FSU knocks off No. 1 seed Xavier in NCAA tourney

Upsets pave the road to Sweet 16

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The Florida State Seminoles bench reacts against the Xavier Musketeers in the second round of the 2018 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament in Nashville, Tennessee.

The ninth-seeded Florida State Seminoles knocked No. 1 seed Xavier out of the NCAA Tournament with a 75-70 second-round victory Sunday.

With the win, Florida State (22-11) makes the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in program history and the first time since 2011.

The Seminoles got hot at the right time. Coming into the tournament, they had lost three of their last four games, including dropping their opening game of the ACC tournament to Louisville.

Next up for the Seminoles will be No. 4 Gonzaga, which beat Ohio State 90-84 on Saturday.

The Big East regular-season champion Xavier Musketeers, who earned the first No. 1 seed in program history despite falling to Providence in overtime in the conference tournament final, end the season with a 29-6 record.

No. 7 Texas A&M 86, No. 2 North Carolina 65

Texas A&M dominated reigning NCAA champion and No. 2-seeded North Carolina on Sunday to move on to the Sweet 16. 

The seventh-seeded Aggie's held the Tarheels to 33 percent shooting in an 86-65 rout before a North Carolina-friendly crowd in Charlotte. T.J. Starks scored 21 points for the Aggies, who will face No. 3 seed Michigan in Los Angeles.

Joel Berry II led the Tarheels with 21 points. 

No. 9 Kansas 50, No. 16 UMBC 43

Kansas State beat UMBC 50-43 on Sunday, ending the 16th-seeded Retrievers short, but history making run in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

Barry Brown scored 18 points for the Wildcats, who held UMBC to 30 percent shooting from the field, including just 6 of 22 from three-point range. The Retrievers had just two field goals in the final six minutes.

UMBC became the first 16 seed in the history of the men's tournament to beat a top seedwhen they routed No. 1 Virginia 74-54 on Friday night.

Kansas State, who is in the Sweet 16 for the for the first time since 2010, will face  Kentucky on Thursday night.

After pulling off the biggest upset in college basketball history, the Retrievers ran out of magic against the Wildcats.

No. 7 Nevada 75, No. 2 Cincinnati 73

Nevada came back from 22 points down to stun No. 2-seeded Cincinnati on Sunday, the second time in as many games the Wolf Pack looked all but buried before rallying to win.

Josh Hall's short jumper with 9 seconds left put Nevada up 75-73 -- the Wolf Pack's only lead of the game. Cincinnati failed to get a shot off before the final buzzer, sending Nevada to its first Sweet 16 since 2004.

Nevada, which trailed by 14 in the second half Friday against Texas before going on to win in overtime, will play Loyola-Chicago on Thursday in Atlanta..

No. 11 Syracuse 55, No. 3 Michigan State 53

Syracuse took advantage of ice-cold shooting by Michigan State, which missed their last 14 shots from the field, to advance to the Sweet 16 with a 55-53 over the third-seeded Spartans.

Playing before a partisan crowd in Detroit, Michigan State shot just 25.8 percent from the field and were 9 of 38 in the second half. Cassius Winston had 15 points for the Spartans, who struggled against Syracuse's zone defense.

Tyus Battle had 17 points for the Orange, who will meet Duke in the semifinal round Friday.

No. 5 Clemson 84, No. 4 Auburn 53

Clemson, the No. 5 seed in the Midwest Region, put Auburn away early, closing the first half with a 25-4 run on its way to a 84-53 rout. 

Gabe DeVoe had 22 points and Elijah Thomas added 18 points for Clemson, which advances to the Sweet 16, where the Tigers will play top-seeded Kansas.

No. 2 Purdue 76, No. 10 Butler 73

The second-seeded Purdue Boilermakers are moving on to the Sweet 16, with a 76-73 win over the No. 10 Butler Bulldogs on Sunday.

Purdue came away with its school-record 30th win of the season and will take on No. 3 Texas Tech in the Sweet 16. Texas beat No. 6 Florida 69-66 on Saturday.

Butler finished 21-14. Last year, the Bulldogs made it to the Sweet 16 but fell to eventual champion North Carolina.

No. 5 West Virginia 94, No. 13 Marshall 71

The fifth-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers easily handled the No. 13 Marshall Thundering Herd 94-71 Sunday.

The second-round victory in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament came two days after Marshall upset No. 4 Wichita State 81-75.

The Mountaineers, who were third in the Big 12 with an 11-7 conference record and fell to Kansas in the conference tournament final last weekend, will face No. 1 Villanova, which earned its own Sweet 16 berth on Saturday with an 81-58 win over No. 9 Alabama.

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