The first full day of the NCAA tournament went mostly according to chalk, save an expected upset here or there. The second day? Well, all nine circles of Dante’s Inferno broke loose. Here’s a breakdown of the — ahem — madness.
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.
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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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