NCAA Scores 2018: Tournament Results Tracker for Saturday's 2nd-Round Bracket

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 17:  Donte DiVincenzo #10 of the Villanova Wildcats celebrates with his teammate Jalen Brunson #1 against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the second half in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 17, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The second round of the 2018 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament is here, and the competition only gets tougher.

While the first round featured arguably the biggest upset in college basketball history with No. 16 UMBC knocking off No. 1 Virginia, the drama won't stop as we enter Round 2. The undeserving teams have been eliminated, keeping only the top squads looking for a spot in the Sweet 16.

Follow along for a breakdown of each of Saturday's games as they happen along with an updated bracket.


March Madness Bracket


No. 1 Villanova 81, No. 9 Alabama 58

It was a close game at halftime before Villanova blew Alabama's the doors off.

Donte DiVincenzo was the star of the first half with 18 points to keep the Wildcats in front, but Mikal Bridges starred in the second half. The guard scored 22 of his 23 points after halftime, including 16 in the first five minutes, to help pull away.

Villanova scored the first 12 points in the second half as part of a 24-4 run to cruise into the Sweet 16. Of the 25 made field goals, 17 were from behind the arc.

Collin Sexton scored 17 for Alabama, but he was the only player on his team in double figures.

While the Wildcats won the national championship two years ago, that was the only time Jay Wright's team reached the second weekend in the previous seven tournament appearances. This squad has gotten past the first barrier and is a favorite to win the national championship.


No. 2 Duke 87, No. 7 Rhode Island 62

Duke was too big, too strong and too talented for Rhode Island to keep up in the second-round game.

All five Blue Devils starters reached double figures, although Marvin Bagley III was once again the best player on the court with 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting. He also had nine rebounds. The 6'11" Bagley was unguardable at times in the post against an undersized opponent. 

The length and athleticism from Duke also caused problems on the other end, holding the Rams to just 40.3 percent shooting. Even with 21 points from EC Matthews, the team had little chance of keeping up on the scoreboard.

Duke led by at least 20 points for the final 17 minutes of the game with the final result never in doubt.

Although the Blue Devils lost in the second round last season, they are back in the Sweet 16 for the third time in the last four years. The squad will take on the winner of Michigan State and Syracuse.


No. 5 Kentucky 95, No. 13 Buffalo 75

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 27 points to lead Kentucky back to the Sweet 16.

The guard shot 10-of-12 from the field, keying an offensive explosion that saw the No. 5 seed make 56.3 percent of its field-goal attempts. Hamidou Diallo also added 22 points in the win.

The Wildcats led from the opening minutes throughout the game, although Buffalo remained within striking distance until late in the second half. The underdogs trailed by five with eight minutes left, but an 8-0 run helped the Wildcats pull away.

The magic seemed to run out for the Bulls, who shot 15-of-30 in an upset win over Arizona in the first round but finished 7-of-30 in Round 2. Wes Clark and CJ Massinburg combined for 44, but the supporting cast didn't provide enough help against the athletic opponent.

With Virginia already eliminated, Kentucky looks like a potential favorite to reach the Final Four out of the South Regional.


No. 11 Loyola-Chicago 63, No. 3 Tennessee 62

Loyola-Chicago is the first double-digit seed in the Sweet 16 after a 63-62 upset win over Tennessee.

After a late-second basket from Donte Ingram against Miami sent the Ramblers to the second round, Clayton Custer came through against Tennessee with the game-winning shot with just over three seconds remaining.

The Volunteers overcame a 60-51 deficit with under four minutes remaining to take a 62-61 lead on a Grant Williams and-1. However, Custer created a shot for himself and got a fortunate bounce for the win.

Admiral Schofield scored 14 for Tennessee, although 11 of his points came in the first five minutes as the Volunteers jumped out to a 15-6 lead. Unfortunately, the favorites couldn't keep things up in the second half to hold on against the No. 11 seed.

Loyola-Chicago will now try to keep up the miracle run in the Sweet 16 against the winner of Cincinnati and Nevada. 


No. 1 Kansas 83, No. 8 Seton Hall 79

Seton Hall refused to give up, but Kansas made 10 straight free throws in the final minute to secure the win after struggling at the line throughout the game. 

Angel Delgado was a monster inside for Seton Hall, totaling 24 points with 23 rebounds plus five assists. Khadeen Carrington made his impact from the perimeter with 28 points on 5-of-8 from three.

However, the Jayhawks did just enough to stay in front and clinch a spot in the Sweet 16.

Malik Newman scored 28 points in the win, taking over offensively in a game where Devonte' Graham was better as a facilitator. The Big 12 Player of the Year scored eight points on 1-of-7 shooting with five turnovers, although he did help out with nine assists.

Kansas now awaits the winner of Auburn and Clemson in the regional semifinals.


No. 4 Gonzaga 90, No. 5 Ohio State 84

For the second straight game, Gonzaga survived a tough challenge late before advancing.

Zach Norvell Jr. was lights out offensively, scoring 28 points including several big shots down the stretch. He also added 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Rui Hachimura also had one of the best games of his career, finishing with 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field.

Gonzaga jumped out to a 15-0 lead and remained in charge in the first half, staying up 44-33 at intermission. However, Ohio State fought back in the second half to go up 67-62 with six minutes remaining.

An 11-0 run from the Bulldogs followed, allowing the No. 4 seed to take control for good.

Keita Bates-Diop had 25 points in the loss for Ohio State.

Gonzaga will prepare for a matchup with either Xavier or Florida State in the next round.


No. 3 Texas Tech 69, No. 6 Florida 66

The Texas Tech Red Raiders rode stellar guard play to a tight win over the Florida Gators in one of the most thrilling clashes of the tournament. 

Keenan Evans paved the way for Texas Tech with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting, and Zhaire Smith served as his partner in crime with 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. 

The Gators received 23 points from Jalen Hudson and had a chance to force overtime with two three-point attempts in the game's waning seconds, but long-range looks from Egor Koulechov and KeVaughn Allen both rattled off the iron and allowed Texas Tech to secure a spot in the Sweet 16. 

The Red Raiders head to their first regional semifinal since 2005. They'll square off against either No. 2 Purdue or No. 10 Butler. 


No. 3 Michigan 64, No. 6 Houston 63

Take a bow, Jordan Poole. 

With time winding down and the Michigan Wolverines trailing by two, the freshman guard launched a deep three that found twine as the final buzzer sounded to hand the Maize and Blue a stunning 64-63 win over the Houston Cougars: 

Poole finished with eight points off the bench, while Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Moritz Wagner dropped 12 points apiece to lead all Wolverines scorers. 

Rob Gray continued to star for Houston with a game-high 23 points, but his last made field goal came with 5:28 remaining in regulation. 

Safely through to the Sweet 16, Michigan will square off against No. 2 North Carolina or No. 7 Texas A&M on Thursday in one of two West Regional semifinals.  


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