Thursday, March 20, 2014

NCAA Tournament, Day 1, Part 3

Connecticut 89 - St. Joseph's 81 (OT)
Admittedly I missed most of this game, but I did see that, with a 3-point lead, St. Joe's fouled UConn's Amida Brimah as he shot a put-back, giving him the chance at a three-point play (which he converted). And then UConn made 15 free throws in the overtime period.

Michigan 57 - Wofford 40
My first thought was, "How on Earth did Michigan score just 57 points??" Then I looked at the box score and saw that the Wolverines missed 15 of their first 18 shots in the second half. Yikes. Maybe they should get some offensive tips from Ohio State.

St. Louis 83 - North Carolina State 80 (OT)
This was an absolutely abysmal showing down the stretch by NC State. The Wolfpack had a 14-point lead with eight minutes to play, and a 6-point lead with 57 seconds to play. From that point they missed 4/6 free throws. They also had some terrible turnovers against the St. Louis desperate press in the last three minutes. All-in-all, just awful play from the ACC team.

Overtime wasn't much prettier, for either team. Missed free throws, brainfarts, this game had it all. In the end, St. Louis made one or two fewer mistakes.

North Dakota State 80 - Oklahoma 75 (OT)
Oklahoma spent most of the second half trailing, until finally taking the lead with 1:30 left in the game. Again, finishing was a problem, as the Sooners missed two of their last four free throws, allowing North Dakota State a chance to climb back in, which they took advantage of, hitting a three-pointer to tie the game with 12 seconds left, sending the 3rd game of these 4 into overtime. In OT, Oklahoma simply couldn't hit their shots, and another 5 seed fell at the hands of a 12.

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