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    LOS ANGELES | Sam Dekker scored a career-high 23 points, Frank Kaminsky added 19 and top-seeded Wisconsin rallied in the final 10 minutes to hold off North Carolina 79-72 Thursday night and advance to the final eight of the NCAA tournament.

    Denzel Valentine scored 16 points and went 6 for 6 at the free throw line in the final 30 seconds to help Michigan State hold off Georgia 70-63 on Friday in the NCAA Tournament's round of 64.

    COLUMBUS, OHIO | The Valparaiso men’s basketball team walked into Nationwide Arena on Friday afternoon wanting to prove that it belonged on the biggest stage college basketball has to offer.

    PITTSBURGH | The list of season-long goals in the Butler locker room doesn't look much different than the kind you'll find in most other gyms across the country. Win the conference. Dominate on the road. Make the NCAA Tournament and stay awhile if you can.

    OMAHA, Neb. | Indiana certainly would have liked to have gone farther in the NCAA tournament. But coach Tom Crean acknowledged that his Hoosiers probably exceeded many people's expectations after being picked 11th in the Big Ten and ending up with a No. 10 seed.

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    R.J. Hunter kept firing away, eventually lifting 14th-seeded Georgia State over third-seeded Baylor and knocking his father right off his seat with the biggest shot of his life.

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. | Troy Caupain got Cincinnati to overtime with his buzzer-beating layup, then Coreontae DeBerry helped the eighth-seeded Bearcats beat Purdue 66-65 Thursday night in their opening game in the NCAA Tournament.

    PITTSBURGH | Butler's coach Chris Holtmann caught sight of his 4-year-old daughter Nora bouncing around in the aftermath of his first NCAA tournament victory as a head coach, oblivious to exactly what her daddy and his players have done over the last five months.

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