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Wichita St. upends Tennessee 80-73

AMERICAN BASKETBALL The Volunteers were leveled by the Shockers, marking Wichita State's first trip to the round of 16 since reaching a regional final 25 years ago


Wichita State's Matt Braeuer, right, shoots over Tennessee's C.J. Watson in the first half of their NCAA tournament game at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina, Saturday. The Shockers upset the Volunteers 80-73.


Karon Bradley hit a go-ahead, stepback jumper with about two minutes left while P.J. Couisnard followed with a big 3-pointer to help Wichita State beat Tennessee 80-73 Saturday in the second round of the Washington Regional.

The victory over the second-seeded Volunteers (22-8) marks Wichita State's first trip to the round of 16 since reaching a regional final 25 years ago.

Couisnard finished with 20 points on 6-for-7 shooting to lead the seventh-seeded Shockers (26-8), who used a late 7-0 spurt to break a 65-all tie. Wichita State next faces the winner of Sunday's George Mason-North Carolina game.

Kyle Wilson added 17 points to help make up for an off day by first-round leaders Paul Miller and Sean Ogirri. Miller managed 10 points on 1-for-9 shooting. Ogirri scored 12 points after finishing with 23 in the first round.

Chris Lofton and C.J. Watson each scored 20 points to lead the Volunteers. Major Wingate finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and five blocks.

Washington 67, Illinois 64

At San Diego, Brandon Roy helped bring Washington back from an 11-point deficit in the second half and the Huskies made the regional semifinals for the second straight year.

Dee Brown and the fourth-seeded Fighting Illini (26-7) go home, coming up short of reaching the regionals for the third straight year. Illinois reached the national championship game last year before losing to North Carolina.

Roy scored 21 points, including five during an 18-7 run that brought the fifth-seeded Huskies (26-6) back from a 53-42 deficit with 12 1/2 minutes to play. Roy scored from inside to tie the game at 60 with 3:27 left, setting up a thrilling finish.

The Huskies await the winner of Sunday's game between Kentucky and Connecticut.

Duke 74, George Washington 61

At Greensboro, North Carolina, J.J. Redick had 20 points, Shelden Williams added 17 points and 14 rebounds and the No. 1 overall seed easily advanced to the round of 16.

Josh McRoberts got his second double-double of the season with 14 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, while fellow freshman Greg Paulus never got frazzled against the ever-changing, trapping defense used by the Colonials (27-3). He had six assists to go with 10 points.

Omar Williams had 14 points for the eighth-seeded Colonials, and Mike Hall added 13. Duke next plays LSU on Thursday night.

LSU 58, Texas A&M 57

At Jacksonville, Florida, Darrel Mitchell's long 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds capped a wild finish and gave the fourth-seeded Tigers the victory. Glen ``Big Baby'' Davis scored 21 points, including a key basket in the final minute. But it was Mitchell who saved the day after Texas A&M snapped a 55-55 tie with Acie Law's jumper over Mitchell's outstretched arms with 19.3 seconds left.

The victory sends LSU (25-8) to the regional semifinals against top-seed Duke (32-3) on Thursday night. It's the Tigers' first trip to the regional semifinals since 2000. Law led the 12th-seeded Aggies (22-9) with 15 points. Antanas Kavaliauskas added 12. Mitchell joined Davis in double figures for LSU with 16.

Florida 82, UW-Milwaukee 60

At Jacksonville, Florida, Corey Brewer scored 23 points, Joakim Noah added 17 and the third-seeded Gators routed 11th-seeded Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Florida advanced to the semifinals of the Minneapolis Regional, the first time the team has escaped the opening weekend of the tourney since 2000. The last time the Gators (29-6) advanced to the round of 16, they went to the championship game before losing to Michigan State.

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