NCAA Tournament 2018: Updated Results for Sunday's March Madness Second Round

Maurice Moton@@MoeMotonFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2018

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18:  Theo Pinson #1 and teammate Kenny Williams #24 of the North Carolina Tar Heels react at the end of their game against the Texas A&M Aggies during the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 18, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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There won't be a repeat champion in the 2018 men's NCAA tournament. The Texas A&M Aggies made sure of that, pounding the North Carolina Tar Heels on Sunday, 86-65.

And that wasn't the only No. 7 seed to send a No. 2 packing. The Nevada Wolf Pack trailed by 22 points with 11 minutes to play before going on a seemingly impossible 32-8 run to beat Cincinnati, 75-73.

In addition to losing two No. 2 seeds, the tournament also said goodbye to the West Regional's No. 1 seed, Xavier. Florida State took care of the Musketeers, 75-70.

Earlier, No. 11 Syracuse, who started with a First Four play-in game on Wednesday, took down Michigan State, 55-53. Despite the Orange's struggles on offense, head coach Jim Boeheim's zone smothered the Spartans for a stunning upset over a tournament favorite.

No. 2 Purdue overcame late-game turnovers to advance against No. 10 Butler. While the spotlight flashed on Matt Haarms (seven points, six rebounds, two blocks), who filled the injured Isaac Haas' spot at center, Dakota Mathias made a huge three-pointer late to help seal the game.

In the evening slate, UMBC, who made history by becoming the first No. 16 seed to advance to the round of 32, had its tournament ended by Kansas State, 50-43.

Stay tuned for all the high-flying action, memorable performances and intensity that comes with March Madness as the final eight teams punch their tickets to the Sweet 16.


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Xavier joined Virginia as eliminated No. 1 seeds thanks to Florida State. The No. 9 Seminoles overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to knock off No. 1 Xavier, 75-70.

Braian Angola led the way for FSU, scoring 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting, grabbing six boards and dishing out three assists.

For those banking on Michigan State running the table, like former President Barack Obama, the dream is dead.

In front of a Detroit crowd, No. 11 Syracuse upset No. 3 Michigan State in a 55-53 defensive slugfest. The Orange accomplished the feat despite the fact starting point guard Frank Howard fouled out with 6:39 left in the game. 

Though it lost the rebounding battle 51-30, Syracuse held Michigan State to a paltry 25.8 percent shooting from the field. The Orange only hit one three-pointer but compensated with trips to the free-throw line, going 24-of-31 from the charity stripe.

Syracuse will move on to play Duke in a matchup that also features two legendary coaches, Mike Krzyzewski and Boeheim, going head-to-head in Omaha, Nebraska.

Later, Texas A&M dominated UNC for a solid three-quarters of game, particularly inside. The Tar Heels simply had no answer for the size and athleticism of Tyler Davis, who had 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, and Robert Williams, who went for 13 rebounds, eight points and two blocks.

North Carolina's loss marks the second year in a row that the defending champ was sent packing in the round of 32. Wisconsin knocked off Villanova there last year. Meanwhile, the Aggies will now head to the Sweet 16 to take on Michigan.


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No. 3 Michigan State and No. 11 Syracuse didn't produce a ton of offensive highlights through the first half. Nonetheless, junior guard Matt McQuaid closed the first 20 minutes with an acrobatic shot after Orange forward Matthew Moyer rejected him on the initial attempt. The three-pointer put the Spartans in the lead 25-22 at halftime.

Earlier, Mathias came off a double screen to hit a big-time three-pointer with 14.2 seconds left to give Purdue a 76-71 lead. He shot 3-of-6 from downtown, and his final bucket proved to be the decisive shot.


Beyond the raw numbers Texas A&M's Williams put up, he had some of the day's most impressive feats of athleticism. His windmill showed off his bounce, but it was this block that was the eye-popping moment of the game.

So Close, Yet…

UMBC gave its all to continue a magical run that started Friday when the Retrievers shocked the Virginia Cavaliers. They played the Wildcats tight for all but the last few minutes, but they seemed to run out of gas. The floaters and threes that were falling against the Cavs just didn't go in Sunday.

The run may have ended about as quickly as it began, but this team may well be remembered more than any other squad from this tournament. These kids are the only basketball players in history to beat a No. 1 seed in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Earlier, Butler came close to becoming the second double-digit seed to join No. 11 Loyola of Chicago in the Sweet 16. The Bulldogs forced three turnovers in the final 2:04, and the "K Team" of Kelan Martin and Kamar Baldwin combined for 43 points.

Still, Butler came up short, falling 76-73 to the Haas-less Purdue, which relied on its long-range shooting (11-of-24, 45.8 percent) to pull out the win. The Boilermakers made it back to the regional semifinals after they lost to Kansas in that round last season.

The top three seeds in the East Regional have all advanced to the Sweet 16, as No. 2 Purdue joined No. 1 Villanova and No. 3 Texas Tech.


Stars of the Day

Nevada's remarkable run to victory over Cincinnati would not have been possible without junior forward Cody Martin, who finished with 25 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

In the first game of the day, Butler senior Kelan Martin dropped 29 in his final game as a Bulldog. The performance signaled the end of a great career for Martin, who's scored more points for Butler than anyone else since 1992, per Sports Reference.

Following the Bulldogs' near-upset, Syracuse knocked off Michigan State, thanks in large part to Tyus Battle. The sophomore wing struggled from the field, going 4-of-15, but his late step-back jumper was the biggest shot of the game, and his 17 points led the Orange.


Sunday's Scores and Schedule

No. 2 Purdue 76, No. 10 Butler 73

No. 11 Syracuse 55, No. 3 Michigan State 53

No. 7 Texas A&M 86, No. 2 North Carolina 65

No. 7 Nevada 75, No. 2 Cincinnati 73

No. 5 Clemson 84, No. 4 Auburn 53

No. 9 Kansas State 50, No. 16 Maryland-Baltimore County 43

No. 9 Florida State 75, No. 1 Xavier 70

No. 5 West Virginia 94, No. 13 Marshall 71


Andy Bailey contributed to this article.


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