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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Butler marches into Elite Eight

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Butler became the latest mid-major team to knock off a top seed in the NCAA tournament.

Willie Veasley scored five of his 13 points during an 11-0 run down the stretch, and the Bulldogs rallied to upset No. 1 seed Syracuse 63-59 on Thursday night in the West Regional semifinals for their 23rd straight victory.

The fifth-seeded Bulldogs (31-4) fought through Syracuse's vaunted zone defense and kept the Orange (30-5) from getting their fast break going most of the night.

Now, after reaching the regional finals for the first time in school history, Butler is one win from going home to Indianapolis for the Final Four. The Bulldogs play second-seeded Kansas State on Saturday.

K. State 101, Xavier 96 (2OT)

In Salt Lake City, Jacob Pullen made a 3-pointer with 31.2 seconds left in the second overtime for the go-ahead points, and second-seeded Kansas State beat No. 6 Xavier.

Terrell Holloway answered with two free throws, but Pullen came back with two of his own. Then, Xavier's Dante Jackson missed a 3-pointer that would've tied it and the Wildcats (29-7) iced it.

EAST REGIONAL

Kentucky 62, Cornell 45

In Syracuse, N.Y., Kentucky avoided the latest big upset by the Big Red.

John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson stopped Cornell's captivating NCAA tournament run, sending the top-seeded Wildcats (35-2) to a win in the East Regional semifinals.

Cousins led Kentucky with 16 points.

W. Virginia 69, Washington 56

In Syracuse, Da'Sean Butler shook off a sore right hand and helped West Virginia beat feisty Washington to reach the East Regional final.

Butler kept playing after hurting himself midway through the second half and scored 14 points, while Kevin Jones added 18.



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