Best finish: Cincinnati got a driving layup from Sean Kilpatrick with 17 seconds left to chop Creighton’s lead to 64-63, and had a chance to tie it with a three-pointer, but Kilpatrick’s attempt rimmed out. On the ensuing rebound, the Bearcats got whistled for traveling. Free throws helped clinch the game for the Blue Jays.
Worst finish that was still a good finish: For all the excitement surrounding No. 13 La Salle’s upset of No. 4 Kansas State — an early contender for the “best upset” until Florida Gulf Coast took a hammer to that notion — this one featured a rather anti-climatic ending. Down two points with the ball, Wildcats star guard Angel Rodriguez drove baseline, only to loft an off-balance floater that found nothing but air.
— CBSSports.com (@CBSSports) March 22, 2013
Best performance: The entire Florida Gulf Coast team gets an early nod, from Sherwood Brown’s game-high 24 points to the high-flying dunks from Chase Fieler and Eddie Murray which stamped the win. But on an individual level, look no further than Creighton’s Doug McDermott. The all-American had 27 points, 11 rebounds and made all 11 free-throw attempts. Ohio State’s Sam Thompson was a close second, with career-highs in points (20) and rebounds (10).
Worst play(s): On an otherwise joyous day for No. 12 Ole Miss which included plenty of Marshall Henderson moments — for better or for worse — these two Rebels free throws top everything.
Worst blowout: No. 1 Indiana won by 21, No. 2 Miami won by 29, No. 3 Florida won by 32 and No. 2 Ohio State won by 25. Take your pick.
Best fan: La Salle’s glitter dude.
Best fake Twitter feud: Marshall Henderson returned a few jabs from who he assumed to be Kentucky’s Ryan Harrow. Problem was, Harrow doesn’t have a Twitter account, which really just everything all the more hilarious.
Celebrity guest tweet of the night: Blake Griffin, after his alma mater lost to San Diego State and missed out on a shot at Florida Gulf Coast.
Proud of my sooners for getting back to the tourney. Tough one tonight but headed in the right direction. #boomer
— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) March 23, 2013
Biggest retroactive troll: Florida Gulf Coast guard Brett Comer, the alley-ooping specialist who helped dispatch the Hoyas, once wore a Georgetown sweatshirt in a yearbook photo. Time travel troll. Nice.
Requisite Charles Barkley reference: Calling the Kansas center Jeff “Whitey.” (It’s Withey.)
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