David Nichols scored 14 factors and No. 12 Florida State (27-6) knocked off No. 2 Virginia, 69-59, on Friday evening to advance to the championship recreation of the Atlantic Coast Conference event in Charlotte, N.C.
The Cavaliers’ loss got here on the identical ground the place they grew to become the primary No. 1 seed within the N.C.A.A. event to lose to a 16th seed (Maryland-Baltimore County) final 12 months.
De’Andre Hunter had 13 factors for Virginia (29-Three), which had received 9 in a row and had to not anybody aside from Duke.
BIG EAST Phil Booth scored 28 factors, Jermaine Samuels hit three vital Three-pointers, and No. 25 Villanova (24-9), the defending nationwide champion, rallied from a 7-point deficit within the last three minutes of regulation to defeat Xavier (18-15) by 71-67 in additional time within the semifinals at Madison Square Garden. The top-seeded Wildcats, making an attempt to change into the primary workforce within the 40-year historical past of the convention to win three straight event titles, will play second-seeded Marquette or third-seeded Seton Hall on Saturday evening.
SEC Andrew Nembhard hit a Three-pointer with a second left, and Florida (19-14) rallied from a 13-point deficit within the second half to earn a 76-73 upset of ninth-ranked and top-seeded Louisiana State (26-6) within the quarterfinals in Nashville. Eighth-seeded Florida, which solidified its N.C.A.A. event probabilities, will face No. 22 Auburn (24-9), the fifth seed, which pulled away for a 73-64 victory over fourth-seeded South Carolina (16-16) behind Jared Harper’s 27 factors. … Tyler Herro scored 20 factors to steer No. four Kentucky (27-5) to a 73-55 victory in opposition to Alabama (18-15), whose N.C.A.A. hopes took a blow.
BIG TEN Cassius Winston had 18 factors, serving to No. 6 Michigan State (26-6) gave the Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo his 600th profession win, 77-70, over Ohio State (19-14) within the quarterfinals in Chicago. The Spartans will face No. 19 Wisconsin (23-9), which bought a key Three-pointer from D’Mitrik Trice with 58 seconds left in a 66-62 win that ended the underdog run of short-handed Nebraska (18-16). … Jordan Murphy scored 27 factors for Minnesota (21-12) in a 75-73 win in opposition to No. 13 Purdue (23-9).
BIG 12 Marial Shayok, who had 21 factors, hit back-to-back Three-pointers in entrance of his personal bench to provide Iowa State (22-11) the lead within the last minute of a 63-59 victory in opposition to No. 15 Kansas State (25-Eight), the event’s prime seed, within the semifinals in Kansas City, Mo.
ATLANTIC 10 Jeff Dowtin scored 22 factors to assist lead eighth-seeded Rhode Island (18-14) to a 75-70 upset of top-seeded Virginia Commonwealth (25-7) within the quarterfinals at Barclays Center. It is the third straight 12 months that Rhode Island has ousted V.C.U. The Rams will face St. Bonaventure (17-15), a 68-57 winner over George Mason (18-15) behind 20 factors every from Dominick Welch and Kyle Lofton. … Jon Axel Gudmundsson had 18 factors and 11 rebounds to assist second-seeded Davidson (24-Eight) maintain off 10th-seeded St. Joseph’s (13-19) by 70-60.
AMERICAN Corey Davis Jr. scored 22 factors and No. 11 Houston (30-2) routed Connecticut, 84-45, within the quarterfinals in Memphis. Jalen Adams led the Huskies (16-17) with 15 factors and 10 rebounds. The Cougars will face Memphis (21-12), which bought a career-high 21 factors from Isaiah Maurice in a 79-55 win over Central Florida (23-Eight). … Jarron Cumberland completed with 26 factors to assist No. 24 Cincinnati (26-6) beat Southern Methodist (15-17) by 82-74.
MID-AMERICAN C. J. Massinburg scored 21 factors, together with on a spinning layup and 4 free throws within the last 32 seconds, as No. 18 Buffalo (30-Three) beat Central Michigan (23-11) by 85-81 within the semifinals in Cleveland.
PLEA IN BRIBERY CASE The former Auburn assistant Chuck Person is scheduled to plead responsible on Tuesday to a conspiracy cost in a scandal that concerned bribes paid to entice younger athletes to go to prime packages.
The change-of-plea listening to was revealed in a submitting late Friday by prosecutors in Federal District Court in Manhattan. Person, a former N.B.A. participant, would be the fourth and last faculty assistant to make a plea within the case. His deal is predicted to be roughly the identical as that supplied to the others, with a beneficial sentencing guideline of two to 2 and a half years in jail.
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