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The Latest on the second round of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):

12:05 a.m.
  
Coach Bob Huggins and the West Virginia Mountaineers are headed back to the Sweet 16 for the second straight season and fourth time since 2010 after routing the Marshall Thundering Herd 94-71 in a renewal of their rivalry more than 2,000 miles from the Mountain State.
  
Jevon Carter scored 28 points and Lamont West had 18 to lead No. 5 seed West Virginia in San Diego in the final game of the Round of 32.
  
The bigger, stronger Mountaineers overtook No. 13 seed Marshall midway through the first half and will move on to face No. 1 seed Villanova in the East Region semifinal on Friday in Boston.
  
This was the first meeting between the in-state rivals since December 2015 when the series abruptly came to an end. The two had played every year since 1977.
  
Marshall heads home at least having picked up its first-ever NCAA Tournament win, an 81-75 upset of No. 4 seed Wichita State on Friday.
  
- Bernie Wilson reporting in San Diego.
  
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11:30 p.m.
  
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice was in his element Sunday night while watching the West Virginia Mountaineers take on the Marshall Thundering Herd in a Mountain State showdown more than 2,000 miles from home.
  
Justice arrived in San Diego a few hours before tip-off of the East Region game that will send the winner to the Sweet 16 against No. 1 seed Villanova.
  
"I wish we could play closer, that's for sure," Justice said. "But at the same time, this is a tremendous honor for our state. That's all there is to it."
  
Justice wore a sport coat that was half blue and half green to honor each school.
  
Before the game, he held a coin toss with the schools' athletic directors to see whose rooting section he would sit in first. West Virginia won. At halftime, Justice walked around the arena to sit with Thundering Herd fans.
  
West Virginia raced out to a 42-25 halftime lead and kept control in the second half, leading by 24 points with about 11 minutes left.
  
"It's a wonderful, wonderful, night. Can't lose tonight. Everybody wins," Justice said.
  
Justice is a current high school girls basketball coach, and formerly coached Marshall junior guard Rondale Watson.
  
- Bernie Wilson reporting in San Diego.
  
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11:15 p.m.
  
Xavier is the second No. 1 seed to bow out of the NCAA Tournament.
  
Florida State beat the Musketeers 75-70 to move on to the Sweet 16, where the Seminoles will face Gonzaga.
  
The Seminoles ended the game with an 18-4 run. They took their first lead of the night at 71-70 with about 1:08 left on PJ Savoy's transition 3.
  
Xavier's Kerem Kanter shot an airball from 3-point range after getting an open look with 7 seconds left with his team trailing by three. Florida State closed things out by making their foul shots.
  
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11 p.m.
  
It's a nail-biter in Nashville between No. 1 seed Xavier and ninth-seeded Florida State.
  
Florida State came back from a 12-point deficit to take a 1-point lead with about 30 seconds left. The winner goes to the Sweet 16.
  
Xavier guard, J.P. Macura, one of the team's best players, has fouled out with 17 points.
  
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10:30 p.m.
  
Trevon Bluiett's first bucket of the game has helped top-seeded Xavier match its biggest lead against Florida State.
  
Bluiett, the three-time All Big East player and a candidate for national player of the year, missed his first four shots. But the senior stole the ball and went to the other end where he hit a 3-pointer. That gave the Musketeers a 51-40 lead with about 13 minutes left.
  
The ninth-seeded Seminoles have struggled to shoot in the second half, knocking down just 2 of 5 attempts.
  
- Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee.
  
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10:15 p.m.
  
The top-seeded Xavier Musketeers have opened the second half in a big way.
  
Xavier has outscored Florida State 10-3 and now leads 44-35 with 15:44 left. Quentin Goodin has been leading the way for Xavier with a couple free throws and a steal and a fast-break layup. The sophomore guard from Campbellsville, Kentucky, just tossed an alley-oop pass from mid-court to J.P. Macura who laid it up.
  
Xavier forward Kerem Kanter urged on fans to yell louder as the Musketeers went to the bench for the first media timeout of the second half.
  
- Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee.
  
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10:07 p.m.
  
The party's over for UMBC.
  
The team that made history for being the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in the NCAA men's basketball tournament lost to ninth-seeded Kansas State 50-43.
  
Xavier Sneed had a couple big buckets late to help the Wildcats hold on for the win and move on to the Sweet 16.
  
UMBC will still remember this tournament for a while following its stunning 20-point win over No. 1 overall Virginia in the first round.
  
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9:55 p.m.
  
The history-making UMBC Retrievers are in a close game in the second round against Kansas State.
  
The ninth-seeded Wildcats have a five-point lead with about 4 minutes left in the game. UMBC is shooting just 29 percent from the field.
  
The Retrievers are in the second round after becoming the first No. 16 seed in the NCAA men's tournament to beat a No. 1 seed, defeating Virginia on Friday night.
  
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9:50 p.m.
  
The final game of the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament has tipped off.
  
The Mountain State showdown way out in San Diego is underway between No. 5 seed West Virginia and 13th-seeded Marshall. It's the first meeting between the in-state rivals since December 2015 when the series between the schools abruptly came to an end. The two had played every year since 1977.
  
Marshall upset No. 4 seed Wichita State in the first round for the school's first NCAA Tournament victory. Jon Elmore was the star with 27 points. But he'll face a difficult challenge in West Virginia's pressure defense that overwhelmed Murray State in a 17-point first-round victory.
  
The winner will get No. 1 seed Villanova in the regional semifinals.
  
__ Tim Booth reporting from San Diego.
  
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9:45 p.m.
  
Xavier ran away from the Florida State Seminoles in the second round a year ago. Florida State's not letting the Musketeers go anywhere in their rematch.
  
The Musketeers lead 34-32 at halftime after going more than 9 minutes without a field goal before senior guard J.P. Macura hit a 3 from the top of the key with 16 seconds left in the half. That tied it up at 32, and Trevon Bluiett hit a pair of free throws just before the buzzer to give Xavier the lead.
  
Those free throws were Bluiett's first points of the game, not that he threw up many shots with only two attempts before going to the line.
  
Xavier led 24-15 on a dunk by Tyrique Jones before going cold, and only a big edge at the free throw line kept the Muskeeters in the game.
  
Braian Angola led Florida State with 11 points, and his 3 with 2:02 to go capped a 17-4 spurt for the Seminoles and gave them a 32-29 lead.
  
Xavier blew out Florida State 91-66 in the second round last year on its way to the Elite Eight.
  
The winner plays Gonzaga on Thursday night in Los Angeles in the West Region semifinal.
  
- Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee.
  
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9:20 p.m.
  
No. 5 seed Clemson is headed to the regional semifinals for the first time since 1997 after blowing out No. 4 seed Auburn 84-53 in the Midwest Region second round.
  
Gabe DeVoe led Clemson with 22 points, Elijah Thomas had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Marcquise Reed added 16 as Clemson used a huge first half run to cruise past its foe from the SEC.
  
Clemson shot nearly 48 percent, but was above 50 percent for most of the game. Clemson dominated every facet, outscoring Auburn 34-14 in the paint and allowed just two fastbreak points.
  
Clemson led by as many as 41 and will face top-seed Kansas.
  
Bryce Brown and Mustapha Heron led Auburn with 12 points each, but Auburn shot just 26 percent for the game and was 7 of 32 on 3-point attempts.
  
__ Tim Booth reporting from San Diego.

9:10 p.m.
  
Top-seeded Xavier is starting to put some space between the Musketeers and Florida State.
  
After swapping the lead six times, Xavier took the lead on a 3-pointer by Paul Scruggs. That was the first of 8 straight points by the top-seeded Musketeers, and Scruggs capped the spurt with a layup giving Xavier the biggest lead of the first half with 10:20 left.
  
Scruggs' layup put Xavier up 22-15.
  
Xavier routed Florida State in the second round a year ago, also in the West Region, with a 91-66 victory.
  
- Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee.
  
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8:55 p.m.
  
Call them the Fallen Four.
  
The top four seeds in the South Region - No. 1 Virginia, No. 2 Cincinnati, No. 3 Tennessee and No. 4 Arizona - have all been eliminated on the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
  
The NCAA says that it is the first time in tourney history that none of a region's top four seeds will make the Sweet 16.
  
Fifth-seeded Kentucky, seventh-seeded Nevada and 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago are already on their way to Atlanta for the South Region semifinals. That trio will be joined by either ninth-seeded Kansas State or UMBC. The Retrievers made history as the first No. 16 seed to beat a top seed.
  
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8:50 p.m.
  
Top-seeded Xavier and ninth-seeded Florida State have the challenge of trying to follow up one of the biggest comebacks in NCAA Tournament history.
  
If the opening minutes are any indication, they appear up to the task.
  
Florida State opened the game scoring the first five points and jumped out to an 8-2 lead. Xavier, a No. 1 seed for the first time in program history, quickly answered with eight straight points. Kerem Kanter has seven point helping Xavier take a 12-11 lead with 15:06 left in the first half.
  
Xavier is trying to reach the Sweet 16 for a second straight year and seventh in the past 11 years.
  
Florida State hasn't been there since 2011.
  
The winner plays Gonzaga in Los Angeles in the West Region semifinal.
  
- Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee.
  
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8:30 p.m.
  
Nevada's comeback win against Cincinnati is going into the record book.
  
The seventh-seeded Wolf Pack rallied from 22 points down to beat No. 2 seed Cincinnati 75-73 to advance to the Sweet 16. The NCAA says that it ties the second-biggest comeback in tournament history, behind BYU's rally from 25 down to beat Iona in the 2012 First Four.
  
Duke also won after trailing by 22 after beating Maryland in the 2001 Final Four.
  
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8:25 p.m.
  
Kansas State has found its groove and taken its first lead in its second round game against 16th-seeded UMBC.
  
The Wildcats needed 11 trips down the court to get on the scoreboard and cut UMBC's lead to 10-2. From there, Kansas State settled down and reeled off a 7-0 run to go up 15-14. Kansas State has yet to his a 3-pointer and has missed all six attempts.
  
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8:15 p.m.
  
The Nevada Wolf Pack just keeps digging out of deep holes. And now they're on their way to Nevada's first Sweet 16 since 2004.
  
The seventh-seeded Wolf Pack trailed this time by 22 before an amazing comeback.
  
Josh Hall hit a short jumper with 9.1 seconds left to give Nevada its only lead of the game at 75-73, and No. 2 seed Cincinnati couldn't get a shot off before the clock expired sending the Wolf Pack celebrating and hugging on the court.
  
Nevada trailed by 14 in the second half of their first-round game when they forced overtime and beat Texas.
  
Cincinnati was the highest remaining seed left in the South Region after a string of upsets, and now the Bearcats are the latest to go down.
  
Now Nevada will play another surprising team in Loyola-Chicago in the South Region semifinals Thursday in Atlanta.
  
- Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee.
  
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8:15 p.m.
  
Kansas State coach Bruce Weber left the door open on leading scoring Dean Wade playing against UMBC, but so far the 6-foot-10 junior has not seen the floor near the midway point of the first half.
  
Wade is dealing with a stress fracture in his foot and has missed the Wildcats' last two games.
  
Meanwhile, UMBC has shown no signs of a letdown after their historic upset of No. 1 Virginia, jumping out to a 12-6 lead with 11 minutes left in the first half.
  
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8:10 p.m.
  
Clemson is running its way to the Sweet 16.
  
The Tigers closed the first half on a 30-6 run and have a 43-19 lead over No. 4 seed Auburn at halftime of their second-round game in the Midwest Region. Elijah Thomas has 11 points and Marcquise Reed has 10 to lead Clemson.
  
Auburn simply couldn't make shots. The Tigers closed the half missing 18 straight shots and 20 of its final 21 attempts in the half.
  
Auburn didn't make a basket the final 10:33 of the half with all six points coming at the free throw line. Auburn shot just 18 percent in the first half.
  
Clemson normally plays at a slow pace but outscored Auburn 10-0 on fastbreak points and had a 22-2 advantage on points in the paint.
  
-Tim Booth reporting from San Diego.
  
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7:55 p.m.
  
Nevada went on a 16-0 run to get back into the game, but Cincinnati is trying to hold on by controlling the boards. The Bearcats were up by just three points with about 3 1/2 minutes left.
  
Second-seeded Cincinnati ended a long drought by converting a pair of putbacks. The Bearcats were outrebounding seventh-seeded Nevada 41-26 and outscoring the Wolf Pack 20-3 in second-chance points.
  
But don't count out Nevada just yet.
  
Nevada trailed by 14 in the second half of their first-round game when they forced overtime and beat Texas.
  
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7:42 p.m.
  
Nevada may have dug itself too deep a hole to pull off another comeback.
  
Cincinnati opened the second half on an 11-3 run and has extended its lead over Nevada to 59-41 with 14:16 remaining. Nevada's Cody Martin exemplified the Wolf Pack's frustrations when he picked up a technical foul early in the second half.
  
-Steve Megargee reporting from Nashville, Tennessee
  
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7:40 p.m.
  
UMBC entered the Spectrum Center on Sunday night with long-sleeve warm-up jerseys that had "Unleash Chaos" on the front and "Shock the World" written on the back.
  
UMBC became the first No. 16 seed to beat a 1 seed on Friday night when it toppled Virginia, the nation's top-ranked team in the biggest upset in college basketball history.
  
The Retrievers face Kansas State in the second round.
  
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7:27 p.m.
  
Defending national champion North Carolina is done in the NCAA Tournament.
  
Seventh-seeded Texas A&M dominated the second-seeded Tar Heels in an 86-65 win to advance to the Sweet 16.
  
The Aggies controlled the boards and held Carolina to a paltry 19 percent shooting from 3-point range.
  
Texas A&M won in Tar Heel-friendly country in Charlotte. It was North Carolina's first NCAA loss in Charlotte after winning their first 12 games there.
  
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7:12 p.m.
  
Texas A&M is cruising against North Carolina in Charlotte.
  
The Aggies have maintained a 20-point lead for much of the last few minutes in the second half of their second-round game in the NCAA Tournament.
  
The Tar Heels will need a miraculous comeback to earn another shot to get back to the Final Four.
  
North Carolina is shooting a paltry 4 of 28 from 3-point range with about 4 1/2 minutes to go. Texas A&M is shooting 49 percent overall from the floor.
  
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7:10 p.m.
  
Two football powerhouses have tipped off with a spot in the Sweet 16 at stake.
  
Clemson and Auburn sounds more like a matchup in the College Football Playoff than a second-round game in the NCAA Tournament. But the schools are meeting with the winner facing No. 1 seed Kansas in the regional semifinals.
  
Clemson, the No. 5 seed, pulled away from 12th-seeded New Mexico State in the first round. No. 4 seed Auburn held off a challenge from 13th-seeded Charleston to advance.
  
Clemson was last in the regional semifinals in 1997. The last time Auburn was in the Sweet 16 was 2003.
  
-Tim Booth reporting from San Diego.
  
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7:05 p.m.
  
Jacob Evans III has 15 points and Jarron Cumberland has 13 to give Cincinnati a 44-32 halftime lead over Nevada.
  
This marks the fifth straight game Nevada has trailed at halftime. Nevada has won two of those games so far.
  
Nevada will need a big second half from Caleb Martin, the star of its first-round overtime victory over Texas. Martin picked up two early fouls and has just two points.
  
In the Texas game, Martin scored 13 points in the second half and overtime.
  
-Steve Megargee reporting from Nashville, Tennessee
  
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6:45 p.m.
  
North Carolina is in big trouble.
  
They were down by 21 to Texas A&M with about 12 minutes left in the second-round game in Charlotte.
  
The Tar Heels are off from the 3-point line, shooting just 2 of 22. They've got a lot of work to do if they want to make a third straight Final Four.
  
The Aggies shooting 49 percent from the field.
  
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6:30 p.m.
  
Cincinnati's Jarron Cumberland continues his torrid NCAA Tournament performance. He was on a triple-double pace about 8 ½ minutes into the game with 11 points, three rebounds and three assists.
  
Cumberland's production has staked Cincinnati to a 27-12 lead over Nevada. The Bearcats are known for their stingy defense, but their offense is sizzling so far as they've shot 10 of 15 overall and 4 of 5 from 3-point range.
  
-Steve Megargee reporting from Nashville, Tennessee
  
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6:22 p.m.
  
North Carolina must come back from a double-digit deficit if it wants to make a third straight Final Four.
  
The Tar Heels trail Texas A&M 42-28 at halftime in Charlotte, though it isn't UNC's biggest halftime deficit. That came when the Tar Heels trailed by 16 at Clemson before making a second-half comeback that fell short in an 82-78 loss.
  
The Aggies' defense frustrated the Tar Heels, who also missed plenty of good looks. UNC shot 33 percent and made just 1 of 13 from behind the 3-point arc.
  
North Carolina also got a combined nine points from starters Theo Pinson, Kenny Williams and Cameron Johnson.
  
The Aggies shot 50 percent and took a 25-18 rebounding advantage.
  
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6:20 p.m.
  
Nevada coach Eric Musselman has already needed to call two timeouts in the first 4 ½ minutes as Cincinnati has grabbed an 18-4 lead over the Wolf Pack.
  
Nevada will have to try to erase a 14-point deficit for the second straight game. Nevada staged a dramatic rally Friday to beat Texas 97-93 in overtime after trailing by 14 early in the second half.
  
Jarron Cumberland has eight points and Kyle Washington has six for Cincinnati. Nevada has missed its first four 3-point attempts.
  
-Steve Megargee reporting from Nashville, Tennessee -Steve Megargee reporting from Nashville, Tennessee
  
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5:55 p.m.
  
Texas A&M has regrouped from a slow start with a 12-0 run to take a 25-20 lead on North Carolina.
  
The Tar Heels led 20-13 but missed their next six shots, while 6-foot-10 forward Tyler Davis scored three times inside to get the Aggies going during the current burst.
  
UNC's Luke Maye had six quick rebounds for the Tar Heels, but picked up two fouls.
  
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5:52 p.m.
  
Everybody loves an underdog - unless maybe you're from Manhattan, Kansas.
  
Kansas State coach Bruce Weber knows that through no fault of his own his Wildcats may be viewed as the most villainous team in America, with the vast majority of the country -and those in the Spectrum Center in Charlotte- rooting for them to lose Sunday night against UMBC.
  
The Retrievers became America's sweetheart after their historic win over Virginia on Friday night when they became the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament history. UMBC, with their adopted fan base behind them, now look to advance to the Sweet 16 when they face Weber's ninth-seeded Wildcats.
  
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5:25 p.m.
  
Action is underway in Charlotte for the West Region second-round game between No. 2 seed North Carolina and No. 7 seed Texas A&M.
  
The reigning national champion Tar Heels are trying to improve to 35-1 in NCAA Tournament games in their home state, with the lone loss coming in 1979. Meanwhile, the Aggies are trying to reach the Sweet 16 for only the third time since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
  
Also of note: 2016 national champion Villanova lost to Wisconsin in last year's second round.
  
The winner gets Michigan in the regional semifinals in Los Angeles.
  
- Aaron Beard reporting from Charlotte, North Carolina
  
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5:20 p.m.
  
Michigan State's season is over after the Spartans were eliminated by 11th-seeded Syracuse in their own backyard.
  
Despite a partisan crowd cheering them on in Detroit, the Spartans missed their last 14 shots from the field and lost 55-53.
  
The Orange were led by Tyus Battle's 17 points and won for the third time in five days to secure an improbable Sweet 16 matchup against second-seeded Duke.
  
Michigan State's loss is a bracket-buster for many college hoops fans, with more than a quarter of those who filled out brackets on ESPN picking the Spartans to reach the Final Four.
  
- Noah Trister reporting from Detroit.
  
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4:56 p.m.
  
Syracuse grabbed its first lead of the second half on Michigan State as the Spartans just can't buy a basket. The Spartans have not scored in 2:09 and an Orange 7-0 made it 50-48 for Syracuse, the 11th seed and final at-large team picked for the tournament.
  
Michigan State is shooting 30 percent, but has 24 offensive rebounds.
  
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4:47 p.m.
  
For the second game in a row, Miles Bridges threw down an emphatic dunk that got the pro-Michigan State crowd in Detroit fired up.
  
This time it was a one-handed slam after Bridges drove to the basket from the right wing. That highlight gave the Spartans a 44-39 lead with about 7:30 remaining in the second half.
  
It's been tough sledding for Michigan State against the Syracuse defense, but the Spartans have 21 offensive rebounds and a 19-3 lead in second-chance points.
  
More bad news for Syracuse, Frank Howard, one of its few reliable scorers, fouled out with about 6:30 left, being whistled on an inbounds pass near midcourt.
  
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4:35 p.m.
  
Michigan State can't get any distance from Syracuse. The second-round games is grinding along in Detroit, with neither team shooting better than 40 percent from the field.
  
The Spartans have 18 offensive rebounds, but are on pace for way under their 81-points-per-game average, leading Syracuse 40-39 with 10:02 left.
  
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3:51 p.m.
  
The first half was Syracuse's kind of game. The Orange and Michigan State slogged along on the offensive end, missing a bunch of shots from everywhere. The Spartans grabbed a 25-22 lead when Matt McQuaid hit a 3 at the buzzer. Even that was less-than-smooth. McQuaid had his shot blocked right back to him and then in one motion threw up a bank shot before the clock expired.
  
Michigan State avoided its lowest scoring half of the season by a point.
  
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3:28 p.m.
  
The Syracuse zone is making Michigan State uncomfortable. The Orange lead the Spartans 14-12 with just under eight minutes left in the first half in Detroit. The Spartans are 3 for 17 from the field. Syracuse has been one of the worst offensive teams in the country, but they beat Arizona State and TCU by holding them to almost 30 points under their per game averages.
  
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3:08 p.m.
  
The second game of the day is underway and Michigan State fans have packed the arena in Detroit to watch the third-seeded Spartans face Syracuse, the 11th seed that won a First Four game to get into the Midwest Region.
  
Michigan State is still trying to find the soft spots in Syracuse's zone. The Spartans were up 7-6 almost six minutes in.
  
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2:40 p.m.
  
Next up for Purdue in the Sweet 16 is Texas Tech and coach Chris Beard.
  
While those two teams haven't played since 1998, Boilermakers fans surely remember Beard - for all the wrong reasons.
  
Beard was the coach at Arkansas-Little Rock when the 12th-seeded Trojans shocked Purdue 85-83 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament just two years ago.
  
Texas Tech was the Big 12 runner-up this season, and is in its first Sweet 16 since 2005.
  
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2:30 p.m.
  
Vincent Edwards scored 20 points and Dakota Mathias made a clutch 3-pointer with 14.2 seconds left, helping second-seeded Purdue over 10th-seeded Butler hold on for a 76-73 win Sunday in the second round.
  
The Bulldogs trailed by 10 with less than 6 minutes left and had a shot to tie the game when they had the ball with 1.8 seconds left. Butler's Kamar Baldwin just missed a long 3-pointer that a game official said was released before the buzzer as he walked off the court.
  
Purdue overcame the loss of Isaac Haas by relying on redshirt freshman Matt Haarms, who made his first start in place of the injured senior standout.
  
The Boilermakers (30-6) will face Texas Tech (29-6) in the East Regional on Friday in the NCAA Tournament's round of 16 in Boston.
  
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1:15 p.m.
  
Purdue redshirt freshman Matt Haarms made the most of his opportunity to fill in for Isaac Haas, scoring 7 points and grabbing five rebounds in 17 minutes to help third-seeded Purdue lead 10th-seeded Butler 40-36 at halftime Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
  
Haas wasn't cleared by the officials to play with a broken elbow protected by a bulky brace that covered much of his right arm because it didn't meet the NCAA's player safety standards. The 7-foot-2, 290-pound center was ruled out for the rest of the NCAA Tournament after being hurt Friday night in a win over Cal State Fullerton, but he warmed up and looked like he was trying to play against the Bulldogs.
  
Haas was averaging 14.7 points, second on the team. The 7-3 Haarms averaged just 4.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 16.6 minutes per game in 35 games off the bench this season. He surpassed his average in playing time in the first half alone, logging 17 minutes for coach Matt Painter.
  
Butler led by as much as 9 and didn't trail until the 2:53 mark of the first half. Kelan Martin had 14 points and Kamar Baldwin scored 10 for the Bulldogs over the opening 20 minutes.
  
Vince Edwards scored 12 points and picked up a third foul just 3 seconds before halftime.
  
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12:15 p.m.
  
Purdue center Isaac Haas stayed on the bench while his team started its game against Butler, despite warming up beforehand while wearing a large brace to protect his broken right elbow.
  
Referee DJ Carstensen told The Associated Press during warmups Sunday that Haas would not be allowed to play with the brace.
  
Haas wore a long sleeve black shirt that said "Empathy" in white and black warmup pants as his teammates began the game.
  
Starting instead for the Boilermakers is redshirt freshman Matt Haarms. He's 7-foot-3, an inch taller than Haas.
  
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11:40 a.m.
  
Purdue's dramatics surrounding its star 7-foot-2 center are spicing up right before its game for a spot in the Sweet 16.
  
Purdue center Isaac Haas is warming up and taking shots two days after breaking his right elbow.
  
It's unclear whether Haas will play Sunday for the No. 2 seed Boilermakers against Butler, after his school initially ruled him out for the rest of the NCAA Tournament.
  
Haas was welcomed by a relative roar from the dozens of fans in their seats less than an hour before tipoff. He had a bulky, black brace protecting his broken right elbow as he shot with both hands during warmups with his teammates.

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