Cincinnati 67, Creighton 63
Doug McDermott had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Gregory Echenique scored 13 points to help Creighton hold on to beat Cincinnati 67-63 in the second round of the Midwest Regional in Philadelphia.
Ethan Wragge added 12 for the Bluejays, who won their NCAA tournament opener for the second straight year.
McDermott, the two-time Missouri Valley Conference player of the year and 2012 All-American, made all 11 free throws to help the seventh-seeded Bluejays (28-7) move on to play Duke tomorrow.
Duke 73, Albany 61
The second-seeded Blue Devils used the perimeter shooting of Seth Curry and the inside dominance of Mason Plumlee to put last season’s NCAA tournament upset to rest in the second round of the Midwest Regional.
It was in the same round — and with the same seeding — that Duke was shocked by Lehigh last March.
It may not have been a blowout against 15th-seeded Albany, but the Blue Devils (28-5) held a comfortable lead throughout and will play seventh-seeded Creighton, which beat Cincinnati 67-63, in the third round tomorrow.
Mississippi 57, Wisconsin 46
Wisconsin’s vaunted defense did its job, holding Mississippi to its lowest point total of the year. It was the suspect offense that failed, making just 15 of 59 shots that snapped a six-year string of first-game wins for one of the NCAA’s most consistently successful programs of the past 15 years.
Marshall Henderson missed 12 of his first 13 shots and was 0-for-6 from 3-point land when he finally connected for a long 3-pointer. Then he remained unusually stoic and businesslike while scoring 17 of his 19 points in the second half.