Canada’s Barrett leads top-seeded Duke’s rout of North Dakota State

Zion Williamson had an explosive NCAA Match debut with 25 factors and a can’t-miss second-half showcase to steer top-seeded Duke to an 85-62 win over North Dakota State on Friday evening.

Canada’s RJ Barrett led Duke with 26 factors and 14 rebounds and mixed with Williamson for a prolific displaying for the freshmen stars. But it surely was Williamson who couldn’t be contained within the second half and he turned a decent early contest right into a Duke runaway within the first spherical of the East Area.

Duke led simply 31-27 at halftime however Williamson took over after the break. He opened the half by driving on two defenders for a layup that drew a foul. He missed the free throw however Williamson answered with a monster slam.

The spotlight, although, got here moments afterward Williamsson’s breathtaking dribble-behind-his-back-after-chasing-down-his-own-steal layup.

The 6-foot-7, 285-pound freshman outran 5-foot-11 190-pound Vinnie Shahid of North Dakota State for the ball after he tipped it for a steal. Williamson then dribbled behind his again, briefly dropping and regaining his stability with a hand on the ground. That cleared room for Williamson to get to the lane and go up and below for a layup.

Identical to that, the Blue Devils had been up 40-27 and cruising.

The Bison (19-16) by no means recovered.

Barrett and Williamson gave Duke two gamers with 20 or extra factors of their NCAA Match debut for the primary time since Mark Alarie and Johnny Dawkins did it in 1984.

No. 13 UC Irvine shocks Kansas State

UC Irvine obtained back-to-back 3-pointers from Evan Leonard to spark the deciding run in a 70-64 upset over Kansas State that marked the Anteaters’ first NCAA Match victory at school historical past.

The Friday victory was the 17th consecutive for UC Irvine, which misplaced 57-55 to Louisville in 2015 of their solely NCAA look.

Leonard and Max Hazzard every scored 19 factors to ship UC Irvine (31-5) into the second spherical of the South Area for a matchup towards both Wisconsin or Oregon.

UC Irvine guard Robert Cartwright celebrates towards Kansas State through the Anteaters’ 70-64 upset victory within the first spherical of the NCAA Match on Friday. (Chris Carlson/The Related Press)

One yr after making a run to the Elite Eight, the fourth-seeded Wildcats (25-9) had a brief keep within the match as they struggled to decipher the Anteaters zone defence and missed star ahead Dean Wade, who was sidelined by a foot damage. Kamau Stokes led Kansas State, the co-champions of the Massive 12, with 18 factors.

Regardless of that, Kansas State led by 4 factors halfway by means of the second half earlier than the 2 lengthy pictures from Leonard turned the tides with a streak of 12 consecutive factors.

No. 1 Virginia avoids one other upset

No. 1 seed Virginia this yr prevented the largest upset in NCAA Match historical past.

The Cavaliers rallied from 14 factors down Friday to beat No. 16 seed Gardner-Webb 71-56 within the first spherical of the NCAA Match.

Virginia was the highest total seed final yr however misplaced 74-54 to 16th seeded UMBC. It was the primary — and nonetheless the one — time in 35 years one of the highest 4 groups within the match has fallen of their opening sport.

Iowa rallies for upset win over Cincinnati

Luka Garza scored 20 factors, Jordan Bohannon made a three-point play throughout Iowa’s closing surge, and the 10th-seeded Hawkeyes stored the Massive Ten excellent within the NCAA Match towards Cincinnati.

The Hawkeyes rallied from an early gap for a 79-72 victory over the No. 7 seed Bearcats, shifting the league to 6-Zero with Ohio State and Wisconsin nonetheless to play later Friday.

The Hawkeyes (23-11) obtained their first NCAA Match win in 4 years regardless of what amounted to a house crowd for the Bearcats, who could not overcome a subpar sport by Jarron Cumberland.

Texas Tech rolls into 2nd spherical

Third-seeded Texas Tech shook off a sluggish first half to roll previous 14th-seeded Northern Kentucky 72-57.

Jarrett Culver, the Massive 12 Participant of the 12 months, scored 29 factors on 10-for-17 capturing. The Crimson Raiders shot 53 per cent from the sphere total.

Tyler Sharpe scored 23 factors for Northern Kentucky.

Tech led 30-26 at halftime earlier than dominating on each ends after the break. The Crimson Raiders’ largest lead was 20 factors.

Oklahoma blows out Ole Miss

Kristian Doolittle scored 19 factors and matched a career-high with 15 rebounds as No. 9 seed Oklahoma blitzed Mississippi from the beginning in a 95-72 victory.

The Sooners (20-13) had 4 gamers rating at the least 18 factors and shot 58 per cent from the sphere.

Oklahoma scored on eight of its first 9 possessions and led 12-Zero lower than three minutes into the sport.

Oregon extends March run

Payton Pritchard scored 19 factors, Kenny Wooten protected the rim with 4 blocks and 12th-seeded Oregon prolonged its stunning March run by beating No. 5 seed Wisconsin 72-54 Friday within the first spherical of the NCAA Match.

The Geese (24-12) received 4 video games in 4 days to win the Pac-12 match final week simply to make the NCAAs then adopted it with a formidable victory over a higher-seeded opponent. Oregon superior to play No. 13 seed UC Irvine (31-5) on Sunday within the second spherical of the South Area.

Louis King added 17 factors, Paul White scored all 14 factors of his factors within the second half and Wooten had 9 factors, six rebounds and the tone-setting blocks to provide the Geese their ninth straight win.

Tennessee holds of Colgate

Tennessee did not let an underdog combat again once more and pull off a shocker within the NCAA Match.

Final yr the Volunteers superior to the second spherical as a No. Three seed and had been shocked when 11th-seeded Loyola of Chicago hit a bounce shot with 3.6 seconds left for a 63-62 win that despatched the Ramblers and Sister Jean to the Candy 16.

This time No. 2 seed Tennessee let No. 15 seed Colgate overcome a 14-point result in tie the sport halfway by means of the second half and hold it shut till the Vols pulled away late for a 77-70 win within the opening spherical Friday.

Buffalo cruises previous Arizona State

Buffalo coach Nate Oats beat his former boss when the sixth-seeded Bulls topped Bobby Hurley and 11th-seeded Arizona State 91-74 within the West Area.

Hurley was Buffalo’s head coach through the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons with Oats as an assistant earlier than leaving to show the Solar Devils round. The 2 shook arms and spoke briefly close to the scorer’s desk as time expired. Each coaches had mentioned they weren’t thrilled about having to play one another.

The groups had been tied at 14 within the first half earlier than the Bulls went on a 17-5 run to take management.

Washington makes profitable return

Noah Dickerson had 20 factors and 12 rebounds, and ninth-seeded Washington made a profitable return to the NCAA Match for the primary time in eight years, beating Utah State 78-61 on Friday.

The Pac-12’s common season champions swept the league’s awards — high participant, finest defensive participant and coach of the yr — and obtained one thing from all of them towards one of the most well liked groups in March.

Eighth-seeded Utah State (28-7) had received 10 in a row and 17 of 18 whereas taking the Mountain West title. The Aggies obtained the very best seed at school historical past and had been making an attempt to finish their very own lengthy NCAA Match drought. They have not received since 2002, dropping eight in a row — together with 2006 towards the Huskies.

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