Charlotte, NC - Zack Novak scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, as the Michigan Wolverines used a dominant second half to beat the Tennessee Volunteers, 75-45, in a West Region matchup. The eighth-seeded Wolverines (21-13) also got key contributions from Tim Hardaway, Jr., Matt Vogrich and Stu Douglass, who all supplied 11 points in the lopsided victory. Michigan will face Duke in the third round on Sunday. Tobias Harris posted all 19 of his points in the first half for ninth-seeded Tennessee (19-15), which reached the Elite Eight last year. The Volunteers were outscored 42-16 after halftime in what may have been Bruce Pearl's final game as head coach. Pearl's job status recently became a hot topic of discussion after his athletic director indicated the university might part ways with the embattled coach in the wake of his SEC-imposed eight-game suspension for recruiting violations.
Final Score: Duke 87, Hampton 45
Charlotte, NC - Kyrie Irving scored 14 points in his return to the floor, leading Duke in an 87-45 rout of Hampton in its NCAA Tournament opener. Irving had not played since December 4 because of an injured right foot, but Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski said Thursday that the freshman guard would return. Irving came off the bench to make 4-of-8 shots, including a pair of three-pointers in the final minutes. Andre Dawkins added 13 points for Duke (31-4), the top seed in the West Region and reigning national champion. The Blue Devils will play eighth-seeded Michigan on Sunday in the round of 32, a rematch of the 1992 national title game. Darrion Pellum and Charles Funches both had nine points to lead the Pirates (24-9), who won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tourney.
Final Score: Notre Dame 69, Akron 56
Chicago, IL - There was no one-and-done disappointment for Notre Dame this year. Ben Hansbrough had 15 points and handed out six assists, as the Fighting Irish beat the Akron Zips, 69-56, in a Southwest Region matchup. Tim Abromaitis scored 14 points and Scott Martin added 11 with six rebounds for second-seeded Notre Dame (27-6), which lost its NCAA Tournament opener to Old Dominion in 2010 as a No. 6 seed. The Fighting Irish will next take on Florida State in the third round on Sunday. Quincy Diggs notched 11 points to pace the 15th-seeded Zips (23-13), who captured the Mid-American Conference's automatic bid with a 66-65 overtime victory over Kent State in the league tourney's title game.
Final Score: Florida State 57, Texas A&M 50
Chicago, IL - Derwin Kitchen scored 15 points with seven rebounds as Florida State took down Texas A&M, 57-50, in second-round action of the Southwest Region. Bernard James posted 10 points with six borads for the Seminoles (22-10), who take on second-seeded Notre Dame on Sunday. Khris Middleton tallied 16 points with five rebounds and four assists for the Aggies (24-9), who ended their season with two straight losses and four in their last six. Nathan Walkup and David Loubeau had 11 and 10 points, respectively, in defeat.
Final Score: George Mason 61, Villanova 57
Cleveland, OH - Luke Hancock made a three-pointer with 19.8 seconds remaining, as the George Mason Patriots used a late surge to take down the Villanova Wildcats, 61-57, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Hancock ended with 18 points and five assists for the Patriots (27-6), who are remembered for their historic trip to the Final Four in 2006. George Mason beat Michigan State, North Carolina, Wichita State and Connecticut in the tourney that season. Mike Morrison added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Patriots. Isaiah Tate also donated 10 points. George Mason, the No. 8 seed in the East Region, will next take on top-seeded Ohio State on Sunday. Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes finished with 20 and 14 points, respectively, for the Wildcats (21-12), who lost six in a row to end a disappointing season.
Final Score: Ohio State 75, Texas-San Antonio 46
Cleveland, OH - William Buford tallied 18 points, six rebounds and five assists, as the Ohio State Buckeyes dominated the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners, 75-46, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Jon Diebler made four three-pointers en route to 14 points for the Buckeyes (33-2), who are the top overall seed in the tourney. Deshaun Thomas donated 13 points and eight boards off the bench for Ohio State, which got 11 points and nine rebounds from Jared Sullinger. The Buckeyes, the No. 1 seed in the East Region, will next take on eighth-seeded George Mason on Sunday. Devin Gibson finished with 24 points and four steals for the Roadrunners (20-14), who were coming off the program's first NCAA Tournament win -- a 70-61 decision over Alabama State on Wednesday. Texas-San Antonio was making its fourth all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Final Score: Kansas 72, Boston University 53
Tulsa, OK - The Morris twins combined for 31 points and 17 rebounds as Kansas used a strong second half to shake off a challenge from Boston University, 72-53, in a Southwest Region second-round matchup. Marcus led the way with 16 points and nine rebounds, with Markieff adding 15 and eight for the top-seeded Jayhawks (33-2), who will take on Illinois on Sunday. Brady Morningstar tallied 13 points and Tyshawn Taylor contributed 10 points with seven assists for Kansas. John Holland's game-best 19 points weren't nearly enough for the Terriers (21-14), who had won 11 straight coming in, including the America East final last Saturday over Stony Brook.
Final Score: North Carolina 102, Long Island 87
Charlotte, NC - Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Harrison Barnes combined for 84 points and 36 rebounds, and North Carolina ran past Long Island University, 102-87, in a second-round game from the East Region. Zeller and Henson both had career-highs with 32 and 28 points, respectively. Barnes had 24 points and 16 rebounds, while Henson had 11 boards. The second-seeded Tar Heels (27-7), the 2009 national champions, will play No. 7 seed Washington on Sunday. Long Island (27-6), making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997 and its fourth in the tournament overall (0-4), was led by Julian Boyd's 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Final Score: Purdue 65, Saint Peter's 43
Chicago, IL - E'Twaun Moore scored 19 points, JaJuan Johnson had 16 with 16 rebounds, and Purdue had no trouble winning another NCAA Tournament opener, racing out to a big lead on the way to an easy 65-43 victory over Saint Peter's. Lewis Jackson added 12 points for the third-seeded Boilermakers (26-7), who advanced to face Virginia Commonwealth in the Southwest Region after the 11th-seeded Rams upset No. 6 seed Georgetown later on Friday. Jeron Belin scored 12 points for the 14th-seeded Peacocks (20-14), but the MAAC Tournament champions fell to 0-3 all-time in the NCAAs.
Final Score: Marquette 66, Xavier 55
Cleveland, OH - Darius Johnson-Odom drained four three- pointers and scored 19 points, as the Marquette Golden Eagles shut down the veteran Xavier Musketeers, 66-55, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Marquette (21-14) shot 53 percent from the floor and held Atlantic-10 Conference Player of the Year Tu Holloway to five points to advance in the East Region. It will next play third-seeded and Big East rival Syracuse on Sunday. Jimmy Butler posted 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals for the 11th-seeded Golden Eagles, who got 10 points from Jae Crowder in a lopsided win. Andrew Taylor was a spark off Xavier's bench with 16 points, but the sixth-seeded Musketeers (24-8) didn't get much production from their starters to end a streak of three consecutive Sweet 16 appearances.
Final Score: Illinois 73, UNLV 62
Tulsa, OK - Mike Davis turned in a game-high 22 points with nine rebounds and five assists as Illinois dispatched UNLV, 73-62, in a Southwest Region second-round meeting. Demetri McCamey totaled 17 points and seven assists for the ninth-seeded Illini (20-13), who have the unenviable task of trying to knock off top-seeded Kansas on Sunday. Oscar Bellfield scored 14 and Chace Stanback had 13 points for the eighth-seeded Runnin' Rebels (24-9), who ended their season with two straight losses after winning six in a row.
Final Score: VCU 74, Georgetown 56
Chicago, IL - Virginia Commonwealth didn't deserve its at- large bid into the NCAA Tournament? Tell that to Georgetown. Brandon Rozzell scored 26 points, Joey Rodriguez had 17 and No. 11 seed VCU became the first two-time winner in this year's NCAA Tournament, rolling to a 74-56 victory over Georgetown that has the Rams moving on to the third round. Making its first at-large appearance in the NCAAs since the 1983-84 season, VCU (25-11) advanced to face battle-tested Purdue, the No. 3 seed in the Southwest Region, on Sunday. Entering the game, the sixth-seeded Hoyas (21-11) hadn't played since getting bounced from the Big East Tournament by Connecticut nine days ago -- and they hadn't won a game in 27 days. Making its fifth appearance in the NCAAs in seven years under head coach John Thompson III, Georgetown was led by 26 points from Hollis Thompson and 10 from Austin Freeman.
Final Score: Washington 68, Georgia 65
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points and Washington held off Georgia, 68-65, in a second-round contest from the East Region in the NCAA Tournament. Scott Suggs added 10 points for the Huskies (24-10), who will match up with second-seeded North Carolina on Sunday. Washington, seeded seventh, won a game in the state of North Carolina for the first time in school history (1-8). They had to survive a last-second missed shot from Travis Leslie to advance to the round of 32. Trey Thompkins had 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs (21-12), who also received 12 points apiece from Gerald Robinson and Leslie and 11 from Jeremy Price.
Final Score: Syracuse 77, Indiana State 60
Cleveland, OH - Rick Jackson scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Syracuse handled Indiana State, 77-60, in an East Region second-round meeting. C.J. Fair came off the bench and chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds, while Kris Joseph added 12 and 10 for the third-seeded Orange (27-7), who advanced to take on 11th-seeded Marquette on Sunday. Syracuse lost the only regular season meeting between the Big East rivals. Jake Kelly provided 12 points for the 14th-seeded Sycamores (20-14), who couldn't keep up with the fast-paced Orange, allowing them to shoot 52 percent from the field.