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State of Ohio well represented in Sweet 16

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesCincinnati is heading to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2001, one of four Ohio teams still alive in the NCAA tournament.
Teams from the state of Ohio make up one-fourth of the schools in the Sweet 16 this season after Cincinnati and crosstown rival Xavier won their games. The Bearcats and Musketeers join the Ohio Bobcats and Ohio State Buckeyes in the next round.

It's the first time in NCAA tournament history that four schools from a single state have advanced to the Sweet 16 in the same season.

East Region
(6) Cincinnati 62, (3) Florida State 56
The Bearcats will be making their sixth Sweet 16 appearance and first since 2001. Cincinnati went on a 12-6 run over the final minute and a half of the game, which began with a Dion Dixon steal and dunk.

Sean Kilpatrick led the Bearcats with 18 points and Cincinnati recorded 13 steals to just five for Florida State. Florida State fails to reach consecutive Sweet 16s for the first time since 1992-93.

Cincinnati now takes on No. 2 seed Ohio State in the Sweet 16 Thursday. These schools met twice for the National Championship in 1961 and 1962 with the Bearcats winning both times.

South Region
(10) Xavier 70, (15) Lehigh 58
Another team from Cincinnati, Xavier, will be making its sixth Sweet 16 appearance as well. Kenny Frease scored a career-high 25 points shooting 84.6 percent (11-13) from the floor and also grabbed 12 rebounds. He's the first player to record those numbers in a NCAA tournament game since Blake Griffin in 2009.

Lehigh which scored 19 points in transition versus Duke on Friday scored just seven against Xavier. The Mountain Hawks entered the tournament averaging nearly 16 points per game in transition, which ranked in the top 25. Lehigh's loss brings No. 15 seeds to 0-6 all-time in the Round of 32.

Xavier next takes on No. 3 seed Baylor on Friday.

(2) Kansas 63, (10) Purdue 60
After a late scare, Kansas is headed to its 19th Sweet 16 and fifth in its past six seasons. Thomas Robinson scored 11 points and 13 rebounds for his 25th double-double of the season, which ties Drew Gooden's school record in 2002. The Jayhawks scored 17 points in transition including their final six points.

Robbie Hummel ends his Boilermakers career scoring a team-high 26 points as Purdue loses in the Round of 32 for the second straight year.

Kansas faces No. 11 seed North Carolina State on Friday hoping to advance to the Elite Eight for the second straight season. The Wolfpack have not been to the Regional Finals since 1986.

Through the Round of 32, no games in this year's Men's Basketball Championship have gone to overtime. It's the first time since seeding began in 1979 that there hasn't been a single overtime game in the Round of 64 and Round of 32.
A scan of the college basketball box scores each night guarantees all kinds of statistical oddities and standout performances. Here are some we found from Tuesday:

Kansas State 65, Texas Tech 46
The two teams combined for 26 made field goals, matching the fewest in a Division I game this season (Cal Poly and USC combined for 26 in a 42-36 Cal Poly win Nov. 19). Texas Tech and Kansas State also combined for 53 fouls Tuesday. It’s the first time this year two teams combined for at least twice as many fouls as field goals. The differential of 27 more fouls than field goals is three more than in any other game this season.

Ohio State 87, Purdue 84
Purdue committed only four turnovers, none of which led to an Ohio State steal, but still lost Tuesday night in Columbus. Ohio State became the sixth team overall to win a game this season without recording a steal, and Purdue became the first Big 6 team to lose when not having the ball stolen. It’s the third time this season (and second in a row) that Purdue has lost a game in which it turned the ball over four times or fewer. No other team has lost more than one such game this year.

Kentucky 78, Florida 58
Florida’s Erving Walker was held without a point in the loss, his first scoreless game since Dec. 30, 2008. He had scored at least one point in each of his prior 118 games.

Behind the box scores: Saturday's games

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A scan of the college basketball box scores each night guarantees all kinds of statistical oddities and standout performances. Here are some we found from Saturday:

Note of the Day
Six teams had three or fewer turnovers Saturday. Entering the day, only eight teams had had a game with three or fewer giveaways.

George Mason 54, Old Dominion 50
George Mason won despite shooting 27.7 percent from the field and committing 21 turnovers. The only other team to win a game this season despite shooting less than 30 percent and committing at least 20 turnovers was Kentucky on Dec. 31 against Louisville.

North Carolina 83, Maryland 74
North Carolina’s Kendall Marshall had 16 assists Saturday, matching the highest single-game total by any player this season. He had nine more assists than the entire Maryland team. That nine-assist margin is the highest this year by one player over the opposing team.

Indiana 78, Purdue 61
Purdue lost despite turning the ball over only three times. It’s the second time the Boilermakers have lost a game with three or fewer turnovers; all other Division I teams have combined to do it only four times on the year.

Valparaiso 63, Wright State 54
The Crusaders won despite registering just one offensive rebound. Only six teams this year have had a game with no more than one offensive rebound, and Valpo has done it twice. Those six teams are a combined 6-0 in those games.

Morehead State 56, Eastern Illinois 55
Morehead State attempted only 30 field goals in the win, the lowest number of field-goal attempts by a team this season. The next-lowest total was achieved Saturday as well, as Valparaiso attempted only 32 shots in its win over Wright State.

Oakland 74, Western Illinois 70 (2 OT)
Oakland’s Lucas Laval-Perry did not score a point in 41 minutes of action, matching the longest scoreless appearance by any player this season.

Cal State Fullerton 99, UC Santa Barbara 86
Cal State Fullerton hit 17 of 26 3-pointers (65.4 percent), the highest percentage by any team in a game this season, minimum 25 attempts.

Drexel 65, Towson 57
Drexel’s Frantz Massenat made all 15 of his free-throw attempts Saturday, one shy of the most free-throw attempts without a miss by any player this season. Massenat has now made his last 33 free-throw attempts.

BYU 79, Portland 60
BYU attempted 53 free throws Saturday at Portland, five more than any other road team in a game this season.

Davidson 88, Chattanooga 61
Davidson attempted 40 threes in the win, only the second time since January 1st that a team has attempted that many threes. The other instance in 2012 happened Thursday in Chattanooga’s prior game, in which Western Carolina attempted 41 threes.

Chris Chambers/Getty ImagesDion Waiters' presence off the bench has helped Syracuse to a 20-0 record and the No. 1 ranking in the country.
Let’s get you warmed up for the College GameDay road show (live Saturday from Pittsburgh at 10 a.m. ET on ESPN) by taking a look at some notes and nuggets from our college hoops advanced stats research team (a group we call the "Stats in the Paint" team).

Saturday’s Matchups
(1) Syracuse at Notre Dame, 6 ET on ESPN and ESPN3
Key stat: Syracuse is averaging 37.1 bench points per game this season, which is the most by any Big Six Conference team during the last 15 seasons. The bench has been led by C.J. Fair (+287) and Dion Waiters (+266), who rank 1-2 in the Big East in plus/minus. Waiters has scored 117 transition points this season, which is the third most in the nation.

(5) Missouri at (3) Baylor, 2 ET on ESPN and ESPN3
Key stat: Baylor is getting 26.4 percent of its offense off of turnovers this season, averaging a Big 12-best 20.5 points per game off turnovers. But Missouri only turns the ball over on 15.0 percent of its possessions, the second-best in the nation, and gives up just 10 points off turnovers per game, which leads the Big 12.

Alabama at (2) Kentucky, Noon ET
Key stat: Kentucky is blocking 15.6 percent of its opponents’ shots at 9.3 per game this season, both the best marks in the country. The Wildcats are also holding opponents to 0.68 points per play and 33.8 percent shooting in the half court, which are also both best in the nation.

Non-ranked teams that can make noise
Cincinnati is 8-4 in Big East road games over the last two seasons and has won its last seven conference games on the road. Part of the reason is avoiding turnovers. The Bearcats average 10.5 turnovers per game this season, the second-fewest in the Big East and eighth-fewest in the nation.

Purdue averages 9.6 turnovers per game this season, the second fewest in the nation. The Boilermakers turn the ball over on 14.6 percent of their possessions, which is the lowest percentage in the nation.

Stanford has been getting it done on the boards, grabbing 54.8 percent of available rebounds this season, the best percentage in the Pac-12. The Cardinal also allow 9.6 offensive rebounds per game this season, which is the fewest in the Pac-12.

Vanderbilt's efficient offense has paced them this year. The Commodores score an SEC-best 1.15 points per possession in conference play this season. Vanderbilt also leads the SEC by assisting on 61.6 percent of its field goals in conference play.

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know
Among the topics Rece Davis, Digger Phelps, Jay Bilas and Hubert Davis plan to tackle:

Where should Murray State be seeded?

According to Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology, 18-0 Murray State would be a No. 7 seed if the tournament started today. Comparing Murray State to the other projected No. 7 seeds, the Racers appear to be seeded correctly based on kenpom’s adjusted efficiency.

Murray St is undefeated, but the Racers have played some close games this season. Eight of their 18 games have been decided by single digits, including a nine-point double-overtime win against Southern Miss.

Spartans, Huskers end road woes

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While off-the-field news may have dominated the headlines during the week, it was back to the gridiron on Saturday, and the early games were filled with nothing short of exciting and gritty football.

Big Ten Spotlight
The Penn State Nittany Lions, playing their first game in more than 60 years without Joe Paterno on the coaching staff in State College, lost 17-14 to the Nebraska Cornhuskers after their rally from a 17-0 deficit fell just short.

With the win, the Huskers improve to 4-2 in the Big Ten Legends Division and remain one game behind the Michigan State Spartans. Penn State suffered its first conference loss but retains a one-game lead in the Leaders Division.

Nebraska ended its miserable road losing streak against top teams, beating an AP top-15 team in a true road game for the first time since 1997 when it won 27-14 at No. 2 Washington.

The Spartans ended their recent road struggles in Iowa City, jumping out to 34-7 lead against the Iowa Hawkeyes en route to a 37-21 win. Michigan State snapped a seven-game road losing streak at Iowa, winning there for the first time since 1989.

The win puts Michigan State in the driver's seat of the Legends Division. The teams needs one win in its last two games to clinch a spot in the Big Ten title game.

The Purdue Boilermakers upset the Ohio State Buckeyes with a 26-23 overtime win in West Lafayette. Ross-Ade Stadium has been a house of horrors for the Buckeyes in recent years. They have lost four of their last six road games at Purdue since 2000.

Robert Mavre scored the game-winning touchdown on a sneak in the first overtime, one play after he threw a 14-yard pass to Gary Bush for a first down at the one-yard line. Mavre finished the game 10-of-13 passing for 94 yards, though he did throw a pick with 23 seconds left in regulation.

Ohio State, who has lost consecutive road games at Purdue for the first time in school history, falls to 3-3 in the Big Ten Leaders Division and two games behind the leader, Penn State.

Around the CFB Nation
• The Oklahoma State Cowboys improved to 10-0 for the first time in school history with a 66-6 blowout at Texas Tech. Brandon Weeden throws for five touchdowns and becomes the school's all-time passing touchdown leader. The 60-point loss is the largest in Texas Tech school history.

• The Clemson Tigers beat Wake Forest 31-28 on a 43-yard field goal by Chandler Catanzaro as time expired to win the ACC Atlantic title. The Tigers rallied from 14-point second half deficit, clinching a spot in the ACC championship game for the second time in the past three years.

• The Missouri Tigers beat Texas 17-5 for its first win against the Longhorns since 1997. It was Texas’ lowest point total since being shut out by Oklahoma in 2004, and the third-lowest in coach Mack Brown’s tenure.
There are 10 remaining undefeated teams in FBS entering this weekend, and three of them remained perfect early Saturday afternoon with big victories over conference rivals.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys took care of business on the road, with a 45-24 win over the Missouri Tigers in Columbia. The Cowboys snapped Missouri’s 10-game home win streak, marking the third time Oklahoma State has ended a Tigers’ home win streak of at least nine games (2008, 2004).

This is the third time in school history the Cowboys have started 7-0 or better. They won their first seven games in 2008 and had a school record 9-0 start in 1945. The Cowboys have won nine straight road games, two shy of the school record set from 1943-45.

The Kansas State Wildcats also got a big road win, blowing out the Kansas Jayhawks 59-21 in the annual Sunflower Showdown. This is the 10th time in 20 games under coach Bill Snyder they have put at least 40 points on the scoreboard in this rivalry game, and the second straight year they’ve scored exactly 59 points.

Collin Klein rushed for a career-high four touchdowns, matching the most in a game by a Kansas State quarterback. His 14 rushing touchdowns this season are two shy of the school record in a season by a QB, set by Ell Roberson in 2002.

The Clemson Tigers remained perfect with a 59-38 win at home over the North Carolina Tar Heels. This is just the fourth time in school history they have started a season with eight straight wins, joining the 1948, 1981 and 2000 teams.

However, the Tigers could be on upset alert next week when they take on Georgia Tech. The last time Clemson started 8-0 was in 2000, and that season the Tigers also beat the Tar Heels to improve to 8-0, before losing to Georgia Tech the next week.

Around CFB Nation
• Illinois lost its second straight game, falling 21-14 to Purdue in West Lafayette. Also for the second week in a row, the Fighting Illini were held scoreless in the first half…and it doesn’t get much easier for Illinois as they travel to 21st-ranked Penn State next Saturday.

• Arkansas overcome a 17-7 halftime deficit by outscoring Ole Miss 22-7 in the second half to win 29-24. The Razorbacks have won six of their first seven games for just the third time since joining the SEC in 1992 (1998, 2006). The Rebels have lost 10 straight conference games, the longest active conference losing streak among BCS teams.

• Marvin McNutt caught four touchdown passes, becoming Iowa's all-time leader in touchdown receptions with 24. He passed Tim Dwight and Danan Hughes, who both had 21 for the Hawkeyes.
1. When USC hosts Oregon on Saturday, the Trojans will end the AQ-conferences' second-longest active drought without facing the No. 1 team in the AP poll. It will be the first time since 1992 that USC has taken on No. 1.

Only Purdue has a longer span without doing it, and the Boilermakers would've ended their drought last weekend if Ohio State hadn't lost to Wisconsin the week before.

NOTE: South Florida is the only AQ-conference team to have never faced an AP No. 1 opponent, but the Bulls didn't start playing football until 1997, didn't become a member of the FBS until 2001 and didn't join an AQ conference until 2005.

2. Last season on Halloween night against No. 4 USC, the Oregon offense racked up 613 yards of offense, including 25 plays that gained 10 yards or more. Since ESPN Stats & Information began tracking this statistic in 2004, that's one of only three times it's been done against a top-10 team. (The other two were in consecutive weeks in 2008 by the Texas Tech offense, first with 25 against No. 1 Texas, then with 27 against No. 8 Oklahoma State.) The bad news for USC is that its defense hasn't gotten any better. Earlier this month, the Trojans allowed 22 such plays in a loss to Washington and 21 in a loss to Stanford. They also gave up 24 of them in their season-opening win over Hawaii.

3. Missouri will attempt to beat an AP-ranked team in consecutive games for the first time since 1973. Since then, there have been 24 times that the Tigers have faced ranked opponents in consecutive games (sometimes three straight) without ever winning two in a row. In 1973, Missouri beat 19th-ranked SMU, and then knocked off 2nd-ranked Nebraska in consecutive games.

4. Almost every week this season has been filled with questions about what's wrong with Florida's offense. One answer is first-down production. Last year, Florida led the nation in average yards gained on first down with 7.8. This year, the Gators rank 119th (out of 120 FBS teams) in that same category, averaging a mere 3.9 yards. The only team worse is Rice at 3.8.

5. After taking last week off, Michigan plays at Penn State this week in a game that's very important to both teams. Over the last eight seasons, Big Ten teams are just 25-35 coming off a bye. The only flaw in that stat however, is that Michigan is 5-0 off a bye during this stretch - by far the best record in the conference. Even when the Wolverines won only three games in 2008, one of them came against Wisconsin, immediately following the team's only open date that season.

SEC and Big Ten streaks coming to an end

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• This marks the first week since Nov. 25, 2007 that the SEC has NOT had a team in the top two of the BCS Standings. That week, Missouri was No. 1 while West Virginia was No. 2. Since then, an SEC team had been either one or two for 17 straight weeks.

On the flip side, Auburn’s No. 4 ranking in the BCS Standings marks the 33rd straight week that the SEC has had a team in the top five, which is the longest active streak by far. The last time there was no SEC team in the top five of the BCS Standings was Dec. 4, 2005 (Georgia was highest at seventh). The conference with the next longest active streak is the Big 12 (22 straight weeks).

NOTE: A “week” indicates a BCS Standings release. Obviously there are several weeks between the final BCS Standings and the major bowl games. Those are not included above.

• Starting next season, the Wisconsin-Iowa rivalry will no longer be an annual event. Instead, it will only be played two out of every five years.

That’s because Iowa and Wisconsin will be placed in separate divisions when the Big Ten expands to add Nebraska.

Wisconsin’s rivalry with Minnesota (for “Paul Bunyan’s Axe”) was protected, while Iowa will have a new cross-divisional “rivalry” with Purdue.

The Wisconsin-Iowa series dates back more than 100 years and on Saturday (3:30 ET, ABC/ESPN) they will have played in 72 of the last 74 years.

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