the game leading the nation at 42.1 percent from 3-point range but went 5-for-24 from outside.
Creighton has not advanced to the Sweet 16 since 1974. McDermott, who finished his career fifth on the all-time scoring list at 3,150, had scored 27 or more points in his previous five games and put up 22 or more in 14 straight contests.
No. 4 UCLA 77, No. 12 Stephen F. Austin 60
Jordan Adams led the way with 19 points, six rebounds and five assists as the Bruins advanced to the Sweet 16 by defeating the Lumberjacks in San Diego.
Norman Powell contributed 16 points and three steals and Kyle Anderson had 15 points and eight boards for fourth-seeded UCLA (28-8), which will face top overall seed Florida on Thursday in South regional action. The Bruins had 21 assists on 29 field goals and committed only four turnovers.
No. 12 seed Stephen F. Austin was coming off a thrilling upset against Virginia Commonwealth on Friday – its 29th straight win – but was simply outclassed by a UCLA team that has won seven of its last eight games. The Lumberjacks (32-3) were led by Thomas Walkup's 22 points and 11 rebounds while Desmond Haymon chipped in 17 points.
The closest Stephen F. Austin got in the second half was 46-39, but UCLA promptly scored 12 of the next 14 points to take control for good. At one point during that key surge, Powell, Travis Wear and Anderson had dunks on consecutive possessions for the Bruins, who finished at 54.7 percent from the field.
No. 3 Iowa State 85, No. 6 North Carolina 83
DeAndre Kane scored the decisive basket with 1.6 seconds left to cap a 24-point, 10-rebound, seven-assist effort as the Cyclones edged the Tar Heels in NCAA tournament round of 32 play at San Antonio.
Melvin Ejim scored 19 points and Dustin Hogue added 14 as third-seeded Iowa State (28-7) won the East regional contest to advance to face Connecticut in Friday's Sweet 16 contest in New York. Monte Morris tallied 13 points and Naz Long scored 12 for the Cyclones, who were without injured forward Georges Niang (ankle).
Marcus Paige scored 19 points and Leslie McDonald added 18 for sixth-seeded North Carolina (24-10), which inbounded the ball after Kane's basket and tried to call timeout before the clock ran out, but an officiating review displayed that the timekeeper started the clock late and the contest was declared over. Kennedy Meeks had 15 points and 13 rebounds and James Michael McAdoo scored 14 points for the Tar Heels.
Paige capped a 10-0 burst with a 3-pointer to give North Carolina a 66-60 lead with 8:20 remaining and he later stole the ball and drove for layup to make it an eight-point margin with 6:29 left. Long hit two 3-pointers and Morris drained one to help the Cyclones get within 76-74 with just under three minutes to play and Long knocked down another to tie the score at 81 with 50.9 seconds left.
Kane had 15 points and eight rebounds in the first half as Iowa State took a 40-37 lead into the break. Ejim scored seven straight points to give the Cyclones a seven-point lead less than four minutes into the second half before the Tar Heels used a 7-0 run of their own to tie it at 52 with 13:15 to play.
No. 8 Kentucky 78, Wichita State 76
Andrew Harrison scored 20 points and Aaron Harrison added 19 as the Wildcats held on to end the undefeated run of the Shockers in the round of 32 of the NCAA tournament in St. Louis.
Julius Randle posted 13 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high six assists for No. 8 seed Kentucky (26-10), which shot 54 percent from the field. James Young chipped with 13 points and eight boards as the Wildcats advanced to meet Louisville in the Midwest region semifinal on Friday in Indianapolis.
Cleanthony Early scored 21 of his season-high 31 points in the second half for top-seeded Wichita State (35-1), which saw its NCAA-record 35-0 start come to an end when Fred VanVleet's potential game-winning 3-pointer sailed wide right as time expired. Ron Baker added 20 points for the Shockers.
Wichita State used a 17-4 surge to erase a four-point deficit and take a 32-23 advantage late in the first half and led by nine after opening the second half with a 3-pointer by Early, but a dunk and three-point play by Randle sparked a 10-0 burst that put Kentucky back in front. The Wildcats extended their edge to four following another three-point play by Randle before Nick Wiggins drained a 3-pointer to start a 9-2 run.
Kentucky withstood a 3-point barrage by Baker and Early and dug out of a five-point hole, pulling ahead 73-71 on a triple from Young with 1:40 to go and getting two free throws by Andrew Harrison to build a four-point edge with 43 seconds left before Baker banked in a 3-pointer on the other end. After Randle and Early each hit two foul shots, Andrew Harrison missed the second of two free throws to leave the Wildcats ahead by two with eight seconds left.
No. 11 Tennessee 83, No. 14 Mercer 63
Josh Richardson scored a career-high 26 points and Jarnell Stokes collected 17 points and 18 rebounds as the Volunteers dominated the undersized Bears in NCAA tournament Midwest regional action in Raleigh, N.C.
Antonio Barton scored 18 points and Jordan McRae added 14 as 11th-seeded Tennessee (24-12) won its third NCAA tournament game in five days to advance to the Sweet 16 against No. 2 seed Michigan on Friday in Indianapolis. The Volunteers outrebounded Mercer 41-19, including an 18-7 margin on the offensive glass.
Langston Hall scored 15 points and Ike Nwamu added 12 off the bench for No. 14 seed Mercer (27-9), which stayed in it early with hot 3-point shooting but couldn't match the Volunteers' size inside. Anthony White Jr. scored 11 points and Daniel Coursey contributed 10 for the Atlantic Sun champions, who knocked off No. 3 seed Duke on Friday.
No. 10 Stanford 60, No. 2 Kansas 57
Dwight Powell led a balanced offense with 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Cardinal held off second-seeded Kansas in the third round of the NCAA tournament at St. Louis.
Chasson Randle contributed 13 points and six steals for No. 10 seed Stanford (23-12), which plays 11th- seeded Dayton on Thursday in the South regional semifinals at Memphis, Tenn. Stefan Nastic and Anthony Brown added 10 points apiece for the Cardinal, who held Kansas to 32.8 percent shooting.
Tarik Black led the way with 18 points before fouling out for Kansas (25-10) and Conner Frankamp added 12, but missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer that could have tied it. Perry Ellis had nine points and leading scorer Andrew Wiggins was held to four on 1-of-6 shooting for the Jayhawks.
The Cardinal led 47-40 before Naadir Tharpe's 3-pointer and an Ellis dunk highlighted a 9-2 run that tied the game with a little over five minutes left. Powell and Josh Huestis scored inside to give Stanford a 51-47 lead and the Cardinal pushed the lead to seven with 32.4 seconds left before holding off a late rally.
Stanford led by as much as seven in the first half, but the Jayhawks scored eight of the final nine – including two 3-pointers by Frankamp – to edge in front 24-22 at intermission. The Cardinal fell behind by five before running off 13 of the next 15 – six by Randle – to take a 36-30 lead with 14:50 to go.