Notre Dame was rocked on its heels one more time in March, a team with designs on playing another weekend staring straight into the grim prospect of one more early exit.
The Irish held on, though, because they could hold onto the ball.
Zach Auguste scored 25 points and Jerian Grant added 17 Thursday as Notre Dame dodged a scare trying to erase its futile NCAA tournament history with a 69-65 win over Northeastern in a Midwest Regional game at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
On Saturday, the Fighting Irish (30-5) will play Butler, a 56-48 winner over Texas. The third-seeded Irish are determined to build off their Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title.
The Colonial Athletic Association champion Huskies (23-12) played with 40 minutes of grit. But the 14th-seeded Huskies finally collapsed with sloppy play over the final minutes that ended the upset bid.
Kentucky 79, Hampton 56 - The No. 1 Wildcats (35-0) cruised past the No. 16 Pirates (17-18) at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky.
Butler 56, Texas 48 - Kellen Dunham scored 20 points, including a pivotal three-pointer with 1 minute, 18 seconds to play, to lift the sixth-seeded Bulldogs (23-10) to victory in Pittsburgh.
The 11th-seeded Longhorns (20-14) added to a miserable day for the vaunted Big 12. Texas joined Baylor and Iowa State, both No. 3 seeds, as early tournament exits.
Texas shot just 34 percent from the field and turned it over 15 times.
Butler had made a strong run through the Big East to its seventh NCAA appearance in the last nine years.
Cincinnati 66, Purdue 65 - Troy Caupain got the Bearcats (23-10) to overtime with his buzzer-beating layup, then Coreontae DeBerry helped the No. 8 seeds beat the ninth-seeded Boilermakers (21-13) in Louisville.
The Bearcats trailed by seven with 48.5 seconds remaining in regulation and forced OT with a 10-3 run. DeBerry scored four of his 13 points in overtime.
Cincinnati will play either No. 1 Kentucky or Hampton on Saturday.
At Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, No. 5 seed West Virginia will face No. 12 Buffalo.
Juwan Staten, West Virginia's top player, will be playing about an hour from his family's home in Dayton. But the Mountaineers (23-9) will have to contain forward Justin Moss (17.7 ppg.).
Buffalo (23-9), coached by former Duke star Bobby Hurley, won't be intimidated by the surroundings.
No. 4 Maryland (27-6) takes on No. 13 Valparaiso (28-5). The Terrapins shook off a midseason slump and won eight straight down the stretch. Valpo won the Horizon regular season and conference tournament but faces a Maryland team with stars in Melo Trimble and Dez Wells.