MBB: Surviving and Advancing

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East Regional | First Round
#4 WISCONSIN def. #13 Wofford, 53-49
Slow and methodical early, fast and frantic late. No matter the tempo, Wisconsin stayed poised against pesky Wofford.

It's exactly what coach Bo Ryan expected from his team, which has plenty of NCAA tournament experience.

And in the end, the Badgers did exactly what they do best - play defense.

Jon Leuer followed a huge jump shot with an even more critical steal on the other end, and the fourth-seeded Badgers eked out an ugly 53-49 win over the 13th-seeded Terriers in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday.

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Midwest Regional | First Round
#5 MICHIGAN STATE def. #12 New Mexico State, 70-67
Thanks to Kalin Lucas' career night, Raymar Morgan's late help, Michigan State is moving on in yet another NCAA tournament.

Lucas scored a career-high 25 points and Morgan emerged from a quiet night by hitting key shots down the stretch as fifth-seeded Michigan State edged No. 12 New Mexico State 70-67 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Morgan broke a late tie with four straight points, then made two free throws with 18.6 seconds remaining with the aid of a rare lane-violation call.

Still, it was an uneven game for the Spartans (25-8), a microcosm of their at-times dazzling, other times dumbfounding season following a loss to North Carolina in last year's national championship game.

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#2 OHIO STATE def. #15 UC Santa Barbara, 68-51
 After making a late layup, Evan Turner turned to run back down the court, shaking his head.

It was supposed to be another chance for the Ohio State star to stand out on a big stage. Instead, it was one of the worst shooting nights of his career.

As it turns out, that didn't matter at all for Ohio State.

The Buckeyes leaned on the slick shooting of a sick player, Jon Diebler, and defensive domination by Dallas Lauderdale for a 68-51 victory over persistent UC Santa Barbara in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday night.

"I can't picture another game being like this," Turner said. "It's cool. I'm glad my teammates picked us up."

Diebler scored 23 points and Lauderdale blocked a career-high eight shots and grabbed 12 rebounds for the second-seeded Buckeyes (28-7), who won without much offense from their top player.

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West Regional | First Round
#6 Xavier def. #11 MINNESOTA, 65-54
Minnesota saw its season come to an end Friday afternoon, as it dropped a 65-54 decision to 25th-ranked Xavier in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament before a crowd of 17,875 at the Bradley Center.

The #11 seed Gophers (21-14) played to a 26-26 tie at the half, but sixth-seeded Xavier used an 18-9 run early in the second half to turn a 30-29 deficit into a 47-39 lead, which the Musketeers (25-8) increased to as many as 11 points down the stretch.

Minnesota, which was making its second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance under third-year head coach Tubby Smith, lost in the opening round for the fourth consecutive time since winning its tourney opener in 1990. The Gophers lost to Texas, 76-62, at the 2009 NCAA Tournament in Greensboro, N.C.

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South Regional | First Round
#4 PURDUE def. #13 Siena, 72-64

Forgotten amid all that angst over Purdue's NCAA tournament chances without Robbie Hummel: The Boilermakers still have Keaton Grant.

The senior, who became a starter after the do-it-all Hummel blew out his knee three weeks ago, ignited a decisive, 20-3 run with 11 points to begin the second half. That opened up the inside for teammate JaJuan Johnson's 23 points and rallied fourth-seeded Purdue past No. 13 seed Siena 72-64 on Friday in the first round of the South Regional.

Johnson, the tallest player on either team at 6-foot-10, tied his career high with 15 rebounds.

E'Twaun Moore added 12 points for the Boilermakers (28-5). They were steamed that even President Barack Obama had joined a national chorus predicting the Saints (27-7) would pull a first-round upset in the third consecutive NCAA tournament.

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