The first night of Sweet 16 action concludes with a pair of compelling matchups: Goliath vs. Goliath, David vs. David.
In the East Region, No. 1 Indiana faces off with No. 4 Syracuse in a rematch of the 1987 national championship game. Twenty-six years after Keith Smart gave the Hoosiers the title, Jim Boeheim will look to exact some revenge. Can the Orange zone stifle the offense of Indiana? After withstanding a massive 31-point performance by Khalif Wyatt in the round of 32, can Indiana handle C.J. Fair and James Southerland?
While those powerhouse programs tangle in the nation's capital, a pair of Cinderella teams will play for a spot in the Elite Eight. Coming off an upset over No. 1 Gonzaga in the wild West Region, No. 9 Wichita State will match up against No. 13 La Salle.
The unheralded club from Philadelphia edged No. 12 Ole Miss with a "Southwest Philly Floater" in the final seconds to reach the Sweet 16. Does Tyrone Garland have another shot -- with another name -- in his arsenal if this one comes down to the wire?
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Wichita State beats La Salle 72-58 to advance to the Elite Eight. The Shockers will play the No. 2 Buckeyes in the Regional Finals.
|@ jeffborzello : Take away the two Wichita State sections and the two La Salle sections, and there's about 96 people still at Staples Center.|
|@ rushthecourt : RT @RTCEastRegion: NBA: Zeller: "I put everything into this. Haven't thought about it 1 bit." Oladipo: "Same way. Been focused on IU bball."|
|@ raphiellej : Points in the paint, rebounding. Impressive. Wichita State's got a shot on Saturday, that's for sure.|
Tekele Cotton slashes through the paint, leaps into the air and makes a beautiful right-handed scoop layup to extend Wichita State's lead to 66-48.
|@ SethDavisHoops : Malcolm Armstead drinks green juice.|
La Salle and Wichita State are trading baskets now, something La Salle can't afford to do. They need stops. Tyrone Garland knocked down a 3 but it was answered by Wichita State's Malcolm Armstead with a 3. 62-47 Wichita State. 6 minutes left.
Malcolm Armstead drives to his left and makes a running shot off the glass to extend the lead to 15. 55-40 Wichita State. La Salle calls timeout.
|@ MedcalfByESPN : Wichita State is so tough inside. Just a scrappy team.|
La Salle played great defense and forced Ron Baker to shoot a 30-footer, but Early grabbed the offensive rebound for Wichita State and the next possession resulted in a layup in the paint by Ehimen Orukpe. 53-40 Wichita State. 9 minutes left.
|@ jeffborzello : La Salle isn't about to let this one get away from them just yet. 11-point game. 16-5 run over the last seven minutes or so.|
Fred Vanvleet drove to his left, split the defense and somehow got a wild layup to fall. 51-38 Wichita State. La Salle is making it a game though.
|@ AndyGlockner : Indiana looked totally overmatched athletically. Syracuse's zone looked incredible.|
Jerrell Wright makes a spin move in the lane and gets the hook shot to fall. 49-35 Wichita State.
|@ SethDavisHoops : I'm sure Hoosiers fans are disappointed but this team had a great, great year. March is cruel.|
|@ AdamZagoria : And raise your hand if you had the two Big East teams winning these games by a combined 21 points.|
Syracuse beats Indiana 61-50. AND ANOTHER NO. 1 SEED GOES DOWN. Jim Boeheim and the Orange are into the Elite Eight.
|@ AdamZagoria : Who would've thought 19 ago when Georgetown hammered the Cuse here that the Hoyas wd be out in 1st round and the Orange wd be Elite 8?|
La Salle went on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 44-32 with 16 minutes left.
James Southerland's free throws makes it 60-46 Syracuse with 1:40 left.
Watford misses a running jumper on the right side and Triche jumps high for the defensive rebound. 58-46 Syracuse with 1:45 left.
|@ eamonnbrennan : After 37 minutes of basketball, Indiana still looks positively surprised Syracuse is playing a 2-3 zone.|
Without hesitation, Watford got the ball and was about to launch a deep 3 but had it blocked before he could bring the ball over his head. Ball went out of bounds of of Watford. Syracuse ball with 2:30 left.
|@ AdamZagoria : For the record, Marquette beat Syracuse, 74-71, in their only meeting Feb. 25 at Marquette|
|@ SethDavisHoops : Tim Tebow spoke to the Wichita St players on the team bus? Well that explains it.|
Keita missed a dunk and Indiana quickly turned that into a 3-pointer from Watford. 56-46 with 3:20 Syracuse left.
|@ GoodmanCBS : Tiny Indiana backcourt has really been exposed in this game. Carter-Williams told me yesterday he was excited about going against IU guards.|
Wichita state opens up the second half with back to back 3-pointers, one from Malcolm Armstead and one from Ron Baker. 44-22 Shockers.
|@ MattNorlander : The No. 1 offense in the nation cracked 40 with 6:05 left—in regulation. That is stun-worthy.|
Indiana's defense broke down and allowed Triche to drive right to the basket and make an easy layup. 56-40 Syracuse with 5:32 left.