The clock’s counting down and the game’s tied. Advancing or getting knocked out of the NCAA Tournament comes down to one final possession. Every coach knows who they want to have the ball.
The Big 12 spent all season puffing out its chest. The league pointed to its RPI, that mercurial number that only seems to take on meaning in March, and the number of teams it had in the Top 25 as evidence of its superiority.
All five Texas teams that made it into the 68-team NCAA tournament field were eliminated on Thursday. Texas, Baylor, SMU, Stephen F. Austin and Texas Southern all were beaten.
Jakob Poeltl had 18 points and eight rebounds, and fifth-seeded Utah celebrated its return to the NCAA Tournament by holding off Stephen F. Austin for a 57-50 victory on Thursday night.
SMU’s locker room was eerily quiet, with team managers folding jerseys and clothes in the middle as players sat at their stalls trying to digest the ending of a heartbreaking 60-59 loss to UCLA.
R.J. Hunter’s 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining capped a comeback from a 12-point deficit and lifted 14th-seeded Georgia State to a 57-56 opening-game victory over third-seeded Baylor
Kellen Dunham scored 20 points, including a pivotal 3-pointer with 1:18 to play, to lift sixth-seeded Butler to a 56-48 victory over 11th-seeded Texas in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday
Every year, college basketball teams get invited to the big dance that is the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Championship. And every year, a few squads find a bone and become the darling ‘underdog’ of the tournament.
In the NCAA’s way of thinking, Dayton was technically the visiting team on the scoreboard and in its road uniforms. The 12,592 screaming fans in the arena thought otherwise.
Sounds so simple. And it surely is effective if it can be done.
Stephen F. Austin earned its berth with an 83-70 victory over Sam Houston State in the final of the Southland Conference Tournament.
While the Mustangs are back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993, Brown returns to the Big Dance for the first time since leading Kansas to a national title 27 years ago.