NCAA ACCtion: Duke, Florida State and North Carolina Advance To Sweet 16

March 20, 2011

Top-Seeded Duke Outlasts Michigan, 73-71

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Duke is no stranger to this situation: Facing an underdog with uncanny touch from 3-point range, one that's racing downcourt in the closing seconds, scrambling for one last shot at some NCAA tournament magic.

This time, it was Michigan's turn to miss.

Nolan Smith scored 24 points and the top-seeded Blue Devils held their breath as the Wolverines' last shot clanged off the iron, sealing a 73-71 win Sunday that marked the 900th victory of coach Mike Krzyzewski's Hall of Fame career.

Kyle Singler added 13 points for the Blue Devils (32-4), who shot 51 percent, never trailed in the second half and advanced to the round of 16 for the 12th time in 14 years. Next stop: Anaheim, Calif., for the West regional semifinals Thursday night

Tar Heels Sweet 16 Bound, Again

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A dramatic finish left the North Carolina Tar Heels in a familiar spot: the NCAA tournament's round of 16.

Tyler Zeller scored 23 points, Harrison Barnes added 22 and North Carolina survived a wild closing minute to beat Washington 86-83 on Sunday in the East region. The Tar Heels are into the second weekend for a record 24th time.

Rallying from deficits of 11 points in the first half and five in the second, the second-seeded Tar Heels (28-7) went ahead for good on Barnes' 3-pointer with 4:06 left.

But they needed two free throws from Dexter Strickland and two defensive stops in the final second to advance to play the Syracuse-Marquette winner Friday in Newark, N.J.

Noles Head to Sweet 16 After Dominating Notre Dame, 71-57

Bernard James scored 14 points, Michael Snaer added 13 and Florida State showed there's more to its game than defense with a 71-57 upset of second-seeded Notre Dame on Sunday night that put the Seminoles in the regional semifinals for the first time since 1993.

It was an impressive effort by the 10th-seeded Seminoles, who had four players in double figures and went 9 of 19 from 3-point range.

Dominated from the opening tip, Notre Dame did make things interesting midway through the second half. Trailing 52-29, the Irish went on an 11-0 run capped by Hansbrough's 3 and two free throws by Tim Abromaitis after a technical on Snaer. Hansbrough then scored on a driving layup to make it 54-42 with 6:57 left.

But the Seminoles finally broke the press that had been giving them trouble during the spurt, and James slammed home a thunderous dunk that drew a roar from Florida State fans and ended any hopes the Irish had of a comeback.

Okaro White and Derwin Kitchen added 10 points each for the Seminoles.