Oregon romps past Saint Louis

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Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi drives to the hoop against Saint Louis' Cody Ellis during the Ducks' 17-point win Saturday night. Oregon, a No. 12 seed, plays Louisville next.  TONY AVELAR/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi drives to the hoop against Saint Louis' Cody Ellis during the Ducks' 17-point win Saturday night. Oregon, a No. 12 seed, plays Louisville next.

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Damyean Dotson scored 23 points, Carlos Emory added 14 points and hot-shooting Oregon raced to a 74-57 win over fourth-seeded Saint Louis in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night.

Dotson made his first five 3-pointers to carry the 12th-seeded Ducks (28-8) into the second weekend for the first time since 2007.

Oregon made 8 of 11 shots from beyond the arc, while the Billikens finished 3 for 21 from long range.

Oregon will play No. 1 overall seed Louisville in the Midwest Regional in Indianapolis next.

Kwamain Mitchell scored 18 points and Dwayne had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Billikens (28-7).

EAST REGIONAL

MARQUETTE 74, BUTLER 72

In Lexington, Ky., Vander Blue scored 19 second-half points to rally third-seeded Marquette out of another hole, and the Golden Eagles survived Butler.

Like November’s first meeting between the teams at the Maui Invitational, won 72-71 by Butler on Rotnei Clarke’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer, this was a back-and-forth, high-intensity affair, that came down to the final shot. Only this time, Butler missed.

Marquette (25-8) will meet the winner of today’s game between Illinois and Miami (Fla.) on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Clarke’s 24 points led Butler (28-9).

SYRACUSE 66, CALIFORNIA 60

In San Jose, Calif., C.J. Fair scored 18 points, James Southerland added 14 and fourth-seeded Syracuse (28-9) survived a second-half drought of more than 12 minutes without a field goal to beat No. 12 seed California (21-12) and advance to the round of 16.

The Orange frustrated California with their zone to overcome a dismal shooting night when they made just 39 percent of their shots and missed 15 of 41 free throws.

But it proved to be enough to send Syracuse to Washington, D.C., for the East Regional where the Orange will take on the winner of today’s game between top-seeded Indiana and Temple on Thursday.

MIDWEST REGIONAL

MICHIGAN STATE 70,

MEMPHIS 48

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Gary Harris scored 16 of his career-high 23 points in the first half to help third-seeded Michigan State reach the round of 16 for the fifth time in six years.

Michigan State (27-8) will play the winner of the Duke-Creighton game Friday in the Midwest Regional semifinals in Indianapolis.

Memphis (31-5) advanced in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in Josh Pastner’s four seasons. The Conference USA champions were eliminated in the third round because they struggled to stop Harris on the outside or his teammates inside.

The Spartans’ top post players – Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix – combined for 27 points and 18 rebounds.

WEST REGIONAL

ARIZONA 74, HARVARD 51

In Salt Lake City, Arizona put an emphatic end to Harvard’s March Madness success story.

Mark Lyons matched his career high with 27 points to lead the sixth-seeded Wildcats (27-7). Arizona sprinted to a 30-9 lead, as the Crimson (20-10) missed 20 of their first 22 shots.

Lyons will play Iowa State or Ohio State next week in Los Angeles.

SOUTH REGIONAL

MICHIGAN 78,

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH 53

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Mitch McGary had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Michigan breezed through Virginia Commonwealth’s vaunted pressure with a clinical performance and advanced to the round of 16 for the first time since 1994.

VCU (27-9) was relentless in a 46-point rout of Akron on Thursday night, but the Rams met their match against Michigan’s cool-headed backcourt. Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. rarely looked rattled against VCU, and although Michigan (28-7) committed 12 turnovers, the Rams couldn’t turn many of them into quick scoring opportunities.

The 71-point swing by VCU – from a 46-point win to a 25-point loss – was the largest in NCAA Tournament history, according to STATS.

The Wolverines will play the winner of today’s Kansas-North Carolina game in Arlington, Texas.


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