Sweet 16 winners, losers: Poised Saint Peter’s keeps the dream alive; bye-bye, Big Ten; hello, ACC

Written by on March 26, 2022

The best run in NCAA males’s event historical past will proceed for not less than two extra days.

The story of the opening weekend after advancing with upsets of No. 2 Kentucky and No. 7 Murray State, No. 15 Saint Peter’s stunned No. 3 Purdue on Friday, changing into the primary No. 15 seed in event historical past to succeed in the Elite Eight.

The Peacocks will meet No. 8 North Carolina, which dispatched No. 4 UCLA, for a shot on the Remaining 4.

Purdue’s 67-64 loss as the favourite represents the Boilermakers’ newest postseason nightmare. They’ve solely two Remaining 4 bids in program historical past, the final in 1980.

Additionally on Friday, No. 1 Kansas held off No. 4 Providence in a 66-61 win outlined by lackluster offense from each groups. Later, No. 10 Miami (Fla.) took care of No. 11 Iowa State.

Consideration now turns to this weekend’s slate of Elite Eight video games, starting with Saturday’s matchups that includes No. 2 Villanova towards No. 5 Houston and No. 2 Duke towards No. four Arkansas.

The Peacocks, Boilermakers, Jayhawks and others make up Friday’s record of winners and losers:

Saint Peter's players celebrate around coach Shaheen Holloway after beating No. 3 Purdue.

WINNERS

Saint Peter’s

That they had no likelihood towards Kentucky. Did not have what it took to beat Murray State. Had a shot towards Purdue, which was no person’s thought of a juggernaut, however the dream was alleged to die within the Candy 16. What’s there to say concerning the Peacocks? This crew takes its lead from coach Shaheen Holloway and performs with poise and composure regardless of the large stakes in March. Whereas the Boilermakers wilted, Saint Peter’s pulled out of a 56-52 gap and was almost good from the road, making 19-of-21 free throws and all eight of its tries within the remaining two minutes. This newest upset might have been written within the stars — or on the calendar, not less than. What’s March 25? Why, it is Nationwide Peacock Day, in fact.

ACC 

There have been well-founded criticisms of the convention by means of a lot of the season as solely Duke appeared able to mounting a event run and the remainder of the league’s groups had been simply struggling to discover a method to get into the sector. 5 groups ultimately made it in with the assistance of some late-season surges. After the Blue Devils locked up their place within the Elite Eight on Thursday, they had been joined Friday by North Carolina and Miami, whereas no different convention has multiple crew left. The three groups advancing come one 12 months after the league was shut out of the regional finals final season. 

Kansas

Guard Remy Martin scored 22 factors and did virtually the entire heavy lifting within the first half as Kansas topped Windfall to succeed in the Elite Eight for the ninth time underneath coach Invoice Self. Martin has led the Jayhawks in scoring in all three event video games; he scored 15 factors within the win towards No. 16 Texas Southern and 20 factors towards No. 9 Creighton. However this sport was on protection and on the boards: Kansas pulled down 43 rebounds, 10 on the offensive finish leading to 17 second-chance factors, and had 11 blocks. 

Jim Larrañaga

Coach L has been right here earlier than. For the second time in his teaching profession he has taken a double-digit seed to the Elite Eight. No different coach has accomplished that earlier than. The primary time was with George Mason in 2006 when the Patriots unexpectedly reached the Remaining 4. He is now taken Miami to its first regional remaining with the Hurricanes blowing away Iowa State with their veteran backcourt main the best way. A matchup with No. 1 seed Kansas awaits, however with the best way Miami has jelled late within the season and with the regular hand of Larrañaga guiding the crew, you possibly can’t write them off.

LOSERS

Massive Ten

There have been two Massive Ten groups within the Candy 16. With first Michigan after which Purdue despatched packing, there can be none within the Elite Eight. Nine teams from the Big Ten made the event, essentially the most of any convention. How the others fared: Rutgers misplaced within the First 4, Iowa and Indiana misplaced within the first spherical, and Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Illinois misplaced within the second spherical.

Mick Cronin

Final 12 months’s run to the Remaining 4 from the First 4 might be missed as a bizarre product of taking part in in a COVID-impacted season in a event bubble. A second consecutive journey would have validated the UCLA coach’s place with the Bruins after many criticized his hiring. As an alternative, Cronin and his crew will rue a missed alternative to succeed in one other Remaining 4 with too many wasteful possessions with the lead late towards North Carolina. Caleb Love’s capturing stored the Bruins from shifting one step from New Orleans. You’d have liked their possibilities towards Saint Peter’s, however sadly they’re headed dwelling to Los Angeles.

Purdue

Purdue’s stomach-churning postseason historical past has its lowest second. This can be a program with a robust monitor file of event wins underneath coach Matt Painter, who has led the Boilermakers to not less than the Candy 16 in every of the previous 5 tournaments. However given the scale benefit, expertise hole and the crew’s favored standing towards the underdog Peacocks, this can be a loss that may linger round Purdue till this system can break by means of this ceiling and return to the Remaining 4 for the primary time in additional than 40 years.

Windfall

After profitable 27 video games, the Friars’ most in a season since 1974, and reaching the Candy 16, a primary since 1997, Windfall bricked away a shot on the program’s third Remaining 4 bid by capturing simply 20% from the sector within the first half and 32.3% general towards the Jayhawks. Down solely 9 factors at halftime, nonetheless, the Friars had been shut sufficient to even take a brief lead, 48-47, with underneath six minutes to go. However the offense went lacking once more, permitting Kansas to drag off the win regardless of failing to hit a shot from the sector within the sport’s remaining three minutes.


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