Duke gets past Syracuse, Kansas up next

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) All that talk about busted brackets and the maddest March ever - not happening in the Midwest.

What started as a chess match turned into a free-throw-shooting contest. When it was over, Duke won.

Grayson Allen and Gary Trent Jr., made four clutch free throws down the stretch to help Duke hold off Syracuse 69-65 and land the Blue Devils in a 1 vs. 2 regional final against Kansas.

Villanova spoils WVU's pressure with 3s

BOSTON (AP) Villanova's 3-point party rolled past the intense pressure of West Virginia to bring the Wildcats to the doorstep of another Final Four two seasons after winning a national championship.

The top-seeded Wildcats continued their outside feast in the NCAA Tournament, downing the fifth-seeded Mountaineers 90-78 on Friday night to earn their second trip to the regional finals in three seasons. (MORE)

Kansas withstands Clemson's comeback

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) For the third year in a row, Kansas made it through the Sweet 16 - although not before Clemson tried its hardest to add another wild chapter to an already unbelievable tournament.

The top-seeded Jayhawks brought at least a temporary halt to the insanity of this March, withstanding a ferocious rally by fifth-seeded Clemson on Friday for a too-close-for-comfort, 80-76 victory. (MORE)

Texas Tech pulls away from Purdue

BOSTON (AP) Chris Beard did it to Purdue again.

The Texas Tech coach knocked the Boilermakers out of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years, this time leading the third-seeded Red Raiders to a 78-65 victory to advance past the Sweet 16 for the first time in the basketball program's 93-year history. (MORE)

Curry returns, then sprains knee in win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry returned from a six-game absence nursing an injured right ankle only to go down again. This time, it's his left knee.

Curry came back and scored 29 points before spraining his knee in the second half, and the banged-up, undermanned Golden State Warriors held off the Atlanta Hawks 106-94 on Friday night. (MORE)

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