The celebration was barely over, and already Michigan State had to start thinking about life in the NCAA Tournament without injured Kalin Lucas.
Korie Lucious, filling in for the Spartans' star guard, hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to cap a frenetic finish and give depleted Michigan State an 85-83 victory over Maryland on Sunday in the second round of the Midwest Regional in Spokane, Wash.
After Lucas went down with a leg injury, the Spartans blew a 16-point lead in the second half. Greivis Vasquez's basket put Maryland ahead 83-82 with six seconds left, but Michigan State inbounded immediately and Draymond Green pushed the ball up the floor.
Green passed to Lucious at the top of the key. He dribbled once and launched the game-winner as time expired, setting off a wild celebration as jubilant Spartans players streamed off the bench.
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"I had an open look. Time was running down. I just shot it and it went in," Lucious said. "I didn't want the time to go out without getting a shot up."
No. 5 seed Michigan State advanced to play ninth-seeded Northern Iowa on Friday in the regional semifinals in St. Louis.
Moments after his team's victory, Coach Tom Izzo revealed sobering news about Lucas, saying the junior guard likely has a torn Achilles' tendon. That would make it almost impossible for him to play in the round of 16 — or beyond.
"That poor kid, he was devastated," Izzo said. "It's a shame for him. But it's part of athletics and we're just going to have to move on."
A two-time all-Big Ten selection, Lucas got hurt with 2:28 remaining in the first half and did not return. He came back to the bench with 12½ minutes to play wearing a hooded sweat shirt and sweat pants, with a walking boot on his left foot and ankle.
Lucas scored a career-high 25 points in Michigan State's first-round victory over New Mexico State.
The Spartans (26-8) also played without starting guard Chris Allen (foot) for most of the game.
Ohio St. 75, Georgia Tech 66: Evan Turner shook off one of the worst shooting nights of his career by coming within an assist and a rebound of his third triple-double of the season, lifting second-seeded Ohio State to a victory over sloppy 10th-seeded Georgia Tech in Milwaukee.
Turner, a leading candidate to add national player of the year to his Big Ten honors, finished with a game-high 24 points.
"The better he plays," Ohio State Coach Thad Matta said, "the better we play."
With No. 1 Kansas, No. 3 Georgetown and No. 4 Maryland all eliminated, Ohio State has its best chance of returning to the Final Four since Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr. took the Buckeyes there in 2007. Ohio State faces sixth-seeded Tennessee on Friday night in St. Louis.
Xavier 71, Pittsburgh 68: Dunking on LeBron James made him a sensation on YouTube.
Now Jordan Crawford is making a name for himself on a more traditional stage, putting together consecutive big games to lead Xavier into the second week of the NCAA Tournament.
Crawford, brother of former UK star Joe Crawford, scored 27 points, including a breakaway dunk with just over two minutes remaining, to help the sixth-seeded Musketeers beat Pittsburgh in Milwaukee.
"I know I'm not taking it for granted and I know my teammates aren't taking it for granted," Crawford said. "I love the fact I'm getting a chance to do this and hopefully we can take it further."
Xavier joined Michigan State as the only schools to reach the round of 16 the last three years.
Syracuse 87, Gonzaga 65: Wes Johnson scored a career-high 31 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as top-seeded Syracuse hit a dozen three-pointers to knock out the Zags in Buffalo.
"Really, my mind-set was to be aggressive on defense, so I think that carried over to the offensive end," said Johnson, who is finally healed from an injury to his right (shooting) hand in February against Connecticut. "My shot was falling."
Johnson was 11-for-16 from the field, including 4-for-6 from beyond the arc, and he wasn't alone. Andy Rautins hit seven of 13 shots for 24 points and freshman Brandon Triche had his second straight solid game, finishing with 13 points.
West Virginia 68, Missouri 59: Da'Sean Butler scored 19 of his 28 points in leading the second-seeded Mountaineers to a victory over the 10th-seeded Tigers in Buffalo.
Butler accounted for nearly two-thirds of the Mountaineers 30 points in the first half, and played a key role in breaking down Missouri's high-pressure defense, which was dubbed "The Fastest 40 Minutes of Basketball."
West Virginia (29-6) advanced to face No. 11 seed Washington.
Purdue 63, Texas A&M 61 (OT): Determined and undaunted, 6-foot-3 Chris Kramer bulled past one defender 4 inches taller than him. He flipped a layup over another 6 inches taller. Seconds later, he was getting pounded by his own teammates.
A fitting way for Purdue's most rugged player, its soul now that do-it-all leader Robbie Hummel is out for the season, to send the Boilermakers to the regional semifinals.
Kramer's daring drive and layup over Texas A&M big man Bryan Davis with 4.2 seconds remaining in overtime sent fourth-seeded Purdue to a victory over the fifth-seeded Aggies in Spokane.
Texas A&M's B.J. Holmes got a final, frantic chance to win the game with a rushed three-point try from in front of his bench at the buzzer.
Duke 68, California 53: Brian Zoubek, Duke's light-scoring, 7-foot-1 center, had 14 points and 13 rebounds while teaming with Lance Thomas and reserves Miles and Mason Plumlee to dominate a short-handed Cal frontline featuring 6-foot-8 Duke transfer Jamal Boykin — and little else.
Nolan Smith led the Blue Devils (31-5) with 20 points and spearheaded Duke's trademark man-to-man defense that made it difficult for Cal's high-scoring trio of Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher and Theo Robertson to get uncontested shots.
Hounded by relentless "D," Randle — the Pac-10 player of the year — was limited to 12 points on 5-for-12 shooting in Jacksonville.