Mikal Bridges hit five three-pointers, scored 23 points and helped No. 1 seed Villanova put the field on notice that it's the team to beat with an 81-58 win over ninth-seeded Alabama on Saturday.
The Wildcats (32-4) are in the Sweet 16 for the first time since they won the 2016 national championship. Bridges, Jalen Brunson, Phil Booth — and yes, the Big Ragu — look every bit the favorite to make it two in three years.
Villanova plays Friday in Boston against the Marshall-West Virginia winner.
Senior guard Jairus Lyles scored 28 points, and Maryland Baltimore County pulled off the most shocking upset in NCAA tournament history, defeating Virginia 74-54 on Friday night to become the first No. 16 seed ever to beat a No. 1 seed.
Virginia entered the NCAA tournament as the No. 1 overall seed after going 31-2 this season, including 20-1 in ACC competition.
But the Cavaliers couldn't get anything generated on offense, and the nation's top-ranked defense couldn't contain the America East Conference champions.
The Florida State Seminoles might not have a flashy scorer. They do have plenty of Seminoles who can score.
Ninth-seeded Florida State beat No. 8 seed Missouri 67-54 Friday night in the West Region. A total of 10 different Seminoles scored at least two points — by halftime — as they wore out a Missouri team with only eight players available for this game.
Michael Porter Jr. came off the bench for his third game with Missouri. He finished with 16 points, scoring 13 in the second half as the Tigers tried to rally. But they got within 50-44 only to see the Seminoles reel off 15 straight points.
There won't be a No. 12 seed advancing in the NCAA tournament.
The last hope for the seemingly yearly 12-5 upset ended Friday night as No. 5 seed Clemson beat New Mexico State 79-68 in the Midwest Region. It's just the second time since 2008 a No. 12 seed won't advance.
Shelton Mitchell scored a season-high 23 points and Gabe Devoe added 22 as the Tigers advanced to the second round for the first time since 1997. Clemson shot 56% to knock out the champions of the Western Athletic Conference.
The Orange's trademark zone defense contained Texas Christian for a 57-52 win in the first round of the NCAA tournament. They'll face Michigan State in Detroit on Sunday in a matchup of schools with basketball lineage.
TCU shot 17% from behind the three-point arc against Syracuse, which won a play-in game Wednesday.
Fourth-seeded Auburn is moving on in the NCAA tournament. Barely.
Mustapha Heron had 16 points and Auburn hit some key late free throws to hold off No. 13 seed Charleston 62-58 in the first-round of the Midwest Region on Friday.
The Tigers were in a fight the entire second half and trailed 55-54 with three minutes left after a three-pointer from Charleston's Marquise Pointer. But Bryce Brown's three put the Tigers back in front, and Jared Harper added a three-pointer with 1:14 left to give the Tigers a 59-56 lead.