The best and worst from Thursday’s NCAA tournament action

And so shall pass a ho-hum Thursday, with three resounding blowouts ruling the Sweet 16′s first four games. Here’s a quick recap of what happened, before the NCAA tournament steamrolls into Friday.

Best upset: Marquette takes the cake for its 71-61 destruction of second-seeded Miami, simply based on how hard the Golden Eagles had to work to get past both Davidson and Butler, beating both by a combined three points. But Coach Buzz Williams’s group was on fire against the veteran Hurricanes, shooting 54 percent from the field and spoiling Jim Larranaga’s return to the site of his miraculous run with George Mason.

Best finish: Only one game featured an even remotely interesting ending, but what an ending it was. Tied at 70, Ohio State ran a high screen to free Aaron Craft, the hero of its second-round win over Iowa State. Arizona, which had switched screens all evening, decided to hedge hard on Craft. That left LaQuinton Ross alone on the left wing, free to gather the swing pass and hoist the game-winner with little resistance.


Best performance: Michael Carter-Williams was stellar against Indiana, taking advantage of mismatches and probably earning himself a few extra NBA dollars with 24 points, six rebounds and four steals.

Best Harbaugh sighting: Ravens coach John, cheering for Indiana coach and brother-in-law Tom Crean.


(h/t CBSSports)

Worst fall: Ouch.


Most telling statistic: 

Most enthusiastic band member(s): It’s a tie.



Most obvious foreshadowing: Ross was using Kobe Bryant’s locker.

(GIF h/ts to SBNation, BigLeadSports & mocksession)

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Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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