Day one of the Sweet 16 brought highly anticipated story lines, upsets and down-to-the-final possession games.
Indiana women’s basketball is headed to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history following a win against No. 1 seeded North Carolina State, and Sister Jean is headed home after Loyola Chicago fell to No. 12 seed Oregon State in the men's tournament.
Which Pac-12 team — No. 6 Southern Cal or No. 7 Oregon — will prevail in their Sweet 16 battle? Will No. 2 seed Maryland keep rolling in the women's tournament or can No. 6 Texas advance in its home state?
With so much action taking place Sunday, USA TODAY Sports is breaking down all the results and how they affect the respective brackets.
Here is the latest from the Sweet 16:
NCAA women's tournament
No. 1 South Carolina 76, No. 5 Georgia Tech 65
No. 1 seed South Carolina is headed to its fourth Elite Eight since 2015 after beating No. 5 seed Georgia Tech 76-65. The Gamecocks were led by sophomore guard Zia Cooke, who finished with 17 points, four rebounds and two assists. Coming out of halftime, All-American Aliyah Boston hadn't scored a single point for the Gamecocks but found her flow in the third quarter, scoring Carolina's first seven points of the second half. South Carolina, which shot 56% from the field and 57% from three-point range, took down a Yellow Jackets team which nearly matched them from long range (50%) but took four more shots and made four fewer from the field overall (46%). Georgia Tech was led by Lotta-Maj Lahtinen with 20 points, while Kierra Fletcher added 16 points and Lorela Cubaj 15. Gamecocks sophomore Laeticia Amihere scored 15 points off of the bench and Victaria Saxton adding 12.
— Analis Bailey
No. 1 Stanford 89, No. 5 Missouri State 62
No. 1 overall seed Stanford had no problems with Missouri State, defeating the Lady Bears 89-62. After giving up the opening points, the Cardinal scored two quick baskets and led for the remainder of the game, building a 23-point lead by halftime. Senior guard Kiana Williams continued to shine in her hometown with 16 points, 12 of which came from 3-point land. Thirty-two of Stanford's 71 shots against Missouri State came from beyond the arc, and the Cardinal hit 15 of them, while Missouri State went 8-for-15 from deep. Sophomore guard Hannah Jump scored a team-high 17 points off the bench for Stanford — hitting 5 of 7 three-pointers — which also matched her season high. No Missouri State starter scored in double figures, but senior guard Elle Ruffridge came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points. The win was the Cardinal's ninth consecutive double-digit victory and gets them to their 21st Elite Eight appearance and fourth since 2016.
— Jordan Mendoza
No. 2 Louisville 60, No. 6 Oregon 42
Louisville is going back to the Elite Eight for the third time in the last four NCAA Tournaments after a dominant win against Oregon. Led by a stellar performance from All-American Dana Evans, who had struggled from the field in the last five games, Sunday was Evans' night. The senior guard had 29 points and made 11-of-21 shots from the field after missing her first five shots against the Ducks. The Cardinals also shut down a potent Oregon offense that came into the game averaging 72 points per game. Louisville forced Oregon to shoot just 32.1% from the field, 11.1% from beyond the arc. The Cardinals scored just 10 points in the first quarter before pouring in 19 points in the second and led 29-14 at halftime, solidifying a lead they would never give up.
— Cameron Teague Robinson, Louisville Courier Journal
No. 6 Texas 64, No. 2 Maryland 61
Kyra Lambert scored on a fastbreak layup with 44 seconds left and made one of two free throws with 23 seconds left as sixth-seeded Texas upset No. 2 seed Maryland 64-61 Sunday night. Longhorns star Charli Collier scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help shut down Maryland's high-powered offense. Maryland made just two field goals over the final 6:25, and missed six shots just in the last 90 seconds. The Terrapins had the highest-scoring offense in the country during the regular season and averaged 99 points in the first two rounds before running into a Texas defensive wall that slowed the pace to a grinding halt. Celeste Taylor, whose jumper in the final minute tied it at 59-59, finished with 15 points for the Longhorns, while Diamond Miller scored 21 points to lead Maryland.
— Nancy Armour
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