Friday, March 22, 2013

No Repeat For Duke, Ole Miss Upset and Temple Hangs On

Duke went up against Albany today hoping to avoid last year's pitfall against Lehigh in this 15-2 matchup. While the Great Danes played hard all game long, the Blue Devils never allowed them to make this closer than 8 in the second half. They shot very well in the first half, ending up shooting 58 percent, not to mention too much Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee for Albany to handle. Duke will move on to face the Creighton/Cincinnati winner.

The story of the SEC Tournament (besides the failures of Kentucky) was Marshall Henderson from Ole Miss. Now, him and the Rebels start making noise in the NCAA Tournament as they beat Wisconsin 57-46. The Badgers looked like a sleeper Final Four team after reaching the Big 10 Final, but for the first time in 6 years, they are sent home in the first round, despite what someone decided to put on Wisconsin's Wikipedia page.

Temple dominated the first half against N.C. State, who continued their Jerkyl and Hyde routine upon the close of this season. The Wolfpack tried to rally late, but not enough smart decisions (allowing 11 seconds run off before fouling late was a killer) helped the Owls prevail, who looked for any way to give this one away. Credit Khalif Wyatt, who scored 31 points and was more importantly 12-14 from the free throw line as being able to give Fran Dunphy his third tourney win in his career.

I know Miami-Pacific isn't finished but Miami's up by 30, so we can pretty much move on.

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