No. 1 seed SC avoids upset against Arizona St

Kentucky’s slowed-down win over Wichita State should give the Wildcats a lot of confidence about facing anyone left in the tournament. Despite a double-double from graduate student Amile Jefferson-who did his best to galvanize his teammates in the physical contest-the Blue Devils could not find a way to keep SC contained in their zone or man defenses.

TULSA, Okla. – Josh Jackson scored 14 of his 23 points in the second half to help Kansas pull away late and reach the Sweet 16 for a second straight year with a 90-70 victory over Michigan State on Sunday.

Arizona State (1-2) took a 58-56 lead on Katie Hempen’s 3-pointer from the left wing with 1:17 remaining. The result? In 30 minutes, he scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds. Brooklyn freshman Rakym Felder came off the bench to score 15 points. Davis, who totaled 20 points on the night, did well to get to the line after the half and went 6-of-8 from the charity stripe in the final 20 minutes.

“And that’s the one good thing that – I can’t speak for the other SEC schools, I know they feel this way but I don’t want to speak for them – our guys are battle tested because of the games that we’ve had to play in our conference”. He notched only 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting, and he was 2-of-10 from behind the arc.

The Sun Devils did all they could to contain Wilson, a finalist for the Naismith Trophy.

In the locker room, Jones sat dry-eyed, the lone Blue Devil not giving in to emotion.

Turner Thorne and Staley both agreed Arizona State deserved higher than an eighth seed and this matchup shouldn’t have happened in the second round.

As USC (yeah, I know, but it’s the biggest win in school history and the Trojans just lost, so let us have this one) stretched the lead to four, resignation changed to fear; as the lead grew to seven, then 10 points, fear melted into hope.

Baylor took control for good with a 14-3 run early in the second half to take a 58-47 lead.

That was the fourth game after the return of senior Sindarius Thornwell (he missed six games because of a suspension), and Martin’s Gamecocks had won all four contests, but the coach wasn’t happy.

Both teams knocked down a copious amount of free throws, with SC finishing 27 for 32 and Duke 27 for 29.

“I truly believe we have three quarterbacks who can manage the football game in the Pac-12”, head coach Gary Andersen told reporters.

The Ducks led early behind Dorsey’s fast start, but Rhode Island grabbed momentum late in the first half. De’Anthony Melton missed a 3-pointer off the front of the rim with three seconds left, but the ball bounced to Chimezie Metu, who put back a one-handed shot at the buzzer that clanged off the front of the rim before dropping through the hoop. The game still got to be played. The Gamecocks battled back and cut the lead to two through a Doniyah Cliney layup in the final seconds. But he had 19 points by halftime in this one, helping the Tar Heels (28-7) quickly eliminate any chance of an unprecedented upset. When a player tried to drive, they found a Gamecock defender there ready to impede their path. Three of the junior’s four offensive rebounds Sunday came in the second half. It defended Duke (28-9) better than anyone has in recent weeks.

SC coach Frank Martin said he admires what Duke has accomplished, though he has been pumping up South Carolina’s stock during the postseason as well. “I’ve never experienced an injury like this in the NCAA Tournament, and I’ve been to a lot of them”.

SC – whose campus is just 120 miles from Greenville – had a majority of the fans in the arena on Friday night in its win over Marquette.

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