The Review-Journal’s Adam Hill, Kelly Stewart and Matt Youmans compete against handicappers Bruce Marshall, Paul Stone and Ken Thomson in a contest covering NCAA Tournament games.
This is what UCLA is supposed to do in the NCAA tournament. Win.
Iowa State used an overpowering second half against North Carolina Central to avoid the kind of upset that has tripped up other highly seeded teams in this NCAA tournament. Then came the bad news for the Cyclones — or, really, the bad break.
Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein got a whole lot of grief from his teammates for a comment he made ahead of his team’s game against Kansas State, when he brazenly said the No. 8 seed Wildcats intended to “shock the world” in the NCAA tournament. Well, they’ll at least have a chance to play the Shockers.
Virginia spent the first half Friday night flirting with losing in a historic upset and the second half playing the style that carried the Cavaliers to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
The billion dollar dream is over. A second day of upsets ended any chance of someone having a perfect NCAA tournament bracket in Warren Buffett’s $1 billion challenge.
Meet your new NCAA tournament darlings: The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. Trailing most of the second half after a meltdown against Virginia Commonwealth’s relentless pressure, the gritty ‘Jacks tied the game on Desmond Haymon’s improbable four-play play with 3.6 seconds left in regulation and survived in overtime for a 77-75 win over VCU on Friday night.
North Carolina isn’t going home early like Duke. But only just barely.
Cleanthony Early had 23 points and unbeaten Wichita State faced no resistance from Cal Poly, going to 35-0 for the best start in NCAA history with a 64-37 rout of Cal Poly in the Midwest Region on Friday night.
Top sixth-man Michael Dixon Jr. scored 19 points and hit four free throws in the final 10 seconds to help Memphis hold off the George Washington 71-66 on Friday night in the second round of the East Regional.