Sunday, March 29
Wisconsin heads to Final Four after 85-78 win over Arizona
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Frank Kaminsky and the Wisconsin Badgers hung on to make the Final Four again.
"Frank the Tank" scored 29 points, Sam Dekker added his second straight career high of 27, and the West Regional's top seed beat No. 2 Arizona 85-78 on Saturday to reach consecutive Final Fours for the first time in school history.
The Badgers denied the Wildcats a Final Four berth for the second straight year, having beaten them by one point in overtime in Anaheim a year ago when their seeds were reversed.
Wisconsin and 67-year-old coach Bo Ryan head to Indianapolis next week for another shot at undefeated and top-seeded Kentucky, which beat the Badgers by one point in the national semifinals last year.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley scored 17 points each for the Wildcats, who once again failed to deliver a first-time Final Four appearance for coach Sean Miller.
Survived: No. 1 Kentucky holds off Notre Dame 68-66
CLEVELAND (AP) — Pushed to the brink, Kentucky's still perfect and still playing.
Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds remaining, and the top-seeded Wildcats kept their unbeaten season and national title hopes intact with a 68-66 win over Notre Dame on Saturday night in the Midwest Regional final.
The Wildcats advanced to the Final Four in Indianapolis next week, where they will meet Wisconsin.
It took everything Kentucky had to hold off the Fighting Irish, who came within seconds of shocking the tournament's overwhelming favorite. Notre Dame wasn't done until Jerian Grant's double-clutched 3-pointer from the left corner was long.
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 25 to lead Kentucky.
Goldschmidt, Pollock hit 1st HRs in D'Backs' loss to Royals
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock each hit their first homers of spring training in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 10-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.
Omar Infante had three hits, including two doubles, and Paulo Orlando drove in two runs for the Royals, who used a five-run seventh inning to win.
Alex Liddi's two-run double tied it at 5 for the Royals in the seventh, and Gabriel Noriega singled to score Liddi and put Kansas City ahead. Orlando doubled home Noriega, and Moises Sierra capped the rally with an RBI double.
Pollock got the Diamondbacks' first hit when he doubled off the right-field wall in the fourth. One out later, Goldschmidt homered to tie the game at 2. Arizona took its first lead in the fifth when Pollock homered with Nick Ahmed aboard to make it 4-3.
Penguins score 3 goals in third period, beat Coyotes 3-2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Daniel Winnik, Steve Downie and Sidney Crosby scored in a 4-minute, 8-second stretch of the third period to rally the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.
Crosby's 25th goal stood as the game-winner, and he also had two assists to increase his league-leading scoring total to 78 points. Thomas Greiss stopped 22 shots against his former team to help the Penguins end a two-game skid overall, and a three-game winless stretch at home.
Pittsburgh welcomed Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist back to the lineup, but lost defenseman Kris Letang in the second period because of injury. The Penguins moved into a tie with the New York Islanders for second place in the crowded Metropolitan Division.
Tye McGinn scored his second and Tobias Rieder provided a late goal — his 13th — for the Coyotes, and Mike Smith made 43 saves.