The regular season was highly competitive and promised the NCAA tournament would provide excitement with nearly every game being greatly contested.
Yesterday was the first day and provided some expected results, but also upsets and some hard fought victories as well as heart felt losses.
Michigan State, St. Louis, Oregon, Louisville, Michigan, and Syracuse controlled their own destinies. Syracuse dominated Montana winning 81-34.
Wichita State upset Pittsburgh 73-55. Pittsburgh’s leading scorer Tray Woodall was smothered by Wichita States Tekele Cotton. Woodall scored only 2 points, and Cotton had 5 steals and a crucial 3 pointer. Woodall was in tears after the loss. The “Shockers” face number one seed Gonzaga this weekend.
The upset of the day was in Salt Lake City when Harvard shocked New Mexico 68-62. The Ivy League champs stayed ahead of number 3 seed New Mexico for most of the game. Many fans didn’t know Harvard had a basketball team until Jeremy Lin lit up the scoreboard when he was with the “Knicks”.
In games that were much closer than expected by some, St. Mary’s never quit and pushed Memphis to a difficult 54-52. Memphis appeared to be in control until they began missing free throws and St. Mary’s forced turnovers. Memphis will play Michigan State next.
Vander Blue scored a layup with only one second left and gave Marquette a 59-58 victory over Davidson. Davidson players were sure they had the upset, and sat on the bench after the final buzzer, not sure what had just happened.
Gonzaga outlasted Southern 64-58. A game few thought would be competitive was close for the first 39 minutes. They matched each other well with size and outside shooting, but the number one seed in the nation survived to advance to the round of 32.
Columnist-The Guardian Express