Dayton feeling sweet...Badgers, Spartans survive close calls...Gators, Wolverines win with ease

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Updated: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 02:15:33 EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Eleventh seed Dayton has reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA men's basketball tournament by stunning No. 3 Syracuse 55-53. The Flyers held on after Jordan Sibert (SY'-burt) hit a 3-pointer with 44 seconds left to put them ahead 52-46. Dyshawn Pierre scored 14 points for Dayton, which next faces either Kansas or Stanford in the South Regional semifinals Thursday in Memphis.

UNDATED (AP) — A pair of Big 10 teams barely avoided upsets in the NCAA tournament. Frank Kaminsky scored 19 points and second seed Wisconsin rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat No. 7 Oregon 85-77 and advance to the regional semifinals. Fourth seed Michigan State blew a 16-point lead and trailed late in the second half before pulling out an 80-73 win over No. 12 Harvard.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Scottie Wilbekin scored 21 points and top seed Florida stretched its school-record winning streak to 28 games by silencing ninth seed Pittsburgh 61-45. Patric Young added seven points and eight rebounds for the Gators, who play again Thursday in the NCAA regional semifinals at Memphis. Also in Orlando, Louisville was a 66-51 winner against Saint Louis as Luke Hancock delivered 21 points for the defending national champs.

UNDATED (AP) — No. 2 Michigan is in the NCAA's Sweet 16 after Nik Stauskas contributed 17 points and eight assists in a convincing 79-65 win against Texas. Xavier Thames poured in 30 points and No. 4 San Diego State reached the regional semifinals for the second time in school history by whipping North Dakota State 63-44. Second seed Villanova is done after Connecticut's Shabazz Napier pumped in 25 points to lead a 77-65 triumph over the Wildcats.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are just two away from tying the NBA record for consecutive losses. Joakim (JOH'-keem) Noah finished with 20 points and Jimmy Butler scored 17 as the Chicago Bulls handed the Sixers their 24th straight loss, 91-81. The 76ers will have to beat San Antonio or Houston on the road to avoid tying the league-record losing streak of 26 set by Cleveland in 2010-11.

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