• Michigan, UConn moveon to NCAA’s Elite 8
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    INDIANAPOLIS — Jordan Morgan scored 15 points and Nik Stauskas had 14 including a key free throw to help Michigan hold on for a 73-71 victory over Tennessee in Friday’s first Midwest Regional semifinal.

    The second-seeded Wolverines now play either Louisville, who they lost to in last year’s national championship game, or 2012 national champion Kentucky Sunday.

    The Wolverines (28-8) led by 15 with 10:55 to go, but committed four turnovers in the final 97 seconds. Tennessee (24-13) cut the lead to 72-71 and had a chance to take the lead, but Jarnell Stokes was called for an offensive foul with 6 seconds left.

    Stauskas then made 1 of 2 free throws and Tennessee’s long desperation heave was off the mark.

    Jordan McRae scored 24 to lead the 11th-seeded Vols.



    Connecticut 81,

    Iowa State 76

    NEW YORK — DeAndre Daniels scored 26 points, 18 in the second half, and UConn held off Iowa State 81-76 on Friday to reach the East Regional final a year after the Huskies were barred from the NCAA tournament.

    Daniels hit his first six shots after halftime, the only Husky to make a field goal for over 8 minutes. His 3-pointer gave seventh-seeded UConn a 49-32 lead.

    The Cyclones rallied late, pulling within 67-63 with 2 minutes remaining. But senior Niels Giffey hit a 3 in the corner for his first points since the game’s opening moments, and when the Huskies (29-8) made their free throws in the final minute, the UConn fans packing Madison Square Garden could celebrate.

    Dustin Hogue scored a career-high 34 points for third-seeded Iowa State (28-8).

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