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Spartans fall to UConn

Huskies make history; Wisconsin beats Arizona

Published: Monday, March 31, 2014 12:01 a.m. CST
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(Seth Wenig)
Michigan State's Keith Appling reacts after loosing to Connecticut 60-54 in a regional final on Sunday in New York.

NEW YORK – Shabazz Napier scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half, and UConn beat Michigan State 60-54 to return to the Final Four a year after the Huskies were barred from the NCAA tournament.

Napier hit three huge free throws with 37.6 seconds left in the East Regional final at Madison Square Garden to carry UConn to the Final Four, just as Kemba Walker did in Napier's freshman year.

The Huskies (30-8) rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit to become the first No. 7 seed to reach the Final Four since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

Fourth-seeded Michigan State's seniors become the first four-year players recruited by Tom Izzo to fail to reach the Final Four. Gary Harris led the Spartans (29-9) with 22 points.

Saturday's games

Wisconsin 64, Arizona 63, OT: Frank Kaminsky had 28 points and 11 rebounds for Wisconsin, rallying the Badgers to victory in the West Region final in Anaheim.

The Badgers (30-7) advanced to their first Final Four appearance since 2000, and first for 69-year-old coach Bo Ryan, who earned his 704th career victory.

Nick Johnson had the ball with a chance to win, but he missed a shot that came just after the buzzer for Arizona (33-5), the top-seeded team that has yet to win a West Region final in Anaheim in four tries. Johnson led the Wildcats with 16 points, and Aaron Gordon had 18 rebounds in the relentlessly physical game.

Florida 62, Dayton 52: Scottie Wilbekin scored 14 of his 23 points in the first half, and Florida reached their fifth Final Four after losing at this point in each of the past three NCAA tournaments.

This time, they came in as the country's top-ranked team and the overall No. 1 seed.

Florida won its 30th straight game and improved to 36-2, topping the 35 wins by the 2007 national championship squad.

Patric Young scored 12 points, and Michael Frazier II added 10 for Florida.

Dyshawn Pierre led the Flyers (26-11) with 18 points.

 

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