Sunday, March 24, 2013

'Survive and Advance' to the Sweet Sixteen!


WEST Regional:              

Ohio State 78, Iowa State 75
The Buckeyes forced 16 Cyclone turnovers, none more important than the last one.   Aaron Craft, who missed crucial free throws during Iowa State's rally; hit the big shot for the Shining Moment!        

LaSalle 76, Ole Miss 74
The Explorers used a rare game tying five point possession in a game that saw eleven lead changes to derail the SEC Tournament champions and earn a bid in the Sweet Sixteen as the only A-10 squad left.   

EAST Regional:        

Indiana 58, Temple 52.
Victor Oladipo's three pointer with 14 seconds left sealed the Hoosiers second half rally and a spot in the Sweet Sixteen.                     

Miami 63, Illinois 59
The ACC champion Hurricanes used a Shane Larkin three and a late questionable call by the refs to edge the Illini.  Senior Rion Brown had 21 points and five baskets from beyond the arc in the victory.

SOUTH Regional:  
Kansas 70, North Carolina 58.
Travis Releford had 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals to help rally the Jayhawks from a 30-21 halftime deficit to a win over former coach Roy Williams.

Florida 78, Minnesota 64.
Mike Rosario was 6/9 from three point range with 25 points as the Gators shot 80% in the 1st half to build a nice cushion and held on late to drill the Golden Gophers.

FGCU 81, San Diego State 71.
The Cinderella Eagles built a 19-point second half bulge by shooting 56% from the field; including a variety of alley-oop slams and three pointers in dispatching the MWC's final hope in tourney.  FGCU is the first 15 seed to make the Sweet Sixteen in the history of the tournament.

MIDWEST Regional:  
Duke 66, Creighton 50.
The Blue Devils return to the regional semi-finals for the 27th time behind Rasheed Sulaimon's team leading 21 points.  Duke battled foul trouble and less than stellar shooting, relying on defense for the win.

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