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Oregon’s Cinderella run continues with convincing win over Saint Louis

  • Oregon guard Damyean Dotson (21) drives to the basket against Saint Louis guard Kwamain Mitchell (3) during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

    Oregon guard Damyean Dotson (21) drives to the basket against Saint Louis guard Kwamain Mitchell (3) during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Oregon forward Carlos Emory (33) takes a shot past Saint Louis forward Rob Loe (51) during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

    Oregon forward Carlos Emory (33) takes a shot past Saint Louis forward Rob Loe (51) during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • Saint Louis guard Jordair Jett, left, recovers a loose ball during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament against Oregon Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Saint Louis guard Jordair Jett, left, recovers a loose ball during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament against Oregon Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi, left, steals the ball from Saint Louis forward Cody Ellis during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi, left, steals the ball from Saint Louis forward Cody Ellis during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Saint Louis forward Dwayne Evans, left, shoots over Oregon's Waverly Austin (20) during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Saint Louis forward Dwayne Evans, left, shoots over Oregon's Waverly Austin (20) during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Saint Louis guard Mike McCall Jr. (11) shoots over Oregon's Damyean Dotson (21) during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Saint Louis guard Mike McCall Jr. (11) shoots over Oregon's Damyean Dotson (21) during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Oregon coach Dana Altman gestures from the sidelines during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament against Saint Louis Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Oregon coach Dana Altman gestures from the sidelines during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament against Saint Louis Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Saint Louis forward Rob Loe (51) lays up a shot aganst Oregon during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Saint Louis forward Rob Loe (51) lays up a shot aganst Oregon during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi (14), Saint Louis forward Dwayne Evans (21), and Oregon forward E.J. Singler (25) chase a loose ball during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi (14), Saint Louis forward Dwayne Evans (21), and Oregon forward E.J. Singler (25) chase a loose ball during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Oregon guard Damyean Dotson (21) drives to the basket against Saint Louis guard Kwamain Mitchell (3) during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
  • Oregon forward Carlos Emory (33) takes a shot past Saint Louis forward Rob Loe (51) during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
  • Saint Louis guard Jordair Jett, left, recovers a loose ball during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament against Oregon Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
  • Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi, left, steals the ball from Saint Louis forward Cody Ellis during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
  • Saint Louis forward Dwayne Evans, left, shoots over Oregon's Waverly Austin (20) during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
  • Saint Louis guard Mike McCall Jr. (11) shoots over Oregon's Damyean Dotson (21) during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
  • Oregon coach Dana Altman gestures from the sidelines during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament against Saint Louis Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
  • Saint Louis forward Rob Loe (51) lays up a shot aganst Oregon during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
  • Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi (14), Saint Louis forward Dwayne Evans (21), and Oregon forward E.J. Singler (25) chase a loose ball during the first half of a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 23, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Oregon is riding its much-debated No. 12 seed all the way to the round of 16.

Damyean Dotson scored 23 points, Carlos Emory added 14 points and the hot-shooting Ducks sprinted past fourth-seeded Saint Louis, 74-57, in the NCAA tournament last night.

Dotson made his first five 3-pointers to carry Oregon (28-8) into the second weekend for the first time since 2007, when it lost to eventual repeat champion Florida in the regional final. The Ducks made 8-of-11 shots from beyond the arc, while the Billikens finished 3-for-21 from long range.

Oregon will play No. 1 overall seed Louisville in the Midwest Regional in Indianapolis next. The Cardinals routed Colorado State, 82-56, in Lexington, Ky.

Kwamain Mitchell scored 18 points and Dwayne had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Billikens (28-7), who set a school record in wins this season following the death of coach Rick Majerus in December. Instead of a storybook finish, Saint Louis lost in the round of 32 for the second straight year.

Oregon’s size and speed just overwhelmed Saint Louis.

The Ducks’ defense extended into a full-court press, forcing Saint Louis to play faster than it wanted. With a series of stops providing easy breakaways, Oregon’s bright black-and-yellow uniforms blurred all over the court.

The open space played perfectly into what the Ducks do best: find seams and shoot. Dotson, Emory and E.J. Singler (14 points) each made a 3-pointer before Johnathan Loyd capped the 25-8 run to end the half with another from the top of the arc in the final seconds, lifting his hand in the air after giving Oregon a 35-19 lead at the break.

WEST REGIONAL

No. 9 Wichita State 76,
No. 1 Gonzaga 70

Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker scored 16 points apiece and Wichita State hit a season-high 14 3-pointers, including seven straight late, to knock the top-ranked and No. 1 seeded Bulldogs out of the NCAA tournament.

The Shockers (28-8) advanced to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2006, while Gonzaga becomes the first top seed to be eliminated.

Gonzaga survived a scare in the second round against Southern but couldn’t hold up against a fellow mid-major from Kansas whose motto is “play angry.”

The Shockers face the winner of Sunday’s game between La Salle and Ole Miss.

Wichita State had the Zags down 13 early. Though Gonzaga (32-3) fought back, the barrage of 3s was too much for the small school from Spokane, Wash.

Kelly Olynyk scored 26 points to lead Gonzaga, and Kevin Pangos had 19.

MIDWEST REGIONAL

No. 1 LOUISVILLE 82,
No. 9 COLORADO STATE 56

Russ Smith had another big night, leading four players in double figures with 27 points, and top-seeded Louisville is into the Midwest Region semifinals.

The Cardinals put on a defensive clinic as they dismantled Colorado State. Louisville forced the eighth-seeded Rams into a season-high 20 turnovers, made Colton Iverson look as invisible as a 6-foot-10 guy can be and limited one of the nation’s best rebounding teams to 24 boards, more than a dozen below their average.

No. 3 MICHIGAN STATE 70,
No. 6 MEMPHIS 48

Gary Harris scored 16 of his career-high 23 points in the first half to help third-seeded Michigan State reach the round of 16 for the fifth time in six years.

Michigan State (27-8) will play the winner of the Duke-Creighton game on Friday in the Midwest Regional semifinals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The Tigers (31-5) advanced in the NCAA tournament for the first time in Josh Pastner’s four seasons.

SOUTH REGIONAL

No. 4 MICHIGAN 78, No. 5 VCU 53

Mitch McGary had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Michigan breezed through Virginia Commonwealth’s vaunted pressure with a clinical performance and advanced to the round of 16 for the first time since 1994.

VCU (27-9) was relentless in a 46-point rout of Akron on Thursday night, but the Rams met their match against Michigan’s cool-headed backcourt. Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. rarely looked rattled against VCU, and although Michigan (28-7) committed 12 turnovers, the Rams couldn’t turn many of them into quick scoring opportunities.

McGary, a 6-foot-10 freshman, set season highs in scoring and rebounding.

The 71-point swing by VCU – from a 46-point win to a 25-point loss – was the largest in NCAA tournament history, according to STATS.

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