2014 NCAA Tournament Scores — Florida, Dayton, Arizona & Wisconsin Win
Florida, Dayton, Arizona and Wisconsin each won their respective 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament regional semifinals on Thursday night. Here’s a recap of the action:
(1) Florida 79, (4) UCLA 68
Michael Frazier II scored 19 points and top-seeded Florida breezed past fourth-seeded UCLA, 79-68, in the 2014 NCAA tournament’s South Region semifinals in Memphis, Tenn. on Thursday night. The Gators (35-2) advanced to face Dayton in the regional final on Saturday.
Frazier made five of his eight 3-point attempts, as Florida shot 50 percent from the field on the way to winning its 29th consecutive game. UCLA (28-9) pulled within one point midway through the second half, but the Bruins could not close the gap. Jordan Adams scored 17 points to lead UCLA, which shot just 16.7 percent from 3-point range.
(11) Dayton 82, (10) Stanford 72
Jordan Sibert scored 18 points and 11th-seeded Dayton continued its Cinderella run by beating 10th-seeded Stanford, 82-72, in the 2014 NCAA tournament’s South Region semifinals in Memphis, Tenn. on Thursday night. The Flyers (26-10) advanced to face Florida in the regional final on Saturday.
Dayton broke out to an early lead and had a 42-32 advantage at the half. Stanford closed to within eight points with 5 minutes to play but could not complete the rally. The Flyers held the Cardinal (23-13) to just 37.9 percent shooting on the game. Chasson Randle led Stanford with 21 points.
(1) Arizona 70, (4) San Diego State 64
Nick Johnson, Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 15 points apiece, and top-seeded Arizona rallied past fourth-seeded San Diego State, 70-64, in the 2014 NCAA tournament’s West Region semifinals in Anaheim, Calif. on Thursday night. The Wildcats (33-4) advanced to face to Wisconsin in the West Region final on Saturday.
Down 32-28 at halftime, Arizona trailed until T.J. McConnell’s layup put the Wildcats ahead 50-49 with 7:21 to play. Xavier Thames led all scorers with 25 points for San Diego State (31-5).
(2) Wisconsin 69, (6) Baylor 52
Frank Kaminsky had 19 points, four rebounds and six blocks, and second-seeded Wisconsin routed sixth-seeded Baylor, 69-52, in the 2014 NCAA tournament’s West Region semifinals in Anaheim, Calif. on Thursday night. The Badgers (29-7) advanced to face Arizona in the West Region final on Saturday.
Wisconsin’s defense held Baylor to 31.0 percent shooting from the floor, including just 2-of-15 on 3-point shots. The Badgers led 29-16 at the half and pulled away in the final 20 minutes. Cory Jefferson led the Bears (26-12) with 15 points.