Gophers rout Bruins in what could be Howland's last game

UCLA star freshman Muhammad may also exit program after just one season

AUSTIN, Texas — Andre Hollins scored 28 points and Minnesota rolled past punchless UCLA 83-63 on Friday in what could be Bruins freshman Shabazz Muhammad's last in college and coach Ben Howland's final one leading the program.

Austin Hollins scored 16 for the 11th-seeded Gophers (21-12). The Gophers eased some pressure on coach Tubby Smith by giving him his first NCAA tournament win in six seasons.

Another early-round exit by the sixth-seeded Bruins (25-10) won't help Howland, who is facing public speculation back home about his future despite winning the Pac-12 regular-season title this year.

Muhammad, expected to leave for the NBA, led the Bruins with 20 points.

San Diego State 70, Oklahoma 55

At Philadelphia, Jamaal Franklin scored 21 points, James Rahon had 17 and San Diego State earned its third NCAA tournament victory.

The Aztecs (23-10) did nothing spectacular, but everything well and used a modest 8-0 run late in the second half to snap a tie game and take control.

North Carolina 78, Villanova 71

At Kansas City, Mo., P.J. Hairston scored 23 points, James Michael McAdoo added 17 and North Carolina unleashed a flurry of 3-pointers to subdue gritty Villanova.

Kansas 64, Western Kentucky 57

At Kansas City, Mo., Jeff Withey scored 17 points and top-seeded Kansas struggled to put away scrappy Western Kentucky, but avoided what would have been the biggest upset on a day full of them in the NCAA tournament.

The Jayhawks (30-5), flummoxed by the Hilltoppers' full-court pressure, trailed 31-30 at halftime. Kansas eventually built an 11-point lead in the second half, but couldn't put Western Kentucky away until Ben McLemore's two foul shots with 11 seconds left in the game.

Florida 79, Northwestern State 47

At Austin, Texas, Erik Murphy had 18 points to lead four Florida players in double figures and the Gators shut down the NCAA's highest-scoring team.


East Regional

Indiana 83, James Madison 62

At Dayton, Ohio, freshman Yogi Ferrell scored 14 points in the first six minutes as top-seeded Indiana slam dunked its way past James Madison.

Not taking any chances with a No. 16 seed, the Hoosiers (28-6) started fast and built a 33-point lead in the second half over the Dukes (21-15) and opened the tourney with a statement they intend to be around for a while.

Temple 76, North Carolina St. 72

At Dayton, Ohio, Khalif Wyatt scored 31 points, finishing the game with an injured left thumb that had him grimacing before his clinching free throws, and Temple broke with its one-and-done NCAA tournament trend.

Miami 78, Pacific 49

At Austin, Texas, Durand Scott had 21 points and Miami had a triumphant return to the NCAA tournament.

The Hurricanes (28-6), who may be even better than their No. 2 seed in the East Regional would indicate, put the game out of reach with a 14-0 run midway through the first half of their first NCAA tourney game in five years.

Illinois 57, Colorado 49

At Austin, Texas, Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson made consecutive 3-pointers to give Illinois back the lead with 6 minutes left and the seventh-seeded Illini pulled out a tough win over Colorado.

Illinois led by 16 at halftime only to watch Colorado rip off a 21-2 run in the second to grab the lead. The Illini looked desperate until Paul and Richardson coolly knocked down their shots to put Illinois ahead 48-44.


Midwest Regional

Duke 73, Albany 61

At Philadelphia, Seth Curry scored 26 points, Mason Plumlee had 23 and second-seeded Duke beat Albany.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski extended his all-time lead with his 80th career victory in the tournament that he has won four times.

Creighton 67, Cincinnati 63

At Philadelphia, Doug McDermott had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Gregory Echenique scored 13 points to help Creighton hold on.

Ethan Wragge added 12 for the Bluejays, who won their NCAA tournament opener for the second straight year.


West Regional

Mississippi 57, Wisconsin 46

At Kansas City, Mo., Marshall Henderson shook out of a shooting slump and scored 17 points in the second half, giving the Rebels their first NCAA tournament win since 2002.

For the cold-shooting Badgers (23-12), the upset loss snaps a string of six straight first-game victories.

La Salle 63, Kansas State 61

At Kansas City, Mo., Jerrell Wright made three foul shots in the final 30 seconds, and No. 13 seed La Salle advanced after blowing an 18-point halftime lead to beat fourth-seeded Kansas State.

Ohio State 95, Iona 70

At Dayton, Ohio, Sam Thompson had career highs with 20 points and 10 rebounds, part of a dominating performance by Ohio State's front line against Iona.

Iowa State 76, Notre Dame 58

At Dayton, Ohio, freshman Georges Niang matched a season high with 19 points and Iowa State, showing it can do much more than just fire away from outside the 3-point line, dismantled Notre Dame.


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