In the final two games of the round of 32, a pair of No. 2 seeds out of the ACC look to book places in the Sweet 16. Both will face seventh-seeded teams with other plans.
Standing between No. 2 Duke and the regional semifinal is Doug McDermott and No. 7 Creighton. Nicknamed "Dougie McBuckets," the prolific forward notched 27 points an 11 rebounds as his Bluejays topped a physical Cincinnati squad in the second round. Will Duke be able to contain the versatile 6'8" scorer?
In their opening game of the tournament, Coach K's Blue Devils withstood a solid challenge from No. 15 Albany. Ultimately, the Great Danes could not keep pace with Duke's offense.
In the second game of the doubleheader at the Erwin Center in Austin, the team that bested Duke for the ACC regular-season and tournament titles, Miami, faces No. 7 Illinois. The Hurricanes, who dominated No. 15 Pacific in the second round, are coached by Jim Larranaga, who piloted George Mason to the Final Four in 2006. Shane Larkin and Miami will have to limit Brandon Paul, who struggled from the field in the second round against Colorado yet still managed 17 points.
Will it be a good night for the ACC or will it be seventh-seed heaven for the underdogs?
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No. 2 Ohio State beats No. 10 Iowa State 78-75
No. 1 Indiana beats No. 9 Temple 58-52
No. 1 Kansas beats No. 8 UNC 70-58
No. 3 Florida beats No. 11 Minnesota 78-64
No. 15 FGCU beats No. 7 SDSU 81-71
No. 13 La Salle beats No. 12 Ole Miss 76-74
No. 2 Miami beats No. 7 Illinois 63-59
No. 2 Duke beats No. 7 Creighton 66-50
Duke wins 66-50. Coach K is in the Sweet 16 for the 21st time.
|@ jppalmCBS : Indy will have the feel of a Final Four. Might even be better than the actual Final Four. Coaches will have 23 final fours, six titles.|
|@ ESPNDanaOneil : Midwest regional: Tom Izzo, Rick Pitino, Mike Krzyzewski and Dana Altman. Like the Sesame Street bit, which one is different, do you know?|
Rasheed Sulaimon's free throws make it 61-57 Duke. 2 minutes to go.
|@ JonRothstein : Quinn Cook has been absolutely brilliant for Duke in these first two games. 17 assists, 4 turnovers vs. Albany and Creighton.|
Kelly finally gets his first point of the game with a free throw. Missed the 2nd. 57-44 Duke with 2:50 to go.
|@ SethDavisHoops : One of the benefits of coaching seniors is they know how to play with four fouls. Duke has done a great job on McBuckets.|
|@ JonRothstein : If Rasheed Suliamon scores in double figures, Duke is going to be one tough team to beat. Totally changes landscape of their team.|
Rasheed Sulaimon knocks down a long, long 3 from the left wing. Gregory Echenique answers with a bucket in the paint but Duke still leads by 10 with under 4 to go.
|@ AdamZagoria : And oh by the way, Ryan Kelly is still scoreless with 5 minutes left.|
Gibbs gets a running jumper in the paint to go. 51-42 Duke with 4:35 left. Can Creighton make one last run?
Curry knocks down a step-back fadeaway 3 to put Duke up 49-38.
Dougie McBuckets hasn't made a field goal in almost 18 minutes.
Kelly finds Curry cutting along the baseline and his layup puts Duke up 45-43. 8 minutes left.
|@ ESPNDanaOneil : D-d-d-d-danger time for Creighton|
Duke on a 14-5 run and has a 43-32 lead with 10 minutes left.
Miami wins 63-59 to advance to the Sweet 16.
Ryan Kelly picks up HIS fourth foul. Uh Oh Duke.
Curry makes 2 straight baskets to give Duke its largest lead of the game, 39-30.
Brown makes both. 63-59 Miami with 7.7 seconds left.
Illinois gets quick 2 and fouls Rion Brown. More free throws coming with 7.7 seconds left. 61-59 Miami.
Larkin makes both. 61-57 with 15.6 seconds left.
Larkins gets fouled and will go to the line.
|@ MedcalfByESPN : This is why college basketball coaches need a red flag in these situations.|
|@ eamonnbrennan : I thought the officials in the Illinois game were going to unofficially use the arena replay. Instead they remained horribly wrong.|
Nnanna Egwu gets fouled on a putback and makes both free throws. 59-57 MIAMI with 22.3 seconds left.
|@ YahooForde : HOW is that Miami ball? How do you miss that?|
Scott gets fouled and hits both. 59-55 Miami.
|@ SethDavisHoops : Confusion on the out of bounds. This is why refs should be able to go to the monitor in last 2 mins. Clearly out on Kadji.|