SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- No. 11 seed Xavier (23-13) vs. No. 2 seed Arizona (32-4) Third round, West region; San Jose, California; 10:09 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Xavier is the lone double-digit seed left in a Sweet 16 filled with power programs. The Musketeers pulled off a pair of upsets to reach the regional semifinals, beating No. 6 seed Maryland and No. 3 Florida State the first weekend of the tournament.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Next year, third-year VCU coach Will Wade will be largely relying on players he recruited to keep the Rams' success going. The college careers of five seniors ended with VCU's loss to Saint Mary's in the NCAA Tournament, capping an impressive run for the group: 103 victories, four consecutive seasons with at least 24 wins and four NCAA Tournaments. The quintet is the bulk of what remains from Shaka Smart's six seasons at VCU.
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.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett sounded relieved to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night and grateful, even, to be done with Virginia Commonwealth. Jock Landale had 18 points and 13 rebounds as seventh-seeded Saint Mary's held on for an 85-77 victory over No. 10 VCU in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament's West Region. "They're hard to put away," Bennett said.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- For 20 minutes, Villanova looked ordinary, vulnerable, may be even a little scared. The Wildcats finished like champions. Donte DiVincenzo scored 21 points and the NCAA Tournament's top seed shook off a shocking start and stumbled forward in the East region Thursday night with a 76-56 victory over No. 16 seed Mount St. Mary's.
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.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- No. 7 seed Saint Mary's (28-4) vs. No. 10 Virginia Commonwealth University (26-8) First round, West region; Salt Lake City; 7:20 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: This should be a clash of styles. Saint Mary's runs a deliberate offense to go along with the No. 2 scoring defense in the nation. VCU wants to speed up the pace of play and get out in transition.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Along with the accolades, attention and autograph seekers, Villanova earned something else with its national championship. A target. In one year, the Wildcats have gone from the team that couldn't get past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament to the one to beat. What a difference a shot makes. From chokers to champions.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- No. 1 Villanova (31-3) vs. No. 16 Mount St. Mary's (20-15). First round, East region; Buffalo, New York; 7:10 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: The tournament's top-seeded team, Villanova is trying to become the first school to repeat as national champions since Florida in 2006-07. Led by senior guard Josh Hart and forward Kris Jenkins, the experienced Wildcats lost twice to Butler during the regular season and once at Marquette.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Diminutive point guard Junior Robinson fearlessly dribbled into the heart of New Orleans' defense, pulled up and hit yet another of his oh-so-soft jumpers. This one decided a frenetic opening game for the NCAA Tournament. The smallest player in Division I scored 23 points Tuesday night, including that go-ahead jumper with 1:27 to play, and Mount St. Mary's held on for a 67-66 victory over New Orleans in the First Four.
No. 16 seed Mount St. Mary's (19-15) vs. No. 16 seed New Orleans (20-11) First Four, East region; Dayton, Ohio; 6:40 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Mount St. Mary's relies on a pressing defense -- so-called "Mount Mayhem" -- and 3-point shooting. New Orleans is led by forward Erik Thomas, the Southland Conference's player of the year averaging 19.5 points and 7.8 rebounds. BAD START: Mount St.
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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The West Region of the NCAA Tournament has a decidedly Western feel for a change. Led by West Coast Conference champion Gonzaga and Pac-12 tournament winner Arizona, the top two teams in the West Region are actually from the Western part of the United States for the first time in 26 years. "I think that's smart to be honest with you," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Rhode Island coach Danny Hurley made his players watch a version of the "One Shining Moment" video that runs at the end of every NCAA Tournament just hours before the Rams took on Virginia Commonwealth in the Atlantic-10 title game on Sunday. Hurley's message to his team was clear: don't leave the opportunity to make an appearance in the 2017 edition up the mood of the selection committee.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Gonzaga coach Mark Few brought in veteran transfers and one of the best recruiting classes in school history this season, a group that's been called the best in his 18-year tenure as head coach. The Zags have lived up to the hype so far, nearly pulling off an undefeated regular season and earning another West Coast Conference Tournament title. Next up could be another No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.