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NCAA Latest: Texas A&M takes down defending champ North Carolina

The Latest on the second round of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):

7:27 p.m.

Defending national champion North Carolina is done in the NCAA Tournament.

Seventh-seeded Texas A&M dominated the second-seeded Tar Heels in an 86-65 win to advance to the Sweet 16.

The Aggies controlled the boards and held Carolina to a paltry 19 percent shooting from 3-point range.

Texas A&M won in Tar Heel-friendly country in Charlotte. It was North Carolina's first NCAA loss in Charlotte after winning their first 12 games there.


7:12 p.m.

Texas A&M is cruising against North Carolina in Charlotte.

The Aggies have maintained a 20-point lead for much of the last few minutes in the second half of their second-round game in the NCAA Tournament.

The Tar Heels will need a miraculous comeback to earn another shot to get back to the Final Four.

North Carolina is shooting a paltry 4 of 28 from 3-point range with about 4 1/2 minutes to go. Texas A&M is shooting 49 percent overall from the floor.


7:10 p.m.

Two football powerhouses have tipped off with a spot in the Sweet 16 at stake.

Clemson and Auburn sounds more like a matchup in the College Football Playoff than a second-round game in the NCAA Tournament. But the schools are meeting with the winner facing No. 1 seed Kansas in the regional semifinals.

Clemson, the No. 5 seed, pulled away from 12th-seeded New Mexico State in the first round. No. 4 seed Auburn held off a challenge from 13th-seeded Charleston to advance.

Clemson was last in the regional semifinals in 1997. The last time Auburn was in the Sweet 16 was 2003.

—Tim Booth reporting from San Diego.


7:05 p.m.

Jacob Evans III has 15 points and Jarron Cumberland has 13 to give Cincinnati a 44-32 halftime lead over Nevada.

This marks the fifth straight game Nevada has trailed at halftime. Nevada has won two of those games so far.

Nevada will need a big second half from Caleb Martin, the star of its first-round overtime victory over Texas. Martin picked up two early fouls and has just two points.

In the Texas game, Martin scored 13 points in the second half and overtime.

—Steve Megargee reporting from Nashville, Tennessee


6:45 p.m.

North Carolina is in big trouble.

They were down by 21 to Texas A&M with about 12 minutes left in the second-round game in Charlotte.

The Tar Heels are off from the 3-point line, shooting just 2 of 22. They've got a lot of work to do if they want to make a third straight Final Four.

The Aggies shooting 49 percent from the field.


6:30 p.m.

Cincinnati's Jarron Cumberland continues his torrid NCAA Tournament performance. He was on a triple-double pace about 8 ½ minutes into the game with 11 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Cumberland's production has staked Cincinnati to a 27-12 lead over Nevada. The Bearcats are known for their stingy defense, but their offense is sizzling so far as they've shot 10 of 15 overall and 4 of 5 from 3-point range.

—Steve Megargee reporting from Nashville, Tennessee


6:22 p.m.

North Carolina must come back from a double-digit deficit if it wants to make a third straight Final Four.

The Tar Heels trail Texas A&M 42-28 at halftime in Charlotte, though it isn't UNC's biggest halftime deficit. That came when the Tar Heels trailed by 16 at Clemson before making a second-half comeback that fell short in an 82-78 loss.

The Aggies' defense frustrated the Tar Heels, who also missed plenty of good looks. UNC shot 33 percent and made just 1 of 13 from behind the 3-point arc.

North Carolina also got a combined nine points from starters Theo Pinson, Kenny Williams and Cameron Johnson.

The Aggies shot 50 percent and took a 25-18 rebounding advantage.


6:20 p.m.

Nevada coach Eric Musselman has already needed to call two timeouts in the first 4 ½ minutes as Cincinnati has grabbed an 18-4 lead over the Wolf Pack.

Nevada will have to try to erase a 14-point deficit for the second straight game. Nevada staged a dramatic rally Friday to beat Texas 97-93 in overtime after trailing by 14 early in the second half.

Jarron Cumberland has eight points and Kyle Washington has six for Cincinnati. Nevada has missed its first four 3-point attempts.

—Steve Megargee reporting from Nashville, Tennessee —Steve Megargee reporting from Nashville, Tennessee


5:55 p.m.

Texas A&M has regrouped from a slow start with a 12-0 run to take a 25-20 lead on North Carolina.

The Tar Heels led 20-13 but missed their next six shots, while 6-foot-10 forward Tyler Davis scored three times inside to get the Aggies going during the current burst.

UNC's Luke Maye had six quick rebounds for the Tar Heels, but picked up two fouls.


5:52 p.m.

Everybody loves an underdog — unless maybe you're from Manhattan, Kansas.

Kansas State coach Bruce Weber knows that through no fault of his own his Wildcats may be viewed as the most villainous team in America, with the vast majority of the country —and those in the Spectrum Center in Charlotte— rooting for them to lose Sunday night against UMBC.

The Retrievers became America's sweetheart after their historic win over Virginia on Friday night when they became the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament history. UMBC, with their adopted fan base behind them, now look to advance to the Sweet 16 when they face Weber's ninth-seeded Wildcats.


5:25 p.m.

Action is underway in Charlotte for the West Region second-round game between No. 2 seed North Carolina and No. 7 seed Texas A&M.

The reigning national champion Tar Heels are trying to improve to 35-1 in NCAA Tournament games in their home state, with the lone loss coming in 1979. Meanwhile, the Aggies are trying to reach the Sweet 16 for only the third time since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

Also of note: 2016 national champion Villanova lost to Wisconsin in last year's second round.

The winner gets Michigan in the regional semifinals in Los Angeles.

— Aaron Beard reporting from Charlotte, North Carolina


5:20 p.m.

Michigan State's season is over after the Spartans were eliminated by 11th-seeded Syracuse in their own backyard.

Despite a partisan crowd cheering them on in Detroit, the Spartans missed their last 14 shots from the field and lost 55-53.

The Orange were led by Tyus Battle's 17 points and won for the third time in five days to secure an improbable Sweet 16 matchup against second-seeded Duke.

Michigan State's loss is a bracket-buster for many college hoops fans, with more than a quarter of those who filled out brackets on ESPN picking the Spartans to reach the Final Four.

— Noah Trister reporting from Detroit.


4:56 p.m.

Syracuse grabbed its first lead of the second half on Michigan State as the Spartans just can't buy a basket. The Spartans have not scored in 2:09 and an Orange 7-0 made it 50-48 for Syracuse, the 11th seed and final at-large team picked for the tournament.

Michigan State is shooting 30 percent, but has 24 offensive rebounds.


4:47 p.m.

For the second game in a row, Miles Bridges threw down an emphatic dunk that got the pro-Michigan State crowd in Detroit fired up.

This time it was a one-handed slam after Bridges drove to the basket from the right wing. That highlight gave the Spartans a 44-39 lead with about 7:30 remaining in the second half.

It's been tough sledding for Michigan State against the Syracuse defense, but the Spartans have 21 offensive rebounds and a 19-3 lead in second-chance points.

More bad news for Syracuse, Frank Howard, one of its few reliable scorers, fouled out with about 6:30 left, being whistled on an inbounds pass near midcourt.


4:35 p.m.

Michigan State can't get any distance from Syracuse. The second-round games is grinding along in Detroit, with neither team shooting better than 40 percent from the field.

The Spartans have 18 offensive rebounds, but are on pace for way under their 81-points-per-game average, leading Syracuse 40-39 with 10:02 left.


3:51 p.m.

The first half was Syracuse's kind of game. The Orange and Michigan State slogged along on the offensive end, missing a bunch of shots from everywhere. The Spartans grabbed a 25-22 lead when Matt McQuaid hit a 3 at the buzzer. Even that was less-than-smooth. McQuaid had his shot blocked right back to him and then in one motion threw up a bank shot before the clock expired.

Michigan State avoided its lowest scoring half of the season by a point.


3:28 p.m.

The Syracuse zone is making Michigan State uncomfortable. The Orange lead the Spartans 14-12 with just under eight minutes left in the first half in Detroit. The Spartans are 3 for 17 from the field. Syracuse has been one of the worst offensive teams in the country, but they beat Arizona State and TCU by holding them to almost 30 points under their per game averages.


3:08 p.m.

The second game of the day is underway and Michigan State fans have packed the arena in Detroit to watch the third-seeded Spartans face Syracuse, the 11th seed that won a First Four game to get into the Midwest Region.

Michigan State is still trying to find the soft spots in Syracuse's zone. The Spartans were up 7-6 almost six minutes in.


2:40 p.m.

Next up for Purdue in the Sweet 16 is Texas Tech and coach Chris Beard.

While those two teams haven't played since 1998, Boilermakers fans surely remember Beard — for all the wrong reasons.

Beard was the coach at Arkansas-Little Rock when the 12th-seeded Trojans shocked Purdue 85-83 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament just two years ago.

Texas Tech was the Big 12 runner-up this season, and is in its first Sweet 16 since 2005.


2:30 p.m.

Vincent Edwards scored 20 points and Dakota Mathias made a clutch 3-pointer with 14.2 seconds left, helping second-seeded Purdue over 10th-seeded Butler hold on for a 76-73 win Sunday in the second round.

The Bulldogs trailed by 10 with less than 6 minutes left and had a shot to tie the game when they had the ball with 1.8 seconds left. Butler's Kamar Baldwin just missed a long 3-pointer that a game official said was released before the buzzer as he walked off the court.

Purdue overcame the loss of Isaac Haas by relying on redshirt freshman Matt Haarms, who made his first start in place of the injured senior standout.

The Boilermakers (30-6) will face Texas Tech (29-6) in the East Regional on Friday in the NCAA Tournament's round of 16 in Boston.


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