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Views from the Serengeti (Ammi Midstokke / For The Spokesman-Review)

Ammi Midstokke: Correspondence from the Serengeti

The sun is setting behind a cloud cover of blue hues as the greens and browns of the Serengeti fade to the monochrome of night. When the day loses color, the sounds of the animals crescendo into a bright symphony instead.
Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver passes the ball from the court as Purdue’s Vincent Edwards falls over him during the second half of an NCAA men’s college basketball tournament regional semifinal Friday, March 23, 2018, in Boston. (Charles Krupa / Associated Press)

Chris Beard, Texas Tech oust Purdue 78-65 in NCAA East Region

UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Chris Beard has done it to Purdue again. The Texas Tech coach knocked the Boilermakers out of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years, this time leading the third-seeded Red Raiders to a 78-65 victory in the Sweet 16. Keenan Evans scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half, when Texas Tech scored 11 straight points to pull away.
Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr, center, squeezes between Syracuse’s Oshae Brissett, left, and Bourama Sidibe  during the second half of Friday’s Sweet 16 game  in Omaha, Nebraska. Duke won 69-65. (Nati Harnik / Associated Press)

Duke squeezes Orange 69-65, sets up matchup with Kansas

UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

Gary Trent Jr., made two clutch free throws with 6.3 seconds left to help second-seeded Duke hold off the 11th-seeded Orange in a 69-65 victory in the Midwest Region semifinals Friday night.