We’re recapping the best, worst and weird moments of the NCAA Tournament, which tipped its round of 64 on Thursday. The round of 32 saw the first No. 1 seed fall on Saturday, and the upsets continued Sunday with Louisville’s loss to red-hot Michigan.
It’s the Clutch Ducks, again
Dillon Brooks made the case he’s the best clutch scorer in the NCAA this year with two game-winners under his belt.
In the round of 32 with No. 11 seed Rhode Island leading for much of the game, Brooks’ No. 3 seed Oregon Ducks needed a comeback. They pulled even, then let someone other than Brooks make the big shot. It came after Oregon recovered an offensive rebound to follow a Brooks miss.
Tyler Dorsey’s last of his 27 points came with 40 seconds left and the game tied, 72-72.
— Ben Storm (@stormpdx) March 20, 2017
Oregon held on for a 75-72 victory.
Yeah, Luke Kennard fouled out late as Duke attempted to rally against South Carolina. Yes, it was an awful call.
The Blue Devils would eventually fall, joining also-second-seeded Louisville among the victims of Sunday upsets. But it sure generated a few good memes.
UNC, Arkansas defined by the refs
Arkansas had No. 1 seed North Carolina in its crosshairs late.
The Razorbacks trailed 66-65 with 1:18 left when guard Daryl Macon launched a desperate three with the shotclock winding. It was ruled an airball, but as the referees went to review that the ball bounced on the baseline out of bounds, replays shown on TV showed a clean block by UNC big man Kennedy Meeks.
— Drunk Sports Fan (@Drunken_fan) March 20, 2017
Referees didn’t change the call. Instead of Arkansas having a shot to inbound with a second left, it was UNC ball. And when UNC took the ball down the court and burned some time, another questionable decision came from the officials.
Tar Heel Joel Berry drove into a seemingly planted Isaiah Hicks of Arkansas, who took a bit of contact from Berry — there was no call, and Meeks grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back after Berry threw up the ball thinking he was fouled.
Just like they drew it up pic.twitter.com/hXHaoIjcNj
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 20, 2017
North Carolina won 72-65 and advanced to face fourth-seeded Butler.
Michigan is officially rolling
The Wolverines are in the Sweet 16 for the third time in five years with their seventh win in a row — the last five have all come against NCAA Tournament opponents. Coach John Beilein’s team has beaten second, fourth, fifth, eighth and 10th seeds spanning the Big Ten Tournament and the first two NCAA Tournament outings.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino compared Michigan to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors prior to Michigan’s Sunday, 73-69 upset of his No. 2-seeded Cardinals because of how wet the Wolverines’ three-point jumpers have been of late.
Speaking of wet, Beilein appeared before his postgame speech with a Super Soaker in hand.
— Aaron Johnson (@AJohnsonNBA) March 19, 2017
Here’s his postgame speech.
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 19, 2017
The Wolverines may be a No. 7 seed, but upcoming opponents don’t have any reason to take them lightly.
Gregg Marshall’s wife is Wichita State’s No. 1 fan
Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall knows his team’s most rowdy fan well.
Lynn was really pushing the limits of being a good fan.
To make this story even more weird, a reporter who took video of Marshall was asked by the NCAA to remove it. He did … for the time being.