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NCAA Tournament: Notre Dame and Wisconsin advance to Elite Eight

  • Notre Dame 81-70 Wichita State
  • Wisconsin 79-72 North Carolina

Notre Dame’s march through March is picking up speed. Demetrius Jackson scored 20 points and the third-seeded Irish dominated Wichita State 81-70 in the Midwest regional semi-finals on Thursday night to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in 36 years.

The Irish (32-5) shot 75% (18 of 24) in the second half, easily pulling away from the seventh-seeded Shockers (30-5) after Wichita State took its first and only lead on a layup by Darius Carter early in the second half. Pat Connaughton added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Notre Dame and Jerian Grant had nine points and 11 assists as the Irish won their eighth straight. Notre Dame will play either unbeaten Kentucky or West Virginia on Saturday night with a Final Four spot on the line.

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