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FINAL: 66-50 Duke—they will face Michigan State in the Sweet 16.
Doug McDermott fouls out with under a minutes left.
Duke is in control, 61-47 with 2:01 remaining.
Great defensive step for Duke—Doug McDermott hasn’t gotten a field goal in over 23 minutes, thats how you beat Creighton.
Gregory Echenique with a head fake and finish on Mason Plumlee and draws the foul. Plumlee fouls out with Duke up 10 after the Echenique free throw.
Doug McDermott offensive foul. Creighton down by 12 with 3:20 remaining. The Blue Jays are in critical condition.
Nine-point game with 4:35 to play. Creighton can win this game, but they have to get the ball into McDermott in the post and have him get to the line.
Creighton needs to attack the paint if they want to have a chance in this one.
Now Amile Jefferson has three fouls, the Duke front court needs to play much more cautiously. McDermott could get going here in the final seven minutes.
Jefferson has been the one on Doug McDermott and has been the one containing one of the nations best scorers.
Amile Jefferson has been huge off the bench for Duke with Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly each having four fouls.
This game is getting away from Creighton, McDermott is frustrated and the Blue Devils are on a 14-5 run over the past seven-plus minutes.
Ryan Kelly with four fouls, could be huge if Doug McDermott can get hot.
Now onto TBS for the final game of the round of 32, Duke-Creighton. Duke is up 39-30 with 13 minutes left.
FINAL: 63-59 Miami (FL) who is onto the Sweet 16 to take on Marquette.
Rion Brown knocks down two free throws and that should do it. The Hurricanes are up by four with seven seconds left.
Egwu gets the put back off the Illinois miss and Miami is going back to the line with 7.7 seconds left. Illinois has no timeouts left.
Larkin gets both, guy has been clutch for them. Miami up four with 15.6 seconds left.
Reggie Johnson, the teams worst free throw gets the ball for Miami, but Illinois doesn’t foul him and Shane Larkin is now going to the line after killing about five to seven seconds.
While Miami and Illinois is in a timeout, Duke is up five on Creighton with 15:53 left in the ball game.
Miami ball 22 seconds left up two after Egwu gets both to go.
Brandon Paul can’t get a tough layup and Illinois can’t finish two put backs but Nnanna Egwu is going to the line for two.
Durand Scott gets both free throws putting Miami up two with 35 left.
Second look at it, it should be Illinois ball no doubt.
D.J Richardson air balls a three and it is Miami ball, looked close to staying with Illinois now. The crowd is not happy about it.
Shane Larkin step-back three and he makes it look easy. 57-55 Miami 54.2 left on the clock.
Illinois goes one for two from the line and Miami has a shot to take the lead.
Creighton-Duke just started on TBS, but I suggest staying on TNT for the finish of the Miami-Illinois game.
Several tips towards the rim ends up with a Durand Scott layup. Tied at 54, 1:30 remaining.
After a rough start, Brandon Paul has stepped up and has 18 points on 8/17 shooting.
Shane Larkin with a charge! Timeout on the floor Illinois is up by two.
Brandon Paul with a huge finish! Now Illinois takes a two-point lead.
Nnanna Egwu with a put back that is followed with a Tracy Abrams layup. Tie game at 52.
Another one for Paul, two in a row. Just a two point game with five minutes left.
Brandon Paul with a big three with a little over six left. Stopped the bleeding for Illinois and cuts it to three.
Sam McLaurin with a big block on Shane Larking. Canes still up four with 8 minutes left.
Durand Scott gets his first bucket of the night, but a big one, gives the Hurricanes a three-point as we hit the halfway point of the second half.
Shane Larkin with a nice drive and finish. He draws the foul also, Miami takes the lead back.
Illinois-Miami is now the only game on now that Duke-Creighton is at the half. The game is airing on TNT.
Tyler Thornton banks in a fade-away three at the buzzer giving Duke a 29-23 lead going into the half.
Fun fact: First time every two seeds that are a 12 seed or lower are in the Sweet 16, Oregon and Florida Gulf Coast (Via @SportsCenter).
The fact that Illinois is giving Miami a run for their money shows the strength of the Big Ten. Very real chance that four Big Ten schools are in the Final Four. Indiana/Illinois from the East, Michigan from the South, Michigan State from the Midwest and Ohio State from the West.
Illinois has grabbed the lead with a little over 12 to play. 35-34.
But, Duke-Creighton can be uglier. At one point, Creighton couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat, but now they are up one.
The Miami-Illinois game continues to be ugly, Miami is up 31-30 with 15 minutes left.
Tyrone Garland for the win! Garland gets inside the Ole Miss zone for a layup with two seconds left to win it. Wow, great game.
Shot clock violation on Ole Miss. No shot clock for La Salle now with the ball, 31 ticks left. Again, on Tru TV, I’d get there if I were you.
Creighton has battled back to take a 17-16 lead with 5 minutes left in the half.
They hit both, La Salle-Ole Miss tied at 74 get to Tru TV now.
La Salle going back to the line. 1:07 left, still down two.
La Salle missed the front end of the one-and-one. Free throws win games and that could be a killer.
La Salle going to the line down two with 1:33 left.
Second half about to get underway in the Miami-Illinois game.
Reginald Buckner with a big rebound and finish with the foul giving the Rebels a one-point lead with under three to go.
Creighton has went cold after a nice start, missing 13 of the past 15 field goal attempts.
What a turn of events in KC— Reginald Buckner with a great spin move and layup that is answered with a Sam Mills and-one from three. Mills misses the free throw but is followed up making it a five-point play. 71-69 Ole Miss with a little more than three to play.
Ole Miss up 67-64 with 4:37 left.
If La Salle ends up losing, they have themselves to blame, seven second half turnovers are unacceptable.
Marshall Henderson with an and-one! He is really starting to feel it.
Murphy Holloway and Marshall Henderson are keeping Ole Miss in the game. The only players making big plays when they are needed. Game is tied at 62.
Correction Duke is up 11-4. Although, Creighton has been better then what the scoreboard is showing.
Creighton-Duke is underway on TBS. Creighton has jumped out to a 9-4 lead, looking sharp against the Dukies.
La Salle now marching back, after being down six they are back down 2 with just aout eight left.
Marshall Henderson leads the country with 391 three-point attempts and counting this season. At the moment is ahead of the next player by 31 attempts.
It hasn’t been pretty and Jim Larranaga can not be to happy. Miami is only up three, 29-26.
Brandon Paul goes coast-to-coast with 5 seconds to go to cut the Miami lead to three going into the half.
There he is—Marshall Henderson drains a timely three to put Ole Miss up four with under ten to go.
A Murphy Holloway and-one isn’t converted but he gets his own rebound and finishes. He has 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Henderson isn’t shooting that well, but he has had some timely shots. That little fade-away was one of them, stopped La Salle’s momentum and made it a one-point game.
Like I said in my post earlier last week, Brandon Paul is having trouble keeping up with Shane Larkin in the battle of playmakers, Larkin has eight points and three assists. Paul has four points on two of five shooting.
Miami up 23-20 with just over five left. Illinois is a tough out after playing in the gauntlet that is the Big Ten. Illinois can’t be counted out of this game.
Reginald Buckner picked up his third foul just now for Ole Miss, he’s been quiet tonight, but he and Murphy Holloway together are a force in the paint.
Galloway has six threes leading to his 22 points.
Ramon Galloway hit a three that made Henderson’s range look like only layups.
The Kansas-UNC game and FGCU-SDSU game got out of hand in the second half after setting up to be great ones, but the Ole Miss-La Salle game may be even until the end with Marshall Henderson playing.
Henderson hit a jumper on the previous possession but then missed a step back three. Henderson is just a roller coaster and reminds me a lot like J.R Smith. Anybody else see that?
Second half is underway in Kansas City and La Salle-Ole Miss are knotted at 42 with 18 minutes left.
Tyler Griffey is getting hot—has hit three threes off the bench for the Fighting Illini, who are up 18-14 at the halfway point of the first half.
Action has picked up over the past four minutes, now 13-12 Illinois with 11 minutes left.
Neither team has looked to sharp—still 7-2 with 15 left in the first half.
FINAL: 81-71 Florida Gulf Coast, #15 to the Sweet 16—the ultimate cinderella.
San Diego State is trying to extend the game, but there is no use. Florida Gulf Coast is Sweet 16 bound.
This will be the first time a 15 seed advances to the Sweet 16. What an incredible story this team is writing during this tournament.
This one is just about over 77-62 Florida Gulf Coast with under two minutes remaining.
Miami has jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first two and a half minutes. Tune into TNT to see that game.
Marshall Henderson salvages his awful half with a deep three just before the buzzer. Although, the Rebels are down 2 at the half.
Another highlight reel dunk for FGCU, many are from Brett Comer, who has 12 dimes tonight.
This one is just about over—FGCU is now up 70-52. Cinderella everybody
Murphy Holloway has made people forget about Marshall Henderson’s poor first half. Holloway has 8 points, 6 rebounds, a steal and block so far.
What was once a two-point game with just under 10 left has now become a comfortable 14-point lead for Florida Gulf Coast.
San Diego State is in critical condition—everything is falling for the Eagles, who have pushed their lead to 14.
Philadelphia is rocking for America’s new favorite team, Florida Gulf Coast. Up 10, under eight timeout.
Lost in the greatness of the FGCU-SDSU game, La Salle is up 32-28 on Ole Miss with five minutes left in the first half.
Brett Comer with a beautiful spin move for the easy layup. FGCU up by eight with just about eight left. Could #15 live to go to the Sweet 16?
Another Sherwood Brown three and Florida Gulf Coast is up six.
Henderson is now 2-7 from three with 7 minutes left in the first half. Guy has the ultimate green light.
Still 11:30 left in the second half and FGCU-SDSU is shaping up to be one of the best games of the tournament. 54-52 FGCU
You can tell La Salle doesn’t want to get beat by Marshall Henderson, two players just covered him going through a double screen.
Timeout San Diego State—FGCU is putting on a show right now and up six.
FINAL: 78-64 Florida, they play the winner of Florida Gulf Coast-San Diego State game going on now.
FGCU-SDSU is a back and forth battle with threes and dunks in bunches.
Ole Miss has come out flat against La Salle—shooting 30-percent from the floor and 0 of 5 from three. However, La Salle is prone to blowing leads, ask Kansas State.
First media timeout of the second half, were all square at 41 in the Florida Gulf Coast-San Diego State game.
Second half is underway in the Florida Gulf Coast-San Diego State game.
Not related to the games, but College Basketball related—UNLV Freshman Anthony Bennett is going pro, per CBSSports.
Ole Miss up 9-6 going into the first media timeout.
Mike Rosario is the Gopher killer tonight, draining six threes leading to 25 points.
With no field goals in nearly six minutes, Minnesota may be done. Their down 15 going into the final media timeout.
There is 17 minutes left in the first half and Marshall Henderson is already 0-3 from beyond the arc.
Trevor Mbakwe just picked up his fourth, but Andre Hollins is checking back in.
All of Florida Gulf Coast’s highlights from the first half (Courtesy of CBSSports).
At least one more double digit seed is going to the Sweet 16. Will it be number 12 or 13? Tune into Tru TV where La Salle-Ole Miss just tipped off.
Florida is starting to get themselves into serious foul trouble. Minnesota now down eight with a little over eight to play.
Hollins has 23 for the Gophers, if they want to complete this comeback, they need him out there.
An Andre Hollins three cuts the lead to nine, but then he picks up his fourth foul on the following possession.
eight first half turnovers by Florida Gulf Coast could be a reason for their one-point deficit going into the break.
four fouls on Erik Murphy, still 11 minutes left.
Chase Fieler with the latest throw down for Florida Gulf Coast—this team knows how to finish at the rim.
The Minnesota-Florida game is now down to single digits.
Here is the Comer to McKnight alley-oop I was raving about before.
SDSU-FGCU is a great battle of two mid-majors, something that doesn’t come around often in the tournament and usually end up being the best games (Wichita State-Gonzaga last night).
La Salle-Ole Miss will tip off at 8:09 ET on Tru TV.
Sherwood Brown picks up his second foul, Florida Gulf Coast needs him to win this game.
Patric Young with a monstrous block, may stop Minnesota’s momentum.
I didn’t know much about Florida Gulf Coast before the tournament, but all of their points seem to come from open jumpers or highlight reel dunks, unbelievable.
Hold the phone—Minnesota has cut the Florida lead to ten with 15 minutes left.
FINAL: 70-58 Kansas, onto Arlington, Texas to take on Michigan on Friday in the Sweet 16.
Dunk City! FGCU with their first highlight tonight with an amzing alley-oop from Brett Comer to Eric McKnight!
Roy Williams empties the bench. He is going to fall to his former team once again.
Sherwood Brown is carrying the Eagles thus far. He has seven with his latest two points coming off a nice isolation jumper.
Withey picks up his fifth block of the game on a jumper which should just about do it. Kansas up 67-52 with 1:28 left in the game.
Christophe Varidel with his second three of the game. FGCU up by 1 as we approach the halfway point of the first half.
San Diego State is packing it in early, if FGCU can get hot from beyond the arc they could pull this one out.
San Diego State is on a 7-0 run over the past two minutes to give them a 9-7 lead early.
42-17 Kansas in the second half. Just embarrassing for UNC.
This is a laugher now, KU up 63-47 on UNC.
While we are in the first media timeout of the Florida Gulf Coast-San Diego State game, here is an article about, “Dunk City,” the location of FGCU
Florida Gulf Coast-San Diego State has tipped off over on TBS. FGCU has jumped out to a 7-2 lead.
A P.J Hairston three cuts the Kansas lead to 10 with just under six left.
Just because Kansas has taken control of this game, don’t think Ben McLemore has carried them back, Withey, Releford and Kevin Young have.
Timeout Tarheels and rightfully so, they have let this one get away. 54-40 Kansas.
Florida up 48-27 at the half.
Kansas is now up by double digits—what a turnaround in the second half.
It’s a blowout. A halfcourt alley-oop is converted by the Gators and they are up by 23 with under a minute left in the half.
It doesn’t stop! Releford with another and-one. It is now a nine-point lead for Kansas with Releford going to the line after the timeout. What a run they are on right now.
What a finish by Jeff Withey! The Jayhawks are surging.
Reggie Bullock just picked up his third foul—NC is in big trouble.
This young Tar Heels squad seems rattled, it doesn’t help that they are playing basically on the road, Kansas City.
Travis Releford with yet another big play. An and-one for him pushing their lead to five.
Kansas has really brought it in this half outscoring the Heels 16-5 through the first 6:20 of it.
Patric Young out rebounds two Gophers for a second chance for the Gators, but it amounts in a turnover.
This game might already be over, Florida is up by 19 with 5:30 left in the first half.
Elijah Johnson ties the game with a three. This is shaping up to be a great one.
Withey with another dunk, followed by another near-block (10th time he has done that tonight) and Releford finishes a putback. It’s a one-point game.
Hairston answers with a deep-three! The game is starting to pick up its tempo.
There is Jeff Withey—what a dunk by the big fella! I need to post a link of that in here soon.
Travis Releford has sparked a mini-run out of the Jayhawks with a three and forcing a UNC turnover. The Tar Heel lead is cut to four
It has not been a good weekend for three top NBA Draft prospects, McLemore has been a no-show through nearly two games. While Marcus Smart and Otto Porter were a part of second round upsets.
McLemore misses a point blank layup/dunk on the first play of the second half. Could have been the perfect way to start the second half.
Murphy and Rosario have 12 each giving the Gators a 15-point lead. This one could be over at halftime.
Rosario hits another three, Florida is now up by 12.
We have passed the halfway mark of the first half, and the Gators are in control up 10. Minnesota can’t dig themselves to deep of a hole, they need to play with a sense of urgency.
Looking ahead to the next game set to tipoff, Florida Gulf Coast going up against San Diego State, does anyone think the number 15 seed can advance to the Sweet 16?
This game has been a polar opposite to the Kansas-UNC game. 21-12 Gators with 11:29 left in the first half compared to 30-21 Tar Heels at halftime.
If you want to beat Florida you need to play some D, Minnesota. The Gators are shooting 9/11 from the field.
Florida may just be to athletic for the Gophers, Erik Murphy with an nice and-one to give the Gators a 19-12 lead with 13 minutes left in the first half.
Mike Rosario drains a back-to-back threes for Florida giving them a 16-10 lead.
North Carolina is shooting 26-percent from the floor, but Kansas is shooting 25-percent and haven’t made a three in the first half.
Florida leads 10-7 heading into the first media timeout.
I for one, am very impressed with the play of the Heels in the first half. However, either team that plays Michigan in the Sweet 16 may be in for doozy with the way the Wolverines are playing at the moment.
The Heels are creating room after a McLemore miss that led to a Dexter Strickland putback. After a goaltending call on Carolina, they go into the locker room up 30-21.
Marcus Paige three, he has eight, the Heels are up 9 entering the final minute of the half.
Minnesota can be a team to make the upset of the day over Florida. It just depends which team shows up, the team that was a top-ten one during the early stages of the season, or the team that just snuck into the field.
Minnesota vs. Florida just tipped off on TNT.
McLemore with another missed three, man has he been off through his first game and a half of his tournament career.
McAdoo has done a great job on Jeff Withey thus far. Withey is shooting 1-5 from the floor, giving the Heels a 23-17 lead going into the under four-minute timeout.
Make that 9 turnovers for Kansas now, not playing like the number two overal seed.
P.J Hairston with his first bucket on a nice transition reverse layup. He was 0-7 before that bucket.
No flagrant 1 call on McAdoo, but the the Heels have lost all their momentum. Down 17-16 with 5:51 left.
Jeff Withey shot altering count: 8, but he took a shot from McAdoo on the last one. He’s fine but the refs are reviewing it possibly for a flagrant 1 call.
Just like that Kansas goes on a 7-0 run to pull the NC lead to 3. 14-11 with 8 left
James Michael MCadoo just picked up his second foul. Could be a crucial development during this game.
Ben McLemore, a projected top-pick in this years draft if he opts to go, hasn’t looked strong in his first tournament run. McLemore is shooting 2-8 from the field five turnovers in two games.
Remember when Kansas struggled to take down Western Kentucky Friday night. Well, they might have even more trouble against the Heels, they seem motivated.
Jeff Withey shot altering count: 6, but Kansas isn’t making much of it. 12-2 Carolina with 14 left in the first half.
Both teams are a combined 4-18 from the floor so far.
Carolina is pushing the tempo which plays into their favor, 9-2 going into the first media timeout.
Jeff Withey shot altering count: 3 (in two and a half minutes).
North Carolina surprisingly takes the tip from Withey and James Michael McAdoo banks in a jumper to open up the scoring.
North Carolina has the tools to beat Kansas with the way they shoot the three. However, their lack of an interior force to slow down big man Jeff Withey could do them in.
The schedule for tonight goes as follows:
#11 Minnesota vs. #3 Florida, 6:10 TNT
#15 Florida Gulf Coast vs. #7 San Diego State, 7:10 TBS
#13 La Salle vs. #12 Ole Miss, 7:40 Tru Tv
#7 Illinois vs. #2 Miami (FL), 8:40 TNT
#7 Creighton vs. #2 Duke, 9:40 TBS
After two great games during the afternoon that went down to the wire, #8 seed North Carolina tries to take down #1 seed Kansas to start off the night cap on CBS.
What’s up everybody, Reed Wallach here to update you on everything going on in tonight’s third round games.