Saturday in the NCAA

Saturday in the NCAA

Saturday in the NCAA

Indiana rolled over Iowa at home, and No. 3 Duke squeaked out a win against No. 5 Miami.  Other games showed upsets and tough wins or losses in men’s NCAA basketball Saturday.

UCLA upset No. 11 ranked Arizona at home 74-69.  With 9 seconds left, freshman Shabazz Muhammad snagged a defensive rebound, was fouled, and made 2 free throws cementing the Bruins’ victory.  At 6’ 6” tall and weighing 225 pounds, he is averaging over 18 points a game.

The crowd chanted “one more year” at the end of the game amid rumors Muhammad will be playing in the pros next year.

“I knew going into this deal that this was a one-year deal and it should be,” Bruins coach Ben Howland said. “He’s a top-five pick. When you have that going for you, it’s absolutely the right thing for him. That was absolutely his last game in Pauley Pavilion. I know that, he knows that, we all know that. We want the season to go as long as possible for him.”

Number 25, Kentucky was beaten by unranked Arkansas 73-60.  It was all about defense for the Razorbacks who attempted almost twice as many shots as the Wildcats.  If Kentucky is invited to the Tournament, it’s unlikely they’ll survive the first round.

Notre Dame, ranked 21st lost at Marquette, No. 22, 72-64.  Watching this game left me even more unimpressed with the Irish.

Number 12, Syracuse, lost at home to No. 10 Louisville 58-53.  Turnovers by the Orangemen gave the game to the Cardinals in the last two minutes.

The upset of the day was VCU’s win over 21st ranked Butler.  It wasn’t that the Bulldogs lost, it was how.

The Rams constant pressure defense, and an uproarious crowd helped them win convincingly 84-52.

VCU coach Shaka Smart credited the crowd of 7,693 with contributing to the frenzy. The players fed off the crowd, he said, and the crowd off the players.

Selection Sunday is two weeks away.  With great competition in every game, there are several talented teams sitting “on the bubble”.

First tip-off is Thursday, March 21st.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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