NCAA Tournament Game Capsules

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Updated: March 30, 2013

Final Score: Louisville 77, Oregon 69

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Russ Smith tied his career high with 31 points in leading Louisville back to the Elite Eight, as the top-seeded Cardinals handled Oregon, 77-69, in the first Midwest Regional semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium. Louisville never trailed but had to fend off the 12th- seeded Ducks down the stretch to reach a regional final for the fourth time in the last six years, including last season’s Final Four appearance. Kevin Ware added 11 points while Gorgui Dieng chipped in 10 with nine rebounds for the Cardinals (32-5), who are riding a 13-game winning streak into Sunday’s showdown against second-seeded Duke. Rick Pitino, who was coaching in his 900th collegiate game, improved to 11-0 in Sweet 16 games, though this was the first victory by single digits. Oregon (28-9) trailed by 18 at one point and fell short of a stunning comeback after pulling within six with five minutes to go. E.J. Singler’s 15 points paced the Pac-12 Tournament champions, while Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson chipped in 12 apiece.

Final Score: Duke 71, Michigan State 61

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Seth Curry drained six 3-pointers and Duke shut down Michigan State in the second half of the Midwest Regional semifinal to earn a 71-61 victory and advance to the Elite Eight. Curry finished with a game-high 29 points and the second-seeded Blue Devils (30-5) limited the Spartans to just seven field goals after the break to set up a date with top- seeded Louisville at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. Rasheed Sulaimon and Mason Plumlee contributed 16 and 14 points, respectively, for the Blue Devils, who improved to 8-2 all-time against MSU. The third-seeded Spartans (27-9) hit a cold streak they couldn’t escape from until the final stages, as they fell in the Sweet 16 for the second straight year. Keith Appling led Michigan State with 16 points, while Adreian Payne added 14 with 10 rebounds in the loss. Gary Harris was held to six points — seven below his season average — on a rough 2-of-11 shooting night.

Final Score: Michigan 87, Kansas 85 (OT)

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) – Down 14 points with under seven minutes remaining, the Michigan Wolverines looked like a beaten team against Kansas. Trey Burke, though, scored all 23 of his points after halftime, and hit the tying 3-pointer in the dying seconds of regulation, and Michigan beat the top- seeded Jayhawks, 87-85, in overtime in the South Regional semifinals. The fourth-seeded Wolverines moved to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1994 when they lost to top seed Arkansas in the Midwest Regional final. Mitch McGary had 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Wolverines (29-7), who will face third-seeded Florida in the regional final Sunday. Last year’s national runner-up to Kentucky, the Jayhawks (31-6) looked on their way to the Elite Eight for a third straight year, but blew a five-point lead with under a minute left in regulation. Ben McLemore scored 20 for Kansas, while Travis Releford tallied 16 points and Elijah Johnson 13 points. Kansas is the third No. 1 seed to fall in this tournament, joining Gonzaga and Indiana.

Final Score: Florida 62, Florida Gulf Coast 50

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) – The clock struck midnight for Cinderella, but this NCAA Tournament experience is something Florida Gulf Coast University will remember for a long time. Mike Rosario scored 15 points and the Florida Gators rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit to oust No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast, 62-50, in the South Regional semifinals. Scottie Wilbekin added 13 points and Casey Prather scored 11 for the third-seeded Gators (29-7), who will meet fourth seed Michigan on Sunday. The Wolverines came back from a 14-point second-half hole to beat top seed Kansas, 87-85, in overtime, in the first game Friday night at Cowboys Stadium. In only their second year of eligibility for the NCAA Tournament, the Eagles (26-11) played bracket- wrecker following a 78-68 upset of Georgetown in the second round. Then came an 81-71 victory over San Diego State. The Atlantic Sun Tournament champions, the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16, raced to a 15-4 lead thanks to their quick tempo that led to alley-oop buckets and 3-pointers.