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The Review-Journal’s Adam Hill, Kelly Stewart and Matt Youmans compete against handicappers Bruce Marshall, Paul Stone and Ken Thomson in a contest covering NCAA Tournament games.

Iowa St powers over NC Central, but loses Niang for season

Iowa State used an overpowering second half against North Carolina Central to avoid the kind of upset that has tripped up other highly seeded teams in this NCAA tournament. Then came the bad news for the Cyclones — or, really, the bad break.

No. 8 seed Kentucky holds off Kansas State, 56-49

Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein got a whole lot of grief from his teammates for a comment he made ahead of his team’s game against Kansas State, when he brazenly said the No. 8 seed Wildcats intended to “shock the world” in the NCAA tournament. Well, they’ll at least have a chance to play the Shockers.

Despite slow start, Virginia beats Coastal Carolina 70-59

Virginia spent the first half Friday night flirting with losing in a historic upset and the second half playing the style that carried the Cavaliers to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Upsets crush hopes of billion dollar NCAA bracket

The billion dollar dream is over. A second day of upsets ended any chance of someone having a perfect NCAA tournament bracket in Warren Buffett’s $1 billion challenge.

Your new NCAA tournament darlings: The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks

Meet your new NCAA tournament darlings: The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. Trailing most of the second half after a meltdown against Virginia Commonwealth’s relentless pressure, the gritty ‘Jacks tied the game on Desmond Haymon’s improbable four-play play with 3.6 seconds left in regulation and survived in overtime for a 77-75 win over VCU on Friday night.

Wichita State goes to 35-0 with rout of Cal Poly

Cleanthony Early had 23 points and unbeaten Wichita State faced no resistance from Cal Poly, going to 35-0 for the best start in NCAA history with a 64-37 rout of Cal Poly in the Midwest Region on Friday night.

Dixon, Memphis hold on to top GW 71-66

Top sixth-man Michael Dixon Jr. scored 19 points and hit four free throws in the final 10 seconds to help Memphis hold off the George Washington 71-66 on Friday night in the second round of the East Regional.

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