Michigan State needed every bit of that production to get to the Final Four last March, but the Spartans should have more balance and depth this time around. Newcomer of the Year: D. We ultimately went with Carton due to a mix of both talent and opportunity.
March 22, Image North Carolina was the last of three No. Virginia may have received the biggest shock: a year after it became the first No. North Carolina, like Virginia, also trailed at halftime, but clawed its way back and won going away, Other lower seeds had more luck: No.
Irvine — were among the double-digit seeds to win on Friday. Final: North Carolina 88, Iona 73 North Carolina overcame its first-half struggles to advance against Iona, ensuring there would be no repeat of a No.
Cameron Johnson had 21 points while the freshman Nassir Little had 19 off the bench for North Carolina, which shot 63 percent after halftime. Iona also cooled off, making just 5 of 20 3-pointers in the second half after going 10 of 21 in the first half.
Kaleb Wesson had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the 11th-seeded Buckeyes Keyshawn Woods added 19 points for Ohio State, which will play No.
Iowa State led only once in the second half but had a chance to send the game into overtime when Nick Weiler-Babb had an open attempt at a game-tying 3.
His shot missed and ended the season for the Cyclones, who won the Big 12 tournament to earn their spot in the N.
The fourth-seeded Hokies raced out to a fast start and led No. Earlier in the day, No. Irvine beat fourth-seeded Kansas State; 12th-seeded Oregon knocked off No. The only time four double-digit seeds won on the same day at the same location was in , when the No.
The road gets tougher now: No. Another No. The Tar Heels shot just 33 percent in the first half and hit just 3 of 13 of their own attempts from beyond the arc.
Rickey McGill led the way with 12 first-half points for Iona. Williamson, after blowing open the game almost single-handedly in the opening minutes of the second half, finished with 25 points, and R.
Barrett had 26 and 14 rebounds. The Blue Devils led by only four points at halftime, at , when Williamson broke the game open by himself. He drove on two defenders for a layup and was fouled.
When he missed the free throw, he got the rebound and dunked it. Moments later, Williamson ran down his own steal, dribbled behind his back, and made a remarkable layup that put Duke ahead by Two other No. The N. The last time came in After reaching the national final in , Houston went more than three decades without winning an N.
Now the Cougars have tournament wins in back-to-back seasons, and they are starting to resemble the program that has five Final Four appearances and produced stars like Elvin Hayes, Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon.
A four-point lead is suddenly 13, and the Duke fans are breathing easier. Williamson grew up in Spartanburg, S. Williams played here in high school tournament games and said he never expected to play here in college, but he got the opportunity when Duke was sent to the Columbia regional as the top seed.
Then he swished a 3-pointer to give him a game-high 21 points on for shooting. Duke is pulling away now, and Williamson is the biggest reason why.
The sense was Duke might have underestimated North Dakota State, a tough, confident team that has, so far, refused to back down from the challenge of facing the best team in the country. No one paid it much notice, but so far they have, especially on the defensive end, where Coach David Richman had his players switching up defenses and getting onto the chests of the Duke superstars in the first half.
The Bison did a particularly good job of bracketing Duke power forward Zion Williamson with a small guard in front and a bigger player behind him.
The point appears to be to keep Duke from making high-low entry passes into the big man. Late in the half, N. The Blue Devils lead by at halftime, and Coach Mike Krzyzewski is hoarse enough in his halftime interview to suggest he has done some shouting and plans to do more.
Barrett both have 10 points. North Dakota State's Vinnie Shahid leads all scorers with 15 points. The junior averages 13 points a game. Final: Oregon 72, Wisconsin 54 A result that could be considered a significant upset according to seed — No. Payton Pritchard led Oregon with 19 points; the Ducks will play another upset winner, U.
Irvine, in a rare 12 vs. Buffalo lost only three times this season, and spent most of the year in the Top The teams were tied at 14 in the first half before the Bulls went on a run to take control. Nick Perkins and Jeremy Harris each scored 21 points for No.
The hardest part for Oats may have been the postgame handshake after the rout. They led the team to its first N. Now Oats has led Buffalo back to the tournament three times on his own.
I pull for him. Shoot, I helped him with some recruits down there. When that chance arrived, the Cavaliers never led in the first half against Gardner-Webb.
But they persisted, rolling to a victory after outscoring the Bulldogs by 21 points after halftime. Jordan Burns carried Colgate with 32 points, shooting 12 for 20 from the field and 8 of 12 from behind the 3-point line.
Final: U. Irvine 70, Kansas St. The No. A year ago, Irvine went This year, it rolled to 31 wins, including its current run of 17 in a row. Kansas State played without one of its stars, Dean Wade, an all-Big 12 forward sidelined by a foot injury. Hazzard,whose grandfather Walt Hazzard won a championship for U.
He spoke to his father about the opportunity in front of the Anteaters on Monday.