NCAA Tournament 2013 Scores: Breaking Down Top Finishes from Saturday's Action

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NCAA Tournament 2013 Scores: Breaking Down Top Finishes from Saturday's Action
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The 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship is certainly starting to heat up now, as we move through the third-round games to see which teams belong in the Sweet 16.

And Saturday was perhaps the biggest night of the tournament so far.

We had our first No. 1 seed eliminated from the tournament, as well as plenty of other thrilling results and breathtaking finishes on the night. 

Read on to relive the best of Saturday's March Madness action.

 

Final Scores for Saturday, March 23

No. 5 VCU beat No. 4 Michigan 78-53

No. 3 Michigan State beat No. 6 Memphis 70-48

No. 1 Louisville beat No. 8 Colorado State 82-56

No. 6 Arizona beat No. 14 Harvard 74-51

No. 12 Oregon beat No. 4 Saint Louis 74-57

No. 3 Marquette beat No. 6 Butler 74-72

No. 9 Wichita State beat No. 1 Gonzaga 76-70

No. 4 Syracuse beat No. 12 California 66-60


Saturday's Highlights

No. 1 seed Gonzaga Stunned by Wichita State

Buoyed by an incredible seven straight three-pointers late in the game, No. 9 seed Wichita State stunned No. 1 seed Gonzaga 76-70—making the Zags the first No. 1 seed eliminated from the tournament this year.

Having survived a scare in its opening game against Southern, Gonzaga fell behind early against the Shockers, and despite rallying back like it did in its first game, it was unable to overcome an impressive three-point shooting display from the No. 9 seed.

The loss becomes the 15th straight time that the Bulldogs have not progressed past the round of 16 at the NCAA tournament since 1999. Wichita State, on the other hand, are through to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2006. 

 

Marquette Barely Survives Again

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Having barely survived its second-round game against Davidson (needing a buzzer-beater to win that one), Marquette again hung on for a narrow win—this time against Bucknell in the round of 32.

The Golden Eagles looked to have the win all wrapped up against the No. 6 seed after coming back from eight points down at halftime to control the game late. But after a botched in-bounds pass with under three seconds remaining, Marquette gave Butler one last chance to win the game.

However, Butler would not convert that chance, and would give the Golden Eagles another thrilling victory in the 2013 NCAA tournament.

They'll now play the winner of Illinois and Miami on March 28.

 

No. 12 Oregon Streak on into Sweet 16

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Having already upset No. 5 seed Oklahoma State in the second round, No. 12 seed Oregon continued its winning ways with another upset win.

This time it was the highly favored Saint Louis Billikens who met the wrath of the Pac-12 champions—demolished in a 74-57 loss that sees Oregon through to the Sweet 16, where it'll face its biggest test of the tournament so far in title favorites Louisville.

Damyean Dotson was on fire for the Ducks with 23 points, whilst Arsalan Kazemi dominated the boards with an incredible 16 rebounds on the night. 

Whether it can handle what the Cardinals can throw at them or not is another story, but it's been pretty impressive from Oregon so far.

 

Click here to download your printable 2013 March Madness bracket, or follow our live bracket of the 2013 NCAA tournament here. 

Follow all the exciting NCAA tournament action with March Madness Live.

 

Who were the biggest winners from Saturday's March Madness action?

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