Dez Wells converted an offensive rebound into a three-point play with 1 minute, 44 seconds left and Varun Ram stripped away Valparaiso's last chance as Maryland held off the determined Crusaders, 65-62, on Friday in Columbus, Ohio, to move on in the NCAA tournament.
The fourth-seeded Terrapins (27-6), in the tournament for the first time since 2010, advanced to face West Virginia in the Midwest Regional on Sunday.
Alec Peters led 13th-seeded Valpo (28-6) with 18 points.
The Crusaders were down three with one last chance for coach Bryce Drew to draw up a winning play. He didn't need a length-of-the-court pass as he did when he made the most famous shot in school history back in the 1998 tournament, but Valpo did need a three.
Keith Carter went up for one in the corner, but Ram reached in and swiped the ball away - maybe getting some of Carter's arm in the process.
Wells finished with 14 points for the Terps, including that three-point play that made it 65-61. Melo Trimble had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Maryland, playing under fourth-year coach Mark Turgeon.
The Terrapins were expected to be in the middle of the pack in their first season in the Big Ten, but instead finished second behind Wisconsin. They are now 11 wins better than last year.
West Virginia 68, Buffalo 62 - Tarik Phillip hit a three-pointer with 28 seconds left while the shot clock was winding down, adding the clinching points as the fifth-seeded Mountaineers held off the Bulls in Columbus, Ohio.
Devin Williams, who led the Mountaineers (24-9) with 17 points and nine rebounds, hit two free throws with 2:10 left to give his team the lead for good.
Mid-American Conference Tournament champion Buffalo (23-10) did not score over the final 2:42 against the physical Mountaineers.
Juwan Staten had 15 points and seven assists for West Virginia, with Daxter Miles Jr. adding 10 points.
Xavier Ford had 11 of his 16 points in the second half for the Bulls, with Shannon Evans adding 15 points and MAC player of the year Justin Moss, coming back from an injury, had 13 points and seven rebounds.
It was the NCAA tournament debut for Buffalo, coached by former Duke star Bobby Hurley. He wore the championship ring he got for the Blue Devils' consecutive titles in 1991-92.
Wichita State 81, Indiana 76 - Fred VanVleet matched his career high with 27 points, Ron Baker made big free throws late, and the Shockers defeated the Hoosiers in Omaha, Neb.
By winning, the seventh-seeded Shockers (29-4) set up a much-anticipated Sunflower State showdown with Kansas on Sunday.
Baker scored 15, making 7 of 8 free throws in the last 2 minutes, to allow Wichita State to hold off the Hoosiers (20-14).
Freshman reserve Zach Brown had eight of his career-high 11 points in the second half, with six coming during the Shockers' decisive run.
Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell scored 24 points for Indiana. James Blackmon Jr. added 14 points and Troy Williams and Collin Hartman had 11 apiece for the Hoosiers.
VanVleet scored 19 points in the first half to keep Wichita State close.
Kansas 75, New Mexico State 56 - Frank Mason III scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack, and the second-seeded Jayhawks rolled over the No. 15 seed Aggies on Friday in Omaha, Neb., giving their beleaguered Big 12 its first NCAA tournament victory in four tries this March.
"It was nice to see the lid come off the basket," said Kansas coach Bill Self, whose team had twice failed to hit a single three-pointer in games during the last few weeks of the season.
Perry Ellis added nine points for the Jayhawks (27-8), who also did their part in setting up a tantalizing matchup with seventh-seeded Wichita
State in the Midwest Region's round of 32. The Shockers knoced out Indiana on Friday.
D.K. Eldridge had 11 points and Remi Barry and Tshilidzi Nephawa scored 10 each for the Aggies (23-11), who had swept the Western Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles.