San Antonio • Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane did exactly as his coach had instructed, driving for a layup that gave the Cyclones the lead. North Carolina never got a chance to answer because Roy Williams’ players didn’t do what he wanted.
With Williams jumping and gesticulating for a timeout, the Tar Heels inbounded the ball to Nate Britt, who dribbled past midcourt as time expired in Iowa State’s 85-83 victory Sunday.
The Cyclones got to celebrate twice. Once as the buzzer sounded, and a few minutes later when officials viewed replays and confirmed that Kane’s twisting shot had put Iowa State in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2000.
"He’s been our Mariano Rivera. He’s been our closer all throughout this season," Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said.
Now the No. 3 seed Cyclones (28-7) are headed to the home of the former Yankees star, New York City, where they will play No. 7 seed Connecticut in the East Regional semifinals next week.
As soon as officials explained that the game was over, Williams — who collapsed his hands on his knees as Britt surged toward him — shook Hoiberg’s hand as North Carolina began absorbing the heartbreaker.
"Let’s not anybody lay it on the officials or anything like that. We didn’t call the timeout with 1.6 seconds to play," Williams said.
The No. 6 seed Tar Heels (24-10) are gone in the NCAA tournament’s opening weekend for the first time in consecutive seasons under Williams, who choked back tears following the end of his 10th season in Chapel Hill.
Britt said he thought North Carolina got the timeout before the buzzer.
"When I looked up at the clock I saw one-point-something time left," he said. "I saw staff screaming and trying to call timeout."
Kane finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Virginia 78, Memphis 60 • In Raleigh, N.C., Joe Harris scored 16 points and top-seeded Virginia shot 56 percent to beat Memphis, earning its first trip to the NCAA tournament round of 16 in nearly two decades.
Anthony Gill added 13 points for the Cavaliers (30-6), who turned in a dominating performance while controlling the tempo and shutting down the eighth-seeded Tigers (24-10) at nearly every turn.
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