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Butler, W.Virginia, Kentucky, and Kansas St. Advance to the Elite

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email 

SALT LAKE CITY (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Syracuse, the top seed in the West Region, was knocked out of the men's NCAA basketball tournament by Butler 63 to 59 Thursday.

Willie Veasley scored five of his 13 points during Butler's 11-0 run down the stretch.

It's Butler's 23rd straight victory.

The Bulldogs are now one win from going home to Indianapolis for the school's first Final Four.

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Kansas State survived double overtime to advance to the Elite Eight beating Xavier 101-96.

Xavier's Terrell Holloway sent the game into the first overtime by making three straight free throws after being fouled while shooting from behind the arc with 5 seconds left.

Xavier's Jordan Crawford hit a 35-foot shot with 4 seconds left in the first OT to send the game to a second overtime.

Jacob Pullen made a 3-pointer with 31.2 seconds left in the second overtime for the go-ahead points. 

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West Virginia, the second seed in the East Region defeated Washington 69-56 to reach the Elite Eight.

Da'Sean Butler shook off a sore right hand that he hurt in the second half to score 14 points for the Mountaineers (30-6), who won their ninth straight game and set a school record for victories. 

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Kentucky, the top seed in the East, eliminated 12th seeded Cornell 62-45.

Ahead by just six points with 5½ minutes left, coach John Calipari's team kept its composure and advanced to play No. 2 seed West Virginia on Saturday for a spot in the Final Four.

 

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