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Wake Forest tops Texas 81-80 in OT on Smith's shot

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — From No. 1 to one and done: Ishmael Smith's last shot meant one more collapse for Texas.Smith's pull-up jumper from about 17 feet out with 1.3 seconds remaining in overtime gave ninth-seeded Wake Forest an 81-80 win over the eighth-seeded Longhorns in the first round of the NCAA tournament Thursday night.Texas twice rallied from double-digit deficits, then blew an eight-point lead in overtime, completing a puzzling slide after being ranked No. 1 in the country in January.It was the third game that went to overtime on a wild first day of NCAA action. Last year, two games went to OT in the entire tournament.The Demon Deacons (20-10) rallied from a 76-68 deficit in the extra session. They still trailed by four in the final minute, but a 3-pointer by Ari Stewart with 15.9 seconds left made it 80-79.Gary Johnson then missed two free throws for Texas, giving Smith one more chance.The Demon Deacons advanced to play top-seeded Kentucky in the second round of the East Regiona...

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