Walton the leader of Michigan's late-season resurgence

As the No. 9 seed, they advance to face top-seeded Kansas on Sunday.

Here we are, folks! "Walton mentioned that every time he looked up, "[Evans] moved the stat column, either points or assists.

That inexperience showed early in the first half against an experienced Miami team that reached the Sweet 16 last season, one that had won at least one NCAA Tournament game in five of its six previous appearances.

"Any of the things that MI does well, I think Oklahoma State does as well or better". The victor of that game will battle MI on Sunday for a spot in the Sweet 16.

Well, that was disappointing.

Doug Gottlieb, CBS basketball analyst and Oklahoma State alumnus, believed his alma mater would beat MI for a number of reasons. If the Spartans could contain the three, they would be in much better shape, record-wise.

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But strangely, it was scoring that proved UCLA's downfall in the rubber match on Friday night in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals. Oregon State should be in good shape headed into next season with a young roster that loses only backup center Cheikh N'diaye.

MI shot 56.6% from the field, though just 30% from downtown on 6-of-20 shooting, and out rebounded the Hurricanes 36-23 in a lopsided affair that was over early in the second half. The Arkansas senior big man had three nasty blocks against Seton Hall to go with 23 points and six rebounds in a bounce-back performance from his controversial finish in the SEC Tournament, where he was ejected after a flagrant foul on De'Aaron Fox in the final minutes. Enter Rhode Island, a team that thrives on defense, and is stocked full of shot-blocking bigs that can make any team uncomfortable.

Freshman Dewan Huell played well off UM's bench with eight points.

Kuran Iverson scored 17 points and Hassan Martin had 12 points and eight rebounds as 11th-seeded Rhode Island (25-9) earned its ninth straight victory. They're at a disadvantage in coaching and at lack of a superstar, but Miami is just a better team.

The Jayhawks, by comparison, feature the 16 ranked offense and average 82.7 points, 38.8 rebounds and 16.3 assists per game. That included his layup off Khadeen Carrington's turnover at the other end, pushing Arkansas ahead for good as the Razorbacks scored the game's final seven points. How else could you explain setting up Louisville and MI to meet in the second round?

Oklahoma State's Jawun Evans hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer against MI to cover the points spread in Las Vegas.

Miami will now look to regroup and start work on next season. No. 11 Rhode Island (Friday, 4:30 p.m., TBS): Two months ago, Creighton was the toast of college basketball, but a season-ending injury to point guard Mo Watson has slowed down the Bluejays' Über-efficient offense. If Bridges is able to step up and give the Spartans a solid run, he may be able to see his draft stock rise. "I'm one of those typical coaches who doesn't stop to smell the roses enough, does not appreciate the day", Beilein said. Michigan State was the team known for its breakneck speed in transition, but for a while there, it was the Hurricanes stealing and disrupting and racing up and down the floor like track stars. Miami, in case you were wondering, ranks No. 40.