AP PHOTOS: 'Cats, Cardinal reach Sweet 16

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Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein is fouled by Wichita State forward Darius Carter as he dunks the ball in first half action during a Third Round NCAA Tournament game between Wichita State and Kentucky on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Also defending on the play is Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early, right. (AP Photo/ St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)

In arguably the most captivating game of a thrilling first NCAA tournament weekend, No. 8 seed Kentucky made a series of clutch free throws in the final minutes to hold off top-seeded Wichita State. Kentucky will play in-state rival Louisville in the Sweet 16 on Friday in Indianapolis.

In other games, Jarnell Stokes had 17 points and a career-high-tying 18 rebounds, and Tennessee denied Mercer a second straight upset. And Dwight Powell had 15 points and seven rebounds and No. 10 seed Stanford wrapped up its second straight upset at the free throw line.

Here are some images from NCAA hoop action:

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