TDR: Mad world
* Off the bench *
* Leading off *
Sweet 16: First night recap
We had four games last night, and we have four games tonight. Here’s what went down yesterday:
- Gonzaga vs. FSU: This was a highly anticipated matchup between the high flying offense of Gonzaga and the super-long, athletic depth of Florida State. Gonzaga led for most of the way, but FSU certainly made things interesting down the stretch. After trailing by 11 at half, FSU methodically chipped away at the Gonzaga lead, trimming it to just four points with four minutes remaining. The building pressure wasn’t enough to overcome the Zags though, as they finished on a 12-2 run to win it by a comfortable margin, 72-58.
- Purdue vs. Tennessee: Game. Of. The. Tournament. This one had it all. Purdue raced out to an 18 point lead early in the second half, only to see it disappear in a matter of minutes as Tennessee came storming back to force overtime. Admiral Schoefield and Ryan Cline traded big shot after big shot down the stretch, and it seemed like a game that was just too good to end. When all the dust settled however, the Boilermakers prevailed 99-94 in OT to advance to the Elite Eight. What a game.
- Texas Tech vs. Michigan: Whew. Talk about a rock fight. Texas Tech and Michigan came into this game boasting the top two defenses in the country, and boy did it show. The halftime score? 24-16 Texas Tech. Yikes. After the break though, Texas Tech picked things up and ran away with things, winning 63-44. For Michigan, it was a disappointing end to an otherwise great season.
- Virginia vs. Oregon: The clock has officially struck midnight on the 2019 NCAA tournament. No more cinderellas. In the last game of the night last night, No. 1 seeded Virginia dispatched the No. 12 seeded Oregon Ducks, 53-49, in a game that was close throughout. Oregon’s size and length really bothered the Hoos, leading to an awful shooting night (hence the horrendously low score). Luckily for UVa, their defense proved to be just as potent, as they advance to the Elite Eight to take on a suddenly scorching Purdue squad.
Sweet Sixteen: What to expect tonight
So the action gets going again here shortly with No. 3 LSU vs No. 2 Michigan State kicking things off. Next is No. 1 UNC vs. No. 5 Auburn. Then we finish up with No. 4 Virginia Tech vs. No. 1 Duke and No. 3 Houston vs. No. 2 Kentucky. Honestly, we are thinking it will be all chalk today. Houston has gotten hot and the people are talking about Auburn, but me thinks it will be smooth sailing for the No. 1 seeds.
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