Zion shines as Duke overcomes slow start

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Zion Williamson had an explosive NCAA Tournament debut with 25 points and a can't-miss second-half showcase to lead top-seeded Duke to an 85-62 win over North Dakota State on Friday night.

RJ Barrett led Duke with 26 points and 14 rebounds and combined with Williamson for a prolific showing for the freshmen stars. But it was Williamson who could not be contained in the second half and he turned a tight early contest into a Duke runaway in the first round of the East Region.

Duke led just 31-27 at halftime but Williamson took over after the break. He opened the half by driving on two defenders for a layup that drew a foul. He missed the free throw but Williamson answered with a monster slam.

13 seed UC Irvine upends 4 seed K-State

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) When it comes to college basketball in California, UC Irvine is low on the totem pole.

Now the program that sometimes feels like a little brother to Pac-12 powers like UCLA and USC is the only school from the state still standing in the NCAA Tournament after pulling off a stunner . (MORE)

Down 14, UVa storms past Gardner-Webb

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) This time, Virginia was not one-and-done against a 16 seed.

It looked possible, at least through the first half, as the Cavaliers were tested in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Down 14 points in the first half Friday against Gardner-Webb, another early exit was quite possible. (MORE)

Oregon uses big 2nd half to rout Badgers

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Oregon was stumbling toward the end of a disappointing season until a strong turnaround led the Ducks to the Pac-12 title and an NCAA Tournament bid.

Oregon is not looking to slow down any time soon. (MORE)

Houston overwhelms Georgia State 84-55

TULSA, Okla. (AP) It's beginning to look like old times for Houston in the NCAA Tournament.

Corey Davis scored 26 points to help the third-seeded Cougars beat Georgia State 84-55 in the Midwest Region on Friday night. (MORE)

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