Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - It took until the second half, but Scottie Wilbekin and the Florida Gators played like the NCAA Tournament's top seed on Saturday en route to reaching another Sweet 16. Wilbekin scored a game-high 21 points on an efficient 9-of-15 shooting display and Florida took control after the break in downing upset-minded Pittsburgh, 61-45, in a physical South Region slugfest. Florida (34-2) only turned the ball over six times, committed just seven fouls and won the battle in the paint, 36-24, to earn its 28th straight win. Michael Frazier II provided 10 points, while Will Yeguete and Casey Prather chipped in with eight apiece in the victory. The Gators' next test in their quest for a fourth consecutive Elite Eight appearance comes next Thursday against the winner of Sunday's UCLA-Stephen F. Austin matchup. Talib Zanna led Pitt (26-10) with 10 points, while leading scorer Lamar Patterson was limited to eight on 3-of-11 shooting. The ninth-seeded Panthers were coming off a thorough 29-point decision over Colorado on Thursday and matched Florida bucket-for-bucket in the first half before making just 35 percent (9-of-26) of their shots in the second.
Final Score: Louisville 66, Saint Louis 51
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - It wasn't pretty, but Louisville got 21 points from Luke Hancock and played its patented gritty defense throughout the contest to clip Saint Louis, 66-51, and advance to the Sweet 16 in the Midwest Region. Hancock, the hero in fourth-seeded Louisville's (31-5) second round win over Manhattan, made four 3-pointers in the triumph. He scored eight of the Cardinals' final 11 points last round. Louisville, which has reached the Final Four each of the past two seasons and won the national championship in 2013, awaits the winner of Sunday's clash between Wichita State and Kentucky. The Cardinals have met both schools in the tournament the past two seasons, falling to eventual champ Kentucky in 2012 and taking out the Shockers to reach the finals last year. Russ Smith and Chris Jones each netted 11 points while Montrezl Harrell donated 10 points with 11 rebounds for the Cards. The Billikens (27-7) got 16 points and 10 boards from Dwayne Evans and 15 points with seven assists from Jordair Jett as both seniors enjoyed their final collegiate game. Saint Louis missed all 15 of its 3-point tries and shot just 39.6 percent from the floor.
Final Score: Michigan 79, Texas 65
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Nik Stauskas tallied 17 points and eight assists as last year's national runner-up Michigan took down Texas, 79-65, to advance to the Sweet 16 in the Midwest Region. Stauskas, one of the most dangerous outside shooters in the country, was part of a prolific shooting effort for the Wolverines (27-8), who set a team tournament record with 14 3-point field goals (14-of-28). Jordan Morgan finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Caris LeVert and Glenn Robinson III scored 14 points apiece for Michigan, which will tangle with the winner of Sunday's Tennessee/Mercer matchup in the Sweet 16. Isaiah Taylor netted a game-high 22 points for Texas (24-11), which advanced past the second round on Cameron Ridley's buzzer-beating layup on Thursday to edge Arizona State. Ridley, who posted 17 points and 12 rebounds in that game, was held in check Saturday, scoring just six points on 2-of-5 shooting.
Final Score: San Diego State 63, North Dakota State 44
Spokane, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Xavier Thames and San Diego State are headed to the Sweet 16. Thames scored 30 points and the Aztecs pulled away to beat North Dakota State 63-44 on Saturday to reach the Sweet 16 for the second time in four years. The fourth-seeded Aztecs (31-4) moved on to next week's West Region semifinals close to home in Anaheim, Calif., where they will face the winner of Sunday's game between top-seeded Arizona and eighth-seeded Gonzaga. Dwayne Polee II added 15 points in the win and Josh Davis had 13 rebounds. Kory Brown led North Dakota State (26-7) with 13 points while Taylor Braun -- the Bison's leading scorer at 18.0 points per game coming in -- scored seven on just 2-of-14 shooting.
Final Score: Dayton 55, Syracuse 53
Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Dayton sweated out another shot at the horn and are off to the Sweet 16 for the first time in three decades. Tyler Ennis' pull-up 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark and Dayton upset Syracuse, 55-53, in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The 11th-seeded Flyers (25-10), who advanced past sixth-seeded Ohio State in the second round after Aaron Craft's desperation drive and shot at the buzzer was off the mark, are headed to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1984. Dayton will face either Kansas or Stanford in the next round. Those two will play Sunday afternoon. Syracuse (28-6) dropped six of its last nine to close the season after beginning the year 25-0.
Final Score: Wisconsin 85, Oregon 77
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Brust's school record 228th career 3- pointer may have been his biggest one yet. Brust swished a go-ahead triple from the right wing with just over one minute remaining to boost the Wisconsin Badgers to an 85-77 triumph over the Oregon Ducks on Saturday in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Oregon's Joseph Young drained a trey with just under three minutes left to give the Ducks a 75-74 lead, but after the teams exchanged empty possessions, the Badgers retrieved three straight offensive rebounds before Brust buried the go-ahead shot from beyond the arc. After Young missed a layup on Oregon's next touch, Traevon Jackson hit two free throws and Jason Calliste finished a layup before Jackson hit another from the line, but left the door open by missing the second free throw. A jump ball on the rebound saw possession go to the Ducks trailing by three, but Young was off the mark on a right corner triple and Sam Dekker drilled two free throws with 10.4 seconds left, essentially sealing the outcome. Jackson finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, Frank Kaminsky scored 19 and Brust and Dekker tallied 12 points apiece for the Badgers (28-7), who advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third time in four years.
Final Score: Michigan State 80, Harvard 73
Spokane, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Branden Dawson netted a career-high 26 points and Michigan State held off Harvard, 80-73, in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Dawson was 12-of-15 from the floor and added nine rebounds for the fourth- seeded Spartans (28-8), who will face either Virginia or Memphis in the Sweet 16. Gary Harris provided 18 points and five assists, while Adreian Payne put in 12 points coming off his career-high 41 in a win over Delaware in the second round on Thursday. Wesley Saunders sunk all 10 of his free throws and scored 22 points for 12th- seeded Harvard (27-5), which beat Cincinnati to advance to the third round.