Sweet 16 roundup: No. 15 Saint Peter’s makes history; Love lifts UNC; Creighton women stun Iowa St. | College Sports

Here’s a complete recap of Friday’s NCAA Tournament action with a lookahead to today’s Elite 8 games. Plus, the updated bracket and top pics.


NCAA North Carolina UCLA Basketball

North Carolina’s Caleb Love gets a hug after North Carolina won a college basketball game against UCLA in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament, Friday, March 25, 2022, in Philadelphia. 

If the shoe fits: Love leads Carolina over UCLA into Elite 8

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Turns out, the best explanation for the shooting spree Caleb Love put on for North Carolina was also the simplest.

It’s gotta be the shoes.

Reinvigorated by a change of sneakers at halftime, Love went crazy for the Tar Heels on Friday night. He made the game-tying and go-ahead 3-pointers 37 seconds apart to lift Carolina to a 73-66 victory over UCLA in a March Madness matchup of power programs.

Love scored 27 of his career-high 30 points in the second half, part of a barrage that included NBA-range 3s and no-look layups. His go-ahead 3 came with 1:03 left. He also hit a pair of free throws with 7.8 seconds remaining that put away the fourth-seeded Bruins for good.

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Saint Peter’s Jaylen Murray, left, and Latrell Reid celebrate after Saint Peter’s won a college basketball game against Purdue in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament, Friday, March 25, 2022, in Philadelphia. 

Saint Peter’s beats Purdue, reaches Elite 8 as 15 seed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Daryl Banks III scored the tying and go-ahead baskets that pushed 15th-seeded Saint Peter’s to the brink of the Final Four, the tiny Peacocks thriving off a home-court edge to beat third-seeded Purdue 67-64 on Friday night.

The Peacocks (22-11) became the first 15 seed to reach the Elite Eight, adding the Boilermakers to their NCAA Tournament string of upsets, and will face North Carolina in the East Region final on Sunday.

Saint Peter’s had the fans inside the packed Wells Fargo Center on its side from the opening tip and the arena erupted when Banks tied the game 57-all on a turnaround jumper. He hit a driving layup with 2:17 left that made it 59-57.

The Peacocks kept their composure — hey, they’re used to these wins by now after knocking off No. 2 seed Kentucky and Murray State — and held off a Purdue team that gamely tried to bully them inside.

Click here for recaps from all 4 of Friday’s Sweet 16 contests:

Saint Peter's beats Purdue, reaches Elite Eight as 15 seed

Martin scores 23, top-seeded Kansas beats Providence 66-61

If the shoe fits: Love leads Carolina over UCLA into Elite 8

McGusty, Miami beat Iowa State 70-56 in Sweet 16


A complete recap of Friday’s NCAA women’s action:

NCAA women's roundup: Creighton, Texas, S. Carolina, Stanford women move on

GREENSBORO, N..C (AP) — Aliyah Boston had 28 points and 22 rebounds, and top-seeded South Carolina moved on to the Elite Eight with a 69-61 victory over North Carolina on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament.




Saint Peter’s 67, Purdue 64


All times Eastern

No. 5 Houston vs. No. 2 Villanova, 6:09 p.m.

No. 4 Arkansas vs. No. 2 Duke, 8:49 p.m.



South Carolina 69, UNC 61

Creighton 76, Iowa State 68


All times Eastern

No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 1 NC State, 11:30 a.m.

No. 3 Indiana vs. No. 2 Connecticut, 2 p.m.

No. 4 Tennessee vs. No. 1 Louisville, 4 p.m.

No. 10 South Dakota vs. No. 3 Michigan, 6:30 p.m.



NCAA Texas Tech Duke Basketball

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski during a college basketball game against Texas Tech in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament in San Francisco, Thursday, March 24, 2022. 


Mike Krzyzewski would pass John Wooden for most Final Four appearances if No. 2 seed Duke can beat fourth-seeded Arkansas in the West Region final in San Francisco. UCLA’s Wizard of Westwood went to the national semifinals 12 times between 1962-1975.

For Coach K to get there for a 13th time, and first since the 2015 national championship season, Duke might need to be as sharp offensively as it was against Texas Tech on Thursday. Jeremy Roach, Paolo Banchero and the Blue Devils shot 71% from the field in the second half and made their last eight shots against one of the best defensive teams in the country in a 78-73 victory.

JD Notae and Arkansas have been playing great defense in the tournament, too, allowing 62.3 points per game and becoming one of just four teams to hold Gonzaga under 70 points in a 74-68 win.

What to watch today: Coach K win away from record 13th Final Four