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Vandy, Kentucky post NCAA second-round wins

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(5) Vanderbilt 79, (12) Harvard 70
John Jenkins made all six of his free throws down the stretch and finished with 27 points to help No. 5 Vanderbilt hold off No. 12 Harvard 79-70 Thursday in the second-round NCAA tournament game being called "The Brain Bowl."

Brad Tinsley had 16 for the Commodores (25-10), who followed last weekend's stunner over top-ranked Kentucky with a win over a school many consider to be a No. 1 - in the classroom, that is.

The Crimson (26-5) won the Ivy League and made the tournament for the first time since 1946. Laurent Rivard led Harvard with 20 points, but the Southeastern Conference tournament champions built an 18-point lead on the Ivy Leaguers, then held them off despite not making a field goal for the last 5:22.

(1) Kentucky 81, (16) Western Kentucky 66
Terrence Jones had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Doron Lamb scored 16 and top-seeded Kentucky began its quest for an eighth national title with a staggering display of athleticism in an 81-66 victory over Western Kentucky on Thursday night.

On a day when Syracuse nearly became the first No. 1 seed ever to lose to a 16, the Wildcats (33-2) are clearly relishing their growing role as favorites. Freshman and player of the year candidate Anthony Davis added 16 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks for Kentucky, which was never seriously threatened.

Western Kentucky (16-19) saw its improbable seven-game winning streak end. Freshman T.J. Price scored 16 of his career-high 21 points in the first half before fouling out late while George Fant and Kahlil McDonald added 13 apiece.

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