MARCH MADNESS: Houston KNOCKED OUT of NCAA Tournament by Duke without star point guard Jamal Shead… South Carolina women survive scare against Indiana

  • North Carolina State, Purdue and Tennessee also advance to the men’s Elite Eight
  • South Carolina keeps its perfect season intact despite Indiana’s second half
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Houston was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament 54-51 on Friday night as the Cougars played most of the game without star point guard Jamal Shead, who suffered a right ankle injury.

Shead suffered the injury while driving to the hoop and rolled his ankle on the field. At halftime he was seen on a scooter and without a shoe on his right foot. He spent the second half in uniform on the bench, but did not play.

Duke advanced to the Elite Eight, where it faced No. 11 seed North Carolina State, the highest seed remaining in the NCAA Tournament.

The Blue Devils and Wolfpack played in the ACC Tournament less than three weeks ago, with NC State winning.

In the NCAA women’s tournament, undefeated No. 1 seed South Carolina nearly squandered a 22-point lead in the second half but held on to defeat No. 4 seed Indiana 79-75.

Shead missed most of his team’s Sweet 16 loss to Duke with an ankle injury

Indiana nearly completed a 22-point second-half comeback against South Carolina on Friday

Indiana nearly completed a 22-point second-half comeback against South Carolina on Friday

The Gamecocks face No. 3 seed Oregon State on Sunday. A win would mark the third straight trip to the Final Four.

The other men’s Elite Eight matchup on Sunday will be between Purdue and Tennessee, both of which won with huge second-half performances to beat Gonzaga and Creighton, respectively.

The Volunteers and Boilermakers will face Tennessee in search of its first Final Four appearance in program history. Purdue hasn’t reached a Final Four since 1980.

The NC State women’s basketball team also advanced to the Elite Eight after upsetting No. 2 seed Stanford.

The Wolfpack will face No. 1 seed Texas, which defeated Gonzaga 69-47.