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That one ended after midnight because of the slugfest between Villanova and West Virginia.

Huggins is 13-8 all-time in the NCAA Tournament at West Virginia. Friday's game marked the 10th career NCAA Tournament game for Carter and Miles - tying them for the most in school history.

The Wildcats were a No. 1 seed in last year's tournament when they lost to eighth-seeded Wisconsin in the second round.

As expected, two guards would lead their team in scoring in the half, Jalen Brunson for Villanova with 16 points, and for West Virginia Daxter Miles with 11 first-half points.

The Boilermakers have now been to the Sweet 16 four times in the last 10 seasons, and as almost everyone knows at this point, the first three of those trips ended in defeat.

Eric Paschall hit a three-pointer to extend Villanova's lead to five points, but West Virginia would respond with an 8-0 run and led 50-47 less than five minutes into the second half.

Konate was recently shoved out of the huddle by some Villanova players.

The Wildcats would then go on a 7-0 run to take a 12-5 lead at the 16:59 mark in the first half, highlighted by Mikal Bridges' five points. They connected on 13 of 24 3-pointers for the game and have made 432 this season.

QUOTABLE: "I steal everything I can. But all the teams - we really haven't been that kind of team during the year, but we've become that kind of team at the end".

West Virginia Coach Bob Huggins had picked up a large coffee and was still trying to wake up when he discovered Jevon Carter at an AAU tournament in Orlando a few years ago.

Texas Tech trailed by as many as seven points in the first half.

Boston; Friday at 9:57 p.m.

The Boilermakers (30-7) were playing in their second straight regional semifinal.

And the Wildcats are in the Elite Eight for the fourth time in the Wright era.

EVANS SHOW: Texas Tech senior guard Keenan Evans has continued to be the Red Raiders' go-to scoring threat.

Wright and Villanova faced an unrelenting opponent Friday in the Wildcats' first real test of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Graham was the Big 12 player of the year, Azubuike's talent was apparent even if it was raw before injury robbed him of a freshman year. But his teammates have figured things out without him, coming off a 76-73 win over Butler. Purdue also had three double figures scorers led by Carson Edwards with 30 on 11-for-20 shooting and 4 of 9 from deep. The Boilermakers' offense is ranked second in KenPom's offensive efficiency ratings, behind Villanova. The team was in Pittsburgh watching when 16-seed UMBC pulled off its shocker over top-seeded Virginia. Everybody can score. They hit tough shots.

No. 1 seed Kansas (29-7) vs. Last year, the Mountaineers were a possession or two away from ending Gonzaga's season before it eventually reached the national championship game.

The half featured six ties and four lead changes. Azubuike missed the Big 12 Tournament because of a minor knee injury, but he played 22 minutes in an 83-79 win over Seton Hall last weekend.

"It was the foul situation in the second half", assistant coach Ron Everhart said of one of the turning points of the game. It's Azubuiike, though, that makes so many of those good looks possible. "There were days he made me better", Brunson said.

"I haven't thought that for ahead", he said.

This is the Sweet Sixteen of mascots. We've got a legitimate shot to go to San Antonio. "He's just really gotten a lot better now, being more consistent at it".

"You just have to be a good decision-maker, and you can't be afraid of failure", Wright said.

Villanova's already proven time and again how good it is, why it's tracking toward another Final Four.

BOTTOM LINE: Duke has been at its best in rolling to first- and second-round wins over Iona and Rhode Island. Brunson wound up with a game-high 27 points, but it was his poise and decision-making that truly spurred the Wildcats' win. You can vote at both places, so you can get two votes, like it's Chicago. The 2-3 long has been Syracuse's staple under Jim Boeheim. Duke has won six of 11 all-time meetings. The early story in this one was that Purdue Center Isaac Haas would not start the game. The Orange have three of the nation's top six players in minutes logged. Once signed up, you can watch the game live on your computer via the DirecTV Now website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app.


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