Butler, Purdue use true grit to get programs into Sweet 16

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Coach Matt Painter kept believing in his team even as he watched Purdue fritter away a 19-point lead. He did, after all, recruit these players to excel in tough times. And he did spend two years using the lessons from consecutive overtime losses in the NCAA Tournament to show his team what it took to survive in March.

Tourney roller coaster: Who's up, down heading to Sweet 16

Everything's magnified in March. A player who has been slumping all season can quickly put that behind him with a couple of big performances in the NCAA Tournament. A team that has struggled can suddenly change its reputation by heating up in the postseason. North Carolina's Joel Berry II, Florida's Devin Robinson and South Carolina's entire team are some of those on the annual tournament roller coaster heading into the Sweet 16.

The Latest: After quiet start, March Madness gets big upset

The Latest on Day 3 of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 12:05 p.m. It took three days for the NCAA Tournament to produce a major upset. It was a stunner that busted a ton of brackets. Villanova, the defending national champion and the top overall seed, was upended by eighth-seeded Wisconsin 65-62. Fellow No.

MTSU's Williams, Butler's Woodson give teams transfer boost

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- JaCorey Williams' drive to succeed at Middle Tennessee can be traced in part to a road trip to St. Louis. As a transfer from Arkansas who redshirted last season, Williams was prevented by NCAA rules from traveling with his teammates for their first-round game last March in Missouri against Michigan State.

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NCAA-WINTHROP-BUTLER Defense, Woodson's shooting help Butler beat Winthrop 76-64 MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Avery Woodson scored 18 points and tied a career high with six 3-pointers in his NCAA Tournament debut to lead Butler to a 76-64 win over Winthrop on Thursday. Woodson, a graduate transfer from Memphis, hit five 3s in the first half to help the fourth-seeded Bulldogs build a 14-point halftime lead.

NCAA Tournament Capsules

Results from the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday: ___ WEST REGION NORTHWESTERN 68, VANDERBILT 66 SALT LAKE CITY -- Northwestern got its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory, 68-66 over Vanderbilt, after Commodores guard Matthew Fisher-Davis inexplicably grabbed Wildcats guard Bryant McIntosh on purpose, sending McIntosh to the free throw line for the go-ahead points with 15 seconds left.

Rodriguez, Delgado help Seton Hall edge No. 13 Butler

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Seton Hall certainly is making a late-season run at an NCAA Tournament berth.  Desi Rodriguez scored 21 points, and Angel Delgado added 20 points and 16 rebounds Saturday, helping the Pirates rally from a 10-point, second-half deficit and upset No. 13 Butler 70-64. The Pirates (20-10, 10-8 Big East) scored the game's final seven points, taking a 65-64 lead on Khadeen Carrington's basket with 1:24 remaining. Freshman Myles Powell's 3-pointer with 35.

Delgado, Rodriguez lead Seton Hall past No. 13 Butler

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Desi Rodriguez scored 21 points, and Angel Delgado added 20 points and 16 rebounds Saturday, helping Seton Hall rally from a 10-point, second-half deficit to upset No. 13 Butler 70-64. The Pirates (20-10, 10-8 Big East) scored the game's final seven points, taking a 65-64 lead on Khadeen Carrington's basket with 1:24 remaining. Myles Powell's 3-pointer with 35.3 seconds left stretched the lead to 68-64.