The Hurricanes became even more reliant on Walker to be more than just a player who could erupt in spurts. Next up: A Mountain State showdown with 13th-seeded Marshall far away from home.
A similar narrative for the Walker; also expected to be a one-and-done type that is so common in present day college basketball. The offense comes and goes, and that's usually okay because the defense is so impressive.
"We endured a lot from the beginning", Arizona point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright said. "We're a bracket-busting team".
Jalen Brunson led the way for Villanova with 16 points on 7 of 9 shooting to go with four assists. He allowed the clock to tick down to six seconds before crossing over, scooting under two defenders and scooping up his shot.
Donte Ingram hit a 3-pointer from the March Madness logo just before the buzzer, lifting Loyola-Chicago over Miami 64-62 in a Thursday thriller to celebrate its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 33 years.
On top of that, with No. 4 seed Arizona and No. 1 seed Virginia losing on the other side of the South Region bracket in the first round, Tennessee now has an incredible chance to reach the Final Four.
Teams that award themselves extra possessions and trips to the line tend to succeed in close, low-scoring contests, and Tennessee has a sizable advantage in both those categories. Everyone will be rooting for the Vols to lose. The Bruce Pearl era?
"It's a privilege to be part of this historic game", Dr. Tonino, an orthopaedic surgeon and Loyola Medicine's program director of sports medicine, said in a statement Loyola Medicine released today. The game will be broadcasted nationally on TNT and will tip-off Saturday at 6:10 p.m. EDT from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Tx.
No. 3 Tennessee is coming off an opening round 73-47 thrashing of No.14 Wright State on Thursday.
Lamonte Turner had 19 points and a career-high nine assists for Tennessee.
Schofield also balled out, something that Vol fans are getting used to seeing. He averaged 12.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and shot 64.7 percent the last 16 games leading up to the NCAA Tournament. One thing is certain: The spark this Ramblers team ignited on the north side will not be put out any time soon.
UNLV now holds the longest streak at 1,040 games. Sophomore Dewan Huell scored 11, as did senior Ja'Quan Newton in his last game as a Hurricane. Ingram received a pass at the top of the key and nailed the game victor with.3 seconds remaining.
Nothing was going to stop Sister Jean from being present in Texas this weekend for the Ramblers' first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1985.
Custer's loss hurt Loyola, as the Ramblers went 2-3 while he was out.
Tennessee ranks 211th in three pointers attempted per game (20.4) while Loyola Chicago ranks 263rd (18.8).
West Virginia had four players finish in double figures.
Wes Clark scored 25 points, Jeremy Harris added 23 and CJ Massinburg had 19 points for Buffalo, which shot 55 percent.
They advance to face third-seeded Tennessee on Saturday. They have their act together and feel like they are the team that's been overlooked. In 1963, the Ramblers won the NCAA tournament championship, a 60-58 upset win of two-time defending champion Cincinnati.