Eighth-seeded Loyola-Chicago took a large step toward its second Final Four in four years with a 71-58 victory over top-seeded Illinois in a Midwest Region second-round game on Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis.
Third-team All-American senior center Cameron Krutwig paced Loyola (26-4) with 19 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Lucas Williamson, the other holdover from Loyola’s 2018 Final Four team, added 14 points and two blocks.
The Ramblers, who have won 19 of their last 20 games, will meet 12th-seeded Oregon State (18-12) in the Sweet 16.
Illinois (24-7), which entered the day with 15 wins in its last 16 games, shot just 44.9 percent from the floor and scored a season-low in points. The Illini failed to earn their first Sweet 16 berth since 2005.
Second-team All-American center Kofi Cockburn posted 21 points and nine rebounds, Adam Miller scored 10 points and Andre Curbelo contributed nine points and seven assists, but first-team All-American guard Ayo Dosunmu was limited to nine points on 4-of-10 shooting while committing six turnovers.
No. 1 Baylor 76, No. 9 Wisconsin 63
Matthew Mayer scored 17 points off the bench and the Bears were in control for a large chunk of the way in a victory against the Badgers in Indianapolis.
Baylor (24-2) meets fifth-seeded Villanova in the Sweet 16 on Saturday. The Bears hold a No. 1 regional seed for the first time in program history.
Davion Mitchell and Jared Butler supplied 16 points apiece for Baylor, which shot 45.5 percent from the field just two days after a dominating opening victory in the tournament. D’Mitrik Trice had 12 points and Nate Reuvers added 11 for ninth-seeded Wisconsin (18-13).
No. 3 Arkansas 68, No. 6 Texas Tech 66
Justin Smith scored 20 points and made a game-saving defensive play at the end as the Razorbacks held off the Red Raiders in Indianapolis.
Davonte Davis and Moses Moody added 15 points each and Jalen Tate had 10 as the Razorbacks (24-6) advanced to meet 15th seed Oral Roberts in the Sweet 16.
Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 20, Kevin McCullar had 15 and Kyler Edwards added 11 to lead the Red Raiders (18-11).
No. 5 Villanova 84, No. 13 North Texas 61
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl scored 18 points, Jermaine Samuels added 15 points and nine rebounds, and the Wildcats cruised past the Mean Green in Indianapolis.
Justin Moore contributed 15 points and Caleb Daniels had 11 for the Wildcats (18-6), who will face No. 1 Baylor in the Sweet Sixteen. Eight different Villanova players made at least one 3-pointer to tie an all-time NCAA Tournament single-game record.
Javion Hamlet led North Texas (18-10) with 25 points while Mardrez McBride added 11.
No. 15 Oral Roberts 81, No. 7 Florida 78
Kevin Obanor scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half and the Golden Eagles continued their magical run with an upset of the Gators in Indianapolis to advance to the Sweet 16.
Max Abmas added 26 points for the Golden Eagles (18-10), who have won seven straight. Oral Roberts will next play No. 3 seed Arkansas.
Tre Mann had 19 points for the Gators (15-10), who led 42-37 at the half. Noah Locke had 17 and Colin Castleton had 14 points.
No. 2 Houston 63, No. 10 Rutgers 60
Tramon Mark converted a three-point play with 24.1 seconds left as the Cougars rallied for a win over the Scarlet Knights in Indianapolis.
Houston (26-3) will face 11th-seeded Syracuse in the Sweet 16. Quentin Grimes led Houston with 22 points and nine rebounds. The Cougars outrebounded Rutgers 22-11 in the second half.
Geo Baker led Rutgers (16-12) with 14 points and four assists while Harper and Jacob Young, the Scarlet Knights’ leading scorers, combined for just 15 points on 6 of 20 shooting with no free throws.
No. 11 Syracuse 75, No. 3 West Virginia 72
Buddy Boeheim stayed hot by scoring 22 of his 25 points in the second half to help the Orange hold off the Mountaineers in Indianapolis.
Syracuse (18-9) has reached the Sweet 16 for the third time in the past five tournaments as a double-digit seed. The Orange will play No. 2 seed Houston. Joseph Girard III, Quincy Guerrier and Marek Dolezaj each had 12 points for Syracuse.
Sean McNeil led West Virginia (19-10) with 23 points, making 7 of 13 3-point shots. Emmitt Matthews Jr. contributed 14 points and seven rebounds.
No. 12 Oregon State 80, No. 4 Oklahoma State 70
Ethan Thompson scored a game-high 26 points, making 15 of 16 free-throw attempts, as the Beavers continued their run, defeating the Cowboys in Indianapolis.
Jarod Lucas and Maurice Calloo each added 15 points for the Beavers (19-12), as the Pac-12 Conference improved to 6-0 in this year’s tournament. Front-court players Roman Silva and Warith Alatishe combined for 13 points and 24 rebounds. The Beavers, who hadn’t won an NCAA Tournament game since 1982 before Friday, will play eighth-seeded Loyola-Chicago.
Freshman Cade Cunningham, the Big 12 Conference’s player of the year, led Oklahoma State (21-9) with 24 points, despite shooting 6-for-20 from the field. Avery Anderson III added 16 points, and Keylan Boone scored 13 for the Cowboys.
–Field Level Media