SOUTH: Florida Gulf Coast 81, San Diego State 71
Not even many basketball fans knew about Florida Gulf Coast just a couple of weeks ago. They do now — the Eagles are the first No. 15 seed to make the Sweet 16. Bernard Thompson scored 23 points and Sherwood Robinson added 17 to lead FGCU to its second NCAA Tournament win in as many tries, a victory over San Diego State in Philadelphia. FGCU (26-10), which shocked the world in the second round with a 78-68 victory over second-seeded Georgetown, was just as entertaining and impressive in the third round, again using a big second-half run to take control of the game.
Kansas 70, North Carolina 58
Behind the impassioned play of Travis Releford and Jeff Withey, the top-seeded Jayhawks shook themselves out of a first-half slumber and blitzed No. 8 seed North Carolina down the stretch for a victory in Kansas City, Mo. Withey had 16 points and 16 rebounds, and Releford finished with 22 points for the Jayhawks (31-5), who also knocked former coach Roy Williams’ team out of the NCAA tournament during their 2008 title run and again last season, when Kansas marched all the way to the Final Four.
Florida 78, Minnesota 64
Mike Rosario scored 25 points and Florida used an overpowering first half in Austin, Texas, to roll past Minnesota and into the round of 16 for third consecutive year. The No. 3 seed Gators (28-7) shot a blistering 65 percent in the first half and led by 21 by halftime. The win earns Florida a return trip to the Lone Star State to play their next game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
EAST: Indiana 58, Temple 52
Victor Oladipo hit a key 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining and Indiana, minutes away from being the second No. 1 seed to be swept from the NCAA Tournament, held off Temple in Dayton. The Hoosiers (29-6) trailed by four with 2:56 left, but closed with a big run to advance to the round of 16 for the second straight year.
WEST: La Salle 76, Mississippi 74
Tyrone Garland banked home a scooping layup with 2 seconds left in Kansas City and 13th-seeded La Salle beat Mississippi, vaulting the Explorers to their deepest run in the NCAA Tournament since they played for the championship in 1955. Ramon Galloway had 24 points for La Salle (24-9), which was playing its third game in five days. No. 12 Ole Miss (27-9) led 74-72 with 1:58 left but failed to reach the regional semifinals for the first time since 2001.
NIT: Virginia 68, St. John’s 50
Justin Anderson scored 18 points and Virginia extended its home winning streak to 19 games with a victory against St. John’s in Charlottesville, Va. Taylor Barnette added 13 points for Virginia (23-11). Phil Green IV led the Red Storm (17-16) with 18 points and Jakarr Sampson had 14.