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Ian O'Connor @Ian_OConnor

Braedon Bayer was huge for Syracuse without taking a shot. Good to know someone from Poughkeepsie knows how to play college basketball.

Ryan McGee ESPN Senior Writer 

Ticket sellers in Charlotte are reporting brisk business, and not just because the Tar Heels are here. One entrepreneur said "I have no idea how many Retriever grads there are, but I think they all drove down today."

Tournament Challenge ESPN 

Only 2.9% of Tournament Challenge entries correctly predicted that No. 11 Syracuse would face No. 2 Duke in the Sweet 16.

Paul Biancardi Basketball Recruiting 

The battle of the paint today here in Charlotte. Between North Carlins - Texas A&M averages 36.8 points per game in the paint, best in the SEC and sixth-most among major conference. Aggies score 49% of their points in the paint and are tops in the SEC in 2nd-chance PPG 14.1 1st. UNC can offensive rebound with the best of them. Can they defend Davis and Williams inside?

Tournament Challenge ESPN 

Percent of brackets picking No. 3 MSU for Sweet 16 (82.1%), Elite 8 (41.2%), Final 4 (28.5%), Final (16.4%), Champs (8.6%).

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

Syracuse just went from the First Four to the Sweet 16. Led by 17 points from Tyus Battle, the Orange upset No. 3 seed Michigan State 55-53. The Spartans missed their last 13 shots, and scored just five points (all free throws) over the last 5:41.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

Michigan State's Matt McQuaid took what had been a rock fight with Syracuse and at least gave it a sensational ending going into halftime. When his shot was blocked in the closing seconds, McQuaid recovered the ball and drained a banked-in 3 as the horn sounded. MSU leads the Orange 25-22.

Tournament Challenge ESPN 

45.7% of entries correctly predicted that No. 2 Purdue would face No. 3 Texas Tech in the Sweet 16.

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Purdue has hit 11 of its 15 first-half free throws. Boilermakers are doing a good job of getting to the basket and drawing calls without the help of big man Isaac Haas.

Tournament Challenge ESPN 

Only No. 1 Villanova (74.2%) and No. 1 Kansas (73.6%) were picked in more brackets than No. 2 Purdue (58.9%) to get to the Elite 8.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Michigan State has an 86% chance to win today, per BPI.