NCAA Men's Basketball Roundup: Hot-shooting Michigan knocks out Cards
Moritz Wagner scored a career-high 26 points on Sunday, and seventh-seeded Michigan rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to stun second-seeded Louisville 73-69 in an NCAA Midwest Regional second-round game in Indianapolis on Sunday.
D.J. Wilson, who scored 17 points, sank four consecutive free throws during the final 17.3 seconds to send the Big Ten tournament champions into a Sweet 16 date Thursday night in Kansas City, Mo. The win was a bit of revenge for the Wolverines (26-11), who were beaten 82-76 by Louisville in the 2013 NCAA Tournament final.
Michigan, which also got 11 points from Zak Irvin and 10 from Derrick Walton Jr., shot 63 percent from the field (17 of 27) in the second half.
New Castle, N.H.’s Duncan Robinson played 12 minutes for the Wolverines, grabbing two rebounds. He did not score.
Donovan Mitchell led Louisville (25-9) with 19 points.
Kentucky 65, Wichita State 62: In Indianapolis, SEC Player of the Year Malik Monk blocked Markis McDuffie’s potential game-winning shot and then sank two free throws with 10.6 seconds left to send second-seeded Kentucky past 10th-seeded Wichita State in an NCAA South Regional game.
The Wildcats (31-5) led 58-51 with 4:06 left when freshman De’Aaron Fox made a steal near midcourt and drove for a dunk, but the Shockers (31-5) rallied, pulling within 63-62 on freshman Landry Shamet’s 3-pointer with 55.7 seconds left.
The victory extended Kentucky’s winning streak to 13 and snapped Wichita State’s 16-game winning streak. Kentucky advances to play in the Sweet 16 in Memphis, Tenn.
Monk and Fox each scored 14 points and freshman Bam Adebayo added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Kentucky.
Manchester, N.H.’s Wenyen Gabriel grabbed two rebounds and did not score in seven minutes of action for Kentucky.
Kansas 90, Michigan State 70: In Tulsa, top-seeded Kansas gained an edge late in the first half against ninth-seeded Michigan State and then raced past the Spartans.
The Jayhawks had plenty of support from their fans, and now they will move closer to home for a regional semifinal on Thursday in Kansas City, Mo.
Josh Jackson led Kansas (30-4) with 23 points.
North Carolina 72, Arkanas 65: In Greenville, S.C., North Carolina scored the final 12 points to beat Arkansas and avoid an upset.
Isaiah Hicks scored six of the points in the winning spurt, sending North Carolina to the Sweet 16 for the 22nd time since 1985. The Tar Heels eliminated the Razorbacks in the second round for the second time in three seasons and third time overall (also in 2008).
Oregon 75, Rhode Island 72: In Sacramento, Tyler Dorsey drained a 3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining to help third-seeded Oregon advance to the Sweet 16.
Dorsey scored 27 points for Oregon (31-5), which will face seventh-seeded Michigan on Thursday in Kansas City, Mo.
Dillon Brooks had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Ducks.
Stanford Robinson came off the bench to score 21 points for Rhode Island (25-10), which was making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1999. Jared Terrell had 15 points, and E.C. Matthews added 13.
South Carolina 88, Duke 81: Sindarius Thornwell scored 24 points, and seventh-seeded South Carolina used sudden hot shooting in the second half to knock second-seeded Duke out of the NCAA Tournament in a second-round game at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C.
The Gamecocks (24-10) took advantage of energy provided by a partisan home-state crowd in the biggest victory for South Carolina in at least a generation.
Duke was the preseason No. 1 team and seemed to have gained traction by winning four games in four days to capture the ACC tournament title. The Blue Devils (28-9) rallied from second-half holes in the final three games in that tournament.
South Carolina goes on to meet third-seeded Baylor in the East Region semifinals Friday night at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Baylor 82, Southern Cal 78: In an East Regional contest in Tulsa, Johnathan Motley and Terry Maston scored 19 points each as third-seeded Baylor held off 11th-seeded USC.
Chimezie Metu led all scorers with 18 points for the Trojans.
UCLA 79, Cincinnati 67: Lonzo Ball posted 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to help third-seeded UCLA advance to the Sweet 16 with a 79-67 victory over sixth-seeded Cincinnati in a South Regional game at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif.
The Bruins will face second-seeded Kentucky in the Sweet 16 on Friday in Memphis, Tenn. UCLA, which beat the Wildcats earlier this season at Rupp Arena, could face North Carolina in the Elite Eight and Kansas in the Final Four.
Bryce Alford broke out of his shooting slump to score 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting with four 3-pointers for UCLA (31-4). Alford was 10 of 40 from the field in the team's last four games. TJ Leaf and Thomas Welsh posted 11 points and seven rebounds apiece and Isaac Hamilton added 10 points.
Jarron Cumberland led Cincinnati (30-6) with 15 points, while Kevin Johnson and Jacob Evans scored 13 points apiece. Gary Clark had 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists.