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NCAA Scores 2018: Tournament Results Tracker for Friday's Sweet 16 Bracket

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2018

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 23:  Malik Newman #14 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts against the Clemson Tigers during the second half in the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at CenturyLink Center on March 23, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Elite Eight was set upon the conclusion of Friday's four NCAA men's basketball tournament games.

The Kansas State Wildcats, Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, Florida State Seminoles and Michigan Wolverines had already advanced to the regional finals. That group includes No. 9 seeds and a No. 11 seed.

Friday didn't include as many upsets, with all but one of the eight teams in action seeded fifth or better. The Duke Blue Devils, Villanova Wildcats, Syracuse Orange and Kansas Jayhawks were among the perennial powers taking the court to wrap up the Sweet 16.

Below is a look at the updated bracket and a brief recap of Friday's results.

               

NCAA Tournament Bracket

     

Friday Results

Kansas 80, Clemson 76

Kansas is moving on to the Elite Eight for the third straight season after defeating Clemson 80-76 at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

With Silvio De Sousa's jumper at the 12:10 mark of the second half, Kansas' lead was 20 points, 62-42, and the Jayhawks appeared to be on their way to an easy victory.

Clemson, however, had other ideas and slowly chipped away at the deficit over the next 10 minutes. Shelton Mitchell's thunderous dunk made it a six-point game with 2:27 left in regulation.

The Tigers went more than a minute before getting their next points, though, which meant they lost valuable time to make up ground on Kansas. Clemson had to send the Jayhawks to the foul line to have any hope of completing its comeback, and Kansas sealed the win from the charity stripe.

Malik Newman (17 points) finished as the Jayhawks' leading scorer, and Udoka Azubuike (14 points, 11 rebounds) had a double-double in the win.

Gabe DeVoe led all scorers, with 31 points, and narrowly missed out on a double-double after grabbing nine rebounds. Mitchell brought down the house with his dunk, but he was largely ineffective otherwise, shooting 3-of-13 from the field and scoring 12 points.

Kansas awaits Duke in the Elite Eight.

           

Villanova 90, West Virginia 78

West Virginia gave No. 1 seed Villanova a stern challenge, but the Wildcats pulled away in the second half to earn a 90-78 victory.

Jalen Brunson was the game's leading scorer, shooting 8-of-15 to notch 27 points. The junior guard was one of four Villanova starters to score in double figures. Omari Spellman had 18 points and eight rebounds, while Mikal Bridges (16 points, six rebounds) put in a solid performance.

The Wildcats shot 50 percent from the field and connected on 13 of their 24 attempts from beyond the arc.

In addition to Villanova's hot shooting, West Virginia didn't help itself by collecting 28 personal fouls, which led to 27 free throws for the Wildcats.

While he can hang his hat on helping West Virginia reach the Sweet 16, Jevon Carter will be disappointed with the way his college career ended. The senior guard shot 5-of-16 from the field and 1-of-5 from the perimeter en route to a 12-point night.

Villanova will take on Texas Tech in the East regional final.

                

Duke 69, Syracuse 65

Duke's 69-65 win over Syracuse may not have been aesthetically pleasing, but the Blue Devils will take it all the same as they move on to the Elite Eight.

The Orange didn't lead at any point in the second half. They continued to knock on the door in the final minutes but were unable to break through.

Syracuse's zone defense caused Duke problems all night, with the Blue Devils going 5-of-26 on three-pointers. Grayson Allen, in particular, was off his game, shooting 3-of-14 from beyond the arc.

Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr.'s performances were pivotal in the victory. Their inside scoring helped lift Duke's offense, and they combined to go 14-of-19 from the charity stripe. Bagley had 22 points and eight rebounds, and Carter chipped in with 14 points and 12 boards.

While Allen had a game to forget, his two free throws with 21 seconds remaining helped seal the victory. He gave Duke a 67-62 lead, which left Syracuse with too much ground to make up in too little time.

           

Texas Tech 78, Purdue 65

Texas Tech is headed to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history after beating Purdue 78-65 on Friday.

The Boilermakers got to within three points, 56-53, with 6:30 remaining before the Red Raiders went on a 13-2 run over the next four minutes to break the game open.

While Purdue coped well without Isaac Haas in its second-round victory over Butler, the 7'2" center was sorely missed against Texas Tech.

The Red Raiders shot 47.5 percent from the field, and Zach Smith gave the Boilermakers a lot of problems inside. The senior forward came off the bench to score 14 points and collect five rebounds. Justin Gray also scored 12 points and missed just two of his eight field-goal attempts.

Carsen Edwards did the best he could to compensate for Haas' absence on the offensive end, scoring a game-high 30 points, and Vincent Edwards had a double-double (12 points, 13 rebounds).

Purdue ran out of gas, and turning the ball over 17 times didn't help, either.

The Red Raiders have succeeded when they slow the pace down against their opponents, and they may need to bring down the tempo to a crawl if they are going to upset Villanova in the Elite Eight. Texas Tech has the defensive strength to shut down the Wildcats' high-powered attack if it doesn't dig itself into an early hole.

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