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March Madness News and Notes Friday Recap : Kentucky, Michigan State, UConn and Michigan Advance To Elite Eight


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Kentucky, UConn, Michigan and Michigan State highlight the special March Madness News and Notes Recap of The InscriberMag : Digital Magazine.

 

  • No.8 Kentucky knocks off Louisville 74-69 : Thanks to a double-double by frosh Julius Randle, the eight-seeded Kentucky Wildcats knocked off bitter in-state rival and defending national champion Louisville, 74-69. Randle, a projected lottery pick scored 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Wildcats freshman squad, who scored 68 of Kentucky’s 74 points. to hand Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino his first-ever loss in the Sweet 16, who was 11-0.

 

  • Spartans Edge Top-Seeded Cavaliers, 61-59 : Thanks to their trademark gritty defense and toughness down the stretch, Michigan State edged No.1 seed Virginia, 61-59 as they held the ACC champion Cavaliers to 35.9 percent shooting. Led by Dawson’s 24 points, ten rebounds and Adrianne Payne’s 16 points and five rebounds, the Big Ten champion Spartans advanced to their eighth regional final under head coach Tom Izzo.

 

  • UConn Edges No.3 Iowa State, 81-76 : Thanks to a double-double from DeAndre Daniels, the UConn Huskies edged by a pesky and determined Cyclones squad, 81-76 at Madison Square Garden. In what felt like an old Big East homecoming for the Huskies—now a member of the American Athletic Conference, played like they were back in the Big East in making clutch shots.  The third-seeded Cyclones, in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2000, rallied to within 67-63 late before Daniels and his shooting would help the Huskies pull away in front of a pro-Huskie crowd at MSG.  With the win, UConn will face aforementioned Spartans in the East regional final for a trip to the Final Four in Arlington.

 

  • No.2 Michigan Survives, Edges Past No.11 Vols, 73-71 : After nearly squandering a 15-point lead, the second-seeded Wolverines—thanks to a controversial offensive foul on Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes with .6 seconds left—escaped against the 11th-seeded Volunteers, 73-71.  The gritty Vols would rally thanks to Jordan McRae’s 24 points, six rebounds and two assists, to help bring Tennessee back in the second half late.  Led by senior forward Jordan Morgan’s 15 points and Big Ten Player Of The Year Nik Stauskas’ 14 points—and clutch free-throw, Michigan advances to the Midwest regional final to face perhaps the most dangerous team in the entire field in the eighth-seeded Kentucky Wildcats.

 

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