Richard Howell doubled his average with 22 points and 11th-seeded North Carolina State used its muscle inside and sticky defense to upset San Diego State 79-65 on Friday in a first-round East Regional game.
No. 4 North Carolina stranded a season-high 17 runners on base Wednesday night as visiting Gardner-Webb upset the Tar Heels, 7-4. The Tar Heels fall to 14-3 on the year, while the Runnin' Bulldogs improve to 10-7.
The NCAA infractions committee has hit North Carolina's football program with a one-year postseason ban, a reduction of 15 scholarships and three years of probation following an investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct.
After a regular season that included a 27-6 record and a second-place ACC finish, sixth-ranked Duke was awarded the No. 2 seed in the South Region and will play Lehigh in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in Greensboro, N.C.