Oregon, Kansas, Villanova & Oklahoma Advance To Elite 8
Oregon, Kansas, Villanova and Oklahoma each advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s regional finals on Thursday night. Here’s a recap of the night’s Sweet 16 games:
Oregon 82, Duke 68
Dillon Brooks scored 22 points, and top-seeded Oregon routed fourth-seeded Duke, 82-68, in the 2016 NCAA Tournament’s West Region semifinals in Anaheim on Thursday night.
Casey Benson had 11 points and eight assists for the Ducks (31-6), who advanced to face Oklahoma in the Elite Eight on Saturday. Elgin Cook had 16 points and nine rebounds for Oregon, which is seeking to make its first Final Four in 77 years.
Brandon Ingram scored a game-high 24 points for the Blue Devils (25-11).
Oklahoma 77, Texas A&M 63
Jordan Woodard scored a game-high 22 points, and second-seeded Oklahoma easily beat third-seeded Texas A&M, 77-63, in the 2016 NCAA Tournament’s West Region semifinals in Anaheim on Thursday night.
All-American guard Buddy Hield added 17 points for the Sooners (28-7), who will meet Oregon on Saturday with a trip to the Final Four at stake.
Tyler Davis led the Aggies (28-9) with 17 points. Teammate Jalen Jones had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Kansas 79, Maryland 63
Perry Ellis led all scorers with 27 points, and top-seeded Kansas defeated fifth-seeded Maryland, 79-63, in the 2016 NCAA Tournament’s South Region semifinals in Louisville on Thursday night.
The Jayhawks (33-4) were only up two points at halftime, 36-34, but they turned up the intensity at the offensive and defensive ends to pull away in the second half. Wayne Selden Jr. added 19 points for Kansas, who will face Villanova in the regional final on Saturday.
Rasheed Sulaimon led the Terrapins (27-9) with 18 points. Melo Trimble added 17.
Villanova 92, Miami 69
Ryan Arcidiacono and Kris Jenkins scored 21 points apiece, and second-seeded Villanova blew out third-seeded Miami, 92-69, in the 2016 NCAA Tournament’s South Region semifinals in Louisville on Thursday night.
’Nova led 43-37 at the half and pulled away in the final 20 minutes. With the easy victory, the Wildcats (32-5) advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2009. They will play Kansas on Saturday for a trip to the Final Four.
Sheldon McClellan led the Hurricanes (27-8) with 26 points.