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Xavier, UC knocked out of NCAA tourney in heartbreaking losses

Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin talks to his team during a timeout, during the second half of a second-round game against Nevada. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin talks to his team during a timeout, during the second half of a second-round game against Nevada. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Xavier guard J.P. Macura (55) reacts to a call, during the second half of a second-round game against Florida State, in the NCAA college basketball tournament (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Xavier guard J.P. Macura (55) reacts to a call, during the second half of a second-round game against Florida State, in the NCAA college basketball tournament (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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Sunday brought a double heartbreak for college basketball fans in the Queen City. Xavier and University of Cincinnati lost second-round games of the NCAA tournament in Nashville, scrapping both teams' hopes for a chance in the Sweet 16.

No. 1 Xavier was upset by No. 9 Florida State when the No. 9 Seminoles overcame a 12-point deficit in the final ten minutes to beat Musketeers 75-70. 

Xavier guard, J.P. Macura, one of the team's best players, fouled out with 17 points.

Before that, Nevada dealt a heartbreaking loss to the Bearcats. The seventh-seeded Wolf Pack trailed by 22 before a second-half comeback.

Josh Hall hit a short jumper with 9.1 seconds left to give Nevada its only lead of the game at 75-73, and No. 2 seed Cincinnati couldn't get a shot off before the clock expired sending the Wolf Pack celebrating and hugging on the court.

Nevada trailed by 14 in the second half of their first-round game when they forced overtime and beat Texas.

Cincinnati was the highest remaining seed left in the South Region after a string of upsets, and now the Bearcats are the latest to go down.

Now Nevada will play another surprising team in Loyola-Chicago in the South Region semifinals Thursday in Atlanta.

Florida State will take on Gonzaga in the Sweet 16.

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