North Carolina 81 – Marquette 63: North Carolina scored early and often, as well as led the Golden Eagles 40-15 at halftime, which practically sealed the deal for the Tar Heels. However, the Golden Eagles did outscore the Tar Heels during the second half, 48-41, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 25 point deficit from the first half.
North Carolina was led by Tyler Zeller with 27 points and 12 rebounds, while teammate Harrison Barnes finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocks.
The Tar Heels have advanced to Sunday’s Elite Eight round where they will play University of Kentucky in the Eastern Region Championship. The winner will advance to Houston for the Final Four on Saturday April 2, 2011.
Kansas 77 – Richmond 57: The Spiders exciting ran came to a stop on Friday, as the Jayhawks went into halftime with a 41-22 lead. Richmond would obviously fight back during the second half, but sadly, their “Cinderella Run” came crashing down in San Antonio, Texas on Friday.
Kansas was led by Brady Morningstar who tallied 18 points, as well as recorded four assists and two steals. Richmond’s Justin Harper led all scorers with 22 points and recorded nine rebounds.
The Jayhawks have advances to Sunday’s Elite Eight contest against Virginia Commonwealth.
Besides the “obvious” winners, being Kansas and North Carolina, Kentucky upset Ohio State, 62-60 and Virginia Commonwealth continued their magical run, as they upset the Florida State Seminoles, 72-71 in overtime.