The first game will tip at 7: 29 p.m. Friday.
Gone, just like the two national title contenders' Final Four hopes.
But that team just took out Duke to give the SEC three teams in the Sweet 16.
The regionals start Thursday and are in New York City (East), Memphis (South), San Jose, California, (West) and Kansas City, Missouri (Midwest). MI has a lot of momentum on their side from the Big Ten Tournament championship and they carried that into this weekend. But it's the bottom half of the bracket commanding the most attention with 7-seed MI, possibly the hottest team in the field.
OR failed to secure key defensive rebounds playing again without injured big man Chris Boucher, who tore the ACL in his left knee during the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals. The Ducks are the only team in the field to start three freshmen.
The conference that had the toughest early rounds was the Atlantic Coast Conference. The ACC went from having 19 percent of the entire field to having 6.3 percent of the Sweet 16. Chris Holtmann's Bulldogs advanced after a win over No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee, as the Bulldogs displayed their balance and versatility en route to withstanding a late-game rally by the Blue Raiders. It was a high-paced first 4:06 with both teams shooting it extremely well.
In the season's final game, the Blue Devils surrendered 88 points to a SC team that ranked 124th in offensive efficiency. He's not a traditional point guard, but Duke's offense seems to thrive when the ball runs through Allen, as his ability to shoot and set up his teammates by attacking off the bounce add multiple weapons in coach Krzyzewski's motion offense.
"I told them I love these guys. Some I took lumps, but other than that, I'm proud of what I've done". "We won't win or lose the game because of the crowd". "One of you probably dropped a camera or something", he joked.
It's important to differentiate between real and on-paper upsets.
Just for good measure, Dozier and Maik Kotsar also picked up five personals on South Carolina's side. And Jefferson, the glue that helped hold this fractured team together for much of the year, could have furthered his legacy. They've lost to #15 seed Lehigh as a #2 seed.
Most Wichita State bettors lost by the hook in Friday's 6-point win over Dayton, but most won by the hook Sunday, covering as 3½-point 'dogs in a 65-62 loss to Kentucky when Landry Shamet's shot was blocked at the buzzer by Bam Adebayo.
Texas 84, NC State 80: Brooke McCarty scored 23 points and No. 3-seed Texas got a put-back basket from Joyner Holmes with 4 seconds left to the send the Longhorns to the Sweet 16 for the third year in a row. "I know that we have the heart of a champion".
"I think the results would be different at another gym", Staley said. It matters what we think. We can't change people's perception of the Missouri Valley Conference or the talent level. Even though the Blue Devils held opponents to 70 points or fewer seven times since February 4, Duke ranked below 14 of the other 15 top-four seeds in the NCAA tournament in adjusted defensive efficiency.
In other games on Sunday, it shouldn't have come to anyone's surprise that #7 seeded MI took down #2 seed Louisville. "We fought all the way through, but their defense gets to you. Sure. That's what you have to do because the competition is going to get better".
"I just had to pick it up", Lecomte said. SC was once atop the SEC standings before getting bounced from the SEC Tournament in the first round.
It was the Bruins' first-ever visit to storied Rupp Arena - where the Wildcats had won 42 straight coming in and 89 percent overall. "It's good to see all the other teams cheering for the men's basketball team. They kept believing in me, they kept me in the game, they trusted me with the ball in my hands, and I just had to go out there and make plays". "Makes for a great matchup".