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Top-Seeded Ohio State Falls in Final Seconds to Kentucky

March 26 (Bloomberg) -- Brandon Knight’s 15-foot jump shot with 5.4 seconds remaining gave the University of Kentucky a 62-60 win against Ohio State University, the overall top seed in the national men’s college basketball championship.

The Buckeyes became the third regional No. 1 seed to fall in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament, joining Duke University and the University of Pittsburgh. The only top seed to reach the final eight was the University of Kansas.

Kansas advanced last night by beating the University of Richmond 77-57, and second-seeded University of North Carolina topped Marquette University 81-63. No. 11 Virginia Commonwealth University defeated 12th-seeded Florida State 72-71 after the Seminoles forced the game into overtime.

The next opponent for Kansas in the Southwest Region will be Virginia Commonwealth. North Carolina will play seven-time national champion Kentucky in the East Region.

Kansas’ Brady Morningstar scored 18 points and Marcus Morris had 13 to lead the Jayhawks to victory against the 12th-ranked Spiders at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Justin Harper had 22 points for the Spiders, who were down 41-22 at the half.

At the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, Tyler Zeller had 27 points and Harrison Barnes had 20 for North Carolina.

The Tar Heels used a 19-0 first-half run to take a 27-10 lead, holding the Golden Eagles scoreless for 8 minutes, 47 seconds. Marquette went 0-for-14 shooting during the stretch, turning the ball over five times.

“We did a great job of forcing them out of their offense, and then just not letting them ever take a comfortable shot,” Zeller said in a news conference.

‘We Were Pitiful’

For the half, Marquette shot 20 percent from the field on 6-of-30 shooting, turning the ball over 12 times as compared with three for the Tar Heels. North Carolina had a 40-15 lead at the half.

“I thought in the first half we were pitiful,” Marquette coach Buzz Williams said. “I knew they were really good, and I thought they played even better than good.”

Davante Gardner had 16 points for the Golden Eagles.

To contact the reporters on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net; Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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