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Edwards has 42 as 2018 champ Nova ousted

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Purdue's Carsen Edwards says he was getting tired of answering questions about his shooting slump.

The Boilermakers' junior star had all the answers Saturday night. He scored a career-high 42 points as Purdue knocked reigning national champion Villanova out of the NCAA Tournament in an 87-61 rout.

Matt Haarms added 18 points and nine rebounds for the third-seeded Boilermakers (25-9), who advanced to their third straight Sweet 16. Ryan Cline added 12 points, all on 3-pointers.


Clarke's 36 power Gonzaga past Baylor

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Next stop on the Brandon Clarke Dunk `n Swat Festival: The Sweet 16.

The Gonzaga forward had five monster dunks, five blocks, matched a career-high with 36 points and enjoyed the overall kind of night that earns potential NBAers millions, while leading the top-seeded Bulldogs to an 83-71 rejection of Baylor on Saturday.


Auburn blows past Kansas into Sweet 16

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Bruce Pearl and Auburn made another unexpected leap in its rebuilding process Saturday night, putting on a dazzling offensive display to take down a college basketball blue blood.

A year after an unexpected SEC title and one NCAA Tournament game victory, the Tigers are headed to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 16 years.


Michigan downs Florida to make Sweet 16

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Michigan's biggest concern against Florida was facing the Gators' lockdown defense.

The solution? Beat Florida at its own game.


Kentucky tops Wofford as Magee struggles

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Everywhere Fletcher Magee turned, there was a hand in his face, a body in his way, a relentless wave of blue that was intent on making sure he never found any alone time.

Kentucky totally and completely shut down the most prolific 3-point scorer in Division I history.


Spartans rip Minnesota, back in Sweet 16

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Michigan State doesn't just hope to get to the Sweet 16 each year. It expects it.

The Spartans played with that attitude, and then some, rolling past Minnesota 70-50 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night to advance to the regional semifinals for the first time since 2015.


Waters' late layup sends LSU to Sweet 16

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) It's probably the same play suspended LSU coach Will Wade would have called.

After all, it worked several times during the regular season. And now it has the Tigers in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2006.


FSU slams Morant and Murray State

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Scribbled in black marker on Terance Mann's left shoe was all the inspiration he needed: Mike Cofer, 3-21-19.

Just a couple of days ago, Mann's close friend and Florida State teammate, Phil Cofer, found out his father had died after a long illness. Mann and the rest of the Seminoles vowed to play this game, this NCAA Tournament, for "something bigger."


Duke F White unlikely to play vs. UCF

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Duke probably won't be a full strength for its NCAA Tournament second-round game against UCF on Sunday with reserve forward Jack White likely to sit out a second straight game.

White, who's averaged more than 21 minutes a game off the bench, was out for the first-round win over North Dakota State with a hamstring injury. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said White worked out some Saturday and will test himself in warmups before Sunday's matchup with ninth-seeded UCF but "we don't think he's going to play."


Cinderellas abound in South Region

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Can anyone carry the Loyola-Chicago mantle deep into this NCAA Tournament? Is there a double-digit seed left that's capable of grabbing the nation's imagination? Maybe one with an unusual nickname?

Check out the South Region.

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