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C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan not making open shots, but its offense is running smoothly. Wolverines had 10 assists on 11 baskets in the first half. Guard Derrick Walton Jr., with seven assists (four on 3-pointers) and 11 points. He accounted for 29 of their 33 first half points.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Michael Porter Sr. confirms to ESPN that he's accepted an offer to join the Missouri coaching staff.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Meanwhile it's clear WVU, as expected, plans to give Nigel Williams-Goss the Frank Mason treatment every time he has the ball.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Fascinating early stuff: Gonzaga is looking to attack West Virginia's pressure right away, and take advantage once the ball crosses half court, and it's worked more often than not -- but you have to wonder if all the hurry is sustainable.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Boucher's loss for Oregon was big, but Jordan Bell is reminding Michigan that he blocks shots too. Bell already has collected his per game average of two in the first half. Besides a missed dunk, Bell's playing a man's game in the post rebounding and scoring.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon has to feel fortunate it's not trailing by more with its two leading scorers Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey off to such a poor start. shooting. They average a combined 30 points per game but so far are a collective 1-for-8.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Not much in terms of atmosphere at the Sprint Center some late-arriving Kansas fans haven't filled in the lower bowl just yet and not enough Ducks & Wolverines to make a difference.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

About 10 minutes to tip in San Jose. It was a long few days without basketball, but hallelujah, we're back.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon entered the game only allowing opponents to shoot just 31 percent from 3-point range. Can't tell from Michigan's early start. The Wolverines first three baskets all uncontested 3s including two from big man Moritz Wagner.

Jeannine Edwards ESPN Reporter 

Kansas pep rally was standing room only. These two were loud & proud. #Kansas #Purdue

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Today's NCAA men's Sweet 16 games about to start. The ViewFromVegas is: Michigan -1 vs. Oregon (despite No. 7 vs. No. 3) O/U 148; Gonzaga -3 vs. West Virginia O/U 150; Kansas -5.5 vs. Purdue O/U 155.5; Arizona -7.5 vs. Xavier O/U 144.5.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Georgetown announces former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue (vice chair of the board of directors) and AD Lee Reed will lead the search process to replace John Thompson III.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

UNC AD Bubba Cunningham visibly concerned. Not sure if/where he will shower tomorrow. No water currently at Peabody Hotel.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Other notable coaches who took a job and went back to their previous job: Dana Altman Creighton to Arkansas and back; Dan Dakich Bowling Green to West Virginia and back; Gregg Marshall Winthrop to College of Charleston and back.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

UMass announces Pat Kelsey asked out of his agreement at 3:30 p.m. Kelsey said in a statement that he asked out due to personal reasons. He said this decision was personal, nothing to do with UMass. He apologized in the statement. Kelsey was on campus Wednesday. Kelsey's photo is still the background on the UMass basketball twitter page. UMass released him, but the statement from AD Ryan Bamford said the school is still figuring out how this "impacts the executed Memorandum of Understanding." UMass will renew its search for a coach.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Michigan is 32-of-36 on uncontested shots in the NCAA tournament (88.9 percent), including 16-of-16 in the second round against Louisville.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Oregon is averaging 25.5 transition points per game in the NCAA Tournament, second-most among Sweet 16 teams (North Carolina, 27.5). The Ducks are making 75.0 percent of their shots in transition, best in the field (minimum 10 shots).

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Pat Kelsey not the first Winthrop coach to do an "about face." Gregg Marshall did it in 2006 after news conference at College of Charleston.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington sophomore Noah Dickerson has requested his release and will explore his transfer options, sources told ESPN. 12.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG.