Late Games in Saturday’s Divisional NCAA Tournaments
Ohio State, Memphis, Kansas, Louisville, and New Mexico had little trouble winning their games Saturday, placing them in the semi-finals of their regional tournaments.
VCU, Syracuse, Michigan State, and UCLA, held on to win as well.
It was a different story for the second ranked Duke Blue Devils.
The Terrapins never trailed, eliminating the Blue Devils from the ACC tournament 83-74.
This was the first game Duke lost with Ryan Kelly in the lineup.
“First time they’ve lost with Kelly, figuring out how to do it means a lot to my program,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said, patting himself and his players on the back a bit in his postgame news conference. When asked to expand on that, Turgeon said simply he used a small lineup, and he had them press sometimes, and it worked.
Plumlee scored 19 for Duke, but the star of the evening was Maryland’s Dez Wells who scored a career-high 30 points. Wells was 9 of 13 from the field and 10 of 10 from the free-throw line to lead the seventh-seeded Terrapins (22-11), who never trailed and held the Blue Devils, the league’s best 3-point-shooting team, to a 4-of-25 effort from beyond the arc.
Coach “K” said; “We weren’t the Duke team that’s played most of the season.”
The Terrapins will face North Carolina in the semis today. They need another win to help them get into the Tournament beginning next week. Duke will most likely get a bid, but they failed to win the SEC, or the SEC Tournament this season,
Vanderbilt beat Kentucky, 64-48, in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals, a defeat that might have consigned the Wildcats , last season’s national champion , to the N.I.T. this season.
Coach Calipari sent 6 teams to the pros, and saw his star freshman center Nerlens Noel have season ending surgery.
“The good news is everyone seems to be losing,” Calipari said of his team’s N.C.A.A. hopes. “I just hope we’re the best of the bad right now.”
Columnist-The Guardian Express