MILWAUKEE (AP) — The first day of the NCAA tournament had its share of surprises. No. 12 seeds Harvard and North Dakota State won. Dayton beat Ohio State. There were four overtime games for the first time.
Not so much in Milwaukee. The bracket stayed true to form at the Bradley Center, thanks to Cameron Ridley's big play for Texas.
Ridley's buzzer-beating layup lifted the Longhorns to an 87-85 victory over Arizona State in the second round of the Midwest Regional on Thursday night.
Jonathan Holmes missed badly on a long 3-pointer for the Longhorns in the final seconds, but Ridley emerged from the scrum and banked it in as time expired. The call stood after a video review, handing Texas its first win in the NCAA tournament since 2011.
"Just a loose ball. Cam does have great hands," coach Rick Barnes said. "We were fortunate."
Ridley finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the seventh-seeded Longhorns (24-10), who led by 14 with 12 minutes left. Freshman reserve Martez Walker had 16 points and Demarcus Holland scored 14 on 6-for-6 shooting from the field.
"That's something you are going to remember for the rest of your life," Holmes said.
Texas will face No. 2 seed Michigan in the first Milwaukee game on Saturday, followed by Wisconsin against Oregon in the West Regional.
The Wolverines advanced with a 57-40 victory over Wofford, holding the spunky Terriers to 34 percent shooting. Glenn Robinson III scored 14 points in one of his father's home arenas from his NBA days, and Jordan Morgan added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
"We were able to get a win basically with our defense today," coach John Beilein said, "and that's something a lot of people wouldn't say if they watched us this year."
Michigan (26-8) was in control for most of the game against the undersized Terriers (20-13), but had some nervous moments after missing 15 of its first 18 shots in the second half.