Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Round 2 opens with less drama

An early run of upsets came to a halt while two storied programs did battle Saturday in the NCAA Tournament.

In the most anticipated game of the day, fifth-seeded Indiana held off fourth-seeded Kentucky 73-67 to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2013. The Hoosiers overcame an injury to starting guard Robert Johnson and used a late run to put away the Wildcats, who won the last meeting between these teams four years ago in the NCAA Tournament en route to the national championship.

Next for Indiana is potentially another battle of titans, with North Carolina taking on Providence in a late game. The last time the Tar Heels and Hoosiers met in the NCAA Tournament was in 1984 — future NBA superstar Michael Jordan's final collegiate game.

A day after stunning losses by high seeds Michigan State, West Virginia and California, Indiana was the only lower seed to win in games that had ended by press time. Top seeds Virginia and Kansas moved into their region semifinals, and Miami, Duke and Iowa State also were winners. Full coverage, 6-8C

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