MEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT: Davis, No. 8 Arkansas oust top-seeded Kansas

Nkamhoua ties career best in points as No. 4 Tennessee defeats No. 5 Duke

Arkansas Razorbacks guard Ricky Council IV (1) shoots the ball against the Kansas Jayhawks during the second half of an NCAA Tournament game March, 18, 2023 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Arkansas Razorbacks guard Ricky Council IV (1) shoots the ball against the Kansas Jayhawks during the second half of an NCAA Tournament game March, 18, 2023 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Ricky Council IV and Davonte Davis combined for 46 points and No. 8 seed Arkansas advanced to its third consecutive Sweet 16 with a 72-71 upset of No. 1 seed Kansas on Saturday.

Daniels had 21 second-half points and a game high 25, while Council made 10 of 11 free throws and scored 21 with six rebounds and four assists.

"Devo was absolutely incredible," Arkansas coach Eric Musselman said, moments after recovering the shirt he ripped off and waved over his head in celebration.

Arkansas made 21 of 26 free throws and outscored Kansas 15-2 on second-chance points.

Council sealed Arkansas' upset at the foul line, including the deciding pair with seven seconds left to oust the West Region No. 1 seed.


After making the first of two free throws, Council got his own miss on the second, attacked off the dribble and was sent back to the line where he drilled both to push Arkansas to a 70-67 lead with 20 seconds left. Jalen Wilson was fouled, the fifth for Arkansas freshman Jordan Walsh, and he made both free throws with eight seconds to go.

Wilson tied the game at 67 with two free throws. He led the Jayhawks with 20 points and made 9 of 11 free throws.

Davis delivered his season-high with 25 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 1:56 on the clock. Arkansas regained possession trailing 65-63, Council made a turnaround jumper to knot the game at 65 with 1:43 to go.

KJ Adams converted a three-point play to nudge Kansas ahead 61-57. Later, Dajuan Harris Jr. was called for a 10-second violation walking the ball up the floor and Arkansas responded with a Council jumper and then tied it at 61 with Davis' left-hander off the glass from the right side.

Arkansas limited turnovers and Davis caught fire in the second half with a run of seven consecutive made attempts.

No. 2 UCLA 68, No. 7 Northwestern 63

Jaime Jaquez Jr. registered 24 points and eight rebounds to help UCLA past Northwestern on Saturday night.

Amari Bailey added 14 points and six assists as the second-seeded Bruins (31-5) advanced to a third straight Sweet 16 for the first time since the program reached three consecutive Final Fours from 2006-08.

Tyger Campbell had seven assists and was 12 of 12 from the free-throw line for all of his points as UCLA won for the 14th time in the past 15 games.


Boo Buie scored 18 points for seventh-seeded Northwestern (22-12), which is 2-2 all-time in NCAA Tournament play. Matt Nicholson scored a career-best 17 points on 7-of-7 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds while Chase Audige scored all 16 of his points in the second half for the Wildcats.

Northwestern connected on 37.3% of its shots and was 6 of 22 from behind the arc.

The Bruins shot 50% from the field and were 6 of 15 from 3-point range.

The margin was three before UCLA's David Singleton swished a 3-pointer with 1:52 remaining to give the Bruins a 62-56 edge.

Brooks Barnhizer made two free throws with 1:26 left to bring Northwestern within four before Campbell made two free throws with 32.6 seconds remaining. Buie's basket with 23.3 seconds left again cut the Wildcats' deficit to four.

Singleton was fouled with 20.3 seconds left but injured his lower right leg on the play and was helped to the locker room. Dylan Andrews shot the free throws instead and made both for a six-point margin.

Campbell made two free throws with 11.7 seconds left to cap it.

UCLA held a 10-point halftime lead and pushed the margin to 41-28 on Bailey's layup with 17:59 remaining before the Wildcats went on a 17-4 surge.



No. 2 Texas 71, No. 10 Penn State 66

Texas Longhorns guard Tyrese Hunter (4) controls the ball against Penn State Nittany Lions guard Jalen Pickett (22) and guard Camren Wynter (11) during the first half of a NCAA Tournament game March 18, 2023 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Texas Longhorns guard Tyrese Hunter (4) controls the ball against Penn State Nittany Lions guard Jalen Pickett (22) and guard Camren Wynter (11) during the first half of a NCAA Tournament game March 18, 2023 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Dylan Disu dominated with a season-high 28 points and Timmy Allen made Jalen Pickett appear mortal as Texas advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2008 with a 71-66 win over Penn State on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Disu had 10 points in the final 4:32 to rescue Texas from a frigid perimeter shooting effort (1 of 13 from 3-point range). Sir'Jabari Rice added 13 points.

"Just my teammates and coaching staff believing in me and encouraging me to get to my spots," Disu said after breaking the school record of made field goals in a tournament game — previously held by Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge — with 14 in 20 attempts.

Allen had nine points, 12 rebounds and three assists while harassing Pickett into seven turnovers.

Pickett had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Camryn Winter led Penn State with 16 points. Andrew Funk, who made 8 of 10 from 3-point range Thursday in the first-round win over Texas A&M, was 2 of 10 from 3-point land and finished with 12 points.

With the clock ticking under one minute, Disu drained a jumper from the wing for a seven-point lead, 65-58, and added two more with 34 seconds remaining on a runout that made it 67-60.

Out of a timeout made possible by Seth Lundy beating three Longhorns to a Penn State missed shot, the Nittany Lions turned the ball over and Marcus Carr carved through the lane from left to right converted a sweeping layup for a 63-58 Texas advantage.

Disu scored on three straight Texas possessions, including a drop-step score to bring the Longhorns back to life for a 61-58 lead with 2:30 left.


Texas led Penn State 31-23 at halftime, bottling up Pickett and forcing him into five turnovers with just five points in the first 20 minutes.

No. 1 Houston 81, No. 9 Auburn 64

Tramon Mark scored a career-high 26 points and the Houston defense did the rest as the No. 1 seeded Cougars came back in the second half for a win over ninth-seeded Auburn.

Houston trailed by 10 at halftime but swept to the lead with a 15-4 run to begin the second half. Then, with top scorers Marcus Sasser and Jamal Shead on the bench with foul trouble, Mark took charge and carried the Cougars to the Sweet 16.

Sasser finished with 22 points, Shead had 10 and Jarace Walker took 10 rebounds for Houston.

Johni Broome and Jaylin Williams led the Tigers with 14 points each and Allen Flanigan added 10. Auburn (21-13) finished 4 of 24 from the floor in the second half.

The game went back and forth over the first 16 minutes until a 10-2 run capped by two free throws by Broome allowed the Tigers to take their largest lead to that point, at 34-27, with 2:39 to play in the first half. J'Wan Roberts' layup off a Shead assist stopped the surge for Houston but Flanigan's layup with 1:50 remaining pushed Auburn's lead back to seven points.

Shead cut the Houston deficit to 36-31 on a layup with 1:33 left but the Tigers got a three-point play from Williams and a jumper from Broome to carry a 41-31 advantage at the break.

Williams led all scorers with 11 points before halftime as the Tigers scored 22 points in the paint. Sasser led the Cougars with nine points but was kept scoreless in the final 14:45 of the half.


Houston's defense clamped down on the Tigers over the first seven minutes of the second half, sweeping to a 46-45 lead on Sasser's 3-pointer with 12:56 to play. Auburn made just one of 10 shots over that stretch.

Sasser picked up his fourth foul with 10:52 to play and went to the bench with the Tigers up 49-46. Shead was then whistled for his fourth foul with 8:22 remaining, meaning Houston had its top two scorers out of the game in the run-up to clutch time.


No. 4 Tennessee 65, No. 5 Duke 52

Tennessee Volunteers forward Olivier Nkamhoua (13) holds the ball between Kyle Filipowski (30) and Dereck Lively II (1) of Duke during the second half of an NCAA Tournament game March 18, 2023 in Orlando, Florida.
Tennessee Volunteers forward Olivier Nkamhoua (13) holds the ball between Kyle Filipowski (30) and Dereck Lively II (1) of Duke during the second half of an NCAA Tournament game March 18, 2023 in Orlando, Florida.
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Olivier Nkamhoua scored 23 of his career-best-tying 27 points in the second half to help No. 4 Tennessee notch a 65-52 victory over No. 5 Duke on Saturday afternoon at Orlando, Florida.

Santiago Vescovi made four 3-pointers while scoring 14 points as the Volunteers (25-10) advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2019. Nkamhoua made 10 of 13 field-goal attempts, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range.

Tyrese Proctor scored 16 points for the Blue Devils (27-9), who were eliminated in the second round for the first time since 2017. Kyle Filipowski added 13 points and eight rebounds and Jeremy Roach also scored 13 points.

Duke was plagued by 15 turnovers in coach Jon Scheyer's first NCAA Tournament since replacing Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski.

The Blue Devils connected on 42.9% of their shots, including just 6 of 21 from behind the arc.

Tennessee shot 40.4% from the field and made 9 of 21 from 3-point range. The Volunteers held an 18-7 edge in points off turnovers.


Nkamhoua scored 13 straight Tennessee points to help his club hold off the Blue Devils' bids to rally.

Duke pulled within two points early in the second half before the Volunteers responded with a 11-4 run. Vescovi made two 3-pointers in 38 seconds as Tennessee took a 44-35 lead with 11:54 left.

The Blue Devils were within 46-42 on Filipowski's basket with 9:10 remaining before Nkamhoua scored five straight points, including a 3-pointer, to push the lead to nine with 8:06 to play.

Nkamhoua also scored the next eight Tennessee points, with his trey pushing the lead to 59-48 with 4:16 remaining.

Nkamhoua's ferocious putback dunk made it 63-52 with 1:15 left and Nkamhoua added two free throws with 48.8 seconds left as Tennessee finished off the victory in style.

"This is what we do. We've been in these kind of fights all year," Nkamhoua said. "We lost some, we won some and we weathered the storm all year."


No. 15 Princeton 78, No. 7 Missouri 63

The Princeton Tigers celebrate after defeating the Missouri Tigers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 18, 2023 in Sacramento, California.
The Princeton Tigers celebrate after defeating the Missouri Tigers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 18, 2023 in Sacramento, California.
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No. 15 seed Princeton emphatically took another magical step in the NCAA Tournament as Ryan Langborg scored 22 points to help the Tigers advance to their first Sweet 16 by smothering seventh-seeded Missouri 78-63 on Saturday in Sacramento, California.

Princeton (23-8) becomes the third 15th seed — and second in the past two years — to reach the Sweet 16. The others are Florida Gulf Coast (2013) and Saint Peter's (2022). Saint Peter's is the only No. 15 seed to make it all the way to a regional final.

The Ivy League tournament champions made this game a no-drama affair for the final 10 minutes, essentially using the same formula that led to a 59-55 first-round stunner of second-seeded Arizona.

On Saturday, the Tigers outrebounded Missouri 44-30, had a 19-2 edge in second-chance points, and effectively slowed down the game by limiting transition opportunities, allowing just seven fast-break points.

The difference Saturday was that Princeton also was hitting shots from distance. The Tigers were 4 of 25 from 3-point range on Thursday, but Blake Peters came off the bench and had more makes all by himself just in the second half. He was 5 of 8 from behind the arc and scored all 17 of his points after halftime.

Tosan Evbuomwan contributed nine points, nine rebounds and five assists for Princeton. Freshman Caden Pierce had a career-high 16 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end. Matt Allocco had 10 points to go with seven assists.

DeAndre Gholston led Missouri (25-10) with 19 points. Noah Carter added 14, while Kobe Brown posted 12 points and seven boards. Missouri's only lead was at 3-2.

Missouri was intent on getting the ball down low to Brown to start the second half, but Princeton blocked him twice in the lane, helping fuel a 7-0 run that expanded a seven-point halftime lead to 40-28.

Princeton is the second Ivy League team to make the Sweet 16 since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. The other is Cornell in 2010.

No. 5 San Diego State 75, No. 13 Furman 52

Micah Parrish had 16 points and six rebounds to lead fifth-seeded San Diego State to a 75-52 victory over 13th-seeded Furman in the second round of the NCAA tournament Saturday in Orlando, Florida.

Lamont Butler added 12 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Aztecs (29-6), who advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2014.

Darrion Trammell chipped in 13 points and Matt Bradley finished with 10 points for the Mountain West regular-season and tournament champion Aztecs, who have won six straight games. Nathan Mensah had six points and nine rebounds.

The Aztecs shot an impressive 29 of 58 (50%) from the field, including 6 of 20 (30%) from 3-point range. San Diego State outrebounded the Paladins 41-24.

Playing in its first NCAA Tournament in 43 years, Furman ended the winningest season in program history at 28-8. The Paladins earned just their second NCAA Tournament win ever and first since 1974 in Thursday's first-round upset of fourth-seeded Virginia.

Against San Diego State, Mike Bothwell scored 15 points for Furman, which ended its season by winning 15 of its last 17 games. Alex Williams had 11 points and JP Pegues finished with 10 for the Paladins.

The Paladins shot 16 of 50 (32%) from the field, including 6 of 26 (23.1%) from beyond the arc.

Leading by 14 at halftime, San Diego State put the game away by opening the second half on a 12-5 run to take a 51-30 lead following Adam Seiko's layup with 14:12 left.

After Furman took a 16-12 lead on Jalen Slawson's 3-pointer with 11:17 left in the first half, the Aztecs took control of the game. San Diego State allowed the Paladins to make just one field goal the rest of the half and used an 18-1 run to take a 30-17 advantage following Parrish's layup with 4:48 remaining.

Parrish scored 12 points and Bradley had seven in the first 20 minutes for San Diego State.

Furman was led by Slawson's eight first-half points, while Bothwell added seven.

No. 1 Alabama 73, No. 8 Maryland 51

Brandon Miller bounced back from a poor game to post 19 points and seven rebounds, leading top-seeded Alabama past eighth-seeded Maryland in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night.

Jahvon Quinerly scored 15 of his game-high 22 in the second half for the Crimson Tide (31-5), while Charles Bediako had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Alabama only outshot Maryland 39.7% to 35.2%, but the Crimson Tide owned a 44-32 advantage on the boards, and scored 16 second-chance points on 15 offensive rebounds.

Julian Reese scored 14 points for the Terrapins (22-13) despite heavy foul trouble. Jahmir Young scored 12.

Miller went scoreless in Alabama's first-round win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Along with playing through a lingering groin injury, Miller has been under heavy scrutiny for his involvement in the shooting death of Jamea Harris.

Investigators testified that Miller delivered former teammate Darius Miles' gun to the scene of the shooting; Miller has been flanked by armed security at the tournament after receiving "threats," according to coach Nate Oats.

Maryland made its first four field-goal attempts of the night before missing its next nine. The score was stuck at 12-10 Terrapins as neither team could score for a nearly five-minute span, until Bediako's dunk in transition tied the game with 9:25 left in the half.

Reese picked up two fouls 18 seconds apart and subbed out three minutes into the game. He subbed back in at 11:55 but was whistled for his third foul with 8:50 and had to sit the rest of the half.

Miller's driving layup at 6:45 marked his first made field goal of the tournament, and his spin move to the left set him up for a baseline jumper with 4:28 left. It turned into an 11-1 run that pushed Alabama ahead 26-17.

But the Terrapins cut it to 28-23 by halftime as Young sank a floater in the lane with one second left.


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