The first weekend of 2023 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament ends Sunday with eight more teams looking to stamp their ticket to the Sweet 16.
Kicking things off, 3-seed Xavier took down 11-seed Pittsburgh by double digits. Next, John Calipari’s Kentucky team will take on Kansas State at 2:40 PM ET. After that, Michigan State will battle Marquette at 5:15 PM ET.
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Later, Adama Sanogo leads the 4-seed UConn Huskies against 5-seed Saint Mary’s, while Ryan Kalkbrenner and the Creighton Bluejays follow that with a matchup against Scott Drew’s Baylor Bears.
At nightcap, 16th-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson looks to continue its Cinderella run against Florida Atlantic, Miami goes up against Trayce Jackson-Davis and the Indiana Hoosiers, and Drew Timme leads the No. 3-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs against Mike Miles Jr. TCU Horned Frogs.
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No. 6 Kentucky vs. No. 3 Kansas State (2:40 p.m. ET, CBS)
Kansas State Wildcats
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No. 3 Xavier 84, No. 11 Pittsburgh 73
Throw it down!
Xavier got off to a hot start, but Pittsburgh rookie Guillermo Diaz Graham threw down a one-handed alley-oop slam.
Xavier guard Colby Jones entered the game with a big 3 that helped the Musketeers extend their lead early.
Just like that, Xavier had built his lead to 10 points, 28-18, midway through the first half.
Makes a statement
It was more of the same as the first half ended. Xavier took a 48-34 lead into halftime.
Jones dropped a beautiful touch pass to Jerome Hunter for an easy lay-in, extending the Musketeers’ lead to 55-40.
The Musketeers came after that at both endsand forces his way through one Pitt defender after another.
Finally, Pitt cut the lead to just eight points, but it wasn’t enough to spark a comeback. Xavier secured the win by double digits, punching its ticket to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2017.
No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Marquette (5:15 p.m. ET, CBS)
Michigan State Spartans
Marquette Golden Eagles
No. 5 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 4 Connecticut (6:10 p.m. ET, TNT)
No. 6 Creighton vs. No. 3 Baylor (7:10 p.m. ET, TBS)
No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson vs. No. 9 Florida Atlantic (7:45 p.m. ET, TruTV)
No. 5 Miami (Fla.) vs. No. 4 Indiana (8:40 p.m. ET, TNT)
No. 6 TCU vs. No. 3 Gonzaga (9:40 p.m. ET, TBS)
TCU Horned Frogs
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