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A shocker by the Shockers

A No. 1 seed fell in the NCAA Tournament's Round of 32 for the third time in four years (Kansas in 2010, Pittsburgh in 2011) as Wichita State knocked off Gonzaga 76-70 Saturday night in Salt Lake City.

The Bulldogs ended the regular season ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll and earned a No. 1 seed for the first time. But the Shockers, the No. 9 seed in the West Region, had three players score in double figures, including Ron Baker and Cleanthony Early with 16 points apiece. Wichita State closed the game on a 14-7 run to reach the Sweet 16 for the third time, and first since 2006.

Only two other games were decided by single digits Saturday.

Syracuse moved on by ousting Minnesota 66-60. And Marquette avenged a regular-season loss by beating Butler 74-72. Butler won in Hawaii on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. This time, the Bulldogs missed a buzzer-beating 3.

Meanwhile, the state of Michigan has two teams in the Sweet 16. Michigan routed Virginia Commonwealth 78-53, while Michigan State took care of Memphis 70-48. Oregon again showed it was seeded too low, the No. 12 taking out No. 4 St. Louis 74-57. No. 14 seed Harvard's fun, which started with Thursday's upset of New Mexico, ended harshly with a 74-51 loss to No. 6 Arizona. And Louisville, the top overall seed, had few problems in disposing of No. 8 Colorado State 82-56.

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