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Clearing the court
NCAA teams start narrowing down the field

Maryland 84, California 71

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Grievis Vasquez had 27 points and Maryland shut down the nation's best 3-point shooting team.

Tenth-seeded Maryland (21-13) disrupted Cal with its pressure defense, rarely giving the Bears a good look from the perimeter. Vasquez controlled the offense and Dave Neal chipped in 15 points, helping the Terps advance past the first round in their ninth straight NCAA appearance.

Maryland will face No. 2 seed Memphis on Saturday.

Cal (22-11), which shot a nation-best 43 percent from 3-point range during the regular season, was 7-for-24 in this one. Theo Robertson led the Bears with 22 points and Jerome Randle had 14, but took just three shots in the second.

UConn 103, Chattanooga 47

PHILADELPHIA - With their coach in the hospital, A.J. Price and Hasheem Thabeet scored 20 points apiece to lead top-seeded Connecticut to a 103-47 rout over Chattanooga on Thursday for its first postseason win in three years.

UConn will meet Texas A&M in Saturday's second-round game of the West Regional of the NCAA tournament.

Associate head coach George Blaney coached the Huskies (28-4) in Calhoun's absence. Stanley Robinson topped the Huskies with 24 points.

Memphis 81, CS Northridge 70

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After overcoming heartbreak and tragedy just to get to the NCAA tournament, the Matadors of Cal State-Northridge could not get past the greatest game of Roburt Sallie's life.

Sallie, averaging 4.5 points all year for Memphis, scored 35 and the second-seeded Tigers beat the plucky Matadors 81-70 Thursday, dodging what would have been one of the biggest upsets in tournament history.

Sallie kept Cal State-Northridge at bay during a lackluster first half for Memphis (32-3) and wound up hitting 10 of 15 3-pointers, a first-round tournament record.

Texas A&M 79, BYU 66

PHILADELPHIA - Bryan Davis scored 21, Donald Sloan had 14 and the ninth-seeded Aggies handed the Cougars their seventh straight opening-round loss in a rematch from last year. Both teams drew the same seeds last March when A&M won 67-62.

Purdue 61, Northern Iowa 56

PORTLAND, Ore. - E'Twaun Moore had 17 points and fifth-seeded Purdue held off a late charge to advance.

JaJuan Johnson added 14 points for the Boilermakers (26-9), who led by as many as 14 in the West Regional at the Rose Garden Arena before the Panthers made it interesting down the stretch.

North Carolina 101, Radford 58

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Tyler Hansbrough took quick care of his latest record pursuit, then helped North Carolina advance in the NCAA tournament without one of its star playmakers.

Hansbrough set the Atlantic Coast Conference career scoring mark in the opening minutes and finished with 22 points.

The Heels improved to 26-1 in NCAA games played in North Carolina and advance to face LSU on Saturday.

LSU 75, Butler 71

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Butler has put together quite a few upsets in recent NCAA tournaments. Marcus Thornton scored 30 points to keep LSU off that list.

Tasmin Mitchell had 14 points and Chris Johnson added 12 for the Tigers (27-7), seeded eighth in the South Regional.

Washington 71, Mississippi State 58

PORTLAND, Ore. - Thanks to Quincy Pondexter, even the supposedly vulnerable Washington Huskies didn't go out early.

Pondexter scored a season-high 23 points and fourth-seeded Washington took advantage of early foul trouble to race past the 13th-seeded Bulldogs 71-58.

Texas 76, Minnesota 62

GREEENSBORO, N.C. - Texas' A.J. Abrams hit eight 3-pointers and scored 26 points to help Texas beat Minnesota 76-62 in the first round of the East Regional on Thursday.

Michigan 62, Clemson 59

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Michigan stymied Clemson with its 1-3-1 defense and survived a late scare in its first NCAA tournament game in 11 years, beating the Tigers 62-59 in the first round of South Regional Thursday night.