If blowouts and one big upset qualify as madness for you, then you probably enjoyed Saturday.
Here’s what went down on a disappointing day of hoops to open the Round of 32…
As always, we begin with the results.
No. 4 Michigan 78, No. 5 VCU 53 – South Region
No. 3 Michigan State 70, No. 6 Memphis 48 - Midwest Region
No.1 Louisville 82, No. 8 Colorado State 56 – Midwest Region
No. 6 Arizona 74, No. 14 Harvard 51 – West Region
No. 12 Oregon 74, No. 4 Saint Louis 57 – Midwest Region
No. 3 Marquette 74, No. 6 Butler 72 – East Region
No. 9 Wichita State 76, No. 1 Gonzaga 70 – West Region
No. 4 Syracuse 66, No. 12 California 60 – East Region
- With the winners from Thursday’s schedule of mostly blowout results playing each other, perhaps we should have expected the lack of competitive games, but this was ridiculous. The first five games of the day were all decided by at least 17 points and only one of the eight games finished within five. Friday’s group of teams provided more excitement and intrigue, so we’ll just have to hope that they do it again on Sunday.
- Maybe the NCAA should just have Marquette and Butler play each other in every round, as both games between the two teams this season have come down to the final possession.
If the Bulldogs had been able to pull off the miracle again, the stories would have written themselves.
- After going up 15-13 early in the first half, Marquette fell behind by 10 and didn’t retake the lead until Vander Blue’s dunk with 7:14 remaining in the game made it 60-58. The Golden Eagles, who had to stage a late rally to squeak by Davidson on Thursday, have now won their two tournament games by a combined three points.
Each of Marquette’s last 8 games have been decided by 8 points or fewer #nailbiters
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 24, 2013
This marks the third straight Sweet 16 appearance for Buzz Williams and Marquette.
- The upset of the day was obviously Wichita State taking down West Region No. 1 and AP Poll No. 1 Gonzaga. The Canadian duo of Kelly Olynyk and Kevin Pangos combined for 45 points for Gonzaga, but they also combined to shoot just 14-of-39 from the field, with the usually super efficient Olynyk going 8-of-22. With the Zags, Lobos, Wildcats and Badgers all gone, the wild West is officially Ohio State’s to lose, right?
By the way, speaking of the wild West, the Shockers’ shocker ensures that one of Wichita State, Ole Miss or La Salle will be in the Elite Eight.
- Player of the day honours go to Michigan’s freshman forward Mitch McGary, who had 21 points and 14 rebounds while shooting 10-of-11 in a Wolverines rout. Honourable mention goes out to the aforementioned Vander Blue, who had 29 points for Marquette against Butler just two days after scoring the game-winning basket in the final second against Davidson.