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South Final with Kentucky, North Carolina features most wins

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- No. 2 Kentucky (32-5) vs. No. 1 North Carolina (30-7) South Regional final, 5:05 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: No NCAA Tournament game has ever featured so much history as this regional final. North Carolina and Kentucky have combined for 244 tournament wins with this Kentucky's 56th NCAA berth, ahead of only North Carolina (48) for the most appearances ever. Only North Carolina has earned more No.

Anything can happen, but favorites sure are playing like it

Remember when any ol' team could come from nowhere and make the Final Four? That was so 2016. Though Florida and Wisconsin closed out the Sweet 16 with some long-awaited thrills Friday night, the favorites and a few others among this year's Elite Eight are playing more like powerhouses who want to drain all the drama from March Madness.

NCAA Tournament Capsules

Results from the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament on Friday: ___ EAST REGION FLORIDA 84, WISCONSIN 83 NEW YORK (AP) -- Chris Chiozza went end to end and made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Florida an 84-83 victory against Wisconsin on Friday night in the first overtime game of this NCAA Tournament. Nigel Hayes had given the Badgers (27-10) a 2-point lead with 4 seconds left on two free throws.

Berry scores 26 points and Carolina defeats Butler 92-80

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- North Carolina expects strong offensive performances from junior leaders Justin Jackson and Joel Berry II, but Luke Maye provided an unexpected bonus. Berry scored 26 points, Jackson had 24, but it was the first career double-double from Maye - 16 points and 12 rebounds - that helped set the tone early and send the top-seeded Tar Heels to a 92-80 victory over Butler in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.

The Latest: Chiozza's 3 gives SEC an Elite Eight trio

The Latest on the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Friday (all times Eastern): 1:15 a.m. The Southeastern Conference had a big Friday night. Chris Chiozza's incredible running 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted Florida past Wisconsin in overtime, and it gave the SEC three teams in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1986. Kentucky beat UCLA in the South Region, while South Carolina beat Baylor in the East.

Update on the latest sports

NCAA TOURNAMENT-MEN Oregon ousts Kansas, Gonzaga cruises in reaching Final Four UNDATED (AP) -- Oregon and Gonzaga have moved into the Final Four in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Tyler Dorsey shot 6-for-10 from 3-point range and scored a game-high 27 points as the Ducks eliminated top seed Kansas, 74-60 in the Midwest Regional final at Kansas City.

Crème de la crème: Hoop royalty meet in Memphis for Sweet 16

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Three of college basketball's blue bloods, along with a blue bulldog from Indiana that has had lots of success of its own, have gathered in Memphis for a marquee showdown in the Sweet 16. North Carolina, Kentucky and UCLA are joined by upstart Butler in the South Regional -- the only region where the top four seeds all advanced after the opening weekend.

QB Kizer interested in best spot, not highest draft pick

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer is more interested in landing in the right situation than being taken high in the NFL draft. "The number means absolutely nothing. I just want to be put into the right position that's going to allow me to win," Kizer said Thursday after working out for NFL personnel during Notre Dame's pro day.

Butler eager to add North Carolina to list of its upsets

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- No. 4 seed Butler (25-8) vs. No. 1 seed North Carolina (29-7) Third round, South region; Memphis, Tennessee; 7:09 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Butler is 2-4 against No. 1 seeds in the tournament all-time, reaching the national title game in 2010 and 2011 when they knocked off a No. 1 seed. The Bulldogs also beat defending national champ Villanova not once, but twice this season.

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Latest North Carolina and South Carolina sports

HORNETS-MAGIC Hornets rally in the fourth quarter for 109-102 win ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Kemba Walker scored 22 points and Marco Belinelli came off the bench to add 20 as the Charlotte Hornets pulled off a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat the Orlando Magic 109-102 on Wednesday night. Charlotte won its third straight game and keeps its Eastern Conference playoff hopes alive after entering the night three games out of eighth place in the standings.

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World Baseball Classic ... Sweet 16 ... Retroactive disqualifications

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The United States will play Puerto Rico tonight in Los Angeles in the title game of the World Baseball Classic. The matchup was set up by the U.S. team's 2-1 nail-biter victory Tuesday night over Japan at Dodger Stadium. A daylong downpour, rare in Southern California, couldn't dampen the resilient U.S. team led by former Major League Baseball manager Jim Leyland (LAY'-land).

Villanova loss, ACC flameout reshape NCAA Sweet 16 bracket

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- The Atlantic Coast Conference's strong regular season only stood to set up a first-weekend flameout in the NCAA Tournament. The league had a record nine bids, but North Carolina is the only one alive in the Sweet 16. And the South Region's No. 1 seed was fortunate to survive a second-round game against Arkansas to get there.

NCAA Tournament Capsules

Results from the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday: ___ EAST REGION SOUTH CAROLINA 88, DUKE 81 GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Sindarius Thornwell had 24 points, Chris Silva scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half and seventh-seeded South Carolina stunned No. 2 seed Duke 88-81 on Sunday night to advance to its first Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament's expanded bracket.

No. 1 seed North Carolina survives to beat Arkansas 72-65

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's players talked all year about their run to last year's NCAA championship game -- that, as painful as the loss was, it prepared them for another Final Four push. On Sunday, down to a handful of possessions with their season suddenly in peril, the Tar Heels' experience saved them from a stunningly early exit. Kennedy Meeks had 16 points and a huge tip-in with 44.

The Latest: Sweet 16 set after 2 more major upsets

The Latest on the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 12 a.m. The Sweet 16 is set after a Sunday filled with close games and two huge upsets. No. 7 seed South Carolina bounced No. 2 seed Duke, a team that opened as the betting favorite in some Las Vegas casinos. Another 2, Louisville, was taken down by Michigan to leave the ACC with only one team in the field.

Expect fast-paced game with Tar Heels meeting Razorbacks

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- North Carolina is at its best when the Tar Heels are pushing the ball upcourt in a go-go-go pace, one that frequently has opponents desperately trying to slow things down. That shouldn't be a problem for Sunday's second-round game in the South Regional. Arkansas is just as eager to play fast -- even if that's a prospect that thrills the top-seeded Tar Heels.