Thursday's NCAA Results

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Michigan 71, South Dakota State 56
The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 10 AP, No. 11 Coaches) advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a 71-56 victory over 13th-seeded South Dakota State on Thursday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The fourth-seeded Wolverines, who led by four at the break, outscored the Jackrabbits by 11 points in the second half to pull away. U-M shot 28-of-55 (51 percent) from the floor in the game, including 9-of-20 (45 percent) from behind the arc while holding SDSU to just 23-of-52 (44 percent) from the field and 4-of-19 (21 percent) from three-point range. Junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and freshman guard Glenn Robinson III led the team in scoring with 21 points apiece, while freshman forward Mitch McGary also contributed in double-digit scoring with 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds. RECAP

Michigan State 65, Valparaiso 54
Derrick Nix got a pass down low, backed up his beefy body to put an opponent on his back and scored. For much of Michigan State's NCAA tournament-opening win, it was as easy as giving Nix the ball and getting out of his way. Nix had 23 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help power the third-seeded Spartans past 14th-seeded Valparaiso 65-54 on Thursday with an inspired effort by their only senior. ''It's my last go-around,'' he said. ''And, I'm not ready to be done yet.'' The Spartans went on a 26-5 run in the first half to take control, and cruised to an easy victory much to the delight of a crowd filled with green-clad fans at the home of the NBA's Detroit Pistons. RECAP

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