NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS / ROUNDUP
Michigan State 69, Marquette 60
Tyson Walker scored 23 points and No. 7 seed Michigan State beat second-seeded Marquette in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday, sending coach Tom Izzo's squad back to the Sweet 16 for the first time in four years.
Joey Hauser — a Marquette transfer — had 14 points and A.J. Hoggard had as 13 Michigan State (21-12) took over in the last three minutes. The Spartans advanced to play third-seeded Kansas State in the East Region semifinals on Thursday at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Creighton 85, Baylor 76
Ryan Nembhard had a career-high 30 points and No. 6 seed Creighton found its shooting touch to beat third-seeded Baylor to earn a spot in the Sweet 16 for the second time in three seasons. With Baylor heavily focused on containing big man Ryan Kalkbrenner, Nembhard and the Bluejays went to work from outside. They shot 45.8% from 3-point range after a 3-for-20 showing in a first-round win over North Carolina State. They also went 22 of 22 from the free throw line, including 10 for 10 from Nembhard.
Kansas State 75, Kentucky 69
Markquis Nowell scored 23 of his 27 points after halftime, and Kansas State overcame a horrid start from outside by hitting a couple of clutch 3-pointers while topping Kentucky.
Third-seeded Kansas State (25-9) heads to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2018, where it will play either Michigan State or Marquette in the East Region semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Xavier 84, Pittsburgh 73
Jack Nunge scored 18 points, Adam Kunkel added 15 on five first-half 3-pointers, and No. 3 seed Xavier beat 11th-seeded Pittsburgh to reach its first Sweet 16 since 2017.
Colby Jones had 10 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, and Souley Boum and Jerome Hunter each chipped in with 14 points as all five Xavier starters scored in double digits.
South Carolina 76, South Florida 45
Zia Cooke scored 21 points and Aliyah Boston had her 81st career double double as top-seeded South Carolina shook off a slow start to power past
eighth-seeded South Florida and into the Sweet 16.
The Gamecocks improved to 34-0 with their 40th straight win overall and moved four victories away from a second straight national title. They'll head to Greenville, where they won the Southeastern Conference Tournament two weeks ago, to play for a spot in the Final Four.
Notre Dame 53, Mississippi St. 48 Lauren Ebo had 10 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks to help Notre Dame beat Mississippi State.
Maddy Westbeld added nine points and 15 rebounds for the Irish, who blew an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter before making the plays down the stretch for the win.
Iowa 74, Georgia 66
Caitlin Clark had 22 points and 12 assists while Monika Czinano added 20 points to help Iowa beat Georgia.
The Hawkeyes (28-6) advance to the ninth Sweet Sixteen in program history.
Gabbie Marshall added 15 points and McKenna Warnock had 14 for Iowa, which erased the memory of last season's second-round home loss to No. 10 seed Creighton.
Virginia Tech 72, S. Dakota St. 60
Georgia Amoore scored 21 points and top seed Virginia Tech held off No. 9 seed South Dakota State. Elizabeth Kitley added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Hokies (29-4), who won their 13th consecutive game, to advance to the Sweet 16 for just the second time in program history. They will play the winner of Monday's matchup between No. 12 seed Toledo and No. 4 seed Tennessee.
Maryland 77, Arizona 64
Diamond Miller scored 13 of her 24 points in the third quarter to help second-seeded Maryland to a victory over seventh-seeded Arizona.
The Terrapins (27-6) advance to the Sweet 16 for a third straight year and the 11th time under coach Brenda Frese. Maryland trailed by a point after two quarters but ran past the Wildcats (22-10) in the second half.
Utah 63, Princeton 56
Alissa Pili had 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead second-seeded Utah to a win over 10th-seeded Princeton.
Jenna Johnson added 15 points for the Utes, who made only one 3-pointer but still advanced to their first Sweet 16 since 2006.