Winthrop seeks another upset in NCAA Tournament

Mar 18, 2007 - 3:37 PM By PA SportsTicker

Winthrop is the lowest remaining seed in the NCAA Tournament. Gregg Marshall is glad he stuck around to enjoy it.

The coach has a chance to guide 11th-seeded Winthrop to the regional semifinals with a win over third-seeded Oregon in a Midwest Region game Sunday at Spokane, Washington.

Last summer, Marshall accepted a job at the College of Charleston. But after driving home from the introductory news conference, Marshall reneged on the deal and returned to Winthrop.

The Eagles (29-4) have won the Big South Conference title seven times in nine years under Marshall but were 0-6 in the NCAA Tournament before beating sixth-seeded Notre Dame, 74-64, on Friday. Craig Bradshaw scored 24 points and Torrell Martin added 20 for Winthrop.

Oregon (27-7) is in the second round for the first time since 2002 after beating Miami (Ohio), 58-56, on Friday. Aaron Brooks led the Pac-10 tournament champions with 18 points.

Top seeds Florida (30-5) and Kansas (31-4) and second seeds Memphis (31-3) and Wisconsin (30-5) also play second-round games Sunday.

Aiming to become the first repeat champion since Duke in 1992, Florida will face eighth-seeded Purdue (22-11) in a Midwest Region game at New Orleans. The winner will meet fifth-seeded Butler in the regional semifinals.

Corey Brewer scored 21 points to lead six players in double figures as the Gators rolled to a 112-69 victory over Jackson State in the first round. Last year, Florida won six NCAA Tournament games by an average of 16 points.

Carl Landry scored 21 points to lead Purdue to a 72-63 victory over ninth-seeded Arizona on Friday.

Kansas, which had lost its previous two first-round games in the NCAA Tournament, snapped that hex with a 107-67 victory over Niagara on Friday. The Jayhawks will face Kentucky (22-11) in a West Region contest at Chicago.

Randolph Morris collected 19 points and 11 rebounds as Kentucky beat Villanova, 67-58, in the first round.

Fourth-seeded Southern Illinois (28-6) will face fifth-seeded Virginia Tech (22-11) in a West Region game at Columbus, Ohio. The winner will face the Kansas-Kentucky survivor.

Memphis, which has the nation's longest winning streak at 23 games, will play seventh-seeded Nevada (29-4) in a South Region game at New Orleans. The winner faces third-seeded Texas A&M in the regional semifinals.

Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 18 points to lead Memphis to a 73-58 win over North Texas. Marcelus Kemp scored 27 points as Nevada edged Creighton in overtime, 77-71.

Wisconsin is matched up against seventh-seeded Nevada-Las Vegas (29-7) in a Midwest Region game at Chicago.

Wisconsin overcame an 18-point deficit in a 76-63 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday. Kammron Taylor scored all 24 of his points in the second half and Alando Tucker added 23 for the Badgers.

UNLV earned its first NCAA Tournament win since 1991, posting a 67-63 victory over Georgia Tech. William White and Michael Umeh scored 19 points apiece for the Runnin' Rebels.

Tennessee (23-10) tied a record for most points in a first-round NCAA Tournament game, rolling to a 121-86 win over Long Beach State on Friday. The fifth-seeded Volunteers will play fourth-seeded Virginia (21-10) in a South Region game at Columbus, Ohio.

Chris Lofton scored 25 points to lead Tennessee, which matched UNLV's record of 121 points in a first-round game against San Francisco in 1977.

Virginia also cruised in its first-round game, an 84-57 win over Albany. J.R. Reynolds scored 28 points and Sean Singletary added 23 for the Cavaliers.

Freshman sensation Kevin Durant leads fourth-seeded Texas (25-9) against Southern California (24-11) in an East Region game at Spokane, Washington.

Known as football powers, Vince Young led Texas to a win over a USC team which featured Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush in the national championship game in January 2006.

Durant scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Longhorns' 79-67 win over New Mexico State. USC's Taj Gibson collected 18 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots in a 77-60 win over Arkansas.

The winner will face North Carolina in the regional semifinals.






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