NCAA Tournament Recaps
3/19/2017 7:11:25 AM
By John Covington
The 11th-seed Xavier Musketeers earned their second straight upset by routing third-seeded Florida State, 91-66, in West Regional action from Orlando. Xavier took a 10-point lead at halftime and didn't let off the gas in the second half. Trevon Bluiett led the Musketeers with 29 points as they advance to the Sweet 16, where they'll face Arizona. Dwayne Bacon led the Seminoles with 20 points in defeat. Florida State shot just 4-of-21 from beyond the arc and ends the year with a 26-and-9 record.
Gonzaga led by 18 at halftime and did just enough to hold off pesky Northwestern, 79-73, in West Regional action from Salt Lake City. Nigel Williams-Goss posted 20 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs, who improved to 34-and-1 on the year. The Zags move on to the Sweet 16, where they'll face West Virginia on Thursday in San Jose. The Wildcats pulled within five points on a few occasions in the second half, but couldn't complete the rally. Bryant McIntosh led Northwestern with 20 points in defeat.
Wisconsin ended the game on a 15-5 run to knock off top overall seed and defending champion Villanova, 65-62, in East Regional action from Buffalo. Nigel Hayes led the Badgers with 19 points and eight rebounds in a back-and-forth affair. Bronson Koenig added 17 points and Wisconsin shot 53-percent from the field. The Badgers will play Florida in the Sweet 16 on Thursday. Josh Hart led the Wildcats with 19 points. Donte DiVencenzo added 15 points off the bench as Villanova ends the year at 32-and-4.
West Virginia started the game on a 10-0 run and never looked back as it dropped Notre Dame, 83-71, to advance to the Sweet 16 on Saturday. Jevon Carter led the Mountaineers with 24 points in the wire-to-wire victory. Daxter Miles Junior had 18 points and fourth-seeded West Virginia will face Gonzaga on Thursday in San Jose, California. Bonzie Colson keyed Notre Dame with 27 points and eight rebounds. The Irish end the year at 26-and-10.
Fourth-seeded Florida has made it to at least the Sweet 16 in its last four March Madness appearances. The Gators rocked fifth-seeded Virginia, 65-39, in the second round out of Orlando. Florida held the Cavaliers to just over 30-percent shooting and 1-of-15 from three. Justin Leon and Devin Robinson each scored 14 points for the Gators, who draws Wisconsin next. The Badgers upset number-one overall seed Villanova. Not a single Virginia player scored in double figures.
A 9-2 run late in the second half put Arizona up for good as it pulled away from Saint Mary's, 69-60, in West Regional action from Salt Lake City. Lauri Markannen led the Wildcats with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Allonzo Trier added 14 points and six boards as Arizona advances to the Sweet 16, where Xavier awaits. Jock Landale paced the Gaels with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Saint Mary's finishes the year at 29-and-5.
Purdue's 19-point lead almost went to waste, but it held off fifth-seeded Iowa State for an 80-76 win in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Milwaukee. Caleb Swanigan and Vince Edwards each tallied double-doubles for the fourth-seeded Boilermakers, who play either top-seeded Kansas or ninth-seeded Michigan State in the Sweet 16. Swanigan posted 20 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, while Edwards had 21 and 10 boards. Monte Morris helped lead the Cyclones rally with 18 points and nine helpers. Deonte Burton chipped in 25 for Iowa State, which ends the season at 24-and-11.
Butler still hasn't trailed so far in the NCAA Tournament as it downed Middle Tennessee, 74-65, in second round action from Milwaukee. Kelan Martin scored 19 points off the bench to key the wire-to-wire victory. Andrew Chrabascz added 15 points as the Bulldogs move on to the Sweet 16, where they'll face either North Carolina or Arkansas. Jacorey Williams led the Blue Raiders with 20 points, and Antwain Johnson added 19 off the bench. Middle Tennessee finishes the season with a 31-and-5 record.