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Streaking Michigan runs over Texas A&M


BY BETH HARRIS ines improved to 68 percent aged nine 3-pointers per
AP Sports Writer
NCAA MEN’S SWEET 16 from the floor. game coming in, nd exceed-
NO. 3 MICHIGAN 99, The Aggies (22-13) nev- ed that by the break.
LOS ANGELES — This No. 7 Texas A&M 72 er made a run, going long Michigan held the Aggies
one was easy. stretches without a basket to 12-of-32 shooting from
After reaching the NCAA Muhammad-Ali Abdur- in the first half while Michi- the floor by double-teaming
Tournament’s round of 16 Rahkman scored 24 points, gan was scoring on nearly A&M and getting hands in
with an improbable buzzer- Moe Wagner added 21 every trip down the floor. shooters’ faces. The Wol-
beater, Michigan shot 62 points and Charles Mat- Tyler Davis led the sev- verines had eight steals,
percent from the floor and thews had 18 points as enth-seeded Aggies with led by Zavier Simpson
routed Texas A&M 99-72 in third-seeded Michigan 24 points. with five.
the West Region semifinals had five players in double Michigan won its second The Aggies committed
on Thursday night to reach figures. round game to reach the 10 turnovers — with five
the Elite Eight for the third The Wolverines were Sweet 16 on freshman Jor- by T.J. Starks — in the half.
time in six years. good in the first half and dan Poole’s long 3 in the They improved to 57 per-
The Wolverines (31-7) even better in the second. closing seconds against cent shooting in the sec-
dominated from start to The rout was on by half- Houston. ond half, but it didn’t make
finish, hitting 14 3-point- time with Michigan lead- In this one, Michigan led any difference when the
JAE HONG | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ers — 10 in the first half — ing 52-28 after shooting 57 by 29 points after an 8-0 Aggies couldn’t come close
MICHIGAN GUARD MUHAMMAD-ALI ABDUR-RAHKMAN (12) shoots and extending their win- percent from the floor. In run near the end of the first to reducing their deficit to
against Texas A&M Thursday in Los Angeles. ning streak to 12 games. the second half, the Wolver- half. The Wolverines aver- single digits.

Kansas faces ’Nova taking


big challenge nothing for
in Clemson granted with
BY LUKE MEREDITH
AP Sports Writer No. 1 seeding
OMAHA, Neb. — Everything BY JIMMY GOLEN
seems to be in place yet again for AP Sports Writer
Kansas. For the second straight
year, the Wildcats need just two BOSTON — Sporting the No. 1
wins — in a gym its rabid fans seed in the NCAA Tournament’s
can reach in less than half a day’s chalkiest region doesn’t give Vil-
drive — to reach the Final Four. lanova coach Jay Wright any spe-
It didn’t work for the Jayhawks cial confidence heading into Fri-
a year ago, though, and winning day night’s game against West
this year’s Midwest Region could Virginia.
be an even bigger challenge. The Wildcats were together
Top-seeded Kansas (29-7) fac- in a Pittsburgh hotel room last
es fifth-seeded Clemson (25-9) weekend when they watched top
on Friday night in a Sweet 16 overall seed Virginia’s unprec-
matchup just 200 miles up the edented first-round loss to No.
interstate from Allen Fieldhouse. 16 seed University of Maryland-
A year ago, the top-seeded Jay- Baltimore County.
hawks lost to Oregon in nearby When it was over, there was
Kansas City in the Elite Eight. In no need for Wright to harp on
2016, Jayhawks were eliminated the lesson.
in the regional finals by eventual Along with Kansas in the Mid-
national champion Villanova in west, Villanova is one of two No.
Louisville. DAVID GOLDMAN | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 1 seeds remaining in this year’s
“One of the benefits of being LOYOLA-CHICAGO GUARD MARQUES TOWNES (5) moves to the hoop as Nevada’s forward Cody Martin (11) defends bracket. Joining the Wildcats
seeded high is (that) you get an Thursday in Atlanta. and Mountaineers in Boston are

Having nun of it
opportunity to possibly play close second-seeded Purdue and third-
to home. And I don’t think it will seeded Texas Tech.
have much to do with the out- VILLANOVA VS. WEST VIRGINIA: With
come of this weekend, though,” all those low seeds in the tour-
Kansas coach Bill Self said. “I real- nament, West Virginia doesn’t
ly believe that sometimes playing seem like much of an underdog.
close to home can actually be a But the Mountaineers are hitting
little bit more of a distraction or that angle hard, saying they don’t
bring a little bit of pressure.” get the respect they deserve as a

Loyola beats Nevada, continues NCAA run


The Jayhawks will face a red-hot senior class that has reached the
Clemson team picked to finish Sweet 16 three times in four years.
13th out of 14 teams in the ACC — Villanova isn’t buying it.
a team that routed Auburn 84-53 “If you’re at this point, you’re
last weekend in the third-biggest BY CHARLES ODUM NCAA MEN’S SWEET 16 for either team, had eight of just as good as the team in front of
blowout by a lower-seeded team AP Sports Writer Loyola’s first 19 points but went you,” Villanova guard Phil Booth
since 1979. The Tigers are playing NO. 11 LOYOLA 69, No. 7 Nevada 68 to the bench with two fouls said. “West Virginia is playing
in their first regional semifinal in ATLANTA — With Loyola- with 6:26 remaining in the half. as good as anybody else or any
21 years, and as such have almost Chicago clinging to a one- 21 points. Twin brother Cody He picked up his third foul mid- other team.”
nothing to lose. point lead and only 6.3 seconds Martin had 16. Jordan Carolina way through the second half. The Mountaineers rely on a sti-
Kansas, a basketball school if remaining, Marques Townes had 19.The Wolf Pack finally Loyola’s relentless attack fling full-court defense that has
there ever was one, has won 14 sank a 3-pointer from in front faced a deficit too big to over- on the basket continued as it earned them the nickname “Press
consecutive Big 12 titles — but of the Ramblers’ bench to con- come. stretched its lead, one layup at Virginia.” Villanova’s ability to
it hasn’t reached the Final Four tinue their improbable NCAA Loyola trailed by 12 points, a time, in the second half. pull up for 3-pointers in transition
since 2012. Still, Self has been get- Tournament run. at 20-8, midway through the Following a steal by Townes, is seen as the key to breaking the
ting the most out of a team with- Townes scored 18 points, first half but stormed back to Ben Richardson’s layup gave West Virginia pressure.
out as many sure-fire future pros including the key 3-pointer, lead 28-24 at halftime. Loyola the Ramblers their first double- PURDUE VS. TEXAS TECH: Texas
as he usually has at his disposal. to lead Loyola to a 69-68 win closed the half with a 20-4 run digit lead at 36-26 and took their Tech’s Chris Beard made it a
“I’ve seen Bill (Self ’s) teams over the Wolf Pack in Thursday as Nevada didn’t score in the biggest lead at 40-28. point to watch the video of the
from afar, because I’m a basketball night’s NCAA South Regional final 7:55 before the break. Nevada’s experience in sec- last time he faced Purdue, when
junkie and I study everything,” semifinal. After leading a combined 4 ond-half comebacks paid off. he was coaching Arkansas-Little
Clemson coach Brad Brownell The win leaves the No. 11th- minutes, 24 seconds of their After Loyola’s layup by Clayton Rock and it upset the Boilermak-
said. “But to watch him do what seeded Ramblers one victory first two NCAA Tournament Custer gave the Ramblers their ers in the opening round of the
he’s doing with this group, (it’s from a Final Four appearance. wins, the Wolf Pack didn’t trail last 10-point lead at 57-47, the 2016 tournament.
an) unbelievable coaching job.” Not bad for a program that in the opening 18 minutes of Wolf Pack charged back. Purdue’s Matt Painter doesn’t
The nightcap will feature good hasn’t been in the Sweet 16 in the first half. Even after lead- Cody Martin’s basket started need a reminder, thank you.
friends Mike Krzyzewski and Jim 33 years. ing 20-8 and appearing to have a 12-2 run, and his layup tied “Sometimes you don’t like to
Boeheim squaring off when sec- Townes charged down the established command, Nevada the game at 59-all with 4:06 live those bad dreams,” he said,
ond-seeded Duke faces ACC rival court, pumping his fist, as found a way to trail at halftime remaining. adding that he left that up to his
Syracuse, the No. 11 seed that has Nevada called a timeout fol- for the sixth straight game. BIG PICTURE: Loyola — The assistants.
once again advanced deep into lowing the crucial 3-pointer. Following a 4-4 tie, Nevada Ramblers showed strong poise Purdue is expected to be without
the tournament behind its lock- Caleb Martin answered with a took the lead with an 8-0 run by sticking with their game plan Isaac Haas, who broke his elbow in
down defense. 3 for Nevada, but this time the that included a layup and two to attack the basket, even when the second half of the first-round
The Blue Devils beat a good Wolf Pack couldn’t extend their free throws by Jordan Caroline. the Wolf Pack collected five game against Cal State-Fullerton.
Rhode Island team 87-62 to reach string of second-half come- Loyola pushed the ball in the blocks in the first half. Loyola The 7-foot-2, 290-pound center
its 26th regional. And although backs in the tournament. paint on almost every posses- took a 46-34 advantage in points has been trying to get back onto
four of the top five scorers are Loyola (31-5) awaits the win- sion. The Ramblers’ first 10 in the paint. the court, but Painter said it’s
freshmen, they also have perhaps ner of the Kansas State-Ken- points came on layups. Nevada — The Wolf Pack unlikely he will play.
the most experienced player in tucky game in Saturday’s Freshman Cameron Krutwig, couldn’t keep pace with Loyola’s “It’s very difficult in those situ-
the tournament in senior Gray- regional final. who at 6-foot-9, 260 pounds inside attack. They made only ations, but you also have to be a
son Allen. Martin led Nevada (29-8) with stood out as the biggest player 8 of 27 3-pointers. truth-teller,” he said.

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