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Edwards Leads Purdue To Rout Of Reigning Champ Villanova

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Carsen Edwards had a career night, scoring 42 points as Purdue knocked reigning national champion Villanova out of the NCAA Tournament Saturday night in an 87-61 rout.

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT – MARCH 23: Matt Haarms #32 of the Purdue Boilermakers dunks the ball against the Villanova Wildcats in the first half during the second round of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at XL Center on March 23, 2019 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Matt Haarms added 18 points and nine rebounds for the third-seeded Boilermakers (25-9), who advanced to their third straight Sweet 16.

Eric Paschall had 19 for Villanova (26-10), which saw its quest for a third national title in the last four seasons end during the tournament’s first weekend. Fellow senior Phil Booth scored 15 points, putting him over 1,500 for his career.

Edwards has battled a sore back and had been in a recent shooting slump, making just 7 of 23 shots from the field in Purdue’s first-round win over Old Dominion. He found the bottom of the net early and often against ‘Nova, making 12 of his 21 shots, including nine of 16 from behind the arc.

Purdue shot 54 percent while holding Villanova to just 20 baskets on 58 shots (34 percent).

Purdue jumped out early, building a 13-point lead thanks to Edwards’ outside shooting and Haarms’ work down low.

The 7-foot-3 Dutchman towered over the shorter Wildcats, who didn’t start anyone over 6-8. He had Purdue’s first 4 points on a dunk and a put-back. Edwards hit five of his nine first-half shots, all of which came from 3-point range.

Purdue had nine 3-point baskets in the first half and a dunk by Haarms put the Boilermakers up 43-24 at intermission.

Another dunk from the Dutchman extended the lead to 35 in the second half. Villanova chipped away but the sixth seeded Big East champions did not have weapons to make it a game.

BIG PICTURE

Villanova: The Wildcats continued a five-year pattern that has seen them lose in the second round, win a national title, lose in the second round and win another national title. The Wildcats are 15-3 in NCAA Tournament games over that stretch.

Purdue: The win gives the Boilermakers 25 victories for the fourth straight season. Purdue had only done that once before, between 2008 and 2011.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers will face the winner of Sunday’s game between Iowa and Tennessee.

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Gobert Leads Jazz To 114-83 Romp Over Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) — Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz rolled to one of their most lopsided wins of the season, beating the Chicago Bulls 114-83 Saturday night.

The 31-point margin of victory was just three shy of Utah’s season high. The Jazz raced out to a 70-36 halftime lead and never looked back in winning for the sixth time in seven games.

Gobert dominated inside, making 9 of 11 shots and blocking four.

Donovan Mitchell added 16 points and eight rebounds. Derrick Favors scored 13. And the Jazz made about half of their shots, with Chicago offering little resistance.

Lauri Markkanen led Chicago with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He made just 6 of 20 shots, and the Bulls delivered one of their worst performances in a rough season.

It didn’t help that they were again missing two of their best players, with Otto Porter Jr. (strained right rotator cuff) and leading scorer Zach LaVine (bruised right thigh, right knee tendinitis) sidelined. But Chicago seemed disinterested right from the start. And the Jazz took advantage.

Their most lopsided victory this season was a 139-105 romp over San Antonio on Dec. 4. And it looked like they might surpass that, the way this one started.

There was no shortage of highlights as the Jazz put this one away in the first half.

There was Gobert blocking a layup by Markkanen in the second quarter and converting a layup off a no-look pass from Ricky Rubio driving the baseline.

Gobert had another neat block on Kris Dunn’s fastbreak layup, setting up a break that Mitchell punctuated with a soaring dunk.

Things were so bad for the Bulls that fans cheered sarcastically when Dunn hit a 16-foot jumper with just under five minutes left in the half to stop a 17-0 run

TIP-INS

Jazz: Utah’s highest scoring half was 81 points against Golden State on Oct. 17.

Bulls: Porter missed his third straight game and LaVine missed his second in a row. … The Bulls have ruled out injured rookies Wendell Carter Jr. (left thumb surgery) and Chandler Hutchison (right toe injury) for the remainder of the season. Carter and Hutchison each appeared in 44 games. The No. 7 pick, Carter averaged 10.3 points and 7 rebounds, while Hutchison averaged 5.2 points and 4.2 rebounds after getting drafted 22nd overall.

UP NEXT

Jazz: Host Phoenix on Monday.

Bulls: Visit Toronto on Tuesday.

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Spartans Rout Gophers, Return To Sweet 16 For 1st Time Since ’15

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Michigan State is back in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2015 after rolling past Minnesota 70-50 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night.

The Spartans (30-6) came out making shots at a blistering pace and were never seriously threatened, a stark contrast to their nerve-wracking first-round win over Bradley on Thursday.

(Credit: Michigan State Basketball Twitter)

The win in the battle of Big Ten teams sends the second-seeded Spartans to an East Region semifinal against LSU in Washington, D.C.

The Spartans made 9 of their first 10 shots on their way to building a 20-point lead in the first 14 minutes. Minnesota managed to pull within single digits briefly in the second half before Big Ten player of the year Cassius Winston took matters into his hands.

Xavier Tillman had 14 points, Winston added 13 with nine assists, and the Spartans shot 57.1 percent.

Amir Coffey had 25 points to lead the 10th-seeded Gophers, who shot a season-worst 30.5 percent and made only 2 of 22 3-pointers.

Minnesota (23-14) had played its best game of the season in beating Louisville in the first round, but it struggled shooting early and was hamstrung by the absence of forward Jordan Murphy. The Gophers’ No. 1 all-time rebounder and No. 2 scorer spent most of the first half behind the bench stretching his tight back. He was limited to four minutes, his fewest since his freshman year.

Murphy, whose absence was a big reason MSU held a 45-19 rebounding advantage, subbed in for 10 seconds in the final two minutes. Gophers fans chanted his name as he came out and went down the bench hugging coaches and teammates.

It was the first time Big Ten teams met in the tournament since 2000 and at the earliest point ever. The Spartans hope the dominating performance lets them move on from the enduring image of Thursday’s game — coach Tom Izzo coming onto the court to berate Aaron Henry at a timeout and then having players hold him back as he went after the freshman again on the bench.

Izzo should have had no complaints Saturday. His team beat the Gophers for the second time this season, following up a 79-55 victory on Feb. 9 in East Lansing, Michigan, and made it to the second weekend of the tournament for the first time in four years, an eternity by MSU standards.

The Gophers’ problems went beyond Murphy’s absence. Gabe Kalscheur, who had 24 points against Louisville, had foul trouble and didn’t score until making two free throws with 15 minutes left in the game.

Still, Minnesota tried to make it interesting, running off eight straight points to pull to 40-31. Then Winston took over for a spell. He got a rebound and made a shot from the wing at the other end, made a steal and another jumper, and swiped the ball again and buried a 3-pointer to make it 47-31. The lead swelled to as much as 22 points from there.

BIG PICTURE

Minnesota: The Gophers’ lack of depth caught up to them. Not only was Murphy out for all but four minutes, they also were without reserve big man Matz Stockman for the third game in a row because of a concussion.

Michigan State: The Spartans have won 12 of 13 games, and they increased their NCAA Tournament wins total to 67, breaking a tie with Indiana for most in the Big Ten.

UP NEXT

Michigan State: plays LSU Friday in an East Region semifinal in Washington, D.C.

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Michigan Returning To Sweet 16 After Toppling Florida 64-49

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Michigan is back in the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive year after pulling away for a 64-49 win over Florida in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

Jordan Poole scored 19 points and took charge of the game in the final seven minutes to help the Wolverines advance. Michigan (30-6) is the No. 2 seed in the West Region, the 2018 national runner-up and has reached the Sweet 16 five times in the last seven years.

DES MOINES, IOWA – MARCH 23: Eli Brooks #55 of the Michigan Wolverines drives to the basket against Jalen Hudson #3 of the Florida Gators during the second half in the second round game of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena on March 23, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The 10th-seeded Gators (20-16) shot just 29 percent in the second half, 34.5 percent for the game and were held to their lowest point total of the season.

Michigan outscored the Gators 13-5 to end the game and finished with authority as Isaiah Livers and Poole thrilled their scoring section with thunderous dunks.

The matchup was a meeting of two of the nation’s highest-ranked defenses and produced rag-tag play. Florida played its usual combination defenses and caused confusion — Ignas Brazdeikis had an entry pass intended for him sail right past him out of bounds, and the 7-foot-1 Jon Teske fumbled the ball down low repeatedly as the Gators swatted at it.

Even so, the Gators were never able to slow Poole enough or overcome their poor shooting.

DES MOINES, IOWA – MARCH 23: Jordan Poole #2 of the Michigan Wolverines shoots the ball against Andrew Nembhard #2 of the Florida Gators during the second half in the second round game of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena on March 23, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Zavier Simpson had nine points, nine rebounds and nine assists, while Teske had eight points to go with 10 rebounds.

Big Ten freshman of the year Brazdeikis got off to a slow start, missing five of his first six shots, and went to the bench with his second foul with 3:50 left in the first half. But Michigan went right back to him at the start of the second half and Brazdeikis launched a 3 from the top of the key that popped up out of the basket then dropped straight through. He then ran backward down the court with both arms raised in celebration.

He didn’t score another point the rest of the game, but his bucket started an 11-0 run that put the Wolverines up 43-28.

Florida wasn’t done, though.

DES MOINES, IOWA – MARCH 23: Ignas Brazdeikis #13 of the Michigan Wolverines dunks the ball against the Florida Gators during the first half in the second round game of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena on March 23, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Gators scored nine straight points to close the gap before Poole was fouled shooting a 3 and made all three free throws. The Michigan lead was back to double digits when Livers took a bounce pass from Brazdeikis, drove on Kevarrius Hayes, got fouled and made the free throw with 7 ½ minutes left.

Jalen Hudson had 11 points for the Gators, who kept it close in the first half by making 6 of 12 3-pointers. But they missed eight of their first nine from distance in the second half and eventually tired against the bigger Wolverines.

BIG PICTURE

Florida: The Gators played one of the toughest schedules in the country and turned it up at the end of the season after finishing eighth in the Southeastern Conference. Florida upset LSU to make the NCAA Tournament for a third year in a row under coach Mike White. The Gators beat Nevada in the first round but met their match against a Michigan team that mixes a lockdown defense with an offense with multiple threats.

Michigan: John Beilein was worried about how the Wolverines would handle Florida’s defense. It turned out Michigan’s defense was the story of this game. Michigan’s only three losses since mid-February were to Michigan State. The Wolverines are 30-3 against everybody else this season.

UP NEXT

Florida: Season over.

Michigan: The Wolverines play a West Region semifinal in Anaheim, California, Thursday against the winner of Sunday’s game between Buffalo and Texas Tech.

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Waters’ Drive Beats Maryland 69-67, Sends LSU To Sweet 16

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — It’s probably the same play suspended LSU coach Will Wade would have called.

After all, it worked several times during the regular season. And now it has sent the Tigers to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2006.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MARCH 23: Darryl Morsell #11 of the Maryland Terrapins looks to drive against the Javonte Smart #1 of the LSU Tigers during the second half of the game in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Vystar Memorial Arena on March 23, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Tremont Waters drove by three defenders and scooped in a banking layup with 1.6 seconds remaining to give third-seeded LSU a 69-67 victory over sixth-seeded Maryland in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

“Great players make great plays, and he made a great play,” interim coach Tony Benford said.

After Maryland’s Eric Ayala failed to get off a shot from midcourt before the final buzzer, LSU players mobbed Waters under the basket. They could have done the same to Skylar Mays, who scored 16 points and hit a huge 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining that put the Tigers (28-6) up 67-64.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MARCH 23: Javonte Smart #1 of the LSU Tigers shoots against Bruno Fernando #23 of the Maryland Terrapins during the first half of the game in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Vystar Memorial Arena on March 23, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Jalen Smith answered on the other end, sending the packed crowd into a frenzy and prompting LSU to call timeout.

Benford dialed up the final play for Waters, a dynamic sophomore who has been terrific all season.

“The players knew exactly what was coming,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. “We all knew what was coming. It was whether we were going to be able to stop it or not.”

The 5-foot-11 Waters got a pick from big man Naz Reid, drove into the lane and somehow got off the winner.

“I was in the bottom of the dog pile, and just the feeling, it feels amazing,” Waters said. “I’m going to continue to do everything I can to help this team win and just keep pushing for my guys.”

Wade could only celebrate from afar. The head coach was banished indefinitely after details emerged about him talking to a recruiting middleman about a “strong ass offer” he made to a high schooler. If true, Wade clearly violated NCAA rules.

Maryland fans had some fun with the allegations.

One fan unhappy with the refs yelled “How much did Will Wade pay you?” Others chanted “Where’s your coach?” during timeouts.

Regardless, the Tigers advanced in the East without Wade and mired in controversy.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MARCH 23: Naz Reid #0 of the LSU Tigers boxes out against Jalen Smith #25 of the Maryland Terrapins during the second half of the game in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Vystar Memorial Arena on March 23, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

They also dedicated the season to the memory of Wayde Sims, their teammate shot and killed in late September.

“It’s huge for these guys,” Benford said. “They’re the ones that paid the price. They’ve been through a lot. … I give it to these guys. They have taken ownership of this team.”

“They trust each other and respect each other, they love each other, and when you have a team like that, you have a chance to win games, he said.

Waters finished with 12 points and five assists. Reid added 13 points, and Darius Days chipped in 10.

LSU outscored Maryland 34-24 in the paint.

The Terrapins (23-11) rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half to make it a nail-biter down the stretch. Coach Mark Turgeon switched to a zone defense, which slowed Waters, and his guys started making shots. They even had a 3 point lead with 5 minutes to play.

“I never thought we were going to lose until the kid made the lay-up, to be honest with you,” Turgeon said.

Maryland trailed 46-31 with 16 minutes remaining after Turgeon was hit with a technical foul. But the call seemed to ignite — or maybe infuriate — Maryland.

Smith led Maryland with 15 points. Bruno Fernando added 10 points and 15 rebounds.

BIG PICTURE

Maryland entered the postseason with the fourth-youngest team in the country, according to KenPom. Kentucky is the only team in the NCAA field with a younger roster. So the Terrapins could be in position for another run in 2020.

“I always grew up watching these type of games, these big-time games,” guard Darryl Morsell said. “So just to be able to be in it, it’s a great feeling, and just to have all these young guys coming back and stuff, it’s just going to make us hungrier.”

LSU improved to 13-5 in games decided by 6 points of less, and Waters has been a big reason for the late-game success.

UP NEXT

Maryland waits to see what Fernando does regarding the NBA. The 6-foot-10 sophomore entered the draft after his freshman season, but returned to school and averaged 13.7 points and 10.5 rebounds.

LSU will play the Minnesota-Michigan State winner in Washington D.C. on Friday.

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Toronto Raptors drop 116-109 to Oklahoma City Thunder 2 nights after earlier victory

Kawhi Leonard scored 20 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter in an effort to carry his team to a victory, but the Oklahoma City Thunder had other ideas.

Toronto Raptors drop 116-109 to Oklahoma City Thunder 2 nights after earlier victory

Kawhi Leonard scored 20 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter in an effort to carry his team to a victory, but the Oklahoma City Thunder had other ideas.

Kings Sign Sac State Grad Cody Demps To 10-Day Contract

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The Sacramento Kings have signed Cody Demps to a 10-day contract, the team announced Friday.

Demps, a former Sacramento State player, plays for Sacramento’s G-League affiliate, the Stockton Kings. He will be the first Hornet to play in the NBA, according to his former coach Brian Katz.

Demps has played in all 49 games with the Stockton Kings and has had 41 starts. He averages 11.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 30.6 minutes per contest during the 2018-19 season.

The Kings play the Phoenix Suns on Saturday.

Stanford Faces Familiar NCAA Opponent In UC Davis

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) – Ten months ago, Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer called once more upon her counterpart at UC Davis for some offensive guidance.

Davis coach Jennifer Gross and her top assistant and husband, Joe Teramoto, visited campus a third time to work with VanDerveer and the Cardinal on the Princeton system. In appreciation, VanDerveer treated them both to an overnight in San Francisco – during baseball season so they could catch a Giants game.

On Saturday, No. 2 seed Stanford (28-4) takes on the Big West champion and 15th-seeded Aggies (25-6) in the NCAA Tournament. The other first-round matchup at Maples Pavilion in the Chicago Regional features West Coast Conference champion BYU (25-6), a seventh seed, against No. 10 Auburn (22-9) with the programs playing for the first time. The two winners meet Monday.

Stanford beat Auburn for the 1990 NCAA title.

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When Stanford faced UC Davis in November, a 71-43 Stanford victory in both teams’ season opener, VanDerveer said it felt like facing her sister given all that Gross did to assist.

“It kind of reminded me a little bit of old-school basketball … coaches worked together to get great teams,” VanDerveer said Friday. “She’s a real special coach. But having said that, we have our work cut out for us because we’re running a lot of the same stuff.”

The Cardinal are coming off an impressive Pac-12 tournament run in which they beat Oregon to avenge a loss in the tournament title game a year ago and also rebound against the Ducks, who won 88-48 last month to snap a 29-game losing streak on Stanford’s home floor. The loss was the worst in VanDerveer’s 33 seasons at Stanford.

The Aggies are riding a 16-game winning streak into their second NCAA berth, rallying from a 17-point deficit to beat Hawaii for the Big West tournament crown.

In 2011, they were a 16 seed and lost 86-59 in the first round at Stanford in then-Davis coach Sandy Simpson’s final game before he retired.

UC Davis, led by senior Morgan Bertsch at 23.5 points per game, reached the Elite Eight of the Women’s NIT last season and was determined to build on that momentum.

And don’t fret if you’re seeing double: Both rosters have sets of twins.

Karley and Kourtney Eaton play for Davis, while Lacie and Lexie Hull are key freshmen for the Cardinal.

Last time against Stanford, the Aggies shot just 14 for 62 – 22.6 percent – and 8 of 31 from 3-point range while being outrebounded 50-25.

“I specifically remember their coaching staff coming down and helping us implement this offense into our system and they were a really big help,” Stanford senior Shannon Coffee said. “I’m excited to see the improvements that we have made since that first game of the season and I think it’s going to be really interesting that it’s against the same team.”

Auburn returns to the tournament for a third time in four years after not making it in 2018, something that pushed this group. The Tigers reached the second round three years ago then lost to NC State in the first round in 2017.

They also played a first-round NCAA game at Stanford in 2008, eliminated by George Washington.

“It’s just a big deal just for our program, getting Auburn women’s basketball back on the map,” senior guard Janiah McKay said.

At 13.8 points, McKay leads four Auburn players scoring in double figures in an offensive scheme that creates scoring chances from an in-your-face, swarming defense.

“We’re a pressure team, probably one of few teams in the country that presses for 40 minutes,” coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “We like to cause disruption, make things a little harder, make teams more uncomfortable.”

The Tigers have forced 21.2 turnovers per game this season and committed just 13.1 while averaging 12.2 steals.

BYU pulled off an 82-68 upset of favored-but-injury-plagued Gonzaga in the WCC tournament championship game. The Cougars are back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016.

BYU presents a matchup challenge given its threats from 3-point range as well as 6-foot-7 Sara Hamson in the middle.

Handling the Auburn pressure will be a key.

“There’s no way I can go out and make my team practice like Auburn in (the) press and do those things like they can, but what we have to do is get the ball in positions where we can make plays,” BYU coach Jeff Judkins said.


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