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NCAA: Providence College's season ends in 73-69 loss to Texas A&M

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NCAA: Providence College's season ends in 73-69 loss to Texas A&M

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Admon Gilder scored 18 points to help Texas A&M hold off Providence 73-69 in Friday's first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Robert Williams and Tyler Davis both had double-doubles for the Aggies (21-12), the No. 7 seed in the West Region. The teams were tied at 50-50 with about 9 minutes left but Texas A&M responded with a 12-2 run to finally wrestle control away from the Friars.

Gilder hit a straightaway 3 with 2:49 left to cap that flurry for a 62-52 lead.

Davis had 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Williams added 13 points and 14 boards -- including a highlight-reel windmill dunk with 39.2 seconds left as the Aggies did just enough to put it away.

Rodney Bullock scored 22 points with three 3-pointers for 10th-seeded Providence (21-14), which shot 44 percent but never recovered from A&M's critical-moment burst.

BIG PICTURE

Providence: The Friars were making their fifth straight tournament trip and had earned wins against 1-seeds Xavier (twice) and Villanova this season. But they couldn't speed the Aggies up nor keep them off the boards to take advantage of their guard play and advance.

Texas A&M: The Aggies were up and down all year, from hitting No. 5 in the AP Top 25 in December to starting 0-5 in the Southeastern Conference. But they came up with key baskets when they had to have them, and their game-long work on the boards - up 44-26 by the finish - was a heck of an advantage.

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Texas A&M: The Aggies advanced to play the Lipscomb-North Carolina winner in Sunday's second round.

Buckets' Bracketology: Harvard's in, PC's out, URI's dropping

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Buckets' Bracketology: Harvard's in, PC's out, URI's dropping

Each Monday through the Final Four, our own Robbie Buckets -- known in some circles as Rob Snyder, producer at NBC Sports Boston -- will take a look at the world of college basketball. Here's his latest bracketology as we approach the madness of March:

SOUTH
1. Virginia
16. Radford/Hampton

8. Creighton
9. Oklahoma

5. Kentucky
12. Murray State

4. Texas Tech
13. Louisiana

6. TCU
11. Louisville

3. Purdue
14. UNC Greensboro

7. Miami
10. Texas

2. Auburn
15. Harvard

WEST
1. Kansas
16. Lipscomb

8. Nevada
9. Butler

5. Gonzaga
12. UCLA/St. Bonaventure

4. West Virginia
13. South Dakota State

6. Houston
11. Baylor/Utah

3. Michigan State
14. Montana

7. Missouri
10. NC State

2. Cincinnati
15. UC Davis

EAST
1. Villanova
16. Wagner

8. Rhode Island
9. Florida State

5. Florida
12. Loyola-Chicago

4. Clemson
13. Vermont

6. Ohio State
11. Arizona State

3. Tennessee
14. Charleston

7. Seton Hall
10. Kansas State

2. North Carolina
15. Iona

MIDWEST
1. Xavier
16. Arkansas Pine-Bluff/SE Louisiana

8. Virginia Tech
9. Saint Mary’s

5. Arizona
12. New Mexico State

4. Wichita State
13. Buffalo

6. Texas A&M
11. Middle Tennessee

3. Michigan
14. Bucknell

7. Arkansas
10. USC

2. Duke
15. Wright State

LAST 4 IN:
Baylor
Utah
St. Bonaventure
UCLA

LAST 4 OUT:
Marquette
Providence
Alabama
Syracuse

NEXT 4 OUT:
Boise State
Washington
Mississippi State
Nebraska

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Providence upsets No. 5 Xavier, 81-72

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Providence upsets No. 5 Xavier, 81-72

PROVIDENCE - Kyron Cartwright had 19 points, nine assists and four steals to help Providence beat No. 5 Xavier 81-72 on Saturday, snapping the Musketeers' 10-game winning streak and ending the best start in their school's history.

Rodney Bullock scored 17 points, with six rebounds and two blocked shots, as Providence (11-6, 2-2 Big East) beat a ranked team for the first time this season. It was the Friars' 11th win over a top-five team, and first since beating No. 4 Villanova two years ago.

Kerem Kanter had 24 points and 12 rebounds - eight on the offensive boards - in 20 minutes for Xavier (15-2, 3-1). Tyrique Jones, who had 12 points and seven rebounds, was the only other Musketeer to make more than half his shots.

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