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Dienhart: Sunday's NCAA breakdown

Michigan State held off Saint Louis on Sunday to advance to its fourth Sweet 16 in the last five seasons (recap). As usual, Draymond Green had an impressive all-around game (tweets). With the victory, Michigan State joins Indiana, Ohio State and Wisconsin in the Sweet 16. It looked like Purdue may join the group, too, but it fell to Kansas in the final seconds of a game it led throughout Sunday night (recap).

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MSU fends of SLU, advances to Sweet 16

(AP) With Michigan State’s season in peril, Draymond Green turned to Keith Appling during a timeout and told him to be ready. His moment was near. And when it arrived, Appling delivered. His shot, the one Green urged him to take, helped save the Spartans. Appling’s critical 3-pointer with 1:34 left, a 20-foot jumper set up by Green’s pass, gave Michigan State a 65-61 win Sunday over Saint Louis and thrust the top-seeded Spartans into the round of 16. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score, and see the tweets about Green’s great game.

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Indiana rallies to beat VCU & advance

Will Sheehey made a 15-footer from the baseline with 12.7 seconds left after a shot was blocked right to him and No. 4 seed Indiana rallied to beat VCU 63-61 in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday. Cody Zeller scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Victor Oladipo added nine points and five boards. The Hoosiers and Virginia Commonwealth (29-7) traded leads and momentum throughout the game, as the contest featured 14 lead changes.

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Wisconsin Beats Vanderbilt to Move On

(AP) Wisconsin riding the nation’s stingiest defense – and admittedly a bit of luck – back to the round of 16. The Badgers held the Southeastern Conference’s two leading scorers in check Saturday night and Ryan Evans grabbed a crucial rebound with 2.1 seconds left to help Wisconsin fend off Vanderbilt 60-57 in the NCAA tournament. Wisconsin held John Jenkins (20.1) and Jeffery Taylor (16.3) to 13 and 9 points, respectively in advancing to face top-seeded Syracuse in the East Regional in Boston.

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Ohio State beats Gonzaga to advance

Aaron Craft scored 17, grabbed three rebounds and handed out 10 assists to help Ohio State past Gonzaga 73-66 on Saturday in Pittsburgh in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State was trailing when Jared Sullinger converted a field goal with 3:35 to go to give it a lead it would not relinquish. The Buckeyes also got solid contributions from William Buford, who scored 13 and Deshaun Thomas and Sullinger, who each scored 18.

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High Five: Big Ten teams prep for next round

It was bound to happen. Friday was a day of upsets in the NCAA tournament and the Big Ten did not go unscathed as Michigan fell. But Purdue rose up and won and Michigan State rolled as well leaving five Big Ten teams alive and kicking in the tourney. Read this post for my capsules on Friday’s action plus my take on Northwestern’s NIT loss, too. On now: Ohio State vs. Gonzaga. Later: Wisconsin vs. Vanderbilt, and Indiana vs. VCU.

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