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West Virginia ousts Notre Dame behind Carter's 24

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- West Virginia is pressing on in the NCAA Tournament.

The No. 4 seed Mountaineers dictated tempo with their full-court pressure defense and were efficient at the offensive end in defeating fifth-seeded Notre Dame 83-71 in a second-round game on Saturday at KeyBank Center.

With the victory, West Virginia (28-8) advanced to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in 11 years and will face the winner of Saturday's game between No. 1 seed Gonzaga and eighth-seeded Northwestern at the West regional in San Jose, Calif.

The academic ranking of teams in the 2017 March Madness tournament

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The academic ranking of teams in the 2017 March Madness tournament
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The academic ranking of teams in the 2017 March Madness tournament
Princeton

NCAA seed: 50

U.S News & World Report: #1 National University 

Duke

NCAA seed: 7

U.S News & World Report: #8 National University (tie) 

Northwestern

NCAA seed: 32

U.S News & World Report: #12 National University (tie) 

Notre Dame

NCAA seed: 19

U.S News & World Report: #15 National University (tie) 

Vanderbilt

NCAA seed: 33

U.S News & World Report: #15 National University (tie) 

University of Southern California

NCAA seed: 45

U.S News & World Report: #23 National University 

UCLA

NCAA seed: 11

U.S News & World Report: #24 National University (tie) 

Virginia

NCAA seed: 17

U.S News & World Report: #24 National University (tie) 

Michigan

NCAA seed: 27

U.S News & World Report: #27 National University (tie) 

Wake Forest

NCAA seed: 43

U.S News & World Report: #27 National University (tie) 

North Carolina - Chapel Hill

NCAA seed: 3

U.S News & World Report: #30 National University

Wisconsin - Madison

NCAA seed: 29

U.S News & World Report: #44 National University (tie) 
University of Miami

NCAA seed: 30

U.S News & World Report: #44 National University (tie) 

University of California, Davis

NCAA seed: 65

U.S News & World Report: #44 National University (tie) 

Villanova

NCAA seed: 1

U.S News & World Report: #50 National University (tie) 

Florida

NCAA seed: 14

U.S News & World Report: #50 National University (tie) 
Southern Methodist University (SMU)

NCAA seed: 21

U.S News & World Report: #56 National University (tie) 

Maryland - College Park

NCAA seed: 23

U.S News & World Report: #60 National University (tie) 

Baylor

NCAA seed: 12

U.S News & World Report: #71 National University (tie) 

Minnesota

NCAA seed: 18

U.S News & World Report: #71 National University (tie) 

Virginia Tech

NCAA seed: 36

U.S News & World Report: #74 National University (tie) 

Michigan State

NCAA seed: 35

U.S News & World Report: #82 National University (tie) 

Marquette

NCAA seed: 39

U.S News & World Report: #86 National University (tie) 

Florida State

NCAA seed: 10

U.S News & World Report: #92 National University (tie) 
Vermont

NCAA seed: 53

U.S News & World Report: #92 National University (tie) 

Oregon

NCAA seed: 9

U.S News & World Report: #103 National University (tie) 
South Carolina

NCAA seed: 26

U.S News & World Report: #107 National University (tie) 

Iowa State

NCAA seed: 20

U.S News & World Report: #111 National University (tie) 

Dayton

NCAA seed: 28

U.S News & World Report: #111 National University (tie) 

Kansas

NCAA seed: 2

U.S News & World Report: #118 National University (tie) 

Seton Hall

NCAA seed: 34

U.S News & World Report: #118 National University (tie) 

Arizona

NCAA seed: 6

U.S News & World Report: #124 National University (tie) 

Kentucky

NCAA seed: 5

U.S News & World Report: #133 National University (tie) 

Cincinnati

NCAA seed: 22

U.S News & World Report: #135 National University (tie) 

Arkansas - Little Rock

NCAA seed: 31

U.S News & World Report: #135 National University (tie) 

Kansas State

NCAA seed: 46

U.S News & World Report: #135 National University (tie) 
Oklahoma State

NCAA seed: 37

U.S News & World Report: #152 National University (tie) 

Rhode Island

NCAA seed: 44

U.S News & World Report: #159 National University (tie) 

Virginia Commonwealth University - VCU

NCAA seed: 40

U.S News & World Report: #164 National University (tie) 
Louisville

NCAA seed: 8

U.S News & World Report: #171 National University (tie) 

West Virginia

NCAA seed: 15

U.S News & World Report: #183 National University (tie) 
Kent State

NCAA seed: 57

U.S News & World Report: #188 National University (tie) 

North Dakota

NCAA seed: 62

U.S News & World Report: #188 National University (tie) 

Purdue

NCAA seed: 16

U.S News & World Report: #197 National University (tie) 

Nevada - Reno

NCAA seed: 47

U.S News & World Report: #197 National University (tie) 

South Dakota State

NCAA seed: 64

U.S News & World Report: #202 National University 
New Mexico State

NCAA seed: 55

U.S News & World Report: #220 National University (tie) 

Bucknell

NCAA seed: 51

U.S News & World Report: #32 National Liberal Arts Colleges

Providence

NCAA seed: 42

U.S News & World Report: #1 Regional Universities North

Creighton

NCAA seed: 24

U.S News & World Report: #1 Regional Universities Midwest

Butler

NCAA seed: 13

U.S News & World Report: #2 Regional Universities Midwest

Xavier

NCAA seed: 41

U.S News & World Report: #4 Regional Universities Midwest (tie)

Gonzaga

NCAA seed: 4

U.S News & World Report: #4 Regional Universities West (tie)

St. Mary's College of California

NCAA seed: 25

U.S News & World Report: #9 Regional Universities West (tie)

UNC Wilmington

NCAA seed: 49

U.S News & World Report: #16 Regional Universities South (tie)

Winthrop

NCAA seed: 54

U.S News & World Report: #26 Regional Universities South

Mount St. Mary’s

NCAA seed: 68

U.S News & World Report: #27 Regional Universities North (tie)
Troy

NCAA seed: 60

U.S News & World Report: #69 Regional Universities North (tie)

North Carolina Central

NCAA seed: 66

U.S News & World Report: #72 Regional Universities South (tie)

Iona

NCAA seed: 58

U.S News & World Report: #75 Regional Universities North (tie)

Florida Gulf Coast

NCAA seed: 56

U.S News & World Report: #82 Regional Universities South (tie)

Northern Kentucky

NCAA seed: 59

U.S News & World Report: #82 Regional Universities South (tie)

Jacksonville State

NCAA seed: 61

U.S News & World Report: #98 Regional Universities South (tie)

Wichita State

NCAA seed: 38

Ranking not published by U.S. News and World Report

Middle Tennessee

NCAA seed: 48

Ranking not published by U.S. News and World Report

East Tennessee State

NCAA seed: 52

Ranking not published by U.S. News and World Report

New Orleans

NCAA seed: 67

Ranking not published by U.S. News and World Report
Texas Southern

NCAA seed: 63

Ranking not published by U.S. News and World Report

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Jevon Carter led the Mountaineers with 24 points, matching a season high. Daxter Miles Jr. (18 points), Tarik Phillips (12 points off the bench) and Carter combined for 54 of West Virginia's 83 points on 17-of-29 shooting.

"All year we've been telling ourselves that we got the best group of guards in the country and we truly believe that," Carter said. "So, when it's time for us to play, we got out there and give it our all."

West Virginia shot a season-best 57 percent (8 of 14) on 3-pointers and 50 percent overall. The Mountaineers also hit 81 percent (21 of 26) at the foul line.

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"I didn't expect them to shoot it from outside as well," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "I thought we could play a little more zone and make them make more threes, and they made every big 3-point shot.

"And Carter is a big-time winner. What a stud guard he is. He's fabulous. He's just a veteran winner in college basketball."

Notre Dame, the only team to reach the Elite Eight round of the last two NCAA tournaments, finished the season at 26-10.

Bonzie Colson led the Irish with 27 points and eight rebounds. Colson made a career-high four 3-pointers. Leading scorer V.J. Beachem struggled, hitting only 2 of 14 shots including 1 of 9 long range, to score nine points. Steve Vasturia added 11.

West Virginia opened the game with a 10-0 run, holding Notre Dame scoreless over the first 3:35, and led by as many 11 twice before going into halftime up 42-35.

"I thought our start really hurt us," Brey said. "We were in a 10-0 hole, you're kind of digging out against them the whole day. It was hard to get over it. Their style of play is hard to deal with. It wore on us at times."

The Irish struggled with the Mountaineers' full-court pressure early, committing 10 of their 14 turnovers in the first half. Notre Dame entered the game with the nation's lowest turnover rate, but had as many turnovers in the first 12 minutes (six) as it had in the entire first-round victory over Princeton.

"We just wanted to wear them down," West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. "We wanted to make them work really hard at advancing the ball."

West Virginia preserved its lead in the second half by shooting 58 percent from the field and overcame a run of turnovers during a seven-minute field-goal drought.

The closest Notre Dame got in the second half was within four points on three occasions.

"We hadn't been in one of those where we were digging out of a hole and trying to come back," Brey said.

NOTES: West Virginia set a school record for most points in a season (2,956), surpassing the 1959 Final Four team led by Hall of Famer Jerry West. ... Notre Dame went 17 of 17 at the free-throw line, the second-best mark in an NCAA sub-regional (Kentucky shot 18 of 18 in 2003). ... The Mountaineers are 4-0 all-time in NCAA Tournament games in Buffalo. The 2010 team won twice here on its way to the Final Four. ... This was the first meeting between Notre Dame and West Virginia since 2012, when both were members of the Big East. ... Notre Dame has never won its first two games in three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

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