Three No. 1 seeds, endless optimism among Sweet 16 teams

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's win over defending national champion and overall No. 1 seed Villanova shook up office pools around the country, though the tested Badgers aren't a typical No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Eleventh-seeded Xavier might be a surprise team in the regional semifinals, but with their 3-point prowess, the Musketeers are capable of shooting their way past any opponent.

Markkanen, Trier lead Arizona to 69-60 win over Saint Mary's

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Arizona and Saint Mary's are no strangers after scrimmaging during the preseason three times in the last four years. So, the Wildcats weren't surprised when the Gaels punched them in the mouth early. Lauri Markkanen and Allonzo Trier shined and No. 2-seeded Arizona rallied to defeat No. 7 Saint Mary's 69-60 on Saturday night and advance to the West Regional's Sweet 16.

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Results from the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday: ___ EAST REGION WISCONSIN 65, VILLANOVA 62 BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Top-seeded Villanova was bounced from the NCAA Tournament by eighth-seeded Wisconsin, which overcame foul trouble for two of its stars in the second half Saturday to upset the defending champions 65-62 in the East region. Nigel Hayes scored 19 points, dropping a layup in traffic with 11.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT Wisconsin ousts Villanova UNDATED (AP) -- There will be a new champion crowned in NCAA men's basketball on April 3. Wisconsin made sure of that by knocking off Villanova. Nigel Hayes hit a tiebreaking layup with 11.4 seconds left as the eighth-seeded Badgers beat the No. 1 overall seed, 65-62.

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.

Arizona's elite offense faces Saint Mary's elite defense

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- No. 2 seed Arizona (31-4) vs. No. 7 Saint Mary's (29-4) Second round, West region; Salt Lake City; 7:45 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Saint Mary's brings the No. 2 scoring defense in the nation to face an Arizona team that's averaged 90.25 points in its last five games. The Wildcats have been one of the hottest teams in the country while winning the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles.

Markkanen scores 20, Arizona rolls North Dakota 100-82

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Arizona's freshman combination of Lauri Markkanen and Rawle Alkins didn't act their age Thursday night in their NCAA Tournament debut. The pair combined for 40 points as the Wildcats began what's expected to be a deep postseason run. Markkanen scored 20 points as second-seeded Arizona cruised to a 100-82 victory over No. 15 North Dakota in the first round of the NCAA's West Regional.

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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.

A quick look at Arizona and North Dakota in NCAA Tournament

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- No. 2 seed Arizona (30-4) vs No. 14 seed North Dakota (22-9) First round, West region; Salt Lake City; 9:50 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Arizona is one of the hottest teams in the country after winning the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles. The Wildcats have advanced to the Elite Eight three times under coach Sean Miller, but have not reached the Final Four since 2001.

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No. 7 Arizona beats No. 3 UCLA 86-75 in Pac-12 semifinals

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A spot in the championship game secure, Arizona coach Sean Miller called a timeout with 0.9 seconds left against UCLA, threw the ball onto the floor and began shouting in the face of Kadeem Allen. Miller said it was to give the senior guard his due and make sure his team was poised at the end the game.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Josh Hart scored 19 points, including the game-winning basket with 9.6 seconds to play, and No. 2 Villanova beat Seton Hall 55-53 on Friday night in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament. Hart's three-point play on a rebound was the fifth lead change of the final 4 minutes and there were two ties.

No. 7 Arizona beats Colorado 92-78 at Pac-12 Tournament

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Arizona allowed Colorado to hang around for a half. Once the Wildcats got rolling, there was no stopping them on the way to the Pac-12 semifinals. Lauri Markkanen scored 20 points, Allonzo Trier added 19 and No. 7 Arizona pulled away in the second half for a 92-78 victory over Colorado on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the conference tourney. "They were offensive juggernauts tonight," Colorado coach Tad Boyle said.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Desmond Bane had 16 points, hitting three free throws with 2.5 seconds left, to help TCU stun top-ranked Kansas 85-82 in the Big 12 quarterfinals Thursday. The eighth-seeded Horned Frogs (19-14) blew an 11-point halftime lead, and still trailed 80-76 with just over a minute remaining.

UCLA's Ball voted AP Pac-12 player of the year

UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball has been named player and newcomer of the year, while Arizona coach Sean Miller has been named coach of the year on the All-Pac-12 Conference men's basketball team announced Tuesday by The Associated Press. Ball arrived at UCLA with plenty of hype and lived up to this season, leading the nation in assists with 7.8 per game. The 6-foot-6 guard also averaged 14.9 points and 6.2 rebounds for the third-ranked Bruins.

No. 7 Arizona pulls away to beat Arizona State 73-60

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona played two months without its top returning player, suffered through a slew of injuries and lost an emotional final home game. The Wildcats found ways to fight through the setbacks all during the regular season and could not have asked for a better finish: With a win over their biggest rival and a share of the Pac-12 title.

Best of the best: Time to decide league players of the year

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- For some of college basketball's top leagues, there's little doubt who should be the player of the year in the conference. In others, there are multiple worthy candidates that can walk away with the honor. The five power conferences -- the Big 12, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference-- and the Big East wrap up regular-season play this weekend.

No. 5 UCLA dominates offensive boards to edge No. 4 Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- An awesome offense has carried UCLA to a terrific season. The Bruins turned to rebounding and defense for what may have been their most impressive win yet. Thomas Welsh scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and No. 5 UCLA dominated the offensive boards to beat No. 4 Arizona 77-72 in a Pac-12 showdown Saturday night. "That's what Tommy does," UCLA coach Steve Alford said.

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NBA-SCHEDULE Pelicans blasted in Cousins' debut UNDATED (AP) -- The New Orleans Pelicans absorbed a 30-point loss in their first game since acquiring All-Star DeMarcus Cousins from Sacramento. Cousins finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds, but Lou Williams spoiled the fun by leading Houston's 129-99 laugher against the Pelicans. Williams hit seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points in his Rockets debut.