Purdue trounces defending-champion Villanova

Carsen Edwards scored 42 points as Purdue knocked reigning national champion Villanova out of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday with an 87-61 rout in Hartford, Conn.

It was the worst tournament loss in Villanova’s NCAA Tournament history and the largest loss by a defending champion in nearly three decades, dating to Loyola-Marymount’s 149-115 win over Michigan in 1990.

“This game is a humbling game,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. “We didn’t get up on Edwards early … and when great shooters get hot, you’re in trouble.”

Matt Haarms added 18 points and nine rebounds for the third-seeded Boilermakers (25-9), who advanced to their third straight Sweet 16. Eric Paschall had 19 points for Villanova (26-10), and fellow senior Phil Booth scored 15 points, putting him over 1,500 for his career.

WEST REGION

Gonzaga 83, Baylor 71: Brandon Clarke, a transfer from San Jose State, threw down five dunks, blocked five shots and matched a career high with 36 points to lead the top-seeded Bulldogs (32-3) over the ninth-seeded Bears (20-14) in Salt Lake City.

Florida State 90, Murray State 62: In Hartford, Mfiondu Kabengele scored 22 points, Terrance Mann added 18 and the fourth-seeded Seminoles (29-7) defeated Ja Morant and the 12th-seeded Racers (28-5) to advance to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year. Morant, who posted a triple-double against Marquette in the first round, dazzled for a half against Florida State and finished with 28 points.

Michigan 64, Florida 49: In Des Moines, Iowa, Jordan Poole scored 19 points and the second-seeded Wolverines (30-6) are in the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive year after pulling away from the 10th-seeded Gators (20-16), who shot just 29 percent in the second half and were held to their lowest point total of the season.

MIDWEST REGION

Auburn 89, Kansas 75: In Salt Lake City, Bryce Brown made eight of his first nine shots and finished with 25 points to lift the fifth-seeded Tigers (28-9) over the fourth-seeded Jayhawks (26-10). Auburn made the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2003. Dedric Lawson led Kansas with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Kentucky 62, Wofford 56: In Jacksonville, Fla., the second-seeded Wildcats (29-6) ended the Terriers’ season with a stifling defensive effort on Fletcher Magee. Reid Travis, a graduate transfer from Stanford, scored 14 points. He hit two huge free throws with 17.8 seconds left and added 11 rebounds to help finish off Wofford (30-5). Two days after setting the NCAA Division I record for career 3-pointers, Magee went 0-for-12 from beyond the arc.

EAST REGION

LSU 69, Maryland 67: Also in Jacksonville, Tremont Waters drove by three defenders and scooped in a banking layup with 1.6 seconds remaining to give the third-seeded Tigers (28-6) the victory over the sixth-seeded Terrapins (23-11). Skylar Mays, who scored 16 points, hit a 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining to put LSU up 67-64.

Michigan State 70, Minnesota 50: In Des Moines, the second-seeded Spartans (30-6) made the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2015 after rolling past the Golden Gophers (23-14) behind 57.1 percent shooting and 13 points and nine assists from Big Ten player of the year Cassius Winston.

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