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The Finest and Worst from Day 4 of March Insanity


It’s lastly time to take a breather and put together our minds, our bodies and souls for the match’s regional semifinals and finals.

However earlier than we do this, let’s relive all of the magic and insanity of the ultimate day of the 2022 NCAA match’s opening weekend.

1. (1) Arizona 85, (9) TCU 80 (OT) (South)

With a three-day void staring all of us immediately within the face, it was good of the basketball gods to make the ultimate recreation of the primary week of the NCAA match one in every of its finest and most fun. Except you have been hoping for a blowout so you may compensate for a little bit sleep, but when that’s the case, you most likely aren’t constructed for this weekend anyway.

After wanting susceptible all evening, Arizona was in a position to escape into the second weekend of the Huge Dance because of some heroics from its star and a extremely questionable non-call within the waning moments of regulation.

After blowing a nine-point lead with lower than eight minutes to play, Arizona out of the blue discovered itself down by three with lower than 20 seconds to go. Bennedict Mathurin, the Pac-12 Participant of the Yr, determined he wasn’t going to let the Wildcats be the second No. 1 seed knocked out of the Huge Dance.

After all this nonetheless left TCU with loads of time to try to pull off the upset in regulation.

The Horned Frogs put the ball within the arms of level guard Mike Miles, who was swarmed by Arizona’s Dalen Terry and Christian Koloko. Miles gave the impression to be bumped by Terry close to midcourt, however no whistle was blown. As a substitute, the free ball was picked up by Terry, who raced in direction of the Arizona basket with the intention of sending the Wildcats to the Candy 16 in probably the most dramatic vogue potential. He wound up coming a cut up second brief.

The whole sequence was nuts.

Whereas Terry ran across the courtroom celebrating after the dunk, there’s no query that the ball was nonetheless in his arms when the sport clock hit zero.

However what about that bump close to midcourt?

After the sport, TCU head coach Jamie Dixon took a diplomatic method.

“I imply, I feel all people’s seen it and is speaking about it,” Dixon stated. “We’re gonna deal with it the precise manner. That’s what we mentioned. … We’ll defer to — we’ve obtained one of the best officers within the nation working these video games.”

Miles did the identical when requested in regards to the no-call … a minimum of at first. After dancing across the subject for a bit, he lastly stated matter-of-factly: “It was a foul. They didn’t name it.”

The 2 groups traded blows in additional time earlier than Arizona large man Christian Koloko lastly delivered the knockout punch.

I’m unsure we’ll see a greater “placing an exclamation level on a victory” second this month.

Koloko, who completed with 28 factors and 12 rebounds, as 12-of-13 from the sector on an evening when the remainder of his teammates have been 19-of-55, together with 5-of-27 on three-pointers.

2. (2) Duke 85, (7) Michigan State 76 (West)

This was the basic “don’t take a look at the ultimate rating, you needed to have been watching to really recognize it” March Insanity contest.

The Michigan State main 70-65 and Coach Ok’s profession showing to be on life help, Duke discovered a strategy to play maybe its 5 finest minutes of the season within the season’s most important spot. The Blue Devils ended the sport on a 20-6 run, which included an 8-0 run, and compelled the Spartans into lacking seven of their last 9 photographs.

With the competition hanging within the stability, it was sophomore guard Jeremy Roach — not Duke stars Paolo Banchero or Trevor Keels or Wendell Moore Jr. — who delivered the sport’s greatest shot.

“The final 5 minutes, I feel they made each shot,” Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo stated after the sport.

He wasn’t flawed. Duke related on all 5 of its subject aim makes an attempt within the recreation’s last 5 minutes, solely misfiring on the free-throw line.

“Look, I’m 75,” Krzyzewski stated afterwards. “To have moments like that, you’ve obtained to be kidding me. Actually, how rattling fortunate are you able to be to be in that? And I wish to share it. I don’t wish to sit down and say, ‘You guys take pleasure in it.’ I wish to be within the social gathering a little bit bit. That’s the enjoyment I’ve obtained, I’ve had for 47 years. As we speak was one of many actually good days.”

3. (3) Texas Tech 59, (11) Notre Dame 53 (West)

There was no clearcut selection for No. 3 right here, however we’ll go along with Texas Tech’s vaunted protection beating out Notre Dame’s vaunted three-point capturing.

Trailing by three with 1:56 to play, Texas Tech ended the sport on a 10-1 run to make it again to the Candy 16 for the third time in 4 tournaments. The Purple Raiders superior regardless of making simply one in every of their last 11 subject aim makes an attempt, and that was an exclamation level dunk from Kevin McCullar with 15 seconds left.

“It is a March recreation. I’m so excited proper now I can’t put it into phrases,” McCullar stated. “It got here right down to protection. We knew we would have liked to get stops in opposition to a extremely good Notre Dame group. That’s what we ended up doing. And we hit some large free throws.”

The slim loss saved Notre Dame from reaching the NCAA match’s second weekend for the primary time since 2016.

“We hung in there and had our probabilities,” stated Irish head coach Mike Brey, whose group’s run started within the First 4. “They made a number of extra performs and they’re actually gifted. They’re an ideal defensive group. We emptied the tank bodily, not solely at this time, however beginning Wednesday evening, and so they form of emptied it emotionally. We’ve obtained lots of tears in there.”

1. Miami

The Hurricanes didn’t simply upset second-seeded Auburn on Sunday, they torched the Tigers.

The Miami backcourt trio of Charlie Moore, Kameron McGusty, and Isaiah Wong hit 22-of-44 photographs to complete with a mixed 56 factors in The U’s dominant 79-61 win. The Hurricanes had 10 steals, scored 17 factors off of 13 Auburn turnovers, and had 17 assists in opposition to simply 4 turnovers themselves.

Miami additionally compelled potential No. 1 NBA draft decide Jabari Smith into maybe his worst efficiency of the season. The freshman star was simply 3-of-16 from the sector and completed with 10 factors. It was the primary time anybody had saved Smith below 15 factors since Feb. 12.

2. Houston

Finally, we’re all going to start out respecting the Cougars.

Regardless of shedding all 5 starters from final yr’s Remaining 4 group, Kelvin Sampson has Houston again within the Candy 16 after beating fashionable upset decide UAB by 14 and fourth-seeded Illinois by 15.

“We obtained a brand-new bunch,” Sampson stated, dried off and absolutely dressed. “However the tradition by no means modifications. As a result of they’re nice children and so they’re high-character children, they purchase in. It’s by no means about them. Our program is at all times about we and us, and that’s what occurs when you might have nice children.”

The win over Illinois additionally put to mattress the notion that the Cougars are solely able to advancing within the match when there’s bracket chaos. The win over the Illini was this system’s first over a single-digit seed because the 1984 Remaining 4, when Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler have been rocking the scarlet and white.

3. Purdue

Instances could possibly be made for Villanova, Duke, Texas Tech or Iowa State right here, however we’ll go along with Purdue, who I feel knocked off one of the best opponent who performed one of the best recreation of any of the winners listed right here.

It was a cathartic victory for the Boilermakers, who had been knocked out of the match by Texas head coach Chris Beard twice within the final six years. In 2016, Beard and Arkansas-Little Rock rallied from a 13-point gap to stun Purdue within the first spherical. Two years later, after Beard had made the transfer to Texas Tech, he and the Purple Raiders upset the second-seeded Boilermakers within the Candy 16.

Second Crew All-American Jaden Ivey performed hero on this one, hitting a monster shot each time it appeared like Texas was in place to let Beard break Purdue’s coronary heart once more.

He completed with 18 factors, whereas large man Trevion Williams got here off the bench to steer the Boilermakers with 22.

The opposite large story of the sport was Purdue utilizing its superior dimension to dominate the Longhorns on the free-throw line. The Boilermakers outscored Texas on the stripe, 33-7, and tried 46 free-throws to UT’s 12.

1. Auburn

On Jan. 24, Auburn reached No. 1 within the Related Press High 25 ballot for the primary time in program historical past. The Tigers then went 4-5 in non-home video games over the remainder of the season, with their lone victories coming in opposition to Missouri by 1, Georgia by 2, Mississippi State in additional time, and 15-seed Jacksonville State within the first spherical of the NCAA match.

To cite the good Hamilton Porter: “Possibly the shock of (their) first (No. 1 rating) was simply an excessive amount of for (them).”

Auburn’s late season swoon actually didn’t preserve the Tiger gamers from a minimum of talking confidently going into their second spherical matchup.

Quick break factors in Sunday evening’s recreation:

Miami: 30

Auburn: 1

That’s a troublesome look.

2. Wisconsin

Auburn wasn’t the one prime 3 seed from an influence convention to put an absolute egg on Sunday.

With a visit to the Candy 16 on the road, Wisconsin was held to season lows in factors (49), subject aim share (29.8%), three-pointers made (2), and three-point capturing share (9.1%). Nationwide Participant of the Yr candidate Johnny Davis was simply 4-of-16 from the sector, and matched a season-high with 4 turnovers.

Essentially the most painful a part of the night for Wisconsin must be that Iowa State wasn’t all that a lot better on offense. The Cyclones scored simply 54 factors, turned the ball over 14 occasions, and have been 3-of-14 from three. If Bucky performs only a solidly under common recreation, versus arguably its worst recreation of the season, its marching into the Candy 16 for the primary time since 2017.

3. Illinois

In the event you learn Friday’s recap, you’re well-versed on how I felt about the best way Illinois performed in its 54-53 win over Chattanooga. The Illini weren’t actually any higher on Sunday, and in opposition to a a lot better opponent, they obtained despatched packing with a 15-point loss.

It was the second straight second spherical dud from Illinois, which nonetheless hasn’t made a Candy 16 look since its run to the nationwide championship recreation all the best way again in 2005.

1. Insanity

That is extra of a primary weekend cheer than a Sunday cheer, however no matter.

Statistically, the primary weekend was the fifth “most mad” within the historical past of the expanded match. It virtually ranked second.

The primary two rounds offered us with a Candy 16 that has a pleasant mixture of Cinderellas nonetheless dancing and high-profile matchups between prime canine who survived the chaos. You’ll be able to’t ask for way more.

2. Additional time video games

The 2022 NCAA match is simply two additional time video games away from setting the report for many additional intervals in March Insanity.

This primary weekend was phenomenal. Right here’s hoping the following two are simply as sturdy.

3. Shirtless Kelvin Sampson

One of many coolest issues about March Insanity is seeing sides of coaches and gamers and directors that appear so out of character as a result of they don’t match the profile of the folks we see the opposite 11 months of the yr.

Kelvin Sampson taking his shirt off and going nuts together with his Houston gamers within the locker room actually matches that description.

It’s like listening to your dad make a PG-13 joke in your presence for the primary time.

Superior. Utterly superior.

4. The Iowa State turnaround

Iowa State went 2-22 final season and didn’t win a single recreation within the Huge 12. It was the bottom win complete for this system because it went 2-15 in 1925, and its first winless run in convention play since 1937.

Simply 12 months later, the Cylcones are within the Candy 16.

And it’s not like the sort of outstanding turnaround was considered as a risk going into the season. In October, Iowa State wasn’t simply picked to complete final within the Huge 12, it was unanimously picked to complete final within the Huge 12.

First-year head coach TJ Otzelberger deserves all of the reward he’s getting proper now.

5. Dancing Larranaga

It had been far too lengthy, previous pal.

1. The technical foul name on RJ Melendez

Houston managed the motion in opposition to Illinois for many of the afternoon on Sunday, finally rolling into the Candy 16 with a 68-53 victory. There was, nevertheless, a stretch of time about halfway although the second half the place it appeared just like the Illini may be capable of proper their second spherical wrongs of a yr in the past.

With a little bit below 9 minutes to play and Illinois trailing by six, Illini guard RJ Melendez broke away for an uncontested cram that made the rating 46-42. The sport’s momentum was out of the blue absolutely on the facet of the 4-seed … for all of 0.5 seconds.

1) Melendez’s momentum is such that if he lets go of the rim the second he lets go of the ball, he runs the danger of great harm.

2) Even when his physique wasn’t in a dangerous place, whistling a T for holding onto the rim for that size of time continues to be extremely, extremely gentle.

After the sport, Melendez was nonetheless surprised.

“I didn’t get an evidence from the ref,” he stated. “I’ve been doing that since highschool so I don’t know what the issue was. I attempted asking him what I did, however he didn’t wish to discuss it”

One person who official, Brian O’Connell, did speak to was Illinois head coach Brad Underwood. In response to Underwood, O’Connell admitted that he knew he made a mistake.

“Yeah, it’s deflating,” Underwood stated after the sport in regards to the tech. “You make a play, it modifications the momentum of the sport. And to have that referred to as within the second? I can’t wait to see it. He informed me he shouldn’t ever have referred to as it, however within the second he calls it. Possibly it’s private, I don’t know. When a child has a full head of steam going 100 miles an hour, and all of us discuss security and well-being of student-athletes, come on. After which to kill momentum like that? Horrible.”

There’s one clear resolution right here that solves all of this: Fireplace the “hanging on the rim technical” into the solar eternally the place it ought to have been for the final 20 years.

2. The SEC

Sure, the SEC is within the jeers part for the second time in week one. It’s warranted.

The league’s coaches spent a stable chunk of time after Choice Sunday speaking about how the league might ship three groups to the Remaining 4 and the way it might have despatched 4 if the bracket had been arrange in another way. As a substitute, it’s sending as many groups to the match’s second weekend (1) because the MAAC, West Coast Convention and AAC.

Its common season champion shedding by 18 to a 10-seed from the ACC was the cherry on prime of a really, very dangerous weekend for the league.

3. The Huge 10

Whereas the SEC might have had the worst week of any main convention, no league had a worse Sunday than the Huge 10.

Purdue managed to carry off Texas and transfer right into a second weekend matchup in opposition to 15-seed darling Saint Peter’s, however Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Ohio State all went down.

The league has despatched a whopping 18 groups to the NCAA match during the last season. Solely three of them have superior previous the primary two rounds.

I additionally don’t assume I must remind anybody that the 1999-2000 Michigan State Spartans are the final Huge 10 group to win all of it.

4. All-Individuals

With Wisconsin and Illinois shedding on Sunday, 4 of the 5 Related Press First Crew All-Individuals at the moment are already out of the NCAA match. Solely Ochai Agbaji of Kansas will see the second weekend.

All 4 of the losses that includes All-Individuals — Oscar Tshiebwe (Kentucky), Keegan Murray (Iowa), Kofi Cockburn (Illinois) and Johnny Davis (Wisconsin) — got here in opposition to worse-seeded groups. All however one in every of them (Cockburn and Illinois) got here in opposition to a double-digit seed.

5. The dearth of a real buzzer-beater

Yeah, we’re getting grasping right here.

The primary weekend of the 2022 match was phenomenal. The one factor it was lacking was the second maybe most synonymous with March Insanity. There have been some extremely clutch late-game photographs, however no true buzzer-beaters.

Hopefully, these are coming with the brighter lights of the following two weekends.

Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona

The Pac-12 Participant of the Yr saved the day for Arizona, hitting an enormous game-tying three within the closing seconds of regulation and ending with 30 factors, eight rebounds, and 4 assists.

Christian Koloko, Arizona

Nearly as good as Mathurin was down the stretch, it was Koloko who saved the Wildcats inside putting distance of TCU. The large man was 12-of-13 from the sector, scored 28 factors, snagged 12 rebounds, and put the sport away with a monster put-back dunk within the last moments of additional time.

Gabe Kalscheur, Iowa State

Kalscheur dropped 22 factors for the Cyclones on Sunday, however with Iowa State scoring 54 and Wisconsin 49, it felt extra like he dropped 66. Making the efficiency much more spectacular is that proven fact that Kalscheur had failed to succeed in double figures in scoring in 9 of his final 11 video games. He went 1-for-7 from subject (1-for-6 from three) and had as many fouls (4) and turnovers (4) as factors (4) in Iowa State’s first spherical win over LSU.

Kameron McGusty, Miami

All of Miami’s guards have been super within the group’s 18-point win over Auburn, however McGusty was the largest standout. He completed the sport with 20 factors, six rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.

Marcus Carr, Texas

Carr did every little thing he might to maintain the Longhorns’ season alive, pulling down 4-of-8 photographs from past the arc, scoring a game-high 23 factors, and doling out a game-high seven assists.

It’s official: The Friday/Sunday crop of groups are a lot, a lot better at dunking than the Thursday/Saturday squads.

1. Isaiah Wong, Miami

This could be spectacular if it occurred in opposition to any defender. The truth that it got here in opposition to Jabari Smith made it doubly (triply?) so.

Requested to explain the dunk after the sport, Wong stated: “I had an open lane and I used to be imagining dunking it and I got here in, obtained my two steps in, and I used to be within the air and noticed a giant man attempt to leap with me and I used to be like `Ooh, I hope he jumps with me,’ and he he did and I dunked it and it felt like an incredible expertise once I did that.”

2. Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona

Younger man had himself fairly an evening, and he saved Arizona’s nationwide title goals alive within the course of.

3. Jaden Ivey, Purdue

Identical actual assertion as above, simply change “Arizona” with “Purdue.”

1. Dalen Terry’s close to game-winner

A picture that will be unattainable for Arizona followers to take a look at from now by means of eternity had the Wildcats not wound up prevailing in additional time.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament Second Round San Diego-TCU vs Arizona

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2. You bi–h, f—okay you

Mike Krzyzewski will finish his profession 13-3 in opposition to Tom Izzo after getting a level of revenge on the Michigan State head coach for the Spartans knocking out the highest general seed Blue Devils within the Elite Eight in 2019.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament - Second Round - Greenville

Photograph by Grant Halverson/NCAA Pictures by way of Getty Photos

3. Devan Cambridge

Man dunked on three gamers, together with one in every of his teammates.

Miami v Auburn

Photograph by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Photos

1. “I used to be tuned into the video games earlier than us and I listened to Charles Barkley inform the CBS crew that if Auburn received, he would take off his shirt. And I assumed to myself, ‘Man, nobody needs to see that Charles.’” —Miami head coach Jim Larranaga

2. “You guys have been terrific, man. I’m so — I’m actually proud to be your coach.It had nothing to do with teaching in these final 4 or 5 minutes. All of it needed to do with coronary heart and togetherness. They adopted their hearts and God bless them — we’re within the Candy 16.” —Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski

3. “Actually by no means preferred Wisconsin, to be sincere. I imply I’ve household from there, however I’m a Minnesota-raised man.” —Iowa State guard Gabe Kalscheur

4. “I’d say dream large goals and don’t ever surrender in your goals as a result of there’s a sure time in my life once I was profitable at sure ranges and I assumed I used to be the following John Wood. And I used to be the one one within the room that thought that.” —Texas Tech head coach Mark Adams on what he would inform 1979 Texas Tech graduate Mark Adams about making the Candy 16 in 2022

5. “Gotta preserve getting right here, gotta continue to grow. You retain getting right here, you get right here sufficient, you get right here constantly, and it’ll occur.” —Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann on being 0-3 with the Buckeyes within the second spherical

Everybody take a deep breath, get a number of good nights of sleep, and we’ll all meet again right here on Thursday.





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