WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update
In the NCAA tournament, only 16 teams are left. Florida Gulf Coast has become the first No. 15 seed to make it to the Sweet 16, doing so with an 81-71 win over No. 7 San Diego State. The outcome sets up an all-Florida game in the South Region semifinals, with the Eagles taking on third seed Florida. Third seed Florida built a 21-point halftime lead and whipped Minnesota 78-64. Miami is the third Florida team to reach the Sweet 16 after winning 63-59 over Illinois. No. 13 La Salle continued its unexpected run by beating No. 12 Mississippi 76-74. No. 1 Kansas downed North Carolina 70-58. Top seed Indiana beat No. 9 seed Temple 58-52 in Dayton, Ohio. Indiana earned a date with fourth-seeded Syracuse in the regional semifinals on Thursday in Washington. No. 2 Ohio State beat No. 10 Iowa State 78-75 in a West Regional game.
In other college basketball news, Ben Howland was fired as UCLA’s coach.
In the NBA, Miami beat Charlotte 109-77. Brooklyn defeated Phoenix 102-100. Chicago won against Minnesota 104-97. Oklahoma City beat Portland 103-83. Philadelphia trumped Sacramento 117-103.
Checking the NHL, the NY Islanders shut out Florida 3-0. Pittsburgh defeated Philadelphia 2-1 and Washington beat the NY Rangers 3-2.
In the NCAA women’s basketball tournament, the No. 1 seeds have moved into the second round. Notre Dame crushed Tennessee-Martin 97-64. Stanford knocked off Tulsa 72-56 and Baylor hammered Prairie View 82-40. Lastly, North Carolina beat UAlbany 59-54.
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