Sunday, March 22, 2015

NCAA Tournament Round of 32: ACC 10-0, PAC-12 7-0; Tony Parker Leads Bruins into Sweet 16; Kentucky, Notre Dame, Tar Heels Advance

Round of 32 Saturday Games

and College Hoops Player of the Day for Saturday, March 21, 2015

(11) UCLA 92, (14) UAB 75 - There were those who said that UCLA didn't belong in the tournament, but the Bruins are having them eat their words, blowing out the Blazers to become the first team in the tourney to reach the level of Sweet 16 and posting the third-highest point total of the tourney, behind Arizona and Villanova, both of which had 93 in their openers. Tony Parker led everyone with 28 points and 12 rebounds, turning away three shots in UCLA's win to garner today's Player of the Day honors.

(1) Kentucky 64, (8) Cincinnati 51 - The Bearcats wanted to dance with the Wildcats, but it was Kentucky showing off the fancy footwork, smothering Cincy with defense. The Bearcats shot just 32%.

The Wildcats ended the first half on a 10-0 run and went into the break with a seven-point cushion, holding Cincinnati scoreless the final 3:43 of the first half. Leading the entire second half, the Wildcats expanded their lead to as many as 19 points, cruising to their 36th straight win.

(2) Arizona 73, (10) Ohio State 58 - The Buckeyes led most of the first half, but didn't score the final 3:13, and trailed 26-25 at intermission. Arizona used a 16-6 run early in the second half to open a ten-point lead and were never threatened after that. Gabe York and T.J. McConnell each had 19 for Arizona.

(6) Xavier 75, (14) Georgia State 67 - Representing the Sun Belt as well as they could, the Panthers finally fell too far behind the Musketeers in the late stages of the game and were eliminated after sending #3 seed Baylor home early in the previous round. Even though Georgia State shot 53.5% from the field, Xavier was fr better, clicking at 67.6% (23-34) and also made 22 of 25 from the line (88%).

(8) NC State 71, (1) Villanova 68 - Stunning the top seed in the East, the Wolfpack was relentless and held the lead throughout the second half after leading 32-28 at the break. Trevor Lacey was brilliant, with 17 points, six boards and four assists, and both Lennard Freeman and Abdul-Malik Abu each registered double-doubles for NC State. The closest Villanova came was with just 1.9 seconds left, when they closed to within a point, but Ralston Turner's two free throws sealed the win.

(5) Utah 75, (4) Georgetown 64 - The Hoyas opened up a 21-10 lead, making five threes in the first 6:28 of the game, but the Utes clawed back to tie the game at 32 into half time. Utah never fell behind after that and gradually pulled away in the latter stages of the game, shooting 58% from the field.

(4) North Carolina 87, (5) Arkansas 78 - Arkansas made this a tight one, but the athleticism, size and talent of the Tar Heels prevailed. Marcus Paige had 22 points, six rebounds and five steals for North Carolina.

(3) Notre Dame 67, (6) Butler 64 - For the bleary-eyed who managed to stay up late for this one, the loss of a little sleep was well worth it, as the Irish and Bulldogs played a back-and-forth classic that could only be decided in overtime. Steve Vasturia had a career high 20 points on 6-for-11 shooting, including the clinching three-pointer in overtime. He added 6-for-6 from the line and six rebounds.

Conference Power Scoreboard
Conference W-L Winners (# of Ws)
ACC 10-0 Notre Dame (2), NC State (2), North Carolina (2), Arkansas (1), Virginia (1). Louisville (1)
Big East 5-5 Butler (1), Xavier (2), Villanova (1), Georgetown (1)
Big Ten 5-3 Ohio State (1), Michigan St. (1), Maryland (1), Iowa (1), Wisconsin (1)
Big 12 3-4 Kansas (1), West Virginia (1), Oklahoma (1)
Pac-12 7-0 UCLA (2), Arizona (2), Utah (2), Oregon (1)
SEC 3-4 Ole Miss (1), Kentucky (2)
All Others 11-27 Hampton(1), Robert Morris (1), Dayton (1), UAB (1), Georgia St. (1), Cincinnati (1), N. Iowa (1), Wichita St. (1), San Diego State (1), Gonzaga (1), Dayton (1)

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