NCAA tournament highlights: Top-seeded Florida beats Pittsburgh
Mercer'sJakob Gollon, right, and Bud Thomas embrace after defeating Duke 78-71 in an NCAA college basketball second-round game against Duke, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP / Chuck Burton)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, March 22, 2014 7:34PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:45PM EDT
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Scottie Wilbekin scored 21 points and top-seeded Florida beat Pittsburgh 61-45 in the NCAA tournament Saturday, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive year.
Patric Young added seven points and eight rebounds for the Gators, who extended their school record for consecutive wins to 28 with the victory in the South Regional.
Coming off a lacklustre performance in its NCAA opener, Florida (34-2) played with considerably more energy and intensity against the Panthers (26-10).
Wilbekin and Young spearheaded the effort. The Gators were 5 of 20 from behind the arc, with at least five of those rimming in and out.
Florida advanced to the round of 16, where it will play either fourth-seeded UCLA or 12th-seeded Stephen F. Austin on Thursday in Memphis, Tenn. The Bruins and Lumberjacks play Sunday in San Diego.
Talib Zanna led the Panthers with 10 points, their only player in double figures.
LOUISVILLE 66, SAINT LOUIS 51
Luke Hancock scored 21 points and defending national champion Louisville shrugged off a cold shooting performance to advance to the Sweet 16 for the third straight year.
The fourth-seeded Cardinals (31-5) shot under 45 per cent, had 19 turnovers and only got 11 points from star Russ Smith. It didn't matter with the fifth-seeded Billikens (27-7) going 0 for 15 from 3-point range and struggling to take care of the ball.
Louisville moves on against either No. 1 seed Wichita State or No. 8 seed Kentucky. The unbeaten Shockers and Wildcats meet Sunday in St. Louis.
Saint Louis, which has never been to the Sweet 16, lost in the third round of the tournament for the third consecutive year. Dwayne Evans led the Billikens with 16 points and Atlantic 10 player of the year Jordair Jett finished with 15.
MICHIGAN 79, TEXAS 65
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Nik Stauskas had 17 points and eight assists to lead Michigan to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year.
Jordan Morgan added 15 points and 10 rebounds as Michigan (27-8) advanced to the regional semifinals in Indianapolis. The Wolverines will face the winner of Sunday's Mercer-Tennessee game in Raleigh, N.C.
Michigan lost to Louisville in the national championship game a year ago.
Isiah Taylor scored 22 points for Texas on 8-for-22 shooting. The Longhorns (24-11) outrebounded the Wolverines 41-30, but got off to a slow start and never recovered.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Xavier Thames scored 30 points, and fourth-seeded San Diego State reached the round of 16 for the second time in school history.
The Aztecs (31-4) now get to make the short drive up the interstate to Anaheim, Calif., where they will face either No. 1 seed Arizona or eighth-seeded Gonzaga in the West Regional semifinals.
Thames, who was 9 of 19 from the field, had five assists and ended the comeback hopes of the Bison with a six-point spurt late in the second half.
Dwayne Polee II was the only other San Diego State player in double figures with 15 points.
Kory Brown led the 12th-seeded Bison (26-7) with 13 points, but the best shooting team in the country shot only 31.9 per cent.