Gonzaga Is First No. 1 Out in NCAA Tournament, Louisville WinsBob Bensch and Nancy Kercheval
Gonzaga University became the first regional top seed eliminated from the men’s college basketball national tournament, while No. 1 Louisville advanced to the Round of 16.
“They never quit,” Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall told reporters after the Shockers’ 76-70 win. “You know we got the big lead, Gonzaga makes a great run as a No. 1 team in the country would, and these guys dig down.”
Other teams advancing to the National Collegiate Athletic Association regional semifinals were Marquette, Oregon, Arizona, Michigan, Michigan State and Syracuse.
In today’s games, it is Creighton against Duke; Mississippi facing La Salle; Iowa State playing Ohio State; Illinois against Miami; Indiana facing Temple; Florida Gulf Coast playing San Diego State; Minnesota against Florida, and Kansas playing North Carolina.
In yesterday’s other games it was Louisville 82, Colorado State 56; Oregon 74, Saint Louis 57; Michigan 78, Virginia Commonwealth 53; Michigan State 70, Memphis 48; Arizona 74, Harvard 51; Marquette 74, Butler 72, and Syracuse 66, California
Wichita State (28-8), the West region’s ninth seed, finished the game with a 25-12 run to upset Gonzaga (32-3), which went undefeated in the West Coast Conference and ended the season as No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Ron Baker and Cleanthony Early each had 16 points for Wichita State in the game at Salt Lake City. Kelly Olynyk had 26 points for Gonzaga and Kevin Pangos added 19 points.
Wichita State advanced to the regional semifinal against the winner of today’s game between La Salle and Mississippi.
C.J. Fair scored 18 points for Syracuse (28-9), seeded fourth in the East region, which advances to the regional semifinal to take on the winner of today’s game between top-seeded Indiana and Temple.
Richard Solomon scored 22 points for the 12th-seeded Golden Bears (21-12), who were trying to make it to the round of 16 for the first time in 16 years and just the third time since 1960.
Russ Smith scored 27 points for Louisville (31-5), seeded No. 1 in the Midwest region, and Gorqui Dieng added 12 points in Lexington, Kentucky. Greg Smith scored 14 and Daniel Bejarano had 10 for the eighth-seeded Rams (26-9). Louisville will next play Oregon in the regional semifinal on March 29.
Arizona, sixth seed in the West region, took control of the game in the first half, outscoring the 14th-seeded Crimson 40-22 before halftime in Salt Lake City.
Mark Lyons scored 27 points for the Wildcats and Solomon Hill added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Arizona shot 55 percent, compared to 28 percent for Harvard.
Kenyatta Smith had 10 points and Steve Moundou-Missi contributed nine for the Crimson. Sophomore Wesley Saunders, who led the Ivy League in scoring at 16.5 points a game, was held to eight points and freshman point guard Siyani Chambers, the Ivy League Rookie of the Year who averaged 12.9 points, scored six.
Arizona (27-7) will play the winner of today’s game between Ohio State and Iowa State in the regional semifinal.
Mitch McGary had 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead Michigan, the No. 4 seed in the South region. Trey Burke added 18 points as the Wolverines (28-7) moved on to play No. 1 Kansas or No. 8 North Carolina in the regional semifinal round.
Michigan used a 20-8 run over the final 10 minutes of the first half to take a 15-point lead. VCU (27-9) scored the first four points of the second half, then got no closer as Michigan extended its lead to as many as 31 points.
Michigan State, the third seed in the Midwest region, outscored Memphis 38-19 in the second half to pull away. Gary Harris scored 23 points and Adreian Payne added 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Spartans (27-8) advanced to meet No. 2 Duke or No. 7 Creighton.
Michigan State took an early 13-point lead before the Tigers (31-5) battled back to within 32-29 at halftime. The Spartans opened the second half with a 13-3 run and Memphis would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Vander Blue scored 29 points to help Marquette rally from a 35-27 halftime deficit at Lexington. Davante Gardner’s two free throws in the final four seconds secured the win for Marquette, seeded third in the East region, against sixth-seeded Butler.
Trent Lockett and Jamil Wilson each scored 13 points and Gardner had eight for Marquette (25-8). Rotnei Clarke had 24 points and Andrew Smith scored 17 for the Bulldogs (27-9).
Marquette next goes to the regional semifinal, where it will meet the winner of today’s game between Illinois and Miami.
Damyean Dotson scored 23 points to boost 12th-seeded Oregon to its win against Saint Louis. Carlos Emory added 14 points for the Ducks (28-8). Kwamain Mitchell scored 18 points and Dwayne Evans had 16 for the fourth-seeded Billikens (28-7).
The national championship game will be played April 8 in Atlanta.