Keep track of all of Sunday's second-round NCAA tournament schedule with our live updates at the end of every game. 

By The SI Staff
March 18, 2018

The first day of second round games on Saturday may have started with two routine wins by two of the tournament's top seeds and title contenders, as No. 1 Villanova and No. 2 Duke cruised to 20-point-plus victories, but the evening ended with some close contests and exciting finishes. No. 11 Loyola-Chicago continued its fairytale run, knocking off No. 3-seed Tennessee in the final seconds to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1985, while Gonzaga held off an inspired Ohio State rally to advance.

Below you’ll find recaps of every game played on the second day of the second round. Follow along for results and updates on all of the games as the final buzzer sounds, and click here for a live look at the bracket.

Sunday's Results

Purdue 76, Butler 73

The fractured elbow star center Isaac Haas sustained in garbage time of Purdue’s blowout first-round win over Cal State-Fullerton appeared to crater the Boilermakers’ chances of a making deep March run, and the team’s hopeful search for a brace that could be cleared for play by the NCAA came up empty. That left 7’3” redshirt freshman Matt Haarms to man the middle, with brief stints from little used Jacquil Taylor. After falling behind by as much as nine in the first half, Purdue clawed back with help from forward Vince Edwards’s 20 points, and Edwards made up for a late turnover with a chase-down block in transition and a key rebound in the final two minutes. Dakota Mathias drained a straight-on three-pointer with less than 20 seconds left to dash the Bulldogs’ comeback hopes, then Kamar Baldwin’s last-second heave clanged out to send Purdue on to play Texas Tech.

Syracuse 55, Michigan State 53

It wasn’t pretty—in fact, it was inarguably the ugliest game of the tournament’s first weekend—but Syracuse became the second double-digit seed to make its way to Sweet 16 in classic Syracuse fashion, rolling out a suffocating zone defense that reduced Michigan State’s offense to rubble. Miles Bridges finished with 11 points on 4-of-18 shooting after dropping 29 points on Bucknell in the first round, and fellow potential lottery pick Jaren Jackson Jr. was a non-factor after picking up two early fouls. On the other end of the floor, Syracuse’s circus shots kept falling; Oshae Brissett turned in 15 points and nine rebounds, and Tyus Battle’s pull-up jumper with 49 seconds left proved to be the decisive field goal as the Spartans could not make up enough ground by turning up the pressure and sending Syracuse to the line in the final seconds.

Texas A&M 86, North Carolina 65

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any crazier….the defending champs are out in the second round. Busted brackets aside, this was a shocking result for the No. 2 Tar Heels, who controlled the game early but then went ice-cold and never found their way back into the game. Texas A&M built a 14-point lead at the half and continued to pile it on in the second, thanks to 21 points from T.J. Starks and 18 from Tyler Davis. The Aggies’ 21-point victory marked the largest margin of defeat for Roy Williams in an NCAA tournament game. Who would’ve predicted a Sweet 16 without No. 1 Virginia, No. 2 UNC, No. 3 Michigan State and No. 4 Arizona? Alas, here we are. The Aggies are into the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years and get a shot at No. 3 Michigan next week.

Nevada 75, Cincinnati 73

Just call them the comeback kids. No. 7 Nevada rallied from a 22-point deficit midway through the second half to shock No. 2 Cincinnati in the final seconds and reach just its second Sweet 16 in school history. Cody Martin had 25 points, six rebounds and seven assists to lead the Wolf Pack, while his twin brother Caleb hit the game-tying three-pointer with 57 seconds remaining. Josh Hall then gave Nevada the lead on a jumper with 9 seconds to go and its defense held on at the other end for the wild win.

Clemson 84, Auburn 53

No. 5 Clemson put on a show against No. 4 Auburn on Sunday, dominating the all-Tigers battle in a 31-point rout. Clemson took a 15–13 lead eight minutes into the game and then never looked back, going up 43–19 by halftime and cruising to its first Sweet 16 berth since 1997. Gabe DeVoe had 22 points on 6-of-9 shooting from three while Elijah Thomas added a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds (plus three blocks). Auburn shot just 25.8% of the floor and got out-rebounded by 18.

Kansas State 50, UMBC 43

No. 16 UMBC gave it its all, but couldn’t pull off another miracle in a seven-point loss to No. 9 Kansas State. The game was a defensive slog that saw both teams shoot poorly and combine for 35 turnovers, but the Retrievers made just two field goals in the final 14 minutes to steal their fate. Barry Brown led the Wildcats, who are in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2010, with 18 points while Xavier Sneed had four steals.

Florida State 75, Xavier 70

Continuing the day’s trend of major upsets, No. 9 Florida State rallied late to knock off No. 1 Xavier. The Musketeers led by nine with 5:37 remaining, but a 7–0 run by the Seminoles got them back into it. The 'Noles then took the lead for good on a three by P.J. Savoy with 1:12 to go and iced it with free throws. J.P. Macura led Xavier with 17 points but fouled out with two minutes to go in his final collegiate game.

West Virginia 94, Marshall 71

The No. 5 Mountaineers had no problem with No. 13 Marshall, using a 19–0 first-half run to blow the game open early and reach their second straight Sweet 16. Jevon Carter had a great night, scoring 28 points, hitting 5 of 7 three-pointers and adding five assists, four rebounds and four steals to lead West Virginia’s rout. Next up for WVU is a date with No. 1 Villanova.

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