In 2022, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will restart in full after a year-long hiatus. The field of 32 teams has been reseeded and reorganized to guarantee at least 4 games between #1 seeds Duke vs Kentucky and UCLA vs Virginia Tech for the national championship game.
The “NCAA tournament 2021 dates” is a basketball tournament that will be held in March of 2021. The 2022 men’s March Madness round of 32 has been reseeded due to the fact that it was originally scheduled for April 2019 and then rescheduled for 2020.
The 2022 men’s NCAA tournament seems normal for the first time in three years. The enthusiasm in the spectators has been unlike anything seen since 2019, a year before the competition was suspended because to COVID-19 fears.
There will be little change in our reseeding of the first round. The top seeds are still the top seeds, and the lower seeds are still the lower seeds, even if they pulled off significant shocks. On Saturday and Sunday, all of that might change.
However, there is some movement. Tennessee is, in our opinion, one of the best teams in the country right now, and their seed should reflect that. Many others also believed Houston’s 5-seed was too low. We also corrected it.
The remainder of these seeds, on the other hand, will be familiar. More mayhem is on the way.
Gonzaga Bulldogs Defeated No. 16 Georgia State, 93-72, in the first round.
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Gonzaga was involved in a fight on Thursday night. Rob Lanier’s team refused to give up against a team that had two Wooden Award nominees (Drew Timme and Chet Holmgren) — to the point where the Zags were just four points up (62-58) with 10:38 remaining. The Bulldogs had been frigid (28 percent from 3) for the most of the game, but a 21-0 surge turned things around for them.
Timme’s teammates began to give him the ball more often down the stretch as Holmgren performed like a predicted top-three NBA draft choice. That’s a great concept. Gonzaga may have been “exposed” in this game, according to some. Nah. Lanier had just finished getting his squad ready to play. Timme (32 points, 13 rebounds) and Holmgren (19 points, seven rebounds, seven blocks, five assists, two steals) remain the most dominant combo in the NCAA tournament, and Gonzaga is still the best team heading into the second round.
Next up is a matchup against Memphis (Saturday, 9:40 p.m. ET, TBS)
Wildcats of Arizona No. 1 was the original seed. No. 16 Wright State was defeated 87-70 in the first round.
Tommy Lloyd, Mark Few’s veteran coach at Gonzaga, has won a slew of NCAA tournament games before to Friday’s triumph against Wright State. As the head coach of a top-seeded club, he had a playoff triumph this time. Despite Kerr Kriisa’s (10.1 PPG) absence due to an ankle injury, Arizona was able to hit on 55% of its shots (including 55% from 3-point range) against Wright State.
In his first season as a head coach, Lloyd won his first NCAA tournament game as a Division I head coach and also gave the Wildcats their first NCAA tournament win since 2017. They scored 39 points on uncontested looks, per ESPN Stats & Info, too. Bennedict Mathurin (18 points) and Christian Koloko (17 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, five blocks) helped Arizona advance.
The Wildcats weren’t flawless (see: 19 turnovers), but they’re 16-1 in their previous 17 games and a legitimate candidate to not just make it to the Final Four in Lloyd’s first season, but also to chop down the nets if they do.
Next up: versus. TCU (Sunday, 9:40 p.m. ET, TBS)
Jayhawks of Kansas No. 1 was the original seed. No. 16 Texas Southern was defeated 83-56 in the first round.
While some questioned Gonzaga’s top seed after its early problems against Georgia State, Kansas didn’t give anybody an opportunity to dispute it on Thursday night as it dominated Texas Southern. In a 16-1 contest, that’s what you’d expect to happen. It’s rather common. At halftime, the Jayhawks led 47-19. In transition, they outscored Texas Southern 28-12 and converted 48 percent of their 3-point tries.
There’s not much to take away from that, with KU performing as predicted. Remy Martin (15 points, four assists) having one of his best games of the season was a promising development for a team that could use some depth while waiting for Mitch Lightfoot (who played just seven minutes on Thursday) to fully recover from the left knee sprain he suffered in the Big 12 tournament. Martin may be reaching his full potential at the ideal moment.
Next up: Creighton (Saturday, 2:40 p.m. ET, CBS)
Original Seed: No. 1 First-round result: Baylor Bears defeated No. 16 Norfolk State 85-49.
Baylor resembled the club that defeated Kansas and Villanova by double digits during the regular season in its overwhelming victory against Norfolk State. On Thursday, the Bears scored 139 points per 100 possessions. To put it in context, the Phoenix Suns have the best offensive efficiency in the NBA this season, scoring 114 points per 100 possessions.
So yeah, the Bears were cruising. They made 57.4% of their field goal attempts and scored 21 points off turnovers, per ESPN Stats & Info. Matthew Mayer (22 points) had his best offensive game since scoring 20 in a Jan. 18 win over West Virginia. James Akinjo finished with 10 assists.
In their past ten games, the Bears are 8-2. However, with LJ Cryer (13.5 points per game, 47 percent from three) out with a foot injury, the road ahead might get more difficult.
Next up is a matchup with North Carolina (Saturday ,12:10 p.m. ET, CBS)
The Auburn Tigers were seeded No. 2 in the first round. No. 15 Jacksonville State was defeated 80-61 in the first round.
Auburn squandered its shot at a top seed with a 5-4 finish in its last nine games prior to the NCAA tournament — including a first-round loss to Texas A&M in the SEC tournament. But the Tigers looked the part of a team with staying power in their win over Jacksonville State, the Atlantic Sun’s regular season champion who only represented the league because Bellarmine (the ASUN tournament champ) was ineligible for the NCAA tournament.
Walker Kessler finished with a stat line (13 points, 10 rebounds, nine blocks) that was just one block shy of a points-rebounds-blocks triple-double that only Shaquille O’Neal and Cole Aldrich have secured in NCAA tournament history (since blocks were first recorded in 1986), according to ESPN Stats & Info. Jabari Smith, a projected top-five draft pick, finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds. The Tigers also made 38% of their 3-point attempts and held Jacksonville State to a 31% clip from the field. That version of Auburn will be tough for any opponent to handle.
Next up is a matchup with Miami (Sunday, 7:45 p.m. ET, truTV)
Original Seed: No. 3 Tennessee Volunteers Defeated No. 14 Longwood, 88-56, in the first round.
Tennessee held a 54-29 advantage at halftime on Thursday. Over the previous six weeks, the Vols have emphasized the philosophy, as well as the analytics, that have recognized them as one of America’s top teams. They were aggressive on the perimeter against a Longwood team that shot 38.3 percent from three-point range this season, which is in the top ten, but just 32 percent on Thursday.
When Santiago Vescovi (18 points, seven assists), Kennedy Chandler (13 points, four steals) and Josiah-Jordan James (17 points, nine rebounds) all play in sync the way they did in this first-round game, Tennessee is a tough matchup for any team. Since Feb. 1, it ranks 18th nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency, per Barttorvik.com, and hasn’t allowed a team to score at a rate of 100 points per 100 possessions since beating Texas A&M (113 points per 100 possessions). This is a balanced squad that goes into Saturday having won eight games in a row.
Next up is a matchup with Michigan (Saturday, 5:15 p.m. ET, CBS)
The Villanova Wildcats were seeded second in the tournament. No. 15 Delaware was defeated 80-60 in the first round.
Villanova failed to win the Big East regular season title for the first time since 2014. However, it seemed like Jay Wright had a squad with the potential to go on a run in March, but one that lacked the firepower of the 2016 and 2018 national championship teams. Villanova is 6-4 versus Big East opponents that qualified for the NCAA tournament this year. It also has a ten-win record against Tennessee.
This group is capable, however, of uncanny offensive performances. Although Delaware kept pace with the Wildcats early on Friday, it couldn’t overcome a marksmanship few teams have matched: 51% from the field, 46% from 3 and 92% from the free throw line. Per ESPN Stats & Info, Villanova is the only team with two 50/40/90 games in NCAA tournament history. The last Nova team that achieved those marks in the NCAA tournament won the 2016 national championship.
Next up is a matchup with Ohio State (Sunday, 2:40 p.m. ET, CBS)
Duke Blue Devils Original seed: No. 2 First-round result: 78-61 loss to No. 15 CSU Fullerton in the first round.
Mike Krzyzewski has recently spoken about his roster’s youth and inexperience. He’s also used the term “pressure” a lot, which might have contributed to the Blue Devils’ collapse against North Carolina in the season finale and their ACC tournament championship game defeat to Virginia Tech. Following his team’s first-round victory on Friday, Krzyzewski stated, “Hopefully, by winning this game, we can be a lot more relaxed.”
The youthful team has being examined as it strives to win a sixth national championship for Coach K. The Blue Devils have seemed to be affected by the noise at times. Duke, on the other hand, seemed careless against CSU Fullerton. Paolo Banchero was outstanding with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks. Wendell Moore Jr. was dependable from beyond the arc (3-for-4). All four starters scored in double digits, including AJ Griffin (10 points, six rebounds) and Trevor Keels, who is a projected first-round draft choice. Williams had a total of five blocks. The going will get tougher in the following rounds, but Duke has the best team in the tournament. That is undeniable.
Next up is a matchup against Michigan State (Sunday, 5:15 p.m. ET, CBS)
Original Seed: No. 3 Wisconsin Badgers Defeated No. 14 Colgate, 67-60, in the first round (Friday)
It’s always helpful to have a predicted lottery selection on your squad in a tight first-round NCAA tournament game. Greg Gard was probably thinking something similar late Friday night. At the 1:26 mark, Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis (25 points, eight rebounds, two steals) collected a pass at the top of the key and hit a 3-pointer to expand Wisconsin’s advantage and put an end to any Colgate comeback hopes.
It wasn’t the first time Davis had been called upon to make an important decision. Wisconsin understands that no matter what happens, it will always have the greatest player on the court. Davis is unafraid.
In a game that wasn’t particularly impressive from Wisconsin, the Badgers outplayed the Raiders in the closing minutes, committing just five turnovers. If they want to move to the next round, they’ll have to improve their game. Davis, on the other hand, seems to be capable of anything.
Next up is a matchup with Iowa State (Sunday, 6:10 p.m. ET, TNT)
The Purdue Boilermakers are a college football team that competes in the Big Ten No. 3 was the original seed. No. 14 Yale was defeated 78-56 in the first round.
Throughout the regular season, Matt Painter followed a simple strategy: give the ball to 7-foot-4 star Zach Edey and dare opposing teams to defend him, knowing that they’ll most likely give up buckets or foul him, then let Jaden Ivey — a projected lottery pick and perhaps the most talented player in the country — cook off the dribble and either score, draw a foul, or both because no one in America can stay in front of him in one-on-one situations. Edey had 16 points (8-for-10 from the free throw line) and Ivey had 22 points against the Ivy League tournament winner (7-for-9 from the charity stripe). Purdue also kept Yale to under 60 points in a solid defensive effort that contrasted with its poor statistical performance.
Painter will stick to his plan and hope that his two stars, as well as a ferocious attack that was consistently in the top three in KenPom’s adjusted offensive efficiency rankings behind them (and a better defense, too? ), can help the Boilermakers progress.
Next up is a matchup with Texas (Sunday, 8:40 p.m. ET, TNT)
Red Raiders of Texas Tech No. 3 was the original seed. No. 14 Montana State was defeated 97-62 in the first round.
Texas Tech reached the Final Four three years ago under Chris Beard, a name you should avoid mentioning on your next trip to Lubbock. The Red Raiders were praised for their defensive tenacity. That defensive effort was coordinated by Mark Adams, who took over as head coach after Beard departed for Texas last year. That’s why Texas Tech’s defensive performance against Montana State was unsurprising (the Bobcats were outscored 38-16 in the paint).
Texas Tech, on the other hand, had their best offensive performance of the season. The Red Raiders bulldozed Montana State with 97 points (147 points per 100 possessions) and a 67 percent field goal percentage (Bryson Williams and Terrence Shannon Jr. both had 20 points). Texas Tech might be a Final Four surprise if America’s top defensive team finds its offensive stride in the days and weeks ahead.
Next up: Notre Dame (Sunday, 7:10 p.m. ET, TBS)
Houston Cougars Original Seed: No. 5 First-round result: 82-68 loss to No. 12 UAB.
Houston may have collapsed after losing Marcus Sasser and Tramon Mark to season-ending injuries in December. Kelvin Sampson’s team, on the other hand, relied on its aggression and balance (top-15 in adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency) to sweep the AAC schedule and win the AAC tournament title. “You’re not going to be tougher than them,” one coach who recently faced the Cougars told ESPN.
With a first-round game against UAB, Houston received no special treatment from the selection committee. On KenPom, the Blazers were placed in the top 50. Houston, on the other hand, won their 10th game in a row thanks to Kyler Edwards (25 points, 6-for-8 from 3-point range) and Fabian White (14 points, six rebounds). During that time, Houston has made just 32% of their three-point attempts. On Friday, though, the Cougars made 48 percent of their shots from beyond the arc. This may not become a norm for this club, but its intangibles have made this shorthanded squad a formidable opponent.
Next up is a matchup with Illinois (Sunday, 12:10 p.m. ET, CBS)
Bruins of UCLA No. 4 was the original seed. No. 13 Akron was defeated in the first round, 57-53.
The Bruins had the appearance of a team that never expected to play a tough game against a double-digit seed on Thursday night. They were the underdogs that fought their way through the NCAA tournament after beginning in the First Four last year. However, with 5:58 remaining, Akron led 49-42.
During UCLA’s game-changing 15-4 surge down the stretch, the skill disparity between the two teams was clear. During last year’s Final Four run, the Bruins exploited their ability to rally in games as well. Is Johnny Juzang, on the other hand, in good health? He’s 3-for-11 from three in his previous five games after missing back-to-back games with an ankle injury in late February. He scored nine points and shot 3-for-11 from the field on Thursday. Instead, Jaime Jaquez Jr. (15 points) and Tyger Campbell (16 points) led a team that was on the verge of collapsing because its star player was still not back to his pre-injury form.
Next up is a matchup with Saint Mary’s (Saturday, 7:10 p.m. ET, TBS)
Original Seed: No. 4 Providence Friars No. 13 South Dakota State was defeated 66-57 in the first round.
Ed Cooley has spent the last week watching experts and prognosticators all across the country choose his team to lose against a South Dakota State team that led the nation in 3-point shooting % and hadn’t lost a game since December 15. The Jackrabbits, on the other hand, had never faced a rugged, aggressive squad like the Friars, as seen by their 30 percent 3-point shooting. Cooley and his crew evidently took the negative comments personally. The Big East regular-season champions, who also defeated Texas Tech and Wisconsin, were the same foul-mouthed lot we saw in conference play. It was rough at times, with Providence connecting on just 39% of its field goal tries, but they were used to it. South Dakota State was unable to adapt, and the Friars were able to proceed.
Next up is a matchup with Richmond (Saturday, 6:10 p.m. ET, TNT)
Razorbacks of Arkansas No. 4 seeded team defeated No. 13 Vermont 75-71 in the first round.
Since losing its first three SEC games (to Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M), Arkansas is 16-3 over its last 19 matchups, including the first-round NCAA tournament win against Vermont. That surge has included wins over Auburn, Tennessee and Kentucky. On Thursday, Stanley Umude (21 points) finished with at least 19 points for the fifth time in his last 10 games. JD Notae scored all of his 17 points in the second half. Jaylin Williams (13 points, 10 rebounds) finished with a double-double.
The Razorbacks faced a difficult Vermont squad with 28 victories, an experienced head coach (John Becker led the Catamounts to seven straight America East tournament crowns, six in a row) and one of the country’s best duos (Ben Shungu and Ryan Davis finished with 40 points combined). There’s no shame in squeezing past a talented squad led by a seasoned veteran.
Arkansas, on the other hand, has given up at least 104 points per 100 possessions for the sixth time in seven games. In the NCAA tournament’s single-elimination crucible, that’s a perilous way to live.
Next up is a matchup with New Mexico State (Saturday, 8:40 p.m. ET, TNT)
Gaels of Saint Mary’s No. 5 was the original seed. No. 12 Indiana was defeated 82-53 in the first round.
Randy Bennett and his teammates thrashed Indiana. The Hoosiers never had a chance against a Saint Mary’s club that has won six of its past seven games, including three against NCAA tournament opponents (San Francisco, Gonzaga and Indiana). According to Barttorvik.com, the Gaels have shot 51 percent from inside the arc and 38 percent from three-point range since February 1, all while maintaining a top-50 turnover rate and a top-five adjusted defensive efficiency record. Indiana suffered their worst-ever NCAA tournament setback at the hands of the Gaels. Logan Johnson (20 points) was one of four Saint Mary’s players to reach double figures in scoring. There aren’t many flaws in this lineup right now. It’s designed to compete against any squad in the United States.
Next up is a matchup against UCLA (Saturday, 7:10 p.m. ET, TBS)
Fighting Illini of Illinois No. 4 was the original seed. No. 13 Chattanooga was defeated 54-53 in the first round.
This game’s box score will never reveal the whole tale. Illinois didn’t take the lead until the last 25 seconds of the game. Throughout the game, Chattanooga had many opportunities to expand its lead and proceed to the second round, but the Big Ten regular season co-champion prevailed on a pair of free throws from Alfonso Plummer. Despite this, Illinois struggled against a Chattanooga club that only made 32% of their field goal tries. Malachi Smith went 4-for-20 on the night. Kofi Cockburn (17 points, 13 rebounds) didn’t receive much assistance from a supporting cast that shot 3-for-17 from outside the arc.
Illinois is 6-4 in its previous ten games and is rated 44th in the USA, according to Barttorvik.com. Every doubt about Illinois’ NCAA tournament chances now seems to be unfounded.
Next up is a matchup with Houston (Sunday, 12:10 p.m. ET, CBS)
Longhorns of Texas No. 6 was the original seed. No. 11 Virginia Tech was defeated 81-73 in the first round.
Texas has only made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament once since 2011, when Chris Beard arrived (in 2014). Rick Barnes’ career had come to an end as a result of this fact, and Shaka Smart, who had departed for Marquette previous year, was under a lot of pressure. Beard was sought after by the Longhorns because of his track record of recruiting and producing great teams. He’d also never made it beyond the second round of an NCAA tournament. The Longhorns aimed to repeat their March triumph.
They were granted their request. Beard’s winning run continued on Friday, as he led his third Division I school to the second round of the 2022 tournament (after Little Rock and Texas Tech). During the regular season, he had mixed success, with Texas losing five of its previous eight games prior to this week. Beard’s playoff success continued against the ACC tournament winners — and the only ACC team to lose in the first round — as Andrew Jones (one of five double-digit scorers on the roster) concluded with 21 points.
Next up is a matchup with Purdue (Sunday, 8:40 p.m. ET, TNT)
Murray State Racers Defeated No. 10 San Francisco, 92-87 in overtime, in the first round.
After guiding the Racers to a first-round upset of Marquette three years ago, Ja Morant established himself as a top NBA prospect. On the squad, Tevin Brown was a freshman. He was the senior captain that led his side to victory against San Francisco on Thursday with 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals. The Racers extended their winning run to 21 games with five players scoring at least 12 points.
That isn’t a mistake. They haven’t dropped a game since losing 71-58 at Auburn on Dec. 22. Since that night, they’ve been a top-10 club in offensive rebounding rate.
Murray State didn’t collapse as the game tightened and San Francisco’s Jamaree Bouyea heated up. That’s a positive indicator. Moving ahead, the Racers will not be intimidated by any team.
Next up is a matchup with Saint Peter’s (Saturday, 7:45 p.m. ET, CBS)
Spartans of Michigan State University No. 7 was the original seed. No. 10 Davidson was defeated in the first round, 74-73.
Tom Izzo has been blessed to have a group of studs who can carry his teams through the expected playoff volatility over his career. For their performances in the NCAA tournament, Mateen Cleaves, Draymond Green, Kalin Lucas, and Cassius Winston became household names. The Spartans couldn’t expand their advantage enough to feel secure in the waning minutes of Friday’s one-point game as Davidson (40 percent from 3) continued to test them.
The challenges of this season, on the other hand, have prepared every player in the rotation to pitch in when required. Joey Hauser (27 points, eight rebounds) was selected to lead his team against the Wildcats. Izzo may choose a different player in the following round if the situation is identical. Michigan State looked more like a mid-level club in the NCAA tournament on Friday, with a 9-10 record in its past 19 games, than a second-weekend team. Going ahead, resiliency alone may not be enough.
Next up is a matchup against Duke (Sunday, 5:15 p.m. ET, CBS)
Original seed: No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes No. 10 Loyola Chicago was defeated 54-41 in the first round.
During Ohio State’s victory against Loyola Chicago on Friday, TV commentator Reggie Miller unintentionally referred to Chris Holtmann as the Buckeyes’ head coach “Hamilton is a town in Ontario, Canada. “The Buckeyes looked to battle in the shadows of the Big Ten’s elite teams throughout the season. They lacked NBA potential from Purdue, a comeback narrative from Wisconsin, or a high-profile player like Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn. Prior to the event, they had a 1-4 record in their previous five games, which wasn’t exactly impressive.
E.J. Liddell, on the other hand, has been a national player of the year contender all season. He had 16 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks on Friday. Seton Hall, Duke, Wisconsin, and Illinois have all defeated Chris Holtmann’s team. That victory against Loyola Chicago, in which standout Lucas Williamson went 1-for-10 from the field, didn’t erase the Buckeyes’ struggles, but it did remind them, and us, of their potential.
Next up: Villanova (Sunday, 2:40 p.m. ET, CBS)
Tar Heels of North Carolina Original seed: No. 8; first round result: 95-63 loss to No. 9 Marquette.
Hubert Davis isn’t on Twitter and doesn’t care about the haters, but they were out there following blowout defeats to Tennessee, Kentucky, and Duke in his first season as head coach — three teams that North Carolina fans expect to contend against every year. Davis’ case was not helped by losses to Miami and Pitt. However, it might take time for a new coach with a locker room full of fresh faces to imprint his mark on a school. In recent weeks, UNC has put on some spectacular offensive exhibitions, demonstrating the kind of basketball Davis plans to play throughout his stay.
On Thursday, the same UNC team that upset Duke by 13 points to ruin Mike Krzyzewski’s last home game looked like a double-digit seed. When Brady Manek (28 points, 11 rebounds, 5-for-10 from 3-point range) scores at least four 3s in a game, the Tar Heels improve to 6-2. Thursday’s performance was dominating for a Tar Heels club that has discovered a new gear at the most vital time of the season.
Next up is a matchup with Baylor (Saturday, 12:10 p.m. ET, CBS)
Original seed: No. 9 First-round result: Memphis Tigers defeated No. 8 Boise State, 64-53.
Memphis freshman Emoni Bates played his first minutes after being sidelined by a back injury about two months ago in a victory against Boise State on Thursday. Many people would have questioned you if you told them at the outset of the season that Bates would be missing for the most of conference play and the Tigers would still make the NCAA tournament. The Tigers, on the other hand, have developed into a long, bouncy, athletic team that has played solid basketball for over two months and flipped the script on their season.
Projected lottery pick Jalen Duren (10 points, 11 rebounds) became the first Memphis player with a double-double in the NCAA tournament in 13 years, per ESPN Stats & Info. Memphis as a whole (22 points off 10 turnovers) ran through Boise State with the same brand of basketball that has turned a 9-8 squad into a team that has lost just two games since Jan. 20.
Next up is a matchup with Gonzaga (Saturday, 9:40 p.m. ET, TBS)
Horned Frogs of TCU No. 9 was the original seed. No. 8 Seton Hall was defeated 69-42 in the first round.
TCU held a 50-26 advantage against Seton Hall at one point on Friday. The cameras continued switching back and forth between the ecstatic TCU supporters and the perplexed Seton Hall fans. Prior to the NCAA tournament’s first round, the Pirates had won six of their previous seven games. TCU, on the other hand, has a 4-7 record in its past 11 games and a.500 conference record before Friday. A pair of late victory against Kansas and Texas Tech looked to hold its résumé together.
TCU’s rested team seemed fresh and enthusiastic enough, despite the Horned Frogs’ loss to Kansas in the second round of the Big 12 tournament last week. Mike Miles (21 points, 9-for-18 shooting) led TCU to the NCAA tournament’s second round for the first time since 1987.
Next up is a matchup with Arizona (Sunday, 9:40 p.m. ET, TBS)
Hurricanes of Miami Original seed: No. 10; first-round result: 68-66 loss to No. 7 USC.
Charlie Moore is one of the most effective journeymen in collegiate basketball. During the 2016-17 season, he began his career at Cal. After that, he played two seasons at Kansas. He switched to DePaul, which is situated in his hometown of Chicago, prior to taking advantage of his extended eligibility to attend Miami in 2019-20.
Moore (16 points, four assists, and four steals) guided Miami to the NCAA tournament’s second round for the first time since 2016, hitting the game-winning free throws in the closing seconds. Miami has already defeated Duke, North Carolina, and former No. 7 USC, the same squad that was swept by Virginia and Florida State during the regular season. That has been Jim Larranaga’s team’s tale all season, as they continue to defy the odds.
Next up is a matchup with Auburn (Sunday, 7:45 p.m. ET, truTV)
The Cyclones of Iowa State University Original seed: No. 11; first-round result: 59-54 loss to No. 6 LSU.
Yes, when former head coach Will Wade was dismissed with cause last week, after the publication of the notice of charges against the institution, LSU seemed to be a squad that had gone through a range of emotions. The Tigers’ 54 points were their lowest since a 64-50 defeat on the road against Tennessee on Jan. 22. However, following last year’s two-win season, which lost Steve Prohm his job, Iowa State did not approach the season with high expectations. T.J. Otzelberger’s first-round victory in the NCAA tournament, the program’s first since 2017, extended the biggest comeback in American history. Tyrese Hunter (23 points) led the way for a Big 12 team that was expected to finish last in the preseason poll. Despite the fact that the game was never attractive (Iowa State made just 36% of their field goal tries), the Cyclones advanced to the second round.
Next up is a matchup with Wisconsin (Sunday, 6:10 p.m. ET, TNT)
New Mexico State Aggies Original Seed: 12 First-round result: 70-63 loss to No. 5 UConn
Due to COVID regulations in their state, Chris Jans and his New Mexico State squad selected a resort in Phoenix, Arizona their home base last season. The experience of having to pack up and relocate to a new state in order to play basketball, according to Jans, increased team togetherness on a team that had the most efficient offense in the WAC this season.
UConn, on the other hand, has been one of the most balanced teams in the Big East. Teddy Allen (37 points), the WAC Player of the Year who had previously played at West Virginia and Nebraska, was unaffected. In the last four minutes of the game, he scored all of his team’s points. And Danny Hurley was at a loss for words to slow him down.
This is the traditional situation of a double-digit seeded club with a standout player who can lift his team over top competition on any given night.
Next up is a matchup with Arkansas (Saturday, 8:40 p.m. ET, TNT)
Bluejays of Creighton No. 9 was the original seed. No. 8 San Diego State was defeated in the first round, 72-69 in overtime.
The Bluejays haven’t been deterred by adversity in recent weeks. Creighton’s point guard Ryan Nembhard (11.3 PPG, 4.4 APG) suffered a season-ending wrist injury last month. Ryan Kalkbrenner (16 points, 10 rebounds), who led the team in scoring and rebounding before the game, sustained a knee injury with 2:42 left in overtime in Thursday’s victory against San Diego State. His team was down 68-66 at the time, but recovered to win in a close 8-9 seed game. The Mountain West was eliminated from the NCAA tournament before the second round with this victory. It was a difficult game for a Creighton team that could be forced to go ahead without its best player and top point guard.
Next up is a matchup with Kansas (Saturday, 2:40 p.m. ET, CBS)
Michigan Wolverines Original Seed: 11th Round Result: 75-63 loss to No. 6 Colorado State
Juwan Howard’s five-game ban at the conclusion of the regular season threatened to become the story of the season for the team, which began the year ranked in the top five by the Associated Press and fell into a double-digit seed in the NCAA tournament. However, their 12-point victory against Colorado State, which came despite the absence of starting point guard DeVante’ Jones (concussion), demonstrated that the Wolverines are capable of competing. That is, if the club that came back in the second half on Thursday is the team that will play the remainder of the season.
Niko Medved’s team enjoyed a double-digit lead before the halftime break, but it wasted it as the game went. Caleb Houstan, a five-star recruit, made a couple huge jumpers late for Michigan, while Hunter Dickinson (21 points, six rebounds, four blocks) was a rock for the Wolverines. When the Wolverines were seeded straight into the tournament without a First Four meeting, the selection committee looked smart.
Next up is a matchup with Tennessee (Saturday, 5:15 p.m. ET, CBS)
Fighting Irish of Notre Dame Original seed: No. 11 No. 6 Alabama was defeated 78-64 in the first round.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has had one of its worst seasons in recent memory. Four of its five NCAA tournament teams, on the other hand, won their first-round games. Notre Dame, for example, had to overcome Rutgers in the First Four to have a chance to play Alabama. Mike Brey’s crew made the most of the occasion. The Fighting Irish won this game due to a combination of factors. Alabama’s No. 2 scorer, Jahvon Quinerly, went down with a knee injury early in the second half and did not return.
Then Notre Dame’s Cormac Ryan (29 points) decided he wasn’t ready to go home. Per ESPN Stats & Info, Ryan finished 7-for-7 on contested 3s, the highest mark since ESPN began tracking those shots six years ago. And now a Notre Dame team that was, like its non-Duke peers in the ACC, an afterthought entering the NCAA tournament, will join the three other ACC squads that have also advanced to the round of 32.
Next up is a matchup with Texas Tech (Sunday, 7:10 p.m. ET, TBS)
Original seed: No. 15 Saint Peter’s Peacocks No. 2 Kentucky was defeated in the first round, 85-79 in overtime.
Shaheen Holloway was asked whether he was worried throughout the game, which some Kentucky fans have dubbed the most humiliating NCAA tournament defeat in school history, during his postgame interview on Thursday. “Nah. For what purpose? It’s basketball, after all “Holloway was quick to answer.
It wasn’t just basketball; it was the greatest upset in college basketball since No. 16 UMBC defeated No. 1 Virginia in the NCAA tournament in 2018. The pay of John Calipari ($8.5 million) exceeds the sports budget of Saint Peter’s ($7.5 million). Daryl Banks III (27 points) was an undrafted high school talent who led his team to a win against four- and five-star prospects. It’s incomprehensible. A Kentucky squad that seemed to have the potential to make a run to New Orleans was defeated by a club that couldn’t win Siena and Rider a month ago.
March is a tumultuous month. Saint Peter’s current eight-game winning run has been boosted by this victory.
Next up: Murray State (Saturday, 7:45 p.m. ET, CBS)
The Richmond Spiders were seeded 12th and defeated No. 5 Iowa in the first round, 67-63.
Chris Mooney had just finished a 13-20 season three years ago when an unknown group of supporters bought a billboard on a key highway in Richmond, Virginia that stated, “Fire Mooney.” On Thursday, the veteran coach guided the Spiders to a first-round shock of an Iowa team that many, including me, had chosen to make a Final Four run with predicted lottery pick Keegan Murray and a Big Ten championship-winning lineup.
Richmond finished sixth in the Atlantic 10 regular season and went into the Atlantic 10 tournament with a 3-4 record in its previous seven games.
But none of that seemed to matter. March don’t care. Iowa finished with its lowest point total since a two-point loss to Rutgers on Jan. 19. And Richmond contested 13 of Murray’s 15 shot attempts, per ESPN Stats & Info, and won its ninth game as a 12-seed or lower, the top mark in NCAA tournament history.
Next up is a matchup with Providence (Saturday, 6:10 p.m. ET, TNT)
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