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UNC eases into elite eight, VCU slips in

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Tyler Zeller had 27 points and 15 rebounds, and North Carolina left no doubt that it's back with a 81-63 dismantling of Marquette in the East Regional semifinals on Friday night.
John Henson added 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Harrison Barnes added 20 points and 6 rebounds as the second-seeded Tar Heels (29-7) moved to within a game of reaching the Final Four for the third time in four years with a dominate effort on both ends of the court.
This latest success comes a year after the Tar Heels failed to make the NCAA tournament.
The Tar Heels showed the whole package on Friday night at the Prudential Center, limiting No. 11 seed Marquette (22-15) to 15 first-half points while opening a 25-point lead.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Bradford Burgess made a layup off an inbounds
pass with 7.1 seconds left and Jamie Skeen blocked a shot at the
buzzer, giving Virginia Commonwealth a 72-71 victory over Florida
State in overtime in a Southwest Region semifinal Friday night.
In the first NCAA tournament game between teams seeded 10 and
11, the lower seeded Rams blew a nine-point lead by scoring only
three points in the final 7:37 of regulation. They never trailed by
more than four all night, but found themselves down 71-70 when
Burgess scored the kind of basket that will live in NCAA tournament
lore.
The Rams (27-11) are among the final eight for the first time.
Having already ousted high-profile programs from the Pac-10
(Southern Cal), Big East (Georgetown), Big Ten (Purdue) and now the
ACC, they will try adding the Big 12 to their hit list, facing
top-seeded Kansas. The Jayhawks advanced with a 77-57 rout over
Richmond.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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