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NCAA Basketball Tournament 2011 Scores: BYU Beats Wofford, UConn Crushes Bucknell In Afternoon Action

(3)BYU Cougars(31-4) 74 - (14)Wofford Terriers(21-13) 66

Wofford didn't go down without a fight, but in the end the BYU Cougars simply had too much Jimmer Fredette.  The likely NCAA Player of the Year scored 32 points leading the No. 3 seeded Cougars to a 74-66 win over the Wofford Terriers in the 2nd round match-up this afternoon in Denver, CO.

Fredette added seven assists and six rebounds, and the third-seeded Cougars got key contributions from Logan Magnusson, Noah Hartsock and Charles Abouo, who all chipped in 10 points in the victory.

BYU (31-4), which set a school record for wins, advanced to play the winner of the Gonzaga-St. John's nightcap on Saturday.

Noah Dahlman led Wofford (21-13) with 22 points, but the Southern Conference champions shot just 4-for-20 from beyond the arc to fall short of the upset bid.

(3)Connecticut Huskies(27-9) 81 - (14)Bucknell Bison(25-9) 52

Kemba Walker led the way with 18 points and 12 assists, and Connecticut opened the NCAA Tournament with an easy 81-52 victory over Bucknell.

After letting the Patriot League champions hang around early, Connecticut pulled away in the final 28 minutes of the game to earn a third-round meeting with either Cincinnati or Missouri in the West Region.

The Huskies, of course, won five games in five days last week to capture the Big East Tournament -- a Herculean feat that left some wondering whether Jim Calhoun's team would have a letdown on Thursday.

Instead, Connecticut (27-9) did what it normally does: make it past the first game of the NCAAs. Seeded No. 3 this year, the Huskies improved to 16-1 in their tournament opener since 1990, beginning a trek they hope will end in a Final Four appearance for the fourth time in 13 years.

They got 17 points from Roscoe Smith, 16 from Jeremy Lamb and shot 49 percent from the floor.

The Bison (25-9) had been red-hot, carrying a 10-game winning streak into the NCAAs after capturing their conference title game last week as the No. 1 seed. They were led by 14 points from Mike Muscala and 11 from Bryson Johnson.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.