This is by far the weakest region of the tournament. Notre Dame is the top contender for that final spot into the Final Four. Texas, Florida State, and Georgetown are through, but will a surprise team advance in BOTL 2010? Find out after the jump.
#1 Notre Dame vs. #8 Arkansas Pine-Bluff
How else could this have ended? Ark PB led only once at 6-5 and then got blitzed with a scoring barrage soon after. No need to go into detail, the Fighting Irish were dominant. Notre Dame 84 Arkansas Pine-Bluff 48
#4 Utah State vs. #5 Siena
Tai Wesley was sensational. He finished the game with 26 points on 11-15 shooting and the Aggies broke a close halftime scoreline to win comfortably over Siena. Utah State 71 Siena 61
#2 Richmond vs. #7 Robert Morris
Another game over by halftime. NOT A SINGLE ROBERT MORRIS PLAYER SCORED IN DOUBLE FIGURES!!! Ugh. Richmond 74 Robert Morris 57
#3 Louisville vs. #6 Sam Houston State
Wait a minute…..an upset in the making? The Bearkats led 37-30 at halftime and then 62-49 with just 7:25 to go! Oh crap Louisville made 8 shots in a row and it’s 67-64 Cards with 2:05 left. Sam Houston State….turnover machine. Kyle Kuric nailed a turnaround shot. Well that’s game over. The Cards finished the final 7:25 9-9 from the field and avoided the shock. Louisville 74 Sam Houston State 64
#1 Notre Dame vs. #4 Utah State
The Fighting Irish shot out to a 20-9 lead in a fast first half, but the Aggies rallied to take a 40-35 edge at halftime. Notre Dame continued to push the pace and once again was ahead at 67-58. There was to be another twist in this one as the Aggies pulled within 1 in the final 80 seconds, and then down 73-70 Utah State was given one more chance….
“HARANGODY FOR THREE!!! OFF THE MARK!! REBOUND BY TYLER NEWBOLD!!! SIX SECONDS LEFT!!! HE KICKS IT TO POOH WILLIAMS FOR THE TIE!!! NO GOOD!! CARLETON SCOTT GRABS THE REBOUND! THEY TRY TO FOUL BUT THEY CAN’T!!! NOTRE DAME WINS! Notre Dame 73 Utah State 70
#2 Richmond vs. #3 Louisville
The Spiders jumped all over the Cardinals and led from wire-to-wire. Rick Pitino’s side shot a putrid 32% from the floor and the trio of Kevin Anderson, David Gonzalvez, and Justin Harper made 19 field goals, 2 more than Louisville as a team. Richmond 67 Louisville 52
#1 Notre Dame vs. #2 Richmond
Unlike the last two games, Notre Dame got off to a slow start and was playing in a really low-scoring affair in the opening 20 minutes. Alas, they did hold a 4 point lead at halftime through grind-it-out defensive oriented hoops. Overall the contest opened up in the 2nd half but the Spiders had a 61-58 lead with under 2 minutes to go. Dan Geriot and Kevin Anderson each drained three point shots in the space of 46 seconds to stretch the advantage to 9 and put the game beyond any doubt. Richmond pulls off the “upset”. Richmond 70 Notre Dame 63
So there you have it. All of the regions are complete and only Georgetown emerged as a #1 seed advancing into the BOTL Final Four. Here are the matchups scheduled for Monday with the 3rd place and title game likely to be played on Tuesday:
#1 Georgetown (Midwest) vs. #2 Florida State (West)
#2 Richmond (South) vs. #4 Texas (East)
That’s it for now, congratulations to every team that advanced in this bracket. What more excitement will these simulations bring?