No. 2 Texas storms past No. 3 Xavier for Elite Eight bid

Tyrese Hunter scored 19 points, Marcus Carr added 18 points and six assists and Texas never trailed while cruising to an 83-71 victory over Xavier in Midwest Region semifinal play on Friday night in Kansas City, Mo.Christian Bishop had also had 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds for second-seeded Texas (29-8), which advances to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2008. Sir’Jabari Rice added 16 points and Timmy Allen had 11 for the Longhorns.Texas will face fifth-seeded Miami (28-7) on Sunday for a spot in the Final Four.Longhorns interim coach Rodney Terry said, “We’re excited about it. These guys have played really hard for one another all year long and hopefully we’ll want more.”Adam Kunkel scored 21 points and Jack Nunge had 15 points and 10 rebounds for third-seeded Xavier (27-10). Colby Jones also scored 15 points and Souley Boum added 12 for the Musketeers, who lost for just the second time in the past nine games.Texas big man Dylan Disu, who averaged 22.5 points and 10 rebounds over the Longhorns’ first two NCAA Tournament games, attempted to play through a left foot injury but was unsuccessful. Disu departed after 94 seconds to be examined in the locker room and later returned to the bench with a boot on his foot.The Longhorns shot 52.5 percent from the field, including 7 of 12 from 3-point range.Xavier made 43.8 percent of its shots and was 7 of 17 from behind the arc.Terry said, “We knew we were going to have to hang our hat tonight on defense and rebounding the basketball.”