Report: Steve Alford to UCLA

New Mexico v Harvard

After leading New Mexico to a disappointing *second round exit in this year’s tournament, Steve Alford is going to be rewarded with a new job and more money. What a world.

ESPN’s Andy Katz reports the Indiana alum and current Lobos head coach will take the head coaching position at UCLA. Alford began his coaching career at Manchester in 1991. He hasn’t taken a team to the sweet 16 since 1999, when he was the coach at Southwest Missouri State.

Alford signed a 10-year contract extension with New Mexico ten days ago that included a $240,000 raise and a $1 million buyout if he were to leave before April 1, 2015. We repeat, what a world.

*they lost to Harvard in the round of 64, which is no longer the first round because semantics are slowly killing us all.

Michigan v Kansas

The second half of the Elite Eight field was set with the final group of Sweet Sixteen matchups wrapping up. Here’s what went down on Friday night…

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It had to end some time.

It had to end some time.

Another quick start for Florida Gulf Coast had Eagles fans briefly dreaming about a miraculous run to the Elite Eight, but No. 3 Florida quickly responded to put an end to those dreams.

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Michigan State v Duke

Seth Curry dropped 29 points to help No. 2 Duke pull away from No. 3 Michigan State, setting up a Midwest Regional Final against No. 1 Louisville.

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Michigan v Kansas

We’ve yet to see a true buzzer beater in this year’s tournament, but names like Vander Blue, Aaron Craft, Victor Oladipo and LaQuinton Ross have still given us game-changing shots to remember.

Well add Trey Burke’s name to that list, as the Michigan guard completed an 11-point Wolverines comeback and forced overtime with this deep three against No. 1 Kansas on Friday night…

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Oregon v Louisville

The final score shows an eight-point game, and Oregon did do a good job of keeping things respectable after Louisville opened up an early 24-8 lead, but the result was never in doubt as the No. 1 Cardinals cruised into the Elite Eight.

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There is a such thing as a well timed, statement making flagrant foul. Then there are the kind of cheap shots that just make you look like a coward. Kansas point guard Elijah Johnson apparently has that second category of flagrant mastered.

Cue the low blow on poor Mitch McGary…

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