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Michigan St. Tops Defending Champs

Posted: March 28, 2009 2:06 AM ; Updated: March 28, 2009 2:08 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Kalin Lucas couldn't shoot straight for 39 minutes. He made up for those misses in a hurry.

Lucas scored seven points in the final 49 seconds, including 5-for-5 on free throws, to help Michigan State rally for a 67-62 win over defending national champion Kansas Friday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals.

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North Carolina Hammers Gonzaga

Posted: March 28, 2009 2:03 AM ; Updated: March 28, 2009 2:07 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Ty Lawson sat on the sideline with both feet propped up on a chair, shooting an occasional glance toward the court as his left ankle was re-taped.

He went back in the game a few moments later, but there was no rush. North Carolina had this one well under control.

Lawson scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half, and the top-seeded Tar Heels routed Gonzaga 98-77 in the South Regional on Friday night. They'll play second-seeded Oklahoma on Sunday for a berth in the Final Four.

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Oklahoma Breezes Past Syracuse

Posted: March 28, 2009 2:00 AM ; Updated: March 28, 2009 2:07 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Blake Griffin saw 6-foot Jonny Flynn plant his feet near the basket, trying to draw a charge near the end of the first half. So Oklahoma's bullish power forward changed his plans.

Oh, he still drove through Flynn, flattening the point guard. The change came as Griffin switched from another thundering dunk to a simple layup -- and when a blocking foul was called, he got the added bonus of a free throw.

"I was hoping it went in our favor," Griffin said.

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Villanova Blows Away Duke

Posted: March 27, 2009 1:02 AM ; Updated: March 27, 2009 1:26 AM

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BOSTON (AP) -- Dante Cunningham scored 14 points with 11 rebounds and third-seeded Villanova beat Duke for the first time in more than 50 years, taking advantage of the Blue Devils' poor shooting to win 77-54 Thursday night and advance to the NCAA regional final.

The Wildcats (29-7) will play Big East rival Pittsburgh (31-4), the top seed in the East, on Saturday for a trip to the Final Four.

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Missouri Hammers Memphis

Posted: March 27, 2009 12:22 AM ; Updated: March 27, 2009 1:24 AM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- A career night by J.T. Tiller put Missouri one win away from its first trip to the Final Four. Memphis' 27-game winning streak, meanwhile, is history.

Tiller scored a career-high 23 points -- 15 more than his season average -- and Missouri held off Memphis' frantic rally for a 102-91 win Thursday night in the semifinals of the West Regional.

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UConn Too Much for Purdue

Posted: March 26, 2009 10:41 PM ; Updated: March 27, 2009 1:24 AM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- After cruising through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, Connecticut found itself in trouble for the first time.

Thanks to Hasheem Thabeet, the top-seeded Huskies weren't in trouble for long.

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Pitt holds off Xavier

Posted: March 26, 2009 10:35 PM ; Updated: March 27, 2009 1:24 AM

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BOSTON (AP) -- Levance Fields gave Pittsburgh the lead with a 3-pointer with 50.9 seconds left, then scored off his steal as the Panthers advanced to the regional finals for the first time in 35 years with a 60-55 win over Xavier on Thursday night.

Top-seeded Pitt (31-4) trailed 54-52 before its point guard connected. Then he poked the ball away from B.J. Raymond and went in for the layup with 23.9 seconds to go.

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