NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Since we're down to 16 teams, I've decided to lump everything into one pod, but I'm not going to do a game of the pod or anything, just recaps of each game. Some will be short, some will be longer, depending on how the game was. So let's get it started!
(1) Louisville- 71, (12) Green Bay- 64 -- Green Bay came to play in this one, leading 13-8 at one time. Louisville is tough, but Green Bay stayed with them point for point. With Green Bay leading 64-63 with just over 2 minutes to go, the Cardinals finally put the game away, scoring the last 8 points to advance to the Elite Eight. Louisville was led by Luke Hancock who had 19 points. Kiefer Sykes led Green Bay with 21 in the losing effort.
(14) Georgia St.- 79, (7) LSU- 73 -- Sorry StLee, your Tigers just didn't have it in this one. LSU led 38-31 at halftime but Georgia St. came out strong in the second half, eventually building an 8 point lead and hitting free throws down the stretch to become the first Cinderella in the Elite Eight. Georgia St. was led by Ryan Harrow and his 22 points, while LSU was led by Shavon Coleman who had 15.
So it's (14) Georgia St. vs. (1) Louisville in the Louisville Region final.
(1) Kansas- 76, (12) Hawaii- 53 -- Hawaii just ran out of steam in this one, shooting just 32.7% while Kansas couldn't miss, shooting 49.2%. Garrett Nevels led Hawaii with 15 while Joel Embiid led KU with 19.
(3) Arkansas- 81, (10) Michigan St.- 78 -- This one looked to be over at halftime, as Arkansas scored 13 of the last 18 first half points to lead 47-39 at the break, and Arkansas led the entire second half, getting it up to as high as 12. Michigan St. hit one of those meaningless 3 pointers at the buzzer, but it was too little, too late. Arkansas was led by Rashad Madden who had 17, and the Spartans were led by Gary Harris who did everything he could, scoring 27 points.
The Kansas regional final is set: (3) Arkansas vs. (1) Kansas
(1) Arizona- 59, (5) New Mexico- 47 -- Neither team shot the ball particularly well, but Arizona had more makes, including 11 free throws compare to just 4 free throw makes for New Mexico. Arizona was led by Nick Johnson who had 17, and New Mexico was led by Cameron Bairstow and Cullen Neal who each had 10.
(3) Syracuse- 87, (2) Baylor- 78 (OT) -- Our only OT game of the sweet sixteen, but to be honest, it shouldn't have been. Syracuse dominated this game, but some poor decisions late gave Baylor a chance to rally. Syracuse took care of business in the extra 5 minutes though, allowing just 4 points and forcing 5 Baylor turnovers. The Orange were led by Tyler Ennis who had 21 points, 9 assists, and 6 boards. Baylor was led by Isaiah Austin who had 14 points and 8 boards.
(3) Syracuse vs. (1) Arizona in the Regional Final.
(1) Michigan- 70, (12) San Diego St.- 59 -- This game was won in the first half, as Michigan allowed just 22 first half Aztec points and held them to 18.9% shooting. The second half was more even, but the 9 point halftime deficit was too much for San Diego St. to overcome. Michigan was led by Nik Stauskas who had 19 points, while San Diego St. was led by Xavier Thames who had 14 points.
(11) Harvard- 89, (2) Villanova- 68 -- If I told you that Harvard only led by 2 at the break, you probably wouldn't believe me. The Crimson totally anihlated Villanova in the second half, scoring 56 points and shooting over 70%! 6 players scored in double digits for Harvard, led by Steve Moundou-Missi who had 16, while Villanova was led by James Bell who had 17. So the Crimson are the second Cinderella team in the Elite Eight.
(11) Harvard vs. (1) Michigan in the Regional Final, an interesting battle between Tommy Amakers former team and his current team.