ACC Basketball

NCAA Tournament, Day One Recap

This is what it is all about.

Day one is in the books. We saw the standard 12/5 upsets (Harvard, ND State), we saw a Final Four Favorite (Louisville) almost go down and we saw Aaron and the entire Arizona State bench lying down.

11 DAYTON OVER 6 OHIO STATE, 60-59
With 17 seconds left in the game, Aaron Craft hit an unbelievable apparent game-winning up and under shot surrounded by Flyers. However, Dayton’s Vee Sanford went one-one-one with the Big 10 defensive player of the year and hit a actual game winning shot with six seconds to go. Craft actually got the ball down court for a final shot, but instead of pulling up for a game winning jumper, got stuck and traffic and ended up on his back with the ball nowhere near the rim. Now America has to find someone else to hate. Speaking of America…

2 WISCONSIN OVER 15 AMERICAN U, 75-35
At the 3:39 mark, the Patriots were tied 20-20 with the heavily favored Badgers. Then Wisconsin went on a 48-6 run. Tough to win games when you give up a 48-6 run. Ben Bust and Traevon Jackon combined to hit 12-17 shots, scoring 35 points.

9 PITTSBURGH OVER 8 COLORADO, 77-48
The Buffaloes fell behind 11-0 and you thought, okay, this can’t get any worst. Then they were down 23-5 and you thought, okay, now it can’t get any worse. Then they fell behind 36-11. At that point, you’re thinking, this is going to get a lot worse.

12 HARVARD OVER 5 CINCINNATI, 61-57
In what had to be arguable the least surprising upset in the tournament so far, The Crimson defeated the Bearcats. Tommy Amaker’s club had the lead for nearly the entire game, always having a response when Cincinnati would make a run. Despite having a solid size advantage inside, the Bearcats twin head bands, Justin Jackson and Titus Rubles combined to hit just 8-24 shots.

3 SYRACUSE OVER 14 WESTERN MICHIGAN, 77-53
Tyler Ennis and Trevor Cooney had their best game in over a month, hitting 12-21 shots, combining for 34 points in a game that was never competitive.

7 OREGON OVER 10 BYU, 87-68
the Ducks led by double digits for most of the game, until the Cougars got hot from deep, hitting three 3’s in a two-minute span midway through the second half. However, Oregon’s defense stiffened, holding BYU to just two baskets over the next 10 minutes. The six-man of the day award goes to Ducks forward Elgin Cook. He hit 8-9 from the floor, leading the team with 23 points.

1 FLORIDA OVER 16 ALBANY, 67-55
In a game that should never have been this close, the Gators allowed the Great Danes to stick around all game long. In fact, the game was tied at 39-39 midway through the second half when Florida finally went on as 12-2 run and got the victory that probably felt like a loss in the locker room.

4 MICHIGAN STATE OVER 13 DELAWARE, 93-78
Adreian Payne, you go on with your bad self. The Spartans center scored 41 points, going a stunning 17-17 from the free throw line. The Blue Hens had no answer and this game never got close.

7 CONNECTICUT OVER SAINT JOSEPH’S, 89-81 (OT)
Shabazz Napier put up 22 shots to score his 24 points, but he still had a solid overall game with 8 rebounds and 8 assists. The Huskies went the opposite route of the N.C. State Wolfpack, hitting 14 of their 15 free throw attempts in overtime.

2 MICHIGAN OVER 15 WOFFORD, 57-40
The Wolverines held the Terriers to just 34% shooting from the floor, including an awful 1-19 from three. They also kept them off the free throw line, as Wofford shot just four free throws for the game.

5 SAINT LOUIS OVER 12 NC STATE, 83-80 (OT)
Historic, that’s all you can say about the Wolfpack’s second half performance. Up 16 at one point, N.C. State missed 12 of 21 free throws in the final nine minutes to allow the Billikens to claw their way back in and win it in overtime. T.J. Warren, the ACC player of the year, looked sluggish at the end (playing five games in seven days will do that), missing eight of his 14 free throw attempts.

12 NORTH DAKOTA ST OVER OKLAHOMA, 80-75
Armed with the 20th most efficient offense (according to Ken Pom), the Bison hit 53% of their shots from the floor and 20-22 from the FT line to upset the Sooners. The game was tied at 72-72 with 1:14 on the click, but North Dakota State would score the next eight points to pull away. Lawrence Alexander scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Bison.

7 TEXAS OVER 10 ARIZONA STATE, 87-85
In the best finish of the day, Cameron Ridley picked up a loose ball offensive rebound and put it in for the winning basket as time expired. On the replay, the ball was out of his hand with 0.01 seconds on the clock. Prior to that, the Longhorns had blown a 10-point lead with 11 minutes to go in the game.

2 VILLANOVA OVER 15 MILWAUKEE, 73-53
The Wildcats struggled to hit shots from the floor, so instead they won this one easily with their defense. Villanova held the Panthers to 28% shooting from the floor. Milwaukee’s Jordan Adams, who came in averaging over 14 points per game, hit just 1-15 shots, going 0-7 from deep.

4 LOUISVILLE OVER 13 MANHATTAN, 71-64
The Jaspers had them. They had the Cardinals right where the wanted them, but then Louisville found their outside stroke. Down 58-55 with 3:44 left in the game, Russ Smith nailed a three-pointer to tie the game up. At that point, the Cardinals were just 1-9 from deep. Luck Hancock would seal the win with two of his own three-point daggers.

4 SAN DIEGO STATE OVER 13 NEW MEXICO ST, 73-69 OT
The Aztecs blew a 14-point lead late to New Mexico State, but were able to regroup and pull out a 4-point win overtime. San Diego State’s Zaview Thomes scored 23, including key free throws in overtime that put up his team for good. Everyone’s favorite 7-5 guy, Sim Bhuller, struggled with foul trouble, scoring 14 points, grabbing 7 rebounds in just 29 minutes.

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