There’s not nearly as much action going on as there was when we had 8-to-16 games going per day, but here’s what went down on the first day of Sweet Sixteen play.
No. 3 Marquette 71, No. 2 Miami 61 – East Region
No. 2 Ohio State 73, No. 6 Arizona 70 – West Region
No. 4 Syracuse 61, No. 1 Indiana 50 – East Region
No. 9 Wichita State 72, No. 13 La Salle 58 – West Region
- Three of the four games were decided by 10 points or more, but for the second time in this tournament, Ohio State gave us some late game entertainment.
Alright, who yelled “booyah!” Was that you, Reggie?
- The upset of the day could go to either Syracuse or Marquette, but I’ll give this one to the Orange, who shut down No. 1 Indiana to set up an all Big East final in the East Region.
- One thing we learned on Thursday night is just how hardcore school band members can be…
- What happens when a coach leads a smaller scale school like Iowa State to a minor upset in the NCAA Tournament? He gets taken care of for life, as evidenced by Fred Hoiberg’s new 10-year, $20 million contract to remain with the Cyclones through the 2022-23 season. Geez, what can Andy Enfield expect when Florida Gulf Coast opens its wallet?
- Player of the day honours go to Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams, who posted 24 points, five rebounds, four steals, an assist and a block to help the Orange take down No. 1 Indiana.