After St. Mary's nearly came back on Memphis, it sent a jolt to the remaining afternoon games as we saw close games and upset change the mood of Thursday's early session. Perhaps the sea change really took place throughout the Davidson-Marquette matchup which had upset written all over it.
As the Gaels effort fell short, Davidson was taking control against the Golden Eagles, going up by 9 late in the 2nd half. Somehow, Marquette found a way to rally back, despite the Wildcats great free throw shooting and Marquette's own awful three-point shooting. They made some three's and forced a turnover on the press. Finally, it came down to Vander Blue took the inbounds from 3/4 court and drove it to the hole and gets the winning layup. Now, a soon-to-be Big East matchup will take place as Butler awaits the Golden Eagles.
Meanwhile, Southern University gave Gonzaga a scare. A 15-4 run in the second half tied the game at 56, before three's by Gary Bell and Kevin Pangos put the Zags back ahead and ultimately the win. Meanwhile, all the criticism of Oregon getting a 12-seed was proved to be warranted as they dominated from start to finish over Oklahoma State.
More recaps for the night games, which as I post this will come sooner, rather than later.