The Sweet 16 of the 2019 NCAA men's basketball tournament got underway with four games scattered across Thursday night.
The 12th-seeded Oregon Ducks are the only double-digit seed remaining, as this year's Big Dance largely boasts few surprises. The Ducks' Cinderella run may be approaching its end with the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers looming in the night's final matchup.
Elsewhere, the Tennessee Volunteers are looking to reach the Elite Eight for only the second time in program history. The No. 2 seed in the South Regional meets the third-seeded Purdue Boilermakers.
Here's a look at the scores from Thursday and a brief recap of the action.
Sweet 16 Results—March 28
No. 1 Gonzaga def. No. 4 Florida State, 72-58
No. 3 Purdue def. No. 2 Tennessee, 99-94(OT)
No. 3 Texas Tech def. No. 2 Michigan, 63-44
No. 1 Virginia def. No. 12 Oregon, 53-49
No. 1 Gonzaga 72, No. 4 Florida State 58
The Gonzaga Bulldogs defeated the Florida State Seminoles to reach the regional finals for the third time in five years.
Gonzaga's depth was too much to overcome for Florida State.
Seminoles guard Trent Forrest led all scorers with 20 points but was the only FSU player in double figures. Terance Mann entered Thursday averaging 11.6 points but shot 1-of-8 for five points in the loss. Mfiondu Kabengele also battled foul trouble and chipped in with eight points off the bench, well below his season average (13.4).
The Zags, on the other hand, got solid production from all their stars. Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke combined for 32 points, and Clarke posted a double-double (15 points, 12 rebounds). Zach Norvell Jr. and Josh Perkins had 14 points apiece.
Trailing by 11 points at the half, Florida State struggled to make up much ground on Gonzaga in the second half. The 'Noles trimmed the deficit to four points with 4:11 remaining after Forrest hit the second of two free throws.
Just under three minutes later, Gonzaga's lead had swelled back to 11 points, 67-56, as Florida State's offense dried up. The Seminoles desperately needed to step up and support Forrest, but they were unable to find a secondary source of offense.
No. 3 Purdue 99, No. 2 Tennessee 94
Purdue advanced to the Elite eight by beating Tennessee 99-94, and the Boilermakers' win wasn't without controversy.
With 1.7 seconds remaining and Tennessee clinging to an 82-80 lead, Lamonte Turner fouled Carsen Edwards on a three-pointer from the right corner.
Following multiple replays, the question became whether Edwards intentionally kicked his right leg out to make contact with Turner and draw a foul. Even after getting numerous looks, making any definitive judgment was difficult.
Edwards missed the first free throw but sank the next two to send the game into overtime.
The overtime period remained tight over the two minutes, but then Purdue started pulling away. Matt Haarms finished off a two-handed jam to put his team up seven points, 91-84, with 1:39 remaining.
The Boilermakers' lead never got below five points for the remainder of overtime.
Edwards had a game-high 29 points, and Ryan Cline played a pivotal role in the win. The senior guard was 7-of-10 from beyond the arc en route to a 27-point night, setting a career high for scoring in the process. As a team, Purdue was 15-of-31 on three-pointers.
No. 3 Texas Tech 63, No. 2 Michigan 44
The Texas Tech Red Raiders smothered the Michigan Wolverines in a 63-44 victory.
Defense has been Texas Tech's biggest strength all season, but nobody could've predicted the extent to which the Red Raiders would stifle the Michigan offense.
The Wolverines had 16 points in the first half, setting a school record for first-half futility.
Things didn't improve much for Michigan in the second half. The team shot 32.7 percent from the field and went 1-of-19 from the perimeter.
Jarrett Culver provided the offensive spark for the Red Raiders. He scored a game-high 22 points, adding four rebounds, four assists and three steals to an excellent all-around effort. Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young reacted to Culver's performance:
Texas Tech has never reached the Final Four. It advanced to the Elite Eight in 2018 but lost to the eventual national champions, the Villanova Wildcats. Between the experience they gained from that run and their dominant defense, the Red Raiders have what it takes to make history Saturday.
No. 1 Virginia 53, No. 12 Oregon 49
Virginia didn't earn any style points as it dispatched of Oregon 53-49.
With 5:44 left in the game, Louis King hit a three-pointer to put Oregon ahead 45-42. Kihei Clark answered back with a three-pointer to tie the game for the Cavaliers, and the Ducks went scoreless for more than five minutes.
By the time Payton Pritchard stepped to the foul line with 15 seconds remaining, Virginia had built a five-point advantage, 50-45, that felt much bigger due to the state of each team's offense.
Oregon was forced to foul De'Andre Hunter on the Cavaliers' next possession, and he iced the game by sinking his two free throws.
Virginia has been unable to reach the Final Four under head coach Tony Bennett despite regularly enjoying success in the regular season. Many have questioned whether the team's defense-first approach and slow tempo have prevented it from reaching the Final Four.
While that topic is still up for debate, the need for improvement from Hunter and Kyle Guy is obvious. Together, they combined to shoot 8-of-28 from the field and 3-of-17 from three-point range.