|NCAA TOURNAMENT-WEST REGIONAL
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Syracuse didn't mess around with Vermont.
In the Orange's NCAA tournament opener in Buffalo, the West's top seed opened up a 12-point lead by half time and cruised to a 79-56 win over the 16th-seeded Catamounts.
Five Syracuse players reached double figures in scoring, led by Wes Johnson's 18 points.
They'll play the West Regional's No. 8 seed Gonzaga next.
The Bulldogs nearly squandered an 18-point lead in their game against Florida State. But Matt Bouldin scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half and Gonzaga survived, 67-60.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jermaine Dixon and Gilbert Brown scored 17 points apiece and Pittsburgh avoided becoming the latest Big East powerhouse to get knocked off in the first round of the NCAA tournament, routing Oakland 89-66 in the West Regional.
Brown's strong performance off the bench was a boost for the third-seeded Panthers, who are making their ninth straight NCAA appearance.
Next up is No. 6 seed Xavier.
Jordan Crawford scored 17 of his 28 points in the second half to lead Xavier to a 65-54 victory over Minnesota.
NCAA TOURNAMENT-SOUTH REGIONAL
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP)-- Duke has begun its quest for a fourth national championship in dominating fashion.
Kyle Singler had 22 points and 10 rebounds and South Regional top seed rolled past Arkansas-Pine Bluff 73-44.
Duke (30-5) jumped out to an early lead and never trailed. While the Golden Lions turned in a respectable defensive performance, they struggled to score against Duke's bigger, more physical frontcourt.
The Blue Devils play No. 8 seed California in the second round Sunday.
The Golden Bears topped Louisville 77-62. Jerome Randle and Theo Robertson each scored 12 points, and Cal closed the game with a 15-4 run.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Purdue spoiled a lot of people's brackets Friday.
Many, including President Barack Obama, had predicted the Boilermakers would be upset victims in the NCAA tournament's first round.
But Purdue held off a feisty Sienna in the South Regional. The 13-seed closed within 3 points of the Boilermakers in the closing minutes, but at the final buzzer, it was Purdue on top 72-64.
The other South Regional game in Spokane, Wash., saw fifth-seeded Texas A&M beat No. 12 Utah State 69-53. Freshman Khris Middleton scored a career-high 19 points for the Aggies.
NCAA TOURNAMENT-MIDWEST REGIONAL
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jon Diebler was the shooting star, as Ohio State outlasted a persistent UC Santa Barbara 68-51 in the NCAA tournament's Midwest Regional.
Diebler scored 23 points, while big forward Dallas Lauderdale blocked eight shots and pulled down 12 rebounds for the second-seeded Buckeyes. Poor shooting limited Evan Turner to nine points, but he did manage 10 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Georgia Tech mastered its free throws and topped Oklahoma State 64-59. The 10th-seeded Yellow Jackets came into the game shooting less than 65 percent at the free throw line, but sank 24 of 25.
Georgia Tech and Ohio State meet Sunday in the second round.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Freshman Jordan Williams set career highs with 21 points and 17 rebounds, and Maryland beat Houston 89-77 in the first round of the NCAA tournament's Midwest Regional.
Maryland overcame an off night by ACC player of the year Greivis Vasquez, who had a quiet 16 points.
The fourth-seeded Terrapins will play Sunday against fifth-seeded Michigan State, a 70-67 winner over New Mexico State.
Kalin Lucas scored a career-high 25 points for the Spartans.
NCAA TOURNAMENT-EAST REGIONAL
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jacksonville was looking like upset city for a while in the NCAA tournament's East Regional Saturday.
After 12th seeded Cornell knocked off Temple, 13 seed Wofford gave Wisconsin a scare. But the Badgers tight defense kept the clamps on the Terriers, emerging with a 53-49 victory.
They'll face the Ivy League Champions on Sunday. Cornell's 78-65 victory was the school's first ever in the NCAA tournament.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- In Buffalo, the No. 2 seed in the East, West Virginia, overcame a cold start to beat 15th seed Morgan State.
The Mountaineers missed their first 11 shots, but eventually found their range, rolling to a 77-50 first round win.
They'll meet Missouri next. The East Region's 10 seed knocked off No. 7 Clemson, 86-78.
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