#16 UNC-Asheville vs. #16 Arkansas-Little Rock
The 1st half was a tight affair where neither team maanaged to lead by more than 5. Little Rock led by 2 at the break and the gritty, tight contest continued in the 2nd. The game was square at 60-60 with under a half-minute remaining with Arkansas-Little Rock in possession….
“MARLON LOUZEIRO FOR THE LEAD! OFF THE MARK! HE GETS HIS OWN REBOUND! They will play for the last shot! Louzeiro with 4! 3 seconds! 2! LOUZEIRO FROM THE KEY!!!! IT’S GOOD!!!! IT’S GOOD!!!!! ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK IS VICTORIOUS!” – Arkansas-Little Rock 62 UNC-Asheville 60
#1 Pittsburgh vs. #16 Arkansas-Little Rock
Yeahhhhhhhh this game was a wipeout. The Trojans held a slim 16-15 lead with 8:03 left in the first half and promptly got outscored 16-2 to close out the opening stanza. There was nothing worth watching in the 2nd half and the Panthers advance with ease. Pittsburgh 74 Arkansas-Little Rock 45
#8 Butler vs. #9 Old Dominion
The runners-up from 2010 would have no repeat success this time around. Old Dominion led nearly wire-to-wire behind 19 points from Kent Bazemore and the team itself blocked 7 Butler shots. Old Dominion 78 Butler 68
#5 Kansas State vs. #12 Utah State
A very poor showing by Jacob Pullen (4-12 FG, 16 pts, 3 TOs) combined with 15 turnovers by the Wildcats in total doomed them as the Aggies never trailed in this blowout and mild upset win. Utah State 75 Kansas State 63
#4 Wisconsin vs. #13 Belmont
In a highly entertaining affair the Bruins gave the Badgers all they could handle and then some. Down by 2 at halftime, Belmont rallied and with :39 to go they were the ones up 69-67. Scott Saunders had a chance to put the game away at the line with :34 to go.
“Saunders first free throw is good. The 2nd one is huge…..MISSED! BUT HE GETS THE REBOUND AND WISCONSIN HAS TO FOUL AGAIN! SAUNDERS FINDS BLAKE JENKINS AND HE IS FOULED! WOW!” – The upset was on and Belmont salted it away at the line. Belmont 74 Wisconsin 67
#6 St. John’s vs. #11 Gonzaga
With no DJ Kennedy the Red Storm were undermanned against the Bulldogs and at halftime it looked like their magical season would end abruptly. Gonzaga built up a 9 point lead and Steve Lavin’s side was sweating. But this is St. John’s, the media darlings of 2011! They fought back but were still down by 3, and then…..
“Here’s Stith! Dishes it to Dwayne Polee! He fires up a three! AND TIES IT AT 64-64!”
After a missed shot by the Zags, the Red Storm had a chance to win it….
“Dwight Hardy with the ball. Does he have another winning effort in him? He’s got 20 points. Hardy still with it and now he spots up for the lead!!!! SCORES!!! SCORES!!! ONE SECOND LEFT! HARDY HAS DONE IT! DAVID STOCKTON THROWS UP A PRAYER!!!! IT’S OFF THE BACK IRON! ST. JOHN’S HAS WON THE GAME!” – St. John’s 67 Gonzaga 64
#3 BYU vs. #14 Wofford
JIMMER! 28 points on 10-25 shooting. Game was finished by midway point in the 2nd half. BYU 66 Wofford 42
#7 UCLA vs. #10 Michigan State
The Spartans were down just 61-60 with 3:35 left. They didn’t score a single point after that. Big Ten basketball!!! UCLA’s horrible free throw shooting (9-18) was offset by their 54% FG percentage and they pulled away for the W. UCLA 72 Michigan State 60
#2 Florida vs. #15 UC-Santa Barbara
The Gauchos hung around in the opening 20 minutes and were only down by 5 at intermission. But the Gators had too much firepower, with 4 of their players in double-figures scoring. Erving Walker was 3-4 from downtown and Billy Donovan’s team advances. Florida 76 UCSB 61
#1 Pitt vs. #9 Old Dominion
The Panthers blew this game wide open, holding Old Dominion scoreless for nearly 6 minutes after they had pulled within 47-44. There would be no 3rd round shocker. Pitt 68 ODU 59
#12 Utah State vs. #13 Belmont
Belmont’s defense was superb, once more. Utah State mustered 1 make out of 15 three-point attempts and couldn’t break 50. Belmont moves on to the Sweet 16. Belmont 61 Utah State 48
#3 BYU vs. #6 St. John’s
JIMMER FREDETTE!!! The only player that matters in basketball. 34 points and 8-8 from the foul line. BYU 79 St John’s 73
#2 Florida vs. #7 UCLA
UCLA’s giant center Joshua Smith went 9-18 from the floor. Sadly that was half of his team’s total field goals and UCLA was promptly blown to bits. Florida just has UCLA’s number. Florida 69 UCLA 54
#1 Pitt vs. #13 Belmont
Belmont was all over Pitt in the opening half and was up as much as 11. Pittsburgh was determined not to blow their #1 seed to waste. Late in the game Belmont was down by 3 after two free throws from Gary McGhee. Could they tie it?
“JJ MANN FROM THE WING! TOUGH SHOT! NO GOOD! Rebound to Pitt with :04 left and Ashton Gibbs is fouled!” – Pitt 80 Belmont 75.
#2 Florida vs. #3 BYU
This was arguably the game of the tournament. So many twists and turns and it would hold true to form in the final minute when Florida held a 78-75 edge with :11 remaining…
“BYU pushing! They need a three! AND THEY GET IT FROM JACKSON EMERY!!!! HERE COMES PARSONS FOR FLORIDA! THE SHOT IS OFF THE MARK!!! REBOUND TO KYLE COLLINSWORTH AND A TIMEOUT WITH :01 LEFT!”
And with that :01….
“They in-bound it to CHARLES ABOUO!!!! WHO WINS IT! BYU WINS THE GAME AT THE HORN! ASTONISHING SCENES!” – BYU 80 Florida 78
#1 Pitt vs. #3 BYU
Jimmer? Who is Jimmer? Ashton Gibbs netted 31 points of f 11-18 shooting and outplayed Fredette as Pitt as a team drilled 11-22 from threeland. BYU had no answer for Pitt’s shooting in the 2nd and could not mount any large runs to get themselves back into the game. Pittsburgh becomes the final team to enter the Final Four. Pitt 86 BYU 75
Your Final Four is set. Ohio State battles Tennessee while Kansas plays Pitt in the other semifinal. Three #1 seeds advance while the Vols are the Cinderella of 2011. The Southeast featured some incredible finishes to salvage an otherwise dull simulated tournament, thus far.
WEDNESDAY: Final Four and Championship Game