Posted: Mar 25, 2011 11:44 PM by Lee Douglas
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The Number-1 overall seed in the NCAA men's basketball tournament is going home. Kentucky did the honors, bouncing top-seed Ohio State 62-60 on Brandon Knight's jumper with 5.4 seconds left. That sends the fourth-seeded Wildcats into Sunday's East regional final against North Carolina.
Kentucky senior center Josh Harrellson held his own against Ohio State super freshman Jared Sullinger, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Kentucky's suffocating defense held the Buckeyes to 32 percent shooting.
Sullinger led Ohio State with 21 points and 16 rebounds, but the Buckeyes fell in the regional semifinals for a second straight season.
One year after not even qualifying for the NCAA tournament, the North Carolina Tar Heels are one victory away from reaching the Final Four for the third time in four years.
Tyler Zeller had 27 points and 15 rebounds in North Carolina's 81-63 dismantling of Marquette in the East regional semifinals. Freshman Harrison Barnes added 20 points. John Henson added 14 points and 12 rebounds.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Virginia Commonwealth, a No. 11 seed, continued its magical run through this NCAA tournament by nipping Florida State 72-71 in overtime. Bradford Burgess scored 26, including the game-winning layup off an inbounds pass with 7.1
seconds left. Jamie Skeen blocked a shot at the buzzer to start the VCU celebration.
The Rams have knocked off Southern California from the Pac-10, Georgetown from the Big East, Purdue from the Big 10 and now Florida State out of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Now VCU faces its toughest test when it takes on top-seed Kansas for the Southwest Regional title on Sunday.
Brady Morningstar scored 18 points and Kansas played like a dominant No. 1 seed in a regional full of underdogs, beating 12th-seeded Richmond 77-57 in the Southwest regional. It's the fourth time the Jayhawks have reached a regional final under coach Bill Self.
The 35-2 Jayhawks are one win from returning to the Final Four for the first time since their 2008 championship.