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.

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.

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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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Joel Berry II scored 28 points -- including a critical late-game burst of seven straight for his team -- to help No. 5 North Carolina hold off No. 17 Duke 90-83 on Saturday night. Isaiah Hicks added 21 points for the Tar Heels, who battled through a nearly shot-for-shot fight with their fiercest rival to finish unbeaten at home.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Joel Berry II scored 28 points -- including a critical late-game burst of seven straight for his team -- to help No. 5 North Carolina hold off No. 17 Duke 90-83 on Saturday night. Isaiah Hicks added 21 points for the Tar Heels, who battled through a nearly shot-for-shot fight with their fiercest rival to finish unbeaten at home.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Josh Hart scored 21 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers with 7 minutes left that put the game out of reach, as No. 2 Villanova pulled away to beat Georgetown 81-55 on Saturday.

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.

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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.