Round of 32 featured some significant upsets with a number of theorized legitimate contenders falling.
I have to say, Saturday night was disappointing. I really thought this was the year that #1 seed Villanova could make a run into the final four or beyond. If you watched this game like I did, you know it was painful for Wildcat fans. Nova went 21-23 from the charity stripe, which might have been one of the only things they did well other than Senior Darrun Hilliard’s valiant effort to put the team on his back with 27 points and three big three pointers in the waning minutes of the game. Excluding Hilliard, Nova’s starters combined to shoot only 22% (7-32) from the floor which is down right dismal. Ennis launched a three ball from the top of the key in the closing minute of the game with a chance to take the lead….clank….NC State #8 seed man handled Nova in the paint…Ochefu looked legitimately intimidated and NC State hangs on for the big upset. The Wolfpack will face off against Louisville on TBS at 7:37 pm on Friday…but at least a tear streaming Villanova piccolo player scored a gig with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon.
#7 seed Wichita State shocked (no pun intended) #2 seed Kansas. The sharp shooting Shockers of Wichita State shot 49% from the floor and 50% (10-20) from three point land to upset the Kansas Jayhawks. All five Wichita State starters scored double digits resulting in a well balanced attack, providing a birth to the Sweet Sixteen. Wichita State takes on #3 seed Notre Dame at 7:15 pm on CBS tomorrow 3/26. See ESPN preview.
#7 seed Michigan State took care of business against #2 seed Virginia on Sunday as well. Senior Guard Travis Trice led the way for the Spartans with 23 points, helping to earn the squad a chance to advance to the Elite 8 if they can pull off a win against #3 seed Oklahoma on Friday. Tip off is at 10:07 PM on TBS…following Louisville vs. NC State.
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