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NCAA Tournament roundup: No. 7 Oregon KOs No. 2 Iowa

The Oregon Ducks react to guard Will Richardson (0) scoring a three-pointer during their game against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament on Monday, March 22, 2021, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. Mandatory Credit: Sam Owens/IndyStar via USA TODAY Sports
The Oregon Ducks react to guard Will Richardson (0) scoring a three-pointer during their game against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament on Monday, March 22, 2021, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. Mandatory Credit: Sam Owens/IndyStar via USA TODAY Sports

Chris Duarte scored 23 points to lift seventh-seeded Oregon to a 95-80 win over second-seeded Iowa on Monday in a West Region second-round game in Indianapolis.

Oregon (21-6) played its first contest in the NCAA Tournament after its first-round game against VCU was called off due to COVID-19 protocols affecting the Rams’ program. The Ducks next will play Pac-12 rival Southern California.

Star forward Luka Garza erupted for 36 points for the Hawkeyes (22-9), who didn’t have an answer for Oregon on both ends of the court. The Ducks got all 56 of their points in the first half from their five starters, with 14 points from Duarte and Will Richardson.

The Ducks turned a 10-point halftime lead into an 18-point advantage with 12:35 to play. Iowa was unable to recover, as Oregon extended the lead to 89-68 on a 3-pointer from LJ Figueroa with 5:14 to play.

Read More: RECAP: Oregon Ducks dominates Iowa to reach Sweet 16

WEST REGION

No. 1 Gonzaga 87, No. 8 Oklahoma 71

Drew Timme scored a career-high 30 points and matched his career best of 13 rebounds to help the top-seeded Bulldogs beat the eighth-seeded Sooners in Indianapolis.

Corey Kispert and Jalen Suggs added 16 points apiece as Gonzaga (28-0) won its 32nd consecutive game. Joel Ayayi registered 12 points and eight rebounds as the Bulldogs moved four wins away from an unbeaten season. Gonzaga will face either fifth-seeded Creighton in the Sweet 16.

Austin Reaves scored 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting to pace Oklahoma (16-11), which lost for the sixth time in the past eight games. Alondes Williams added 15 points, Jalen Hill had 11 and Kur Kuath blocked five shots.

No. 6 Southern California 85, No. 3 Kansas 51

Isaiah Mobley recorded 17 points and eight rebounds, and his brother, Evan Mobley, added 10 points and 13 boards as the Trojans trounced the Jayhawks in Indianapolis.

USC (24-7) capped a 10-1 performance by Pac-12 teams in the opening rounds. The Trojans shot a sizzling 61.1 percent from 3-point range as Isaiah White went 3-for-4 and added 13 points. Isaiah Mobley shot 4-for-5 from deep.

Third-seeded Kansas (21-9) shot just 29 percent attempting to solve USC’s length while taking its worst defeat in 49 NCAA Tournament appearances. Marcus Garrett led the Jayhawks with 15 points.

Read More: RECAP: USC hands Kansas worst-ever NCAA tourney defeat

No. 5 Creighton 72, No. 13 Ohio 58

Marcus Zegarowski fueled a first-half surge and the Bluejays cruised to a victory against the Bobcats in Indianapolis.

The Bluejays (22-8) advanced to the round of 16 for the first time since 1974. Christian Bishop had a double-double for the Bluejays with 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Ohio (17-8), which shocked defending national champion Virginia in the first round, missed 10 of its last 11 field-goal attempts in the first half as the Bluejays pulled away. Dwight Wilson III led the Bobcats with 12 points.

Read More: NCAA Tournament: Fifth-seeded Creighton rolls past No. 13 Ohio

EAST REGION

No. 1 Michigan 86, No. 8 LSU 78

Chaundee Brown scored a season-high 21 points off the bench and the Wolverines eliminated the Tigers in Indianapolis.

Eli Brooks also scored 21 points and had seven assists as Michigan (22-4) reached the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive time. The Wolverines will next face fourth-seeded Florida State.

Cameron Thomas led LSU (19-10) with 30 points. Javonte Smart contributed 27 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

No. 2 Alabama 96, No. 10 Maryland 77

Jahvon Quinerly dished out a career-high 11 assists — many of them leading to a barrage of 3-pointers — powering the Crimson Tide to a win over the Terrapins in Indianapolis. Alabama earned a Sweet 16 date with UCLA.

Jaden Shackelford scored a team-high 21 points and John Petty Jr. added 20 points as Alabama (26-6), which has won 11 of its past 12 games, advanced to the Sweet 16 round for the first time since 2004. Quinerly, a sophomore, contributed 14 points off the bench.

Alabama entered the game leading the nation in 3-pointers (325) and made 16 of 33 from long range to break the program’s previous single-season record of 334 3-pointers, which was set last year. Aaron Wiggins scored a game-high 27 points to lead Maryland (17-14). Eric Ayala added 13 points.

No. 4 Florida State 71, No. 5 Colorado 53

Anthony Polite scored a career-high 22 points, Malik Osborne added 11 off the bench and the Seminoles beat the Buffaloes in Indianapolis.

Florida State (18-6) shot 52.2 percent from the floor while limiting Colorado to 35.7 percent shooting.

D’Shawn Schwartz scored 13 points, Evan Battey had 11 and McKinley Wright IV 10 for the Buffaloes (23-9). Colorado was the first Pac-12 Conference team to lose in the NCAA Tournament this year.

No. 11 UCLA 67, No. 14 Abilene Christian 47

Johnny Juzang scored 17 points to lead the Bruins to an easy win over the Wildcats in Indianapolis to earn their first berth in the Sweet 16 since 2017.

Cody Riley added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Bruins (20-9), who led by 10 at the half and slowly extended their advantage to as many as 26 points in the final minutes. Jaime Jaquez Jr. hit for 10 points for UCLA.

Mahki Morris led the Wildcats (24-5) with 14 points, all in the second half. Coryon Mason and Kolton Kohl contributed eight points each.

Read More: No. 11 UCLA cruises into Sweet 16 with rout of No. 14 Abilene Christian

–Field Level Media