Halftime: Minnesota 35, UCLA 25
Iowa State with a nice reverse layup from Niang … largest lead of the night at 18.
Iowa State pushed the lead back to 15 with a free throw to follow.
San Diego State has Oklahoma a bit discombobulated right now.
Iowa State and Notre Dame are back under way for the second half.
David Wear has nine points for UCLA … the rest of the squad has 10.
Halftime: Western Kentucky 31, Kansas 30 … apparently Kansas didn’t deserve a No. 1 seed, either.
Second half under way in Philadelphia between Oklahoma and San Diego State.
Shabazz Muhammad free throws puts UCLA into double figures … with 10:27 to go in the first half.
Under four TV timeout and Western Kentucky is up one. Kansas looks tight.
Halftime: Iowa State 35, Notre Dame 23
Halftime: Oklahoma 33, San Diego State 31
UCLA now on a 2-0 run.
First basket of the game scored by Minnesota with 14:40 left in the first half. Of course, the kid absolutely bricked the free throw. Wouldn’t want to work the crowd into too much of a frenzy with five points in five minutes, after all.
Minnesota 2, UCLA 0 … more than five minutes in. The 1940s called … they want their shooting percentage back.
Western Kentucky up two with 9:32 left in the first half. A 16 over a No. 1 seed? I’m skeptical.
Minnesota and UCLA have tipped and everything is going in the final slate of games.
Still not wild about the generic NCAA tournament floor — if was easier to tell where the game was being played before they did this.
Oklahoma about to go up six on San Diego State. Mountain West looking like posers.
Still not crazy about the lime-green Fighting Irish.
Mountain West Conference sort of needs San Diego State to do something tonight … conference got five bids, had the great conference RPI and they’ve laid a major egg … 1-3 in the tournament so far.
Jamaal Franklin of San Diego State is the only player in the country who leads his team in points, rebounds, assists and steals. He’s also quite goofy looking with those long white sleeves.
Amath M’Baye with a huge jam off a long alley-oop pass … Oklahoma up 7-5.
FINAL: Florida 79, Northwestern State 47 — 15 points in the second half for the highest-scoring team in the nation.
And Northwestern State clears its bench with 1:01 to go … stat sheet time, folks.
Billy Donovan clears his bench up 27 points with 1:42 to go.
Second round of evening games coming up in a bit:
–Oklahoma vs. San Diego State in a 10-7 game at Philadelphia.
–Minnesota vs. UCLA in an 11-6 matchup in Austin.
–Iowa State vs. Notre Dame in another 10-7 battle in Dayton.
–Western Kentucky and Kansas in the last 1-16 game of the second round.
The last of the first games this evening … Florida up 25 on Northwestern State, Demons have scored just 11 points since halftime.
Another nice factoid from ESPN Stats & Info: Georgetown is the first team ever to be eliminated in four straight NCAA tournaments by a team seeded at least five spots lower.
Gotta think that’s a distinction John Thompson III wishes belonged to just about anyone else.
FINAL: North Carolina 78, Villanova 71 … the eighth seed survives. Career win No. 700 for coach Roy Williams.
FINAL: Ohio State 95, Iona 70.
P.J. Hairston layup and three-point p;lay, likely the dagger to Villanova’s chances … 76-68 with 42 seconds left.
Some interesting Florida Gulf Coast facts: They beat the champions of both the Atlantic Coast (Miami) and Big East (Georgetown) this season.
Also, per ESPN Stats & Info: Florida Gulf Coast is now the only unbeaten team in NCAA tournament play (1-0).
Arcidiacono of Villanova off to the bench with a cut over his eye after a scrum for a loose ball. Did ‘Nova bring Rocky’s cut man?
And Florida is pulling away from Northwestern State … 58-42 with less than 11 minutes left.
‘Nova and Carolina going down to the wire … 67-66 UNC with 2:14 left.
And the upset is complete: Florida Gulf Coast 78, Georgetown 68. Oklahoma or San Diego State will be wearing white on Sunday.
Frustration flagrant on Georgetown … Florida Gulf Coast is 5.1 seconds away from pulling off an absolute shocker.
Comer makes it a nine-point lead for Gulf Coast … Georgetown is one and done in the 2013 NCAA tournament.
Sherwood Brown hits two huge free throws … seven-point lead with 38 seconds left.
Starks another 3 … four-point game with 52 seconds left.
Starks a long 3 for Georgetown … five points down with 1:04 to go.
Ohio State now up 80-53 with 7:40 to go. Iona’s done.
Bad foul on Gulf Coast … up eight with 1:19 to go, you can’t foul.
Fieler another huge jam off an alley-oop from Comer … HUGE! FGCU back up nine with 1:48 to go.
Starks hits one of two from the line … Georgetown down eight.
Porter 3 cuts it to nine … maybe this isn’t going to happen. Georgetown back within single digits for the first time since early in the half.
Gulf Coast up 15 with 3:08 to go … this is going to happen.
For the record, Florida Gulf Coast could be the seventh No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2 seed since the tourney went to 64 teams in 1985 … and the third in the last two years.
Ohio State free throw puts the Buckeyes up 20. Iona may be done.
Villanova leading by one with the ball … less than 13 to play. North Carolina is gagging this one away in a hurry.
Gulf Coast has one basket in the last eight minutes … they’re not making it easy on themselves.
Florida Gulf Coast with a dumb turnover, Georgetown gives it back with a dumb offensive foul.
Starks with a runner and Georgetown has it at 12 again, but only 5:42 left.
Tied up in Kansas City … Villanova all the way back from a 20-point deficit.
Yarou hits a couple of free throws for Villanova — Wildcats have it back to two against UNC.
Back-to-back baskets for the Hoyas and they’ve got it to 12 again.
Comer with eight points and eight dimes … Gulf Coast by 17 again.
Halftime: Florida 40, Northwestern State 32
OK … kicking opponent in the head is OK … protecting a teammate from getting kicked in the head, that’s a technical foul. Interesting.
Fieler with another dunk … Georgetown down 19 … then finally gets a basket.
Georgetown’s screeners need to understand they aren’t pulling guards.
Brown with a 3 from somewhere in North Jersey … Florida Gulf Coast up 13!
Gulf Coast now up 10 … uh-oh.
Odd to see Powerade buckets behind the Gators bench …
Corner 3 for Thompson … Gulf Coast is up eight.
At the half in Dayton: Ohio State 43, Iona 33 … Buckeyes close the half on a 6-0 run after the Gaels closed the gap to four points.
Villanova has it under 10 at the half. North Carolina with some very unimpressive play in the last four minutes of the half.
Georgetown with six straight points to get it back to one.
Wow! Chase Fieler goes up strong on the alley-oop! Gulf Coast up seven.
FGCU and Georgetown are a combined 17-for-53 at halftime. Oof.
Iona calls timeout and I’m in a quad commercial. There’s bad luck … and then there’s four commercials at one time.
Billy Donovan has been at Florida for 17 years … I remember him playing for Providence in the ’87 Final Four. I’m officially old.
Iona down 11 … they just can’t seem to get it back inside double figures.
Did Laury call bank on that jumper?
Momo Jones, first 13:30 — zero points. Momo Jones, last two possessions — five points. Loose ball foul on Ohio State and Iona suddenly has a chance to get it back inside 10.
Tavon Sledge of Iona (5’9″) just blocked a shot by Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas (6’7″). Impressive.
North Carolina up 17 on Villanova … so much for the 8-9 game being competitive.
Florida’s size is going to be an issue for Northwestern State.
Line change for Northwestern State … five new players into the game.
Florida Gulf Coast 24, Georgetown 22 at the half. John Thompson III would be pulling his hair out if he had any.
Northwestern State and Florida getting set to tip.
Also pretty sure these Iona guards didn’t see on-ball defenders like Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott in the MAAC.
Terrific block by Evan Ravenel leads to an easy bucket for Ohio State … 22-8 Buckeyes with 10:35 left in the first half.
Reggie Bullock drains all three free throws to put UNC up seven. Impressive shooting by the impressive faux-hawk.
Georgetown not helping its own cause with a moving screen … with one second on the shot clock.
And Florida Gulf Coast takes a lead off a fast break … Georgetown not really looking like a No. 2 seed so far.
Back to Philadelphia in time to see FGCU tie it at 20-20 with 4:21 to go in the first half….9-2 run for the Eagles.
Villanova might want to consider not fouling guys taking off-balance 20-footers, also.
Taking contested 3s with 28 seconds on the shot clock is not a good recipe for Villanova. On the plus side, they got a shot instead of a fourth straight turnover.
Three trips down the floor in the ‘Nova-UNC game … three turnovers, five missed shots …. yikes.
James Michael McAdoo could have very easily picked up his second cheap foul on the loose ball. Who knew body checking point guards would be legal?
Villanova and North Carolina under way in Kansas City.
Impressive block by OSU’s Amir Williams … sort of. More impressive if he doesn’t volleyball spike it into the fourth row.
Switching over to Iona-Ohio State, just in time to see that at least one official doesn’t know what the little arc under the basket means.
And a 3-ball makes it a one-point game again … Georgetown timeout.
Florida Gulf Coast 0-for its last eight shots … and down six. Georgetown misses three straight on one trip, FGCU with a layup. This is ugly.
No offense to the Eagles and Hoyas, but I’ve seen better finishes close to the basket at a YMCA than what I’ve seen the last two minutes or so.
The run is now 8-0 for Georgetown … .actually, it’s more of a fast walk than a run….but eight straight points, just the same.
UPSET ALERT!!!! No, not so fast …. but FGCU is up one after the G’town defender got caught with his back turned to the inbounder.
Florida Gulf Coast could be up at least five if the Murray kid had any hands at all.
And it’s a final, Illinois 57, Colorado 49; the Pac-12′s first loss of the tournament. Next up for the Illini: No. 2 seed Miami on Sunday.
Watching the bitter end–for Colorado, anyway–of the final game of the afternoon session before switching over to Florida Gulf Coast and Georgetown, the leadoff game of the evening session of the fourth day of the NCAA tournament. Other games leading off the evening session: Iona vs. Ohio State, Northwestern State vs. Florida and Villanova vs. North Carolina. The script says blowout, blowout, blowout, potentially really good game. We shall see,