NCAA Tournament Scoreboard-Third Round-Saturday, March 22

Final Score: Florida 61, Pittsburgh 45
It took until the second half, but Scottie Wilbekin and the Florida Gators played like the NCAA Tournament's top seed on Saturday en route to reaching another Sweet 16. Wilbekin scored a game-high 21 points on an efficient 9-of-15 shooting display and Florida took control after the break in downing upset-minded Pittsburgh, 61-45, in a physical South Region slugfest.

Final Score: Louisville 66, Saint Louis 51
It wasn't pretty, but Louisville got 21 points from Luke Hancock and played its patented gritty defense throughout the contest to clip Saint Louis, 66-51, and advance to the Sweet 16 in the Midwest Region. Hancock, the hero in fourth-seeded Louisville's (31-5) second round win over Manhattan, made four 3-pointers in the triumph.

Final Score: Michigan 79, Texas 65
Nik Stauskas tallied 17 points and eight assists as last year's national runner-up Michigan took down Texas, 79-65, to advance to the Sweet 16 in the Midwest Region. Stauskas, one of the most dangerous outside shooters in the country, was part of a prolific shooting effort for the Wolverines (27-8), who set a team tournament record with 14 3-point field goals (14-of-28).

Final Score: San Diego State 63, North Dakota State 44
Xavier Thames and San Diego State are headed to the Sweet 16. Thames scored 30 points and the Aztecs pulled away to beat North Dakota State 63-44 on Saturday to reach the Sweet 16 for the second time in four years.

Final Score: Dayton 55, Syracuse 53
Dayton sweated out another shot at the horn and are off to the Sweet 16 for the first time in three decades. Tyler Ennis' pull-up 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark and Dayton upset Syracuse, 55-53, in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

Final Score: Wisconsin 85, Oregon 77
Ben Brust's school record 228th career 3-pointer may have been his biggest one yet. Brust swished a go-ahead triple from the right wing with just over one minute remaining to boost the Wisconsin Badgers to an 85-77 triumph over the Oregon Ducks on Saturday in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

Final Score: Michigan State 80, Harvard 73
Branden Dawson netted a career-high 26 points and Michigan State held off Harvard, 80-73, in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Dawson was 12-of-15 from the floor and added nine rebounds for the fourth- seeded Spartans (28-8), who will face either Virginia or Memphis in the Sweet 16.

Final Score: Connecticut 77, Villanova 65
Shabazz Napier poured in a game-high 25points, as Connecticut upended former Big East foe Villanova, 77-65, on Saturday in third-round action from the East Region of the NCAA Tournament. Lasan Kromah supplied 12 points, while DeAndre Daniels, Ryan Boatright and Terrence Samuel each scored 11 for the seventh-seeded Huskies (28-8), who secured a spot in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2011, when they went on to win the NCAA title.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

5 days 21 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Borgia Freshman Golfer Thomas Alferman. Alferman is a member of the Borgia team that qualified for the state tournament at Silo Ridge in Boliver this week. In the district tournament at the Sullivan Country Club, Thomas shot a 13 over par 84 helping the team to a second place finish.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

2 days 19 hours ago

Commencement, it is said, is a beginning. Yet graduations are also the end of an era--for students and their parents. For the kids, it's a time of excitement and promise. For parents, it's a bit more bittersweet.

What will the future hold for the Class of 2015? Time will tell.

My youngest has now graduated from high school. Back in 1980, I was the youngest of my family who graduated.

OFF THE CUFF ARCHIVE

SPORTS CORNER

8 hours 32 min ago

Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Saturday in a game that was shortened to six innings because of inclement weather. Edinson Volquez (4-3) allowed two runs on four hits for Kansas