March Madness recap

Kansas State Wildcats guard Jacob Pullen scores past Wisconsin Badgers forward Jon Leuer during the...

Kansas State Wildcats guard Jacob Pullen scores past Wisconsin Badgers forward Jon Leuer during the NCAA tournament in Tucson, Ariz., March 19, 2011. (REUTERS/Rick Scuteri)

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Final Score: North Carolina 86, Washington 83

CHARLOTTE - Tyler Zeller scored 23 points and Harrison Barnes added 22, as North Carolina put on a late surge to earn an 86-83 victory over Washington in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels (28-7) used an 11-2 run to erase a five-point deficit and will head to the Sweet 16 for the 24th time in their illustrious history. Seeded second in the East Region, North Carolina will face Marquette next Friday in Newark, New Jersey. Terrence Ross scored 19 points and Matt Bryan-Amaning chipped in 14 for Washington (24-11), which was denied a second straight trip to the Sweet 16 in a somewhat controversial finish that may have included a timing error.

Final Score: Duke 73, Michigan 71

CHARLOTTE - Nolan Smith finished with a game-high 24 points as Duke held off a late Michigan surge, topping the Wolverines, 73-71, to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Kyle Singler scored 13 with eight rebounds for the West Region's top-seeded Blue Devils (32-4), who will next face Arizona. Ryan Kelly and Kyrie Irving both finished with 11 points for the victors. Darius Morris paced eighth-seeded Michigan (21-14) with 16 points and six assists. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 15 points while Evan Smotrycz scored 13 before fouling out late in the game. Zack Novak and Jordan Morgan scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, in the loss.

Final Score: Ohio State 98, George Mason 66

CLEVELAND - David Lighty was a perfect 7-of-7 from beyond the arc en route to 25 points, as the Ohio State Buckeyes annihilated the George Mason Patriots, 98-66, in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Jared Sullinger and William Buford each added 18 points for the Buckeyes (34-2), who set a school tournament record with 16 three-pointers. Jon Diebler tallied 13 points for Ohio State, which advanced to the third round with a 75-46 victory over Texas-San Antonio on Friday. The No. 1 seed in the East Region, Ohio State will next take on fourth-seeded Kentucky in the Sweet 16. Cam Long finished with 16 points for the Patriots (27-7), who beat Villanova, 61-57, in the second round on Friday. Luke Hancock made the go-ahead three-pointer late in that game, but Hancock was not with the team on Sunday due to an undisclosed illness.

Final Score: Arizona 70, Texas 69

TULSA, OK - Derrick Williams finished with 17 points, none more important than a three-point play with 9.6 seconds remaining, which lifted the fifth-seeded Arizona Wildcats over the fourth-seeded Texas Longhorns, 70-69, and into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Williams scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half and grabbed nine rebounds for the Wildcats (29-7), who will face the West Region's top seed, Duke, in the Sweet 16. Solomon Hill and Jordin Mayes both finished with 16 points for the Wildcats, who got eight points from Brendon Lavender. J'Covan Brown finished with a game-high 23 points, making 13-of-13 from the foul line, and led a Longhorns team that erased a double-digit deficit in the second half. However, he missed a potential go-ahead layup in the closing seconds.

Final Score: VCU 94, Purdue 76

CHICAGO - Bradford Burgess led six VCU players in double figures with 23 points while pulling down eight rebounds, as the Rams reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history with an emphatic 94-76 drubbing of Purdue in the third round of the Southwest Regional. Joey Rodriguez totaled 12 points and 11 assists with no turnovers, Jamie Skeen scored 13 points and Juvonte Reddic netted 12 for the Rams (26-11), who moved on to play Florida State. JaJuan Johnson totaled 25 points and 14 rebounds while Ryne Smith went 6-for-8 from behind the arc for 20 points for third-seeded Purdue (26-8), which was vying for its third straight Sweet 16 appearance.

Final Score: Marquette 66, Syracuse 62

CLEVELAND - Darius Johnson-Odom made the go-ahead three- pointer with 25.1 seconds remaining, as Marquette took down Big East foe Syracuse, 66-62, in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Johnson-Odom ended with 17 points for the Golden Eagles (22-14), who are off to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2003. Jae Crowder added 16 points off the bench for Marquette, which beat sixth-seeded Xavier, 66-55, on Friday. The No. 11 seed in the East Region, Marquette will next take on second-seeded North Carolina. Dion Waiters finished with 18 points for the third-seeded Orange (27-8), who were trying to reach the Sweet 16 for a third consecutive season.

Final Score: Kansas 73, Illinois 59

TULSA, OK - The Morris twins combined for 41 points and 24 rebounds, helping Kansas pull away to beat Illinois, 73-59, and move into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Markieff Morris finished with 24 points and 12 boards, while Marcus had 17 and 12 to lead the Jayhawks (34-2). The Illini didn't have much of a solution for the talented frontcourt tandem, which scored the majority of Kansas' points down the stretch to secure the victory. Kansas, the top seed in the Southwest Region, will face Richmond in the Sweet 16. Mike Davis had 17 points to lead Illinois (20-14).

Final Score: Florida State 71, Notre Dame 57

CHICAGO - Bernard James totaled 14 points and 10 rebounds, and 10th-seeded Florida State put the clamps on second-seeded Notre Dame to win a surprisingly lopsided 71-57 decision in third-round Southwest Regional action of the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles (23-10) advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1993, and were never seriously challenged in doing so after holding the Fighting Irish to 23 points in the first half. In the regional semifinals in San Antonio, FSU will meet another double-digit seed in No. 11 VCU, which knocked off Purdue earlier Sunday at United Center. Michael Snaer scored 13 points, while Derwin Kitchen and Okaro White each chipped in 10 in the victory. Tim Abromaitis ended with 21 points for Notre Dame (27-7), which had won 13 of 15 coming in.


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