NCAA Latest: Michigan dominates Texas A&M to reach Elite 8
By The Associated Press
The Latest on the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):
Michigan is back in the Elite Eight for the third time in six years.
The third-seeded Wolverines thoroughly dominated No. 7 seed Texas A&M in a 99-72 victory at the West Region on Thursday night, extending their winning streak to 12 games.
Michigan led the entire game and hit 14 3-pointers, including 10 in the first half. The Wolverines average nine in a game.
The rout was on by halftime with Michigan leading 52-28.
The Aggies never made a run against the hot-shooting Wolverines, who shot 62 percent from the field.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led Michigan with 24 points.
Texas A&M was led by Tyler Davis with 24 points.
In its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1985, Loyola is one win away from an improbable trip to the Final Four.
The 11th-seeded Ramblers kept up their amazing run with a 69-68 victory over seventh-seeded Nevada on Thursday night in the South Region in Atlanta.
With the shot clock running down and Loyola clinging to a 1-point lead, Marques Townes knocked down a 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds remaining. He finished with 18 points.
The Ramblers fell behind by 12 points in the early going, but got back in the game when Nevada's run-and-gun offense suddenly went cold. The Wolf Pack's final points of the first half came on Cody Martin's dunk with 7:57 remaining. Loyola closed the half on a 12-0 run and pushed out to a 12-point lead of its own early in the second half.
Nevada rallied and it came to the final seconds. Townes hit the big shot to clinch it.
Loyola improves to 31-5 and will face either No. 5 seed Kentucky or No. 9 seed Kansas State in the regional final Saturday at Philips Arena.
The Wolf Pack finishes the season at 29-8.
Loyola is being cheered on in the regional semifinals by four members of its 1963 national championship team.
Jerry Harkness, Les Hunter, John Egan and Rich Rochelle are sitting together in front-row seats at Philips Arena. They're all smiles with the 11th-seeded Ramblers holding a 9-point lead over Nevada with just under 12 minutes remaining.
Harkness says his alma mater is ''playing well, hope they win.''
While Loyola is making its first NCAA Tournament appearances since 1985, the school has a storied hoops history. Not only does it have a championship on its resume, it played in one of the most socially significant games in college basketball history during its run to the title.
At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, the team had four black starters when they beat an all-white Mississippi State squad in what became known as the ''Game of Change.''
The rout is on at the West Region in Los Angeles.
Michigan leads Texas A&M 52-28 at halftime in the first semifinal game Thursday night much to the delight of the big number of Wolverines fans at Staples Center.
The third-seeded Wolverines hit 10 3-pointers in the half; they came in averaging nine in a game.
Moe Wagner scored 14 points and Duncan Robinson added 10 for Michigan.
The Aggies were led by Tyler Davis with 8 points. They committed 10 turnovers, led by T.J. Starks with five.
Texas A&M was just 12-of-32 from the floor in the half, while the Wolverines shot 57 percent.
Michigan's largest lead was 29 points.
Loyola-Chicago stormed back after trailing by 18 points midway through the first half to lead Nevada 28-24 at halftime of Thursday night's NCAA South Region semifinal.
After leading a combined 4 minutes, 24 seconds of its first two NCAA Tournament wins, the Wolf Pack didn't trail in the opening 18 minutes of the first half. Nevada appeared to be in control when it led 20-8, but it trailed at halftime for the sixth straight game.
Loyola closed the half with a 20-4 run. The Wolf Pack didn't score in the final 7:55 before the break.
Following a 4-4 tie, Nevada took the lead with an 8-0 run that included a layup and two free throws by Jordan Caroline.
Loyola pushed the ball in the paint on almost every possession. The Ramblers' first 10 points came on layups.
- Charles Odum reporting from Atlanta
All four games in the NCAA Tournament to be played Thursday night involve at least one team seeded seventh or lower.
The night opens with No. 7 seed Nevada playing No. 11 seed Loyola Chicago in the South Region. In the West, No. 7 seed Texas A&M, fresh off a blowout of 2017 national champion North Carolina, faces No. 3 seed Michigan.
Later, No. 5 seed Kentucky faces No. 9 seed Kansas State in the South and No. 4 seed Gonzaga faces No. 9 seed Florida State in the West. Florida State advanced by topping No. 1 seed Xavier.
It's back to the madness of March and the Sweet 16, starring Loyola-Chicago, Kansas State, Syracuse and whatever other underdog you might want to throw in there - maybe Florida State or Texas A&M.
There's plenty of drama in the South Region, where the top four seeds are done and watching the NCAA Tournament on TV. Play resumes Thursday night with tournament darling Loyola-Chicago (30-5), an 11th seed, facing No. 7 seed Nevada (29-7), and Kansas State (24-11) playing No. 5 seed Kentucky (26-10) in Atlanta,
The other two matchups are in the West, where No. 7 Texas A&M (22-12) meets No. 3 Michigan (30-7), and No. 9 Florida State (22-11) takes on No. 4 Gonzaga (32-4) in Los Angeles.
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