College Hoops Player of the Day for Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Nothing like kicking off the NCAA tournament on the "Ides of March" with the warning for favorites to beware.
The first victor and victim was, respectively, the University of North Carolina-Asheville Bulldogs over the Arkansas Little Rock Trojans, in overtime, 81-77, with the Bulldogs advancing to face #1 seed Pitt in the Southeast region.
Led by J.P. Primm and Matt Dickey, the Bulldogs forced overtime on Dickey's three-pointer with 10 seconds left in regulation. Primm nailed a series of free throws in regulation and five in the overtime period to seal the deal.
Both players scored 22 points to share the game-high-scoring honors and each played exceptional all-around games. Dickey hit 7 of 10 from the field, including 2 of 3 three-pointers and added 6 of 7 free throws to go with five boards and three assists. Primm went 4-for-11 from the field with a pair of treys, added 12 of 14 from the foul line and had four rebounds, five assists and three steals.
NOTABLE: Clemson cruised past UAB, 70-52 in the nightcap of the first day of the "First Four" play-in games. The Tigers led all the way and were never threatened by the Blazers, who were completely out of their depth. With the breezy win, Clemson, a 12 seed, will face East region #5 seed, West Virginia in a Thursday game.