March Madness 2022: Juwan Howard consoles Tennessee player; Saint Peter’s continues Cinderella run; NCAA Tournament recap

Written by on March 20, 2022

Saturday’s slate of NCAA Match video games kicked off with defending nationwide champion Baylor falling to North Carolina 93-86 in overtime, making the Bears the primary No. 1 seed to lose. 

Brady Manek had 26 factors for the Heels before he was ejected midway through the second half after being referred to as for a Flagrant 2 elbow. R.J. Davis led North Carolina with 30 factors and Armando Bacot chipped in with 15 factors, 16 rebounds and three blocks.

Baylor, who bought 27 factors from Adam Flagler, erased a 25-point deficit as Baylor tied the rating at 80 with 15 seconds left.

Their Large 12 rival and fellow No. 1 seed Kansas averted the identical destiny because the Jayhawks took down Creighton. 

The Cinderellas additionally take heart stage, with No. 11 Michigan taking part in Tennessee in South Area motion, No. 12 Richmond towards Windfall, No. 15 Saint Peter’s, who took out Kentucky in beautiful trend, attempting once more towards Murray State, and New Mexico State, a 12 seed within the West, taking over Arkansas.

High general seed Gonzaga closes out the night time’s motion towards a gifted Memphis squad. 

Tennessee guard Kennedy Chandler sobs in the arms of Michigan head coach Juwan Howard after their NCAA Tournament game.

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No. 1 Gonzaga rallies previous Memphis to achieve Candy 16

Only a reminder: They’re the No. 1 general seed for a purpose. 

Trailing 41-31 at halftime to ninth-seeded Memphis, Gonzaga mounted a livid comeback Saturday night time to win 82-78 and advance to its seventh consecutive Candy 16.  

After an abysmal first half through which he went 1-of-Three from the ground and 2-of-Four from the free-throw line, Gonzaga ahead Drew Timme took issues into his personal fingers in the beginning of the second half. Timme scored 11 straight factors, pulling the Zags inside three, 45-42. 

The Zags, who had been brutal on the free-throw line within the first half (4-of-9), saved chipping away, although Memphis refused to fold. The Tigers hung round even after Gonzaga took its first lead of the half, 58-57 when — who else? — Timme scored inside with 10:16 to go. 

The Zags didn’t path once more, although Memphis did tie it twice, at 64-64 and 66-66. 

Essentially the most essential stretch for Gonzaga got here with 5:15 to go. Tied at 66, the Zags went inside once more to Timme, who tossed it over his shoulder to Holmgren for a simple alley-oop dunk. Holmgren adopted with a block, and level guard Andrew Nembhard capitalized on the opposite finish with a Three on the high of the important thing. Then Nembhard drew a cost, forcing a Memphis turnover.

Nembhard finally iced it on the free-throw line, hitting 4 in a row to place the sport out of attain. The senior guard completed with 23 factors, together with 5-of-10 from 3, and 5 assists. Timme chipped in with 25 factors, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. 

Memphis was led by DeAndre Williams and Tyler Harris, who scored 14 and 13, respectively. 

— Lindsay Schnell 

No. 15 Saint Peter’s knocks off No. 7 Murray State to achieve Candy 16 

Saint Peter’s is not performed with its storybook run.

The Peacocks proved they’re removed from a one-hit surprise, upsetting Murray State 70-60 within the NCAA Match’s second spherical to achieve the college’s first-ever Candy 16. 

Saint Peter’s, a small college from Jersey Metropolis, New Jersey, turns into simply the third No. 15 seed to make it to the second weekend of March Insanity, becoming a member of Oral Roberts final yr and Florida Gulf Coast in 2013 as the one No. 15s to ever attain the Candy 16. 

The Peacocks shocked No. 2 seed Kentucky within the first spherical and carried over that momentum Saturday. However Murray State, an upstart mid-major that garnered a No. 7 seed in these NCAAs and had gained 19 in a row, did not go away with no combat – making Saint Peter’s work for the victory within the closing minutes.  

The Peacocks (21-11) did not path all sport and fended off the Racers’ livid rally late within the sport in a back-and-forth affair. Guard Doug Edert proved to be a hero once more for Saint Peter’s, scoring 10 of his 13 factors within the sport’s last 5 minutes, and ahead KC Ndefo was all over the place on the court docket – ending with 17 factors, eight rebounds and 6 blocks.

— Scott Gleeson

UCLA loses Jaime Jaquez to foot harm in win over Saint Mary’s

UCLA superior to the Candy 16 for the second straight yr with a 72-56 win over fifth-seeded Saint Mary’s, nevertheless it got here at a value — certainly one of their finest gamers. 

Jaime Jaquez Jr., a 6-foot-7 junior ahead who was an All-Pac-12 choice this season, left the sport with 6:58 to go after touchdown awkwardly and twisting his proper ankle.

Jaquez Jr., who got here into the second spherical averaging 12.Three factors and 6.1 rebounds, managed to stroll off the court docket with out assist, however quickly he was on the bench in his warmups, with an enormous bag of ice wrapped round his foot. On the time of his departure, Jaquez Jr. had 15 factors, two assists and a rebound. 

Jaquez Jr. is certainly one of UCLA’s Large Three, together with level guard Tyger Campbell (10.Four factors per sport and 5.Four assists) and main scorer Johnny Juzang, who scores 16 factors per sport.  

Jaquez began all 32 video games for the Bruins final yr, averaging 12.Three factors and 6.1 rebounds as he helped UCLA to its first Remaining 4 since 2008. 

– Lindsay Schnell

Jaime Jaquez Jr. of the UCLA Bruins reacts as he sits on the bench after injuring his right ankle against the Saint Mary's Gaels in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Juwan Howard consoles Tennessee star after Michigan upset

Michigan was on the verge of lacking the NCAA Match final week. Now the No. 11 Wolverines are heading to the Candy 16 after ousting No. 3 Tennessee, 76-68.

However as a substitute of celebrating along with his workforce after the win, Juwan Howard wrapped his arms round Tennessee freshman star Kennedy Chandler, who cried into his jersey.

The visible of Howard consoling Chandler after the sport was a strong second of sportsmanship. It was a robust distinction from the actions that value Howard a five-game common season suspension for a bodily confrontation with Wisconsin’s teaching employees again in February. 

Like Chandler, Howard has been on the receiving finish of a devastating loss earlier than as a participant. He was a part of Michigan’s Fab 5 that reached the finals of the NCAA Match in 1992 and 1993, though they got here up brief each instances.

Fellow Fab 5 member Chris Webber celebrated with Howard after the upset win on Saturday. They jumped up and down whereas embracing one another. 

– Scott Gleeson, Cydney Henderson

Kim Mulkey emotional as LSU ladies keep away from historic upset by Jackson State

Jackson State was on the verge of being the primary No. 14 seed to ever win within the NCAA match. The JSU Tigers had been main No. Three LSU by 10 factors with lower than minutes to go earlier than the LSU Tigers closed the sport on a 19-Three run to fend off the upset, 83-77. 

Head coach Kim Mulkey, wearing a black and gold sequin blazer, displayed a variety of feelings in the course of the sport. At one level, when Ryann Payne fouled out within the fourth quarter, Mulkey seemed to be on the verge of tears. 

The win marks Mulkey’s first NCAA match victory at LSU.  

– Cydney Henderson

LSU head coach Kim Mulkey calls to her team in the first half of a women's college basketball game against Jackson State.

Kansas makes historical past with win over Creighton

No. 1 Kansas is tied atop faculty basketball’s all-time victory checklist after beating No. 9 Creighton 79-72 to advance to their first Candy 16 since 2018. Remy Martin scored 20 factors and Ochai Agbaji added 15 factors.

The Jayhawks now have a complete of 2,353 wins, tied with Kentucky for probably the most victories all-time. The Wildcats had been knocked out within the first spherical by No. 15 seed St. Peter’s.

Kansas will play both Richmond or Windfall within the Candy 16 spherical.

– Cydney Henderson

Full-strength UConn begins NCAA match with rout of Mercer

Paige Bueckers began and scored 12 factors as UConn started its run towards a 12th NCAA Match title with an 83-38 first-round rout of No. 15 seed Mercer on Saturday.

Final season’s nationwide participant of the yr performed 25 minutes, probably the most in six video games since she got here again from a left knee harm that saved her out for greater than two months. She additionally had 5 assists and 4 rebounds.

Christyn Williams had 13 factors to steer the Huskies (26-5), who opened the match with a win for the 28th consecutive time. Dorka Juhasz added 10 factors and 10 rebounds. The Huskies led 43-23 at halftime, then shut out Mercer 20-Zero within the third quarter.

The Huskies improved to 126-21 within the NCAA Match and 29-2 of their opening sport

– Related Press

Villanova upsets sixth seed BYU

Maddy Siegrist scored 25 factors and 11th-seeded Villanova rallied to beat No. 6 seed BYU 61-57 on Saturday within the first spherical of the ladies’s NCAA Match.

Kaitlyn Oriehl added 10 factors and Lucy Olsen had 9 for the Wildcats, who completed second within the Large East.

The Wildcats will face the winner of third-seeded Michigan and No. 14 seed American on Monday.

– Related Press

UNC sends No. 1 seed Baylor packing; on to the Candy 16

North Carolina placed on an offensive clinic early to construct a 25-point lead earlier than holding off an impressed rally that pressured extra time, escaping defending national champion Baylor 93-86 on Saturday within the NCAA Match’s second spherical at Fort Value, Texas.

The Bears, the primary No. 1 seed to fall in March Insanity, had been near pulling off the most important comeback in NCAA Match historical past by thrillingly storming again within the sport’s last six minutes. The No. 8-seeded Tar Heels, a bubble workforce in the beginning of the month, superior to the Candy 16 within the East Area. 

Regardless of coughing up the sizable lead and taking part in fully discombobulated within the last minutes of regulation, North Carolina discovered a solution to intestine out the upset in extra time. UNC guard R.J. Davis made a pivotal three-point play with 1:18 remaining in extra time for a play that gave the Tar Heels a six-point edge and proved to be the difference-maker. 

– Scott Gleeson

Kansas State ladies use large sport from Lee to advance

Ayoka Lee had 20 factors and 15 rebounds as No. 9 Kansas State overcame a irritating defensive scheme from No. Eight Washington State and gained 50-40 within the first spherical of the ladies’s NCAA Match on Saturday.

Lee, a second-team AP All-America choice, made only one shot from the ground within the first half, however rallied within the second to steer the Wildcats (20-11) to their first match victory since 2017. Brylee Glenn added 14 factors for Kansas State.

The Wildcats will face the winner of the sport between No. 1 N.C. State and No. 16 Longwood on Monday in Raleigh.

– Related Press

North Carolina up on No. 1 seed Baylor

Baylor, the defending nationwide champion, is 20 minutes away from being the primary No. 1 seed to be ousted from the match. The Tar Heels led 42-29 on the break of their second-round matchup within the East Area. 

The Tar Heels are being paced by R.J. Davis, who hit 4-for-6 from 3-point vary and has 17 factors. Brady Manek has 9 factors for Carolina.

Adam Flagler has six factors for Baylor, which shot 40 p.c within the half and has solely two assists on its 12 made baskets. 

– Scooby Axson

Kansas one step nearer to historical past

The document for all-time wins in faculty basketball historical past is near being owned by Kansas.

With a victory within the second spherical matchup towards Creighton, the Jayhawks will pad their win complete to 2,353, tying Kentucky for probably the most victories all-time. The Wildcats failed so as to add to their lead after they misplaced to No. 15 seed St. Peter’s within the first spherical.

North Carolina is third all-time with 2,319 victories. 

No. 12 seeds Richmond, New Mexico State look to proceed Cinderella runs

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Richmond gained a sport within the males’s NCAA basketball match for the primary time since 2011. To some, which may sound like a very long time.

Simply strive telling that to New Mexico State: The Aggies gained within the tourney for the primary time since — drum roll, please — 1993.

Saturday these 12-seeds will play towards 4-seeds for spots within the Candy 16: Richmond vs. Windfall, New Mexico State vs. Arkansas.

“To get a chance to go to the Candy 16 is every thing you dream of as a child,” Richmond guard Jacob Gilyard stated Friday. “That’s form of why you play basketball.”

New Mexico State guard Sir’Jabari Rice understands that sense of craving.

“After you win one sport,” he stated, “what’s the purpose of shedding the following?

– Erik Brady

Duke has the expertise to make a title run for Coach Ok, however inexperience stays the wild card

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Typically, expertise alone is greater than sufficient.

On this there is no such thing as a doubt: Duke’s roster doesn’t lack for expertise, with as many as 5 contributors ticketed for the primary spherical of the NBA draft. As an alternative, what the No. 2 Blue Devils lack is expertise, making this maybe probably the most distinctive NCAA Match group of coach Mike Krzyzewski’s practically full tenure.

With a roster this younger, each high-pressure match sport may carry Duke nearer to matching the total potential of Krzyzewski’s last workforce.

“I believe what distinguishes us is we really feel we have not reached our full potential but,” stated junior ahead Wendell Moore. “We’ve not reached practically pretty much as good a workforce as we could be but. I imply, we have seen glimpses of it.”

– Paul Myerberg

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