Kentucky holds on late to defeat Houston in Sweet 16 thriller


With a loss, the Tar Heels' season ends in Kansas City at the Sweet 16.

Okeke crashed to the floor after colliding with UNC's Cameron Johnson under the rim with 8:08 remaining in the second half. He did not return. He's averaging 12 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for Bruce Pearl's team, and is a unsafe offensive weapon, shooting over 49-percent from the field and 38.7-percent from three point range on the year. "We had to go get balls and do some stuff to beat them, and it was a great win and I'm happy for our guys". The Wildcats next will face fifth-seeded Auburn. Tyler Herro led the Wildcats with 19 points while PJ Washington chipped in 16 points off of the bench as the only other Kentucky player to score in double figures in the win. He led the team with 20 points before going down against North Carolina. Between 10 combined made 3s and 32 combined made buckets, Auburn leads 41-39 halfway through the race after scoring just before the halftime buzzer.

Ever since Selection Sunday, the sophomore forward had been in either a walking boot or a hard cast and had yet to see court action while his team rolled through the NCAA Tournament.

Virginia Tech (26-9) missed three shots in the final 10 seconds, including a pair of 3-point attempts.

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The hot shooting was part of a 6-for-8 Auburn start to the second half.

Freshmen Aaron Henry and Gabe Brown had career nights, lifting Michigan State past LSU in the East Region semifinals in Washington, D.C. He returned to practice on Thursday and wasn't sure if he'd play, but he did, and he made the difference in the four-point win. Tremont Waters scored 23 points to lead LSU (28-7).

Cassius Winston scored 17 and handed out eight assists for Michigan State while Xavier Tillman chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds.