NCAA Tournament Game Capsules

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Updated: March 29, 2013

Final Score: Marquette 71, Miami-Florida 61

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Marquette is headed to the Elite Eight for the first time in a decade thanks to a terrific shooting effort and a stifling defense that held Miami-Florida in check. Jamil Wilson led the way with 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocks as the Golden Eagles rolled through the Hurricanes, 71-61, in the first East Regional semifinal. Vander Blue and Davante Gardner each chipped in 14 points for the third-seeded Golden Eagles (26-8), who were in this round for the third straight year but advanced to the regional final for the first time since 2003, when Dwyane Wade led them all the way to the Final Four. Their next hurdle is against Syracuse on Saturday. Marquette, which earned a share of the Big East regular season title for the first time, led by as many as 22 on Thursday and proved its effectiveness at both ends, as it made 54 percent from the field while holding the ACC regular season and tourney champions to 35 percent shooting. Miami (29-7) was making just its second Sweet 16 appearance and fell in an early hole it never climbed out of despite a roster filled with upperclassmen. Senior Durand Scott, who came in averaging over 13 points per game, shot just 3-of-13 from the floor for 10 points, while Shane Larkin and Kenny Kadji had 14 and 11 points, respectively, for the East’s No. 2 seed.

Final Score: Syracuse 61, Indiana 50

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Michael Carter-Williams carried Syracuse back to the Elite Eight with 24 points, five rebounds and four steals as the Orange ousted top-seeded Indiana, 61-50, in the second East Regional semifinal. Syracuse’s zone defense caused problems for the Hoosiers all night, forcing 19 turnovers while holding them to 33 percent shooting, including a dreadful 3-of-15 effort from behind the arc. Brandon Triche and C.J. Fair chipped in 14 and 11 points, respectively, for the fourth-seeded Orange (29-9), who advanced to the regional final for the second straight year. They will face a Big East opponent in Marquette on Saturday, as the third- seeded Golden Eagles upended second-seeded Miami-Florida in Thursday’s first game at Verizon Center. The nightcap was headlined by Syracuse’s stingy defense, as James Southerland recorded three of the Orange’s 10 blocks and helped limit Cody Zeller to 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting. Victor Oladipo, a Naismith Award finalist, led the Hoosiers (29-7) with 16 points while Christian Watford added 13 in the loss. Indiana was held to its lowest point total of the season and joined Gonzaga as the only No. 1 seeds to fall thus far.

Final Score: Ohio State 73, Arizona 70

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – For the second consecutive game, Ohio State needed a clutch shot to stay alive in the NCAA Tournament. Now the Buckeyes are one step away from their second straight trip to the Final Four. LaQuinton Ross scored 14 of Ohio State’s final 17 points, and his 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining boosted the Buckeyes to a 73-70 triumph over Arizona in a West Regional semifinal. On Sunday it was Aaron Craft playing hero by hitting the winning 3-pointer in the final second, a 78-75 triumph over Iowa State. Four days later, it was Ross’ turn, as the sophomore came alive in the final eight minutes. Winners of 11 straight games, the second-seeded Buckeyes (29-7) will play in the Elite Eight Saturday versus Wichita State. The Buckeyes lost to Kansas in the Final Four last year. One more victory, and Thad Matta’s team will gain a trip to Atlanta. Deshaun Thomas scored 20, Craft had 13 and Sam Thompson finished with 11 for the Buckeyes, but the big story was Ross, who finished with 17 points. Mark Lyons scored 23 and Solomon Hill added 16 for the sixth-seeded Wildcats (27-8), who had blowout wins over Belmont and Harvard in their first two games of the tourney, but failed to hold an 11-point first-half lead against the Buckeyes.

Final Score: Wichita State 72, La Salle 58

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Malcolm Armstead scored 18 points, and Wichita State dominated inside the paint to beat La Salle, 72-58, in the West Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. The ninth-seeded Shockers (29-8), who advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1981, will take on No. 2 seed Ohio State Saturday. The Buckeyes edged Arizona, 73-70, in the first game at Staples Center Thursday. The only trip to the Final Four for Wichita State came in 1965 when the Shockers lost to eventual champion UCLA. Carl Hall tallied 16 points and eight rebounds, and Ron Baker scored 13 for the Shockers, who held a 47-29 rebounding advantage. Jerrell Wright and Tyrone Garland each had 16 points for the 13th-seeded Explorers (24-10), who won three games in this tournament to make it to the Sweet 16. That included a 76-74 win over Ole Miss on Sunday. Ramon Galloway had 11 points and eight rebounds, but was just 4-of-15 from the field.