No. 7 Michigan 92, No. 10 Oklahoma State 91
INDIANAPOLIS — Derrick Walton Jr. and D.J. Wilson each sank two pressure-packed free throws during the final 10 seconds Friday afternoon and No. 7 seed Michigan held off a late rally from No. 10 seed Oklahoma State 92-91 in Midwest Regional action.
Derrick Walton Jr.
Walton led Michigan (25-11) with 26 points, and Wilson added 19 for the Big Ten tournament champion Wolverines, who extended their winning streak to six, including four in the conference tourney. Michigan will face No. 2 seed Louisville in the next round.
Oklahoma State (20-13) got 23 points from Jawun Evans and 19 from Jeffrey Carroll. The Cowboys shot 54.7 percent (35 of 64) and outrebounded Michigan 40-21 but could not overcome the Wolverines’ 16 made 3-pointers in 29 attempts (55.2 percent).
Walton’s 3-pointer with 9:06 remaining pushed Michigan into a 70-64 lead, but Evans countered with a layup to pull the Cowboys to within 70-66. It was close the rest of the way.
No. 2 Louisville 78, Jacksonville State 63
INDIANAPOLIS — No. 2 seed Louisville got 18 points from Mangok Mathiang and steadily pulled away from No. 15 seed Jacksonville State in Midwest Regional action.
The victory sets up a rematch of the 2013 NCAA championship game against Michigan on Sunday. The No. 7 seed Wolverines advanced earlier Friday with a 92-91 victory against Oklahoma State.
Louisville (25-8) outrebounded Jacksonville State (20-15) by a 36-23 margin and got 16 points each from Deng Adel and Quentin Snider.
Jacksonville State got 30 from Norbertas Giga, who made 11 of 13 field-goal attempts, including 5 of 5 from 3-point range, but the Gamecocks were outscored 44-14 in points in the paint and 24-3 on second-chance points.
No. 3 seed Baylor 91, No. 14 New Mexico State 71
TULSA – Third-seeded Baylor dominated the final 20 minutes against 14th-seeded New Mexico State in the East Regional matchup at the BOK Center.
After first-round exits against 14th-seeded Georgia State and 12th-seeded Yale the last two seasons, Baylor (26-7) responded to a two-point deficit at halftime versus New Mexico State by winning the second half, 53-33.
Guard Al Freeman led Baylor with 21 points, reserve forward Terry Maston added 19 and nine rebounds, forward Jo Lual-Acuil had 16 and forward Johnathan Motley finished with 15 points and a team-leading 10 rebounds for the Bears, who will face 11th-seeded USC in the next round.
Guard Braxton Huggins and guard Ian Baker each scored 19 to lead New Mexico State (28-6) and forward Eli Chuha added 11.
No. 11 USC 66, No. 6 SMU 65
TULSA – No. 11 seed USC erased multiple double-digit deficits on their way to edging sixth-seeded SMU in the East Region at the BOK Center.
Trojans guard Elijah Stewart hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with 37 seconds left and ultimately felled the Mustangs. SMU guard Shake Milton took a running jumper in the lane with one second left but it bounced away off the rim as the buzzer sounded.
Stewart led USC (26-9) with 22 points while forwards Chimezie Metu and Bennie Boatwright each added 14.
Forward Semi Ojeleye scored 24 points to lead SMU (30-5), guard Sterling Brown added 17 and Milton had 11. SMU saw its 16-game winning streak snapped and failed in its attempt to notch its first NCAA Tournament victory since 1988.
No. 3 Oregon 93, No. 14 Iona 77
SACRAMENTO — Oregon fans jumped to their feet as Dillon Brooks drove to the basket for an emphatic dunk to punctuate its victory over Iona in a first-round Midwest Regional game at the Golden 1 Center.
Tyler Dorsey scored 24 points for third-seeded Oregon (30-5). Brooks scored 18 points, Jordan Bell posted 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Payton Pritchard added 16 points.
Jordan Washington had 22 points and 11 rebounds for 14th-seeded Iona (22-13). Sam Cassell Jr. came off the bench to score 16 points and Deyshonee Much added 15.
Oregon was without senior forward Chris Boucher, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear in the Pac-12 tournament. Boucher was third on the team in scoring, second in rebounding and first in blocked shots, but the Ducks still had way too much firepower for the Gaels (22-13).
No. 8 Arkansas 77, No. 9 Seton Hall 71
GREENVILLE – Moses Kingsley scored 23 points and Arkansas regrouped down the stretch to overcome Seton Hall in the first round at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
Jaylen Barford added 20 points, Dusty Hannahs poured in 14 points and Dustin Thomas had 13 for eighth-seeded Arkansas (26-9), who will play either North Carolina or Texas Southern in Sunday’s second round of the South Regional.
Barford scored after a Seton Hall turnover to give the Razorbacks a 72-71 edge with 1:21 left. The Pirates (21-12) had multiple chances, missing a would-be go-ahead shot and then, after an official review determined they should keep the ball when it went out of bounds, committed another turnover.
An intentional foul against Seton Hall allowed Barford to sink two free throws with 18 seconds left, with Arkansas retaining possession and going on to win, earning a matchup with top-seeded North Carolina on Sunday