The first day of the second round and there was definitively madness. 4 overtime games (most in a single day in tournament history) and almost an upset by a 16 seed.
The day started off with an incredible finish with Dayton pulled it out over Ohio State. Aaron Craft, after an outstanding college career, could not extend their season another game. With 16 points, Craft threw up a buzzer beating shot that just bounced out. That started off the slate of games today and the rest didn’t disappoint.
The Pitt Panthers played their best defensive game all season against Colorado and blew out the Buffaloes 77-48. There defense couldn’t have gotten any better and on offense they couldn’t be stopped. Although 16 of Talib Zanna’s 18 points came in the first half, they didn’t need a whole lot of offensive help at that point.
Harvard was able to win there second ever tournament win over the Cincinnati Bearcats for the upset. Cincinnati is eliminated once again in the round of 64 for the second straight year, and Sean Kilpatrick’s high scoring game lacked a little at the end of the game. The Crimson get to play Michigan State in the round of 32.
A 16 seed has never beat a 1 seed, but Albany came so close once again. Florida and Albany exchanged the lead multiple time but after the half they couldn’t keep up with Florida with their lack of depth. Florida pulled away a game that should have been an easy win.
UConn and St Joseph went at it and St Joseph was in command the whole game and UConn struggled to hang on but then when it counted they pulled back to send it to overtime where they pulled off the win.
Saint Louis was down by 16 with 8 minutes left in the game to NC State and it looked like it could be over but then they went on a run and just like that it was tied. Atlantic 10 player of the year Jordair Jett started a little slow but he led the come back in the last 5 minuets of regulation and the win.
Texas hit a buzzer beater to win over Arizona State, Oklahoma failed to overcome 12th seeded North Dakota State in overtime and Villanova was cutting it close.
Now that is madness!