Arkansas knocks out No. 1 Kansas; No. 15 Princeton reaches Candy 16

The primary eight bids for the Candy 16 within the males’s NCAA Match will likely be locked up Saturday, whereas the ladies’s match finally ends up the primary spherical.

Furman and Princeton took the sports activities world by storm Thursday with upsets of No. 4 Virginia and No. 2 Arizona, respectively. Each had been in motion once more. The 13-seeded Paladins began the boys’s motion with a loss to No. 5 San Diego State. However the 15-seeded Tigers superior to the Candy 16 with a win in opposition to No. 7 Missouri.

On the ladies’s facet, No. 1 seed Indiana was in motion after high seeds South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Stanford took care of enterprise on Friday. The Hoosiers kicked off Day 2 of the ladies’s first spherical with a 77-47 win in opposition to No. 16 seed Tennessee Tech, which beat Monmouth in a First 4 recreation on Thursday.

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Princeton Tigers forward Caden Pierce (12) and guard Jack Scott (5) celebrate after defeating the Missouri Tigers.

Princeton Tigers ahead Caden Pierce (12) and guard Jack Scott (5) have a good time after defeating the Missouri Tigers.

UCLA win closes out first spherical of ladies’s match 

No. 4 UCLA began the sport on a 16-2 run and by no means regarded again, dealing with Thirteenth-seeded Sacramento State with ease, successful 67-45. Freshman Kiki Rice led the way in which with 15 factors, whereas senior Charisma Osborne completed with 11 factors, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and two blocks. UCLA outrebounded Sac State 47-32 and turned the ball over simply 5 instances. The Bruins will play Oklahoma on Monday for a spot within the Candy 16.

Girls’s remaining: Texas 79, East Carolina 40

Shaylee Gonzales led 4 gamers in double figures with 20 factors, Rori Harmon dished out 12 assists and Texas dominated East Carolina in each part of the sport in a 79-40 win. Texas had as many factors within the paint as East Carolina had whole, and the Longhorns shot 54% whereas holding the Pirates to lower than 18% capturing. Texas did have 17 turnovers, however East Carolina may solely flip them into eight factors.

— Nancy Armour   

No. 1 Alabama defeats No. 8 Maryland to shut out males’s slate 

No. 8 Maryland received off to a fast 9-2 begin however Alabama asserted management after which cruised to a 73-51 victory within the remaining recreation of Saturday’s males’s NCAA Match slate. Alabama joined Houston as the one No. 1 seeds to make it by the opening weekend after Kansas misplaced earlier Saturday and Purdue was shocked by No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson within the first spherical on Friday. 

It was a wrestle from the sector for each groups. Maryland shot simply 35.2% from the sector, together with a 1-for-8 mark from 3-point vary. Alabama wasn’t significantly better even taking part in in entrance of a partisan crowd in Birmingham, changing simply 39.7% from the sector and hitting six of its 21 3-point makes an attempt.

Brandon Miller, who did not rating within the Crimson Tide’s first-round win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, discovered a semblance of his pre-injury kind, ending with 19 factors, although he went simply 5-for-17 from the sector. Jahvon Quinerly led Alabama with 22 factors.

The Crimson Tide will face No. 5 San Diego State within the Candy 16.

Girls’s remaining: Duke 89, Iona 49

Third-seeded Duke outrebounded No. 14 seed Iona 43-15 (no, that’s not a misprint) because the Blue Devils led wire-to-wire of their 89-49 blowout win.

Kennedy Brown scored 10 factors, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out 4 assists. Twelve completely different Blue Devils received within the scorebook as Duke shot 58% from the sector, advancing to the second spherical to fulfill sixth-seeded Colorado.

Girls’s remaining: Oklahoma 85, Portland 63

Seven gamers scored 8 factors or extra, led by 14 from each Taylor Robertson and Aubrey Joens, and Oklahoma grew to become the second fifth-seed to win Saturday, utilizing a 24-point third quarter to separate from Portland and go on to win, 85-63.

The Sooners, common season co-champions of the Huge 12, led virtually your complete recreation. OU held Portland to 38% from the sector and simply 16% from 3, and out rebounded UP 49-30. The Sooners turned 18 Portland turnovers into 23 factors, too. Portland ahead Alex Fowler completed with 18 factors and 7 rebounds.

UCLA wins, however consideration turns to well being of David Singleton

One other day, one other main harm for UCLA … possibly.

The Bruins gained 68-63 over seventh-seeded Northwestern on Saturday, however it got here with a scare.

Fifth-year guard David Singleton, who averages 9.2 factors for the second-seeded Bruins, went down with 20.3 seconds to play and UCLA up 64-60 after badly turning his proper ankle.

Singleton was clearly in numerous ache, and paramedics really got here on to the ground to cart him off. He managed to hobble off with assist, however the lack of one other guard might be devastating for UCLA. Simply earlier than the convention match the Bruins misplaced Jaylen Clark, one of many nation’s finest perimeter defenders, to a season-ending harm.

Singleton got here again out to the handshake line and was strolling on his personal energy, which is an effective signal for the Bruins. Mick Cronin mentioned afterward that he wasn’t positive how unhealthy Singleton’s harm was, however “I knew it scared him.”

Singleton had 5 factors and 6 rebounds in 28 minutes in UCLA’s win. He’ll doubtless be re-evaluated and his availability will likely be introduced later this week.

Brandon Miller will get on the board

Alabama star Brandon Miller lastly received within the factors column within the Crimson Tide’s second-round recreation in opposition to No. 8 Maryland. After going scoreless (0-for-5 from the sector) within the first-round victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi whereas coping with a groin harm, Miller hit three of eight shot makes an attempt within the first half in opposition to the Terrapins to take a game-high 9 factors into halftime. No. 1 Alabama led 28-23.   

Males’s remaining: Texas 71, Penn State 66

No. 2 Texas was in management many of the recreation, however a 10-0 Penn State run put the No. 10 Nittany Lions up 58-55 with 4:50 to go.

Undaunted, the Longhorns responded with a 10-0 run of their very own, powered by 4 Dylan Disu baskets. Disu completed with a game-high 28 factors and added 10 rebounds for the double-double.

The victory superior Texas to the second weekend of the NCAA Match for the primary time since 2008. It is going to face the winner of Sunday’s recreation between Xavier and Pitt.

Girls’s remaining: Colorado 82, Center Tennessee 60

Frida Formann scored 15 of her team-high 21 factors on 3-pointers, and Colorado used its long-range capturing to roll previous Center Tennessee 82-60. The sixth-seeded Buffaloes made a season-high 13 3-pointers, together with one by Tayanna Jones halfway by the primary quarter that gave Colorado the lead for good.

It’s the primary time since 2003 that Colorado has gained a first-round recreation.

– Nancy Armour 

No. 5 Louisville girls fend off No. 12 Drake in first-round thriller 

A frenzied back-and-forth recreation that includes 12 lead modifications and 14 ties got here to an finish when Hailey Van Lith, Louisville’s All-American guard, hit a pull-up on the elbow with 53 seconds to play, giving Louisville a lead it could not relinquish. 

The Cardinals clinched the 83-81 win by making 4 of 5 free throws within the remaining 20 seconds, staving off what would have been the third 12-5 upset of the day.

After Drake hit two free throws to get inside one, 78-77, a terrific sideline out of bounds play from Louisville received Van Lith open for an and-1 layup with 16 seconds to play, which made it a two possession recreation. A fast 3 from Drake’s Sarah Beth Gueldner once more introduced the Bulldogs inside one, however Van Lith hit two extra free throws to offer Louisville respiratory room. Drake’s subsequent 3 try missed badly, and Louisville fouled to not enable a 3. Drake made the primary free throw and missed the second, however Louisville corralled the rebound.

Van Lith led all scorers with 26 factors, whereas Mykasa Robinson added 14 factors and 7 assists. 5 Drake gamers scored in double figures, led by Katie Dinnebier, who had 20 factors and 7 assists.

No. 1 Houston overcomes sluggish begin to attain Candy 16

No. 1 Houston discovered itself down 10 at halftime in opposition to No. 9 Auburn in Birmingham, Alabama. The Cougars had been at risk of turning into the third No. 1 seed to be eradicated earlier than the Candy 16. However they turned it on within the second half, outscoring Auburn 50-23 on the way in which to an 81-64 victory.

This was not an aesthetically pleasing recreation. The groups mixed to shoot 65 free throws. One of many main variations within the contest was the capturing from the free throw line: Houston hit 24 of its 29 makes an attempt (82.8%); Auburn went a dreadful 19-for-36 (52.8%).

Houston obtained a lift from the return of Marcus Sasser. The AAC participant of the 12 months aggravated a groin harm suffered within the convention match in Thursday’s first-round win over Northern Kentucky. However he received the beginning Saturday and scored 22 factors on 7-for-14 capturing. That trailed solely Tramon Mark, who had a game-high 26 factors.

The Cougars will play the winner of Sunday’s recreation between Miami and Indiana.

Princeton women and men make Ivy League historical past

This was a match to recollect for the Ivy League even earlier than the Princeton males reached the Candy 16.

That is the primary 12 months the Ivy’s groups have gained first-round video games in each tournaments. A day after the No. 15 Princeton males surprised No. 2 Arizona, the Tenth-seeded Princeton girls upset N.C. State on Friday night time on a 3-pointer with seven seconds left.

“We had been watching (the boys) within the locker room proper earlier than observe,” Julia Cunningham mentioned Friday night time. “Watching them, all of the protection they’re getting from the media, it was so properly deserved. We checked out one another and thought, we’re subsequent, now it’s our flip.

“It’s particular,” she added. “A particular week to be a Tiger.”

– Nancy Armour 

No. 15 Princeton reaches Candy 16

In a battle of Tigers, No. 15 Princeton regarded like the upper seed with a formidable 78-63 win over No. 7 Missouri.   

Ryan Langborg led the way in which with a game-high 22 factors.

Princeton is simply the fourth No. 15 seed to achieve the boys’s Candy 16, becoming a member of 2013 FGCU, 2021 Oral Roberts and 2022 Saint Peter’s, which made all of it the way in which to the Elite Eight final 12 months earlier than falling to nationwide runner-up North Carolina.

The Ivy League’s Tigers will play the winner of Sunday’s Baylor-Creighton recreation.

Arkansas coach Eric Musselman rips shirt off after upset of Kansas 

The No. 8 Razorbacks despatched the defending champions residence, defeating No. 1 Kansas 72-71 within the second spherical of the boys’s NCAA Match. To have a good time, coach Eric Musselman ripped his shirt off. Actually.

Musselman, one of the crucial high-energy coaches in school basketball – which is saying one thing – pulled his polo up over his head and twirled it earlier than “Calling the Hogs” with celebrating Arkansas followers. Pictures confirmed him embracing gamers and coaches sans-shirt.

This is not the primary time the 58-year-old’s shirt has come off on the courtroom or locker room. Musselman was identified to tear his shirt off in celebration throughout his earlier cease at Nevada from 2015-2019.

The Razorbacks are into the Candy 16 for the third consecutive 12 months. We think about in the event that they break by to the Last 4, we are going to see extra of Musselman’s midriff this March.

Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman ripped his shirt off in the Razorbacks' postgame celebration after they defeated No. 1 Kansas.

Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman ripped his shirt off within the Razorbacks’ postgame celebration after they defeated No. 1 Kansas.

Males’s remaining: No. 8 Arkansas upsets No. 1 Kansas 

The second No. 1 seed within the NCAA males’s match has gone down earlier than the Candy 16.

No. 8 Arkansas knocked off No. 1 Kansas 72-71 with a spirited second-half surge and late free throws by Ricky Council IV.

Baylor girls full comeback from 18 right down to knock out Alabama

Baylor’s long-range capturing saved the Bears within the NCAA match.

After being held to a season-low 4 factors within the first quarter and trailing by as a lot as 18 within the first half, Baylor shot itself again into the sport from lengthy vary. Baylor made 14 3-pointers – no, that’s not a misprint – with Ja’Mee Asberry contributing seven of them within the No. 7 seed’s 78-74 victory over Tenth-seeded Alabama.

Baylor didn’t have the lead till Sarah Andrews made a 3 – what else? – with 5:35 left within the third quarter. However Alabama got here again and regained management, main by eight early within the fourth quarter. The Crimson Tide went chilly, nevertheless, making simply two discipline objectives over the ultimate 6:21, and made a number of errors that allowed Baylor to shut it out.

The loss spoiled a monster effort by Alabama’s Brittany Davis, who matched her profession excessive with 33 factors. At one level within the first half, Davis was singlehandedly outscoring Baylor.

— Nancy Armour

No. 15 Princeton males lead No. 7 Missouri at half

Princeton takes a 33-26 lead into the locker room in opposition to Missouri because it goals to grow to be the fourth No. 15 seed to achieve the Candy 16 of the boys’s NCAA Match.

Princeton led 33-19 earlier than Missouri closed on a 7-0 run that included Sean East II beating the buzzer to take a bit little bit of momentum into halftime. 

– Jace Evans 

Girls’s remaining: No. 4 Villanova 76, No. 11 Cleveland State 59

Maddy Siegrist reached one other milestone within the Wildcats’ 76-59 win over the Vikings. She grew to become simply the fifth participant in girls’s Division I historical past to attain 1,000 factors in a single season following her 35-point efficiency on her birthday. She’s the primary individual to take action in Villanova historical past.

The Wildcats shot 43.9% from the sector, 10-for-25 from three and outrebounded the Vikings 45-29. Christina Dalce added 16 rebounds and eight offensive boards.

Future Leo had 25 factors.

Girls’s remaining: UNC 61, St. John’s 59

North Carolina’s Deja Kelly got here up clutch in an exhilarating first-round recreation Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, driving and scoring on an and-1 to offer the Tar Heels a 61-58 edge with 2.2 seconds left.

St. John’s Danielle Patterson was fouled on a 3-point try with 1.5 seconds to play and had an opportunity to tie, however the 81% free throw shooter missed her first two makes an attempt and North Carolina held on to win and advance to play third-seeded Ohio State on Monday.

St. John’s took its first lead with 6:39 to go on a 3 to go up 49-48, and the groups traded huge performs for the remainder of the sport. Mimi Reid scored for St. John’s on a wild layup with 6.5 seconds to go, and it regarded like extra time was close to. However then Kelly got here up huge for UNC.

Kelly scored 18 factors and grabbed 4 rebounds, whereas Kennedy Todd-Williams added 14 factors and 7 rebounds. Jayla Everett led St. John’s with 17 factors.

No. 1 Kansas leads No. 8 Arkansas at half

The Jayhawks entered halftime with a 35-27 lead over the Razorbacks, however Kansas followers collectively held their breath when Dajuan Harris Jr. went down with an ankle harm. He hobbled to the locker room with 3:07 left within the half after touchdown awkwardly on his proper foot whereas contesting a shot. He had 4 factors, whereas Jalen Wilson leads the workforce with 9 factors.

Arkansas’ Anthony Black turned his ankle early within the recreation, however returned after getting his ankle re-taped. He has two factors and Ricky Council IV has a game-high 10 factors.

Each groups are struggling from the 3-point line. Kansas was 1-for-7 from past the arc, whereas Arkansas was 1-for-9.

Girls: No. 12 Toledo 80, No. 5 Iowa State 73

Within the second 12-5 upset of the day, the Rockets of Toledo used 48% capturing to knock off fifth-seeded Iowa State 80-73. Toledo advances to play Tennessee on the Woman Vols’ residence flooring Monday.

5-foot-10 guard Quinesha Lockett — fittingly nicknamed “Lockett the Rocket” — scored 24 factors and grabbed 13 rebounds within the win, and Jayda Jansen added 17 factors on 6-for-13 capturing. Iowa State star Ashley Joens, a perennial All-American, completed with 23 factors and 13 rebounds, however her workforce went simply 13-for-30 on layups and couldn’t recuperate after being outscored 23-13 within the second quarter.

Toledo constructed as a lot as a 16-point lead within the second half because the Rockets picked up their first NCAA Match win since 1996.

Girls: No. 2 UConn 95, No.15 Vermont 52

Aaliyah Edwards did a bit little bit of every thing in UConn’s 43-point win over Vermont. She completed with a career-high 28 factors, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and two blocks. Caroline Ducharme added 12 factors off the bench.

The Huskies managed the boards, outrebounding the Catamounts 43-19, and had 14 free throw makes an attempt, in contrast with Vermont’s two. UConn shot 61.9% from the sector, in contrast with the Catamounts capturing 33.3%.

Males: No. 4 Tennessee 65, No. 5 Duke 52

Tennessee’s Olivier Nkamhoua was on hearth within the second half, scoring 23 of his 27 factors after halftime. He entered Friday’s matchup capturing 31.3% from 3-point vary however went 3-for-3 from past the arc to increase Tennessee’s lead within the second half. Nkamhoua put an exclamation level on the win with a put-back dunk with 1:16 left.

“They didn’t let me play within the first so I needed to get my motion within the second,” Nkamhoua mentioned after the 65-52 win.

Turnovers had been the story of the sport for the Blue Devils. They dedicated 15 turnovers that led to 18 factors for the Volunteers. Tyrese Proctor led Duke with 16 factors. Dereck Energetic II had 11 rebounds, however didn’t try a shot your complete recreation. Jeremy Roach, who was in foul bother a majority of the sport, completed with 13 factors.

Girls: No. 12 FGCU 74, No. 5 Washington State 63

The nation’s chief in 3-pointers per recreation wanted solely 5 treys — Florida Gulf Coast averages virtually 12 — to drag off one of many greatest upsets of the ladies’s first spherical, topping fifth-seeded Washington State 74-63.

That is the second 12 months in a row that No. 12 seed FGCU beat a 5 within the first spherical (final 12 months Virginia Tech fell sufferer to the Eagles). FGCU shot a scorching 56% from the sector and dominated the paint (50 to 26) within the win.

It was a major letdown for Washington State, which only a couple weeks in the past gained the varsity’s first-ever Pac-12 championship when the Cougars knocked off UCLA within the convention match championship. FGCU did a terrific job locking up WSU star Charlisse Ledger-Walker, who completed with simply 5 factors earlier than fouling out with 5:25 to play.

4 Eagles scored in double figures, led by guard Sha Carter, who had 24 on 10-for-13 capturing. She additionally grabbed 6 rebounds.

Girls: No. 9 Miami 62, No. 8 Oklahoma State 61

The Hurricanes edged out a 62-61 win over the Cowgirls on Friday and it was a dramatic end. Oklahoma State’s Anna Gret Asi knocked down a fast three with 5.3 seconds left within the recreation to convey the Cowgirls inside one, 62-61. Miami was hit with a five-second violation and turned the ball over whereas trying to inbound the ball. Oklahoma State’s Naomie Alnatas missed a jumper that may have gained the sport because the clock expired.

The Hurricanes outscored the Cowgirls 42-24 within the second half to erase a 17-point halftime deficit, which is tied for the fifth largest comeback in NCAA match historical past. It was a workforce effort for Miami with 4 starters in double digits, led by Haley Cavinder’s 16 factors, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.

Duke and Tennessee in low-scoring defensive battle

The Blue Devils and Volunteers are discovering a tricky time discovering the bucket as Tennessee leads 27-21 at halftime.

Tennessee is capturing 33% and closed the primary half on a 14-2 run and Duke, who’ve additionally dedicated 11 turnovers is doing barely higher, hitting at a 36 % clip.

Dariq Whitehead leads Duke with eight factors, whereas Santiago Vescovi is pacing the Volunteers with eight factors.

Girls: No. 3 Ohio State 80, No. 14 James Madison 66

No lead is protected when Ohio State is taking part in.

The third-seeded Buckeyes rallied from 16 factors down to beat 14th-seeded James Madison 80-66. It’s the seventh time this 12 months Ohio State has gained after trailing by double digits, together with a record-setting comeback in opposition to Indiana within the Huge Ten match semifinals when the Buckeyes erased a 24-point deficit.

Huge Ten freshman of the 12 months Cotie McMahon had 18 earlier than fouling out to steer 4 Buckeyes in double figures. Ohio State additionally received an enormous recreation from Jacy Sheldon, who was taking part in simply her fourth recreation – and making her first begin – after lacking a lot of the final three months with a foot harm. Sheldon had 17 factors, 9 assists and 4 steals.

The loss continued the streak of futility for 14 seeds within the girls’s match.

– Nancy Armour

Girls: No. 4 Tennessee 95, No. 13 Saint Louis 50

Rickea Jackson and Jordan Horston mixed for 39 of the Woman Vols’ 95 factors in a first-round win over the Billikens. Horston (8 rebounds) was two level shy of a double-double. The 45-point win marked Tennessee’s largest margin of victory of the season and the Woman Vols improved to 25-0 within the first spherical of the NCAA Match at residence.

Brooke Flowers, Saint Louis’ all-time chief in blocks, added 5 extra to her profession whole Saturday, along with 17 factors and 9 rebounds in her final collegiate recreation. The Billikens collectively shot 3-for-20 from 3-point vary, had 20 turnovers and had been outrebounded 39-28.

San Diego State 75, Furman 52

San Diego State is heading to the Candy 16 after utilizing a suffocating defensive effort to close down Furman, ending the Paladins’ Cinderella run within the second spherical.

The Aztecs advance to the South Regional in Louisville, Kentucky to face the winner of Alabama and Maryland, making their first Candy 16 look since 2014.

Micah Parrish had 16 factors for San Diego State, who shot 50 % and outrebounded Furman by 16 because the Paladins had no reply for the Aztecs and their inside recreation. Darrion Trammell had 13 factors, Lamont Butler scored 12, and Matt Bradley chipped in with 10.

Jalen Slawson, the Southern Convention Participant of the Yr, had eight factors and two rebounds earlier than fouling out with 10 minutes left. Mike Bothwell led Furman with 15 factors. The Paladins shot 32 %, together with 6-26 from three-point vary.

Alabama’s Brandon Miller anticipated to play vs. Maryland: report

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama ahead Brandon Miller is anticipated to play in opposition to Maryland, an individual with data of the scenario informed The Tuscaloosa Information on Saturday. The individual was granted anonymity as a result of they weren’t licensed to talk publicly about Miller’s standing.

Miller performed solely 19 minutes within the win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday and didn’t rating . He’s coping with a groin harm suffered within the SEC Match remaining.

The SEC participant of the 12 months, who has been within the headlines due to his involvement in a capital homicide case, was held out of reside observe drills Friday, Alabama coach Nate Oats mentioned. “I feel realizing Brandon and the way powerful he’s, bodily, mentally, I feel he’ll be able to go tomorrow.”

— Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa Information

Girls: No. 1 Indiana 77, No. 16 Tennessee Tech 47

Sydney Parrish led the Hoosiers to a 30-point win over the Golden Eagles with 19 factors, eight rebounds and one steal. Indiana had two different starters in double digits: Grace Berger (17 factors) and Yarden Garzon (12 factors).

However the star of the present was the Hoosiers’ protection with 11 blocks and 7 steals in entrance of a crowd of 14,000 followers at Simon Skjodt Meeting Corridor in Bloomington, Indiana. “It is such a bonus having a sixth man,” Berger mentioned of the house crowd.

Tennessee Tech was held to eight fourth-quarter factors. Maaliya Owens had a team-high 17 factors.

San Diego State trying to cease Furman’s Cinderella run

San Diego State is 20 minutes from the Candy 16 because it leads Furman 39-25 at halftime in second-round motion within the South Area.

The Aztecs took management with an 18-1 run, holding Furman and not using a discipline aim for greater than 10 minutes. The Paladins shot 33 %, together with 2-of-11 from 3-point vary, within the first half.

Micah Parrish has 14 factors off the bench for SDSU, whereas Furman’s Jalen Slawson has eight factors and two rebounds.

– Scooby Axson

Rating Saturday’s video games

Saturday’s winners earn a spot within the Candy 16, and the eight video games characteristic a number of the finest groups and gamers in school basketball. Three No. 1 seeds are in motion, and the highlight is on first-team All-People Jalen Wilson of Kansas and Alabama ahead Brandon Miller, and doubtlessly Houston’s do-everything guard Marcus Sasser.

Right here’s the listing of Saturday’s eight video games ranked by how watchable they’re.

  1. No. 4 Tennessee vs. No. 5 Duke (2:40 p.m. ET)

  2. No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 8 Maryland (9:40 p.m.)

  3. No. 7 Missouri vs. No. 15 Princeton (6:10 p.m.)

  4. No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 8 Arkansas (5:15 p.m.)

  5. No. 1 Houston vs. No. 9 Auburn (7:10 p.m.)

  6. No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 7 Northwestern (8:40 p.m.)

  7. No. 2 Texas vs. No. 10 Penn State (7:45 p.m.)

  8. No. 5 San Diego State vs. No. 13 Furman (12:10 p.m.)

– Scooby Axson

Invoice Self out once more

Kansas head coach Invoice Self won’t coach within the workforce’s second-round recreation in opposition to Arkansas on Saturday, the varsity introduced. Self continues to recuperate from a coronary heart catheterization, which induced him to overlook the Huge 12 match. The 60-year-old Self did attend the Jayhawks observe on Friday, however principally sat and watched.

Assistant Norm Roberts will as soon as once more function performing head coach for Kansas. He coached the Jayhawks to a 96-68 win over Howard within the first spherical.

The defending nationwide champions will tip off in opposition to the Razorbacks at 5:15 p.m. at Wells Fargo Area in Des Moines, Iowa.

Did that basically occur?!?!

In case you missed it Friday night time (although we won’t think about how), Purdue grew to become simply the second males’s No. 1 seed to fall to a 16 for the reason that bracket expanded to 64 groups in 1985, when Fairleigh Dickinson shocked the nation with a 63-58 upset.

If there’s a winner in addition to present Fairleigh Dickinson gamers and first-year head coach Tobin Anderson — to not point out each single FDU graduate and fan — it’s in all probability Virginia coach Tony Bennett, who’s not the one coach to lose to a No. 16 seed. Yikes. Discuss a membership you don’t need to be a part of.

However maybe the largest winners are followers of faculty hoops. That we’ve now seen two 16-seeds beat 1-seeds within the final 5 years is proof that parity continues to develop in males’s school basketball, which makes the NCAA Match extra unpredictable and finally, extra enjoyable.

— Lindsay Schnell and Paul Myerberg

Sisters may face off in second spherical with Saturday wins

Lior Garzon’s preliminary pleasure throughout Sunday’s choice present was over Oklahoma State receiving No. 8 seed within the NCAA girls’s match reverse No. 9 Miami (Fla.). It took the junior ahead lower than a minute to appreciate not solely had been the Cowgirls dancing, they had been heading to Bloomington, Indiana, the place her youthful sister, Yarden Garzon, is a freshman guard for No. 1-seed Indiana.

At their respective faculties by means of Ra’anana, Israel, the Garzon sisters by no means mentioned the potential for ending up collectively within the bracket previous to Sunday, however they knew it may at the least be in play. Indiana tip-off in opposition to Tennessee Tech at 11:30 a.m. ET, adopted by Oklahoma State-Miami at 2 p.m.

Thursday’s reunion on the workforce lodge marked the primary time the sisters have seen one another since Yarden visited Stillwater, Oklahoma over winter break.

“I am actually excited to observe her play,” mentioned Lior, who averages 11 factors and shoots 43% off the bench.

As for the potential for an Indiana-Oklahoma State second-round matchup — and Lior was fast to level out they nonetheless must win their first-round video games — it could mark the primary time the sisters have gone head-to-head since they performed in a membership recreation shortly earlier than Lior left for america.

— Brian Haenchen, Indianapolis Star

Princeton partying prefer it’s 1996

No. 15 seeded Princeton dominated inside and threw the South Area into chaos with an upset of Arizona.

Perhaps this wasn’t precisely like when the Tigers pulled off a memorable upset of UCLA in 1996, once they had been seeded 14th and beat the third-seeded and defending champion Bruins 43-41. There was extra offense and given how widespread upsets at the moment are, it in all probability didn’t shock as many individuals. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless an enormous deal. And it’s the simply the second match win for Princeton since that recreation. The Tigers beat UNLV within the first spherical in 1998.

— Lindsay Schnell

What’s a Paladin?

Princeton might need pulled off the largest upset Thursday, however 13-seeded Furman’s downing of No. 4 Virginia was a enjoyable (until you are a Cavaliers fan, after all) begin to the 2023 males’s NCAA Match.

It has been an extended look ahead to Paladins males’s basketball followers. It was greater than 40 years since Furman was final within the match, and over 45 years since its final March Insanity win.

The American Heritage School Dictionary defines a Paladin as a “paragon of chivalry” or “a heroic champion.” A Paladin was additionally one of many 12 legendary friends or knightly champions in attendance on the courtroom of Charlemagne, or Charles the Nice, within the eighth century.

— Jordan Mendoza

Alabama’s greatest opponent could also be exhaustion from never-ending chaos

The athletics director issued an announcement at halftime. Essentially the most scrutinized 20-year-old in basketball couldn’t make a shot earlier than ultimately going to the bench to relaxation a sore groin. The walk-on no person had heard of earlier than Wednesday night time threatened to sue the New York Instances. And the coach is shedding his thoughts on each dribble for 2 straight hours of a recreation he didn’t come near shedding.

In different phrases, it was simply one other day in Alabama basketball.

— Dan Wolken

Houston ruins title hopes by taking part in Marcus Sasser earlier than he was prepared

That backfired in spectacular vogue.

Simply 5 days after Marcus Sasser strained his groin within the American Athletic Convention match semifinals, he was again within the Cougars’ beginning lineup Thursday night time. For a first-round recreation in opposition to a No. 16 workforce.

In a shock to just about nobody, Sasser did not even make it to halftime. Now top-seeded Houston may not make it to the second weekend, not to mention to the Last 4 in its hometown.

— Nancy Armour

Last USA TODAY Sports activities coaches ballot

Houston entered the NCAA Match with the No. 1 rating within the USA TODAY Sports activities coaches ballot, regardless of its loss within the American Athletic Convention championship recreation simply previous to the disclosing of the brackets on Sunday.

The Cougars, who had been taking part in with out main scorer Marcus Sasser within the loss to Memphis, retained 21 of 32 No. 1 votes to stave off second-ranked Alabama. The Crimson Tide obtained eight firsts after successful the SEC title in spectacular vogue on Sunday.

Houston dealt with Northern Kentucky in its first-round recreation, whereas Alabama routed Texas A&M Corpus Christi in its match opener. The Cougars conflict with No. 9 seed Auburn on Saturday, whereas the Crimson Tide tackle 8-seed Maryland.

— Eddie Timanus

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