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Bison-sized Werner gives Zags fits

SEATTLE – With more buzzer-beaters, upsets and general madness soon to come, college basketball fans won’t long remember a No. 15 seed from a game that ended after midnight in the Eastern time zone. But it should be acknowledged when this is all over that one of the NCAA tournament’s most inspiring performances came courtesy of a previously unimposing player on a supposedly unthreatening team.

Thames carries load for Aztecs

Xavier Thames is one of the few players who can earn national acclaim for his defense despite the offensive skill to account for nearly half of his team’s points in an NCAA tournament win. On Saturday he showed 12th-seeded North Dakota State that he can score baskets as well as he stops them, putting on an offensive show in fourth-seeded San Diego State’s 63-44 win.