Friday, March 17, 2017

NCAA South: Heels, Hogs, Shockers, Bearcats, UK, UCLA Advance

Six games were contested on Friday in Round-of-64 play in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's South Region.

At Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, South Carolina:

Moses Kingsley scored 23 points while Jaylen Barford---who converted the go-ahead jumper with 57.8 seconds remaining---added 20 as the eighth-seeded Arkansas Razorbacks (26-9) defeated the ninth-seeded Seton Hall Pirates (21-12) 77-71.

Justin Jackson scored 21 points as the top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels (27-7), with six players scoring in double digits,  demolished the sixteenth-seeded Texas Southern Tigers (23-11) 103-64.

At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis:

The tenth-seeded Wichita State Shockers (31-4) racked up their 16th straight game by defeating the seventh-seeded Dayton Flyers (24-8) 64-58, despite 25 points from the Flyers' Scoochie Smith.  

Landry Shamet tallied 13 points for the Shockers.

Bam Adebayo scored 15 points and grabbed 18 rebounds while De'Aaron Fox scored 19 himself as the second-seeded Kentucky Wildcats (30-5) finally defeated the stubborn fifteenth-seeded Northern Kentucky Norse (24-11) 79-70.

Lavone Holland II paced the Norse, who were playing in their first NCAA Tourney in their first season of eligibility (only the seventh school to do so since 1970), with 22 points.

At Golden 1 Center, Sacramento:

Troy Caupain scored 23 points as the sixth-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats (30-5) defeated the #11-seeded Kansas State Wildcats (21-14) 75-61.

T.J. Leaf scored 23 points to help carry the third-seeded UCLA Bruins (30-4) to a 97-80 victory over the 14th-seeded Kent State Golden Flashes (22-14).  Thomas Welsh added 16 points to the Bruins' coffers.

The Flashes were led by Jaylin Walker and Jimmy Hall, Jr. who scored 23 and 20 points, respectively.

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