Duke and Kentucky hang on to advance, while Michigan State and Auburn cruise to the Elite 8


Fifth-seeded Auburn dismantled #1-seeded North Carolina 97-80 to advance to the Elite 8 where they’ll face a second-seeded Kentucky squad that hung on for a 62-58 victory over Houston. In the East region, Michigan State led wire to wire in beating LSU 80-63 but Duke had to withstand a last second attempt by Virginia Tech to escape with their 75-73 victory.

In a game that saw each team take the lead numerous times, it was of course Zion Williamson who led the way for the Duke Blue Devils in their win against Virginia Tech. The Hokies had a chance at the end to tie it but fell short at the buzzer.

Over in Anaheim, Kentucky let an 11-point halftime lead against Houston salt away, giving the Cougars one final chance to tie it themselves before a couple Tyler Herro free-throws with seconds left put the game out of reach and sent the Wildcats into the Elite 8 with a 62-58 win.

Earlier in the night, second-seeded Michigan State cruised past LSU en route to a 80-63 win.

Finally, in the early game from Louisville, Auburn ran over the #1-seeded UNC Tar Heels by shooting 17 of 37 from behind the arc to win 97-80.

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