Texas knocks off Minnesota

(7) Texas 76, (10) Minnesota 62A.J. Abrams hit eight 3-pointers and scored 26 points to help the Longhorns beat the Golden Gophers in an opening-round matchup at Greensboro, N.C.

Damion James added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Longhorns (23-11), who hit 11 of 20 3s overall to win their tournament opener for the fifth time in six seasons.

Texas had lost seven of its last 14 games dating to late January.

West Regional (1) Connecticut 103, (16) Chattanooga 47With their coach in the hospital, A.J. Price and Hasheem Thabeet scored 20 points apiece to lead top-seeded Connecticut in Philadelphia.

UConn coach Jim Calhoun missed the game because he wasn't feeling well and was hospitalized for tests. He will be kept overnight for observation.

The Huskies will meet Texas A&M in Saturday's second-round game of the West Regional of the NCAA tournament.

Associate head coach George Blaney coached the Huskies (28-4) in Calhoun's absence. Stanley Robinson topped the Huskies with 24 points.

(9) Texas A&M 79, (8) BYU 66Bryan Davis drove to the basket, drew a foul and tossed the ball up over his head with his back to the net.

Like most of his higher-percentage shots, it went in.

With Davis leading the way, the Aggies rolled past the Cougars in the first round at Philadelphia.

Davis scored 21, Donald Sloan had 14 and the ninth-seeded Aggies handed the Cougars their seventh straight opening-round loss in a rematch from last year. Both teams drew the same seeds last March when A&M won 67-62.

Jimmer Fredette scored 18 and Lee Cummard added 17 for BYU (25-8).

(5) Purdue 61, (12) Northern Iowa 56E'Twaun Moore had 17 points and the Boilermakers held off a late charge by the Panthers in Portland, Ore.

JaJuan Johnson added 14 points for Purdue (26-9), which led by as many as 14 in the West Regional at the Rose Garden Arena.

Kwadzo Ahelegbe had 11 points for the Panthers (23-11), who closed to within 56-54 on Kerwin Dunham's 3-pointer with 17.4 seconds left.

But Chris Kramer made a pair of free throws and Ahelegbe missed a layup on the rim with 7.7 seconds left for UNI.

(4) Washington 71, (13) Miss. State 58Thanks to Quincy Pondexter, even the supposedly vulnerable Huskies didn't go out early at Portland, Ore.

Pondexter scored a season-high 23 points and Washington took advantage of early foul trouble to Mississippi State's menacing Jarvis Varnado to race past the Bulldogs.

Jon Brockman had 14 rebounds and 10 points for the Huskies (26-8), who looked far better than the last time they played in this city, losing to Portland of the West Coast Conference to begin the season.

South Regional (8) LSU 75, (9) Butler 71Marcus Thornton scored 30 points and the Tigers held off a late rally to beat the Bulldogs during an opening-round game in Greensboro, N.C.

Tasmin Mitchell had 14 points and Chris Johnson added 12 points for the Tigers (27-7). They advanced to Saturday's second round against top-seeded North Carolina.

Matt Howard scored 22 points before fouling out with 35.7 seconds left for Butler, which struggled at the end of the season, including a loss to Cleveland State in the Horizon League title game.

(4) Gonzaga 77, (13) Akron 64Josh Heytvelt scored 22 points — seven during a decisive, late run — and the Bulldogs rallied to get past the determined but ultimately overwhelmed Zips in Kansas City, Mo.

Micah Downs added 15 points for Gonzaga (27-5), which won for the 19th time in 20 games. The Bulldogs are in their 11th consecutive NCAA tournament but had lost in the first round of the last two.

(1) Oklahoma 82, (16) Morgan State 54Blake Griffin scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading the Sooners to an easy win over the MEAC representative in the first round.

Oklahoma rolled to a 40-21 lead at the half and never looked back.

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