March 22, 2009

Four top seeds advance at NCAA Tournament

Louisville, Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Connecticut won weekend NCAA Tournament games, giving the event four top seeds for the regional semifinals this week.

Louisville advanced to the Midwest Region semifinals at Indianapolis, Pittsburgh moved on to the East Region semifinals in Boston, North Carolina goes to the South Region semis in Memphis and Connecticut travels to Glendale, Ariz., for the West Region semis.

Louisville topped Sienna 79-74 and Pittsburgh downed Oklahoma State 84-76 Sunday, and Connecticut beat Texas A&M 92-66 and North Carolina eliminated LSU 84-70 Saturday to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

The success of the four schools sets up the possibility, barring upsets, that the four top seeds will appear in the Final Four in Detroit, beginning Thursday, April 2.

Pittsburgh plays No. 4 Xavier and Connecticut meets No. 5 Purdue Thursday, and Louisville faces 12th-seeded Arizona and North Carolina plays fourth-seeded Gonzaga Friday.

Arizona is the lone double-digit seed to advance to the Sweet 16, while defending national champion Kansas, the third seed in the Midwest, remains alive and plays second-seeded Michigan State Friday at Indianapolis.