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Louisiana Upsets Top Seed Duke in NCAA Basketball ‘Sweet 16’ Tournament


In a stunning upset, Louisiana State University has eliminated Duke - the overall top seed in the men's college basketball national championship tournament known as “March Madness”.

The LSU Tigers enjoyed a 62-54 triumph Thursday over the Blue Devils in the so-called "sweet-16" round.

Glen Davis scored 14 points despite being in foul trouble while freshman Tyrus Thomas swatted away five shots to lead LSU to its first regional final since 1987. Duke's J.J. Redick had one of his worst games in the finale of his college career. The Duke guard made only three-of-18 shots.

LSU next faces Texas in the Atlanta Regional final Saturday. The Longhorns beat the buzzer in a 74-71 defeat of West Virginia. Kenton Paulino hit a three-point shot as time expired to lift Texas.

Meanwhile, UCLA won a close one against Gonzaga, 73-71. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored six of the Bruins' final 11 points to help UCLA advance to the Oakland Regional final, where they take on the Memphis Tigers.

The top seeded Tigers cruised past tournament surprise Bradley, 80-64. Rodney Carney scored 23 points and led a stingy defense for Memphis, which has seven straight wins.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.