Cinderella, Go Home...Runnin' Rebels Bounce The Badgers

Monday, March 19th 2007, 8:09 am
By: News On 6

UNDATED (AP) It's wait 'til next year for all the Cinderellas in men's college basketball. The highest seed in the Sweet 16 is #7 UNLV. All the top seeds have advanced and except for Wisconsin, all the #2 seeds are still alive as well.

UNLV pulled off arguably the biggest upset in the NCAA men's tournament by beating 2nd-seed Wisconsin 74-68 in the Midwest Regional at Chicago.

The Badgers went on a 16-2 run to take a 5-point lead in the 2nd half. Kevin Kruger rallied the Runnin' Rebels by draining 3- straight 3-pointers. The son of coach Lon Kruger later hit 3-free throws to put UNLV ahead 64-56 with about 3-minutes left.

Wendell White had a team-high 22 points for the Runnin' Rebels, who play Oregon next.

Winthrop became the final double-digit seed to be bounced from the tournament when Oregon knocked out the Eagles 74-61 in the Midwest Regional at Spokane. Aaron Brooks scored 22 points and Tajuan Porter added 14 as the Ducks earned the right to take on UNLV Friday in St. Louis. Porter hit his first four 3-point tries in the 2nd half to help Oregon pull away.

Just one ACC team is still standing following losses by Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Tennessee eliminated the Cavaliers with a 77-74 win in the South Regional. Chris Lofton shot 6-6 from the line in the final 27.7 seconds to finish with a team-high 20 points. The Vols will face top seed Ohio State in the regional semifinals Thursday at San Antonio.

4th seed Southern Illinois held the Hokies to a season low for points in a 63-48 triumph over Virginia Tech. Jamaal Tatum led the Salukis with 21. Tony Young added 17 points to Southern Illinois' 29th win, which surpasses a school record for victories in a season.

The Salukis play top-seed Kansas in San Jose on Thursday.

Julian Wright scored 15 of his 21 points in the 2nd half and top-seeded Kansas romped past Kentucky 88-76 in the second round of the West Regional. Brandon Rush scored 19 and Mario Chalmers added 16. The Jayhawks shot a blistering 57% to win their 13th in a row.

Top seed and defending champion Florida has reached the Midwest Regional semifinals by outlasting Purdue 74-67. The Gators were able to score 25 points over the final 6-plus minutes after the game was tied at 49. Al Horford and Corey Brewer each had 17 points in Florida's 14th straight win.

The Gators will take on Butler Friday in St. Louis.

Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 16 points before leaving with a sprained ankle and the Memphis Tigers beat Memphis 78-62 Nevada in the second round of the South Regional. It's the Tigers' 24th straight win. Memphis moves on to play Texas A&M Thursday at the Alamodome.

Southern California booted Kevin Durant and his Texas Longhorns out of the second round of the East Regionals, 87-68. Junior Nick Young led the Trojans with 22. Daniel Hackett scored 20. Taj Gibson added 17 points and 14 boards. Next up for Southern Cal is North Carolina, top seed in the East.

Durant, a favorite to win national player of the year as a freshman, led everyone with 30 points and added 9-rebounds for 4th-seeded Texas. The Longhorns finish 25-10.