THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Mar. 23, 2014 @ 09:32 PM

DeAndre Kane drove for the game-winning layup with 1.6 seconds left and No. 3 seed Iowa State beat North Carolina 85-83 on Sunday, advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for the first time since 2000.

The Cyclones (28-7) head to Madison Square Garden next week to face No. 7 seed Connecticut in the East Regional semifinals.

The Tar Heels (24-10) are gone in the NCAA tournament’s opening weekend for the first time in consecutive seasons under coach Roy Williams. They join the other three Triangle teams that were eliminated in the second round — Duke, N.C. State and N.C. Central.

UNC did get good news Sunday when the Tar Heel women won their NCAA Tournament opener, coming back from an 18-point deficit in the final 10 minutes and 51 seconds of regulation to win 60-58.

UNC outscored UT Martin 28-10 in the final 10:51.

Tar Heel Xylina McDaniel made a shot while seated on the floor under the basket and put back an offensive rebound to give UNC the lead for good with 56 seconds left.

Tonight, the Triangle’s only other NCAA Tournament survivor — the second-seeded Duke women — host No. 7 seed DePaul at Cameron Indoor Stadium (6:30 p.m., ESPN2) in another second round women’s game.