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Shutdown D, shocking exits

Julius Randle celebrates after Kentucky hands No. 1 seed Wichita State its first defeat.

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Julius Randle celebrates after Kentucky hands No. 1 seed Wichita State its first defeat.

The NCAA Tournament set its Sweet 16 on a wild and weird Sunday that included top scorers Andrew Wiggins and Doug McDermott getting shut down and traditional powers North Carolina and Kansas falling. The Sweet 16 will feature all three teams from the maligned SEC (Kentucky and Tennessee joined Florida). Previously unbeaten Wichita State became the first No. 1 seed to depart, and the Gators learned they play UCLA about 9:45 Thursday night in Memphis. In the South Region, No. 10 seed Stanford held Wiggins to four points and toppled No. 2 Kansas 78-75. In the East, No. 3 Iowa State beat No. 6 North Carolina 85-83, hitting a layup with 1.6 seconds left and sending the Tar Heels home on the opening weekend for the second straight year. UNC inbounded and called timeout, but while the Heels huddled to call a play, officials reviewed a slow-starting clock, then ruled time had expired. In the Midwest, No. 8 Kentucky held off No. 1 Wichita State 78-76. In the West, No. 6 Baylor held McDermott to three first-half points (15 overall) and routed No. 3 Creighton 85-55. Coverage, 3-5C

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