INDIANAPOLIS – Derrick Walton Jr. scored 26 points and Michigan made 16 3-pointers Friday to hold off Oklahoma State 92-91 in the first round of the Midwest Regional.
The seventh-seeded Wolverines (25-11) set a school record for 3s in an NCAA Tournament game. They have won six straight – five since a frightening plane mishap on the way to last week’s Big Ten Tournament.
Juwan Evans scored 23 points to lead the 10th-seeded Cowboys (20-13), who finished the season with four consecutive losses.
(3) Oregon 93, (14) Iona 77
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – With star big man Chris Boucher cheering in a bulky knee brace on the sidelines, Tyler Dorsey scored 24 points to lead four players in double figures, and Oregon beat in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Ducks (30-5) showed they have depth and sheer athleticism to make a special March run, just as Coach Dana Altman hoped this week when he challenged role players to make larger contributions in shot-blocker Boucher’s absence.
(2) Louisville 78,
(2) Jacksonville State 63
INDIANAPOLIS – Mangok Mathiang scored 18 points and Deng Adel added 16 help Louisville pull away from Jacksonville State.
The Cardinals (25-8) have won five straight opening round games.
Norbertas Giga scored 30 points for 15th-seeded Jacksonville State (20-15), which was one of a record five teams making their first tourney appearance.
(1) Kansas 100, (16) UC Davis 62
TULSA, Okla. – Frank Mason III scored 22 points and had eight assists as Kansas won its opening game for an 11th straight year.
Freshman Josh Jackson, making his return after a one-game suspension for an accumulation of embarrassing incidents, added 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting for the Jayhawks (29-5).
(8) Arkansas 77,
(9) Seton Hall 71
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Jaylen Barford hit the go-ahead layup with 57.8 seconds left to help Arkansas hold off Seton Hall.
Barford had 12 of his 20 points after halftime for the Razorbacks (26-9).
(10) Wichita State 64,
(7) Dayton 58
INDIANAPOLIS – Wichita State’s high-flying offense didn’t get off the ground until the closing minutes, when the Shockers played like the more tournament-experienced team and pulled away for good.
The 10th-seeded Shockers (31-4) won their 16th in a row – the second-longest streak in school history.
(1) North Carolina 103,
(16) Texas Southern 64
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Justin Jackson broke out of a shooting slump with 21 points to help North Carolina roll past Texas Southern.
The Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year had made just 20 of 60 shots (33 percent) and 7 of 31 3-pointers (23 percent) in his last four games. But he had 19 points by halftime in this one, helping the Tar Heels (28-7) quickly eliminate any chance of an unprecedented upset.
(6) Cincinnati 75,
(11) Kansas State 61
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Troy Caupain scored 23 points, Kyle Washington added 16 and defensive-minded Cincinnati shot its way past Kansas State.
Cincinnati (30-5) was knocked out in the first round a year ago and No. 6 seeds were 0-3 before the Bearcats took the floor, with Maryland, Creighton and SMU all losing to No. 11 seeds.
(11) Southern California 66,
(6) SMU 65
TULSA, Okla. – Elijah Stewart hit a late 3-pointer for Southern California as the Trojans upset SMU after Shake Milton missed a floater at the buzzer.
Stewart had 22 points for the Trojans (26-9). Bennie Boatright and Chimezie Metu each added 14 for USC, which advances to play Baylor in the second round of the East region on Sunday.
(3) Baylor 91,
(14) New Mexico State 73
TULSA, Okla. – Al Freeman came off the bench to score 21 points and lift Baylor past New Mexico State.
Jo Lual-Acuil scored 16 points and Johnathan Motley added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears (26-7), who were upset in the first round by Georgia State and Yale the previous two years.
(2) Duke 87, (15) Troy 65
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Grayson Allen had 21 points off five 3-pointers, Jayson Tatum had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Duke continued its perfect postseason with a victory over Troy.
The Blue Devils (29-7) became the first team to win four games on the way to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament crown last week.