Louisville vs. New Mexico
Louisville holds off New Mexico, 59-56, for a trip to the Sweet 16. The Cardinals thought they has won the game but the Lobos mounted a comeback.
Louisville led 44-29 with 13 minutes on the clock in the second half but New Mexico would not go away. The Lobos came within two points twice in the last two minutes of the game but the Cardinals were able to answer each time and held on for the win.
Drew Gordon had 21 points and 14 rebounds while Russ Smith had 17 points for New Mexico.
Kyle Kuric had 10 points for Louisville.
Louisville will play next week in Phoenix. Time and date are TBD.
Marquette vs. Murray St.
You can read a full recap on my site, The Gold Rush.
Syracuse vs. Kansas
Syracuse beats Kansas St., 75-59.
Senior Jamar Samuels was ruled ineligible to play for Kansas St. a few hours before tip-off. According to ESPN, Samuels was sent $200 from a former AAU coach.
The Wildcats never found a rhythm in this game, allowing the Orange to go on long scoring runs. They shot just 31 percent from the floor and had 13 turnovers.
Dion Waiters had a game-high 18 points and Scoop Jardine added 16 points and seven assists while James Southerland had 15 points and Kris Joseph added 11 points for Syracuse.
Rodney McGruder finished with 17 points, Jordan Henriquez had 12 points and a game-high 17 rebounds and Angel Rodriguez added 12 points for Kansas State.
Syracuse will play Wisconsin on Thursday. Time is TBD.
Round 3, Day 2 Previews
Cincinnati vs. FSU
FSU has a very good defensive team. They hold opponents to 38.1 percent from the floor and 30.9 from the 3-point line. The Seminoles force 5.2 turnovers per game. FSU has shot at least 45 percent in five of its last six games. They lack a little on the offensive side. They are shooting just 45.8 percent from the floor and 35.4 percent from the 3-point line. The ‘Noles turn the ball over 16 times per game.
FSU players to watch: Bernard James- 10.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.3 bpg, 60.9% FG; Michael Snaer- 14.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 42.1% FG; Luke Loucks- 6.7 ppg, 4.3 apg, 3.2 rpg.
Cincinnati has a great defensive team as well. Opponents shoot just 41 percent overall and 31.8 percent from 3-point range against the Bearcats. They are lacking in the offensive department though. Their game against Texas was above average for them but it could be a problem. Cincinnati shoots 42.1 percent from the field and 33.9 percent from the 3-point line but they get beaten on the boards by opponents.
Cincinnati players to watch: Sean Kilpatrick- 14.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.1 apg; Yancy Gates- 12.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 47.2% FG; Dion Dixon- 13.1 ppg, 2.1 apg, 1.6 spg.
USF vs. Ohio
Ohio has held opponents to 41.2 percent shooting from the field and 29.6 percent shooting from the 3-point line. The Bobcats get 9.4 steals per game. D.J. Cooper is their start player. When he is hot so is the rest of the team. They are not a great shooting team and tend to get into foul trouble against physical teams.
Ohio players to watch: D.J. Cooper- 14.6 ppg, 5.7 apg, 2.4 spg; Walter Offutt- 11.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 35.2% 3s; Ivo Baltic- 9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 47.8% FG.
USF have excellent defense. They hold their opponents to 38.8 percent from the floor and 29.7 percent from behind the 3-point line. The Bulls do have trouble on offense. They shoot 43.6 percent from the floor and are 33.9 percent from 3-point range.
USF players to watch: D.J. Cooper- 14.6 ppg, 5.7 apg, 2.4 spg; Walter Offutt- 11.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 35.2% 3s; Ivo Baltic- 9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 47.8% FG.
Georgetown vs. North Carolina St.
North Carolina St. assists on 59.3 percent of its baskets, score 73.5 points per game and out-rebound opponents by 4.4 boards per game. The Wolfpack plays a very inconsistent game and is prone to turnovers.
NC St. players to watch: Lorenzo Brown- 12.7 ppg, 6.4 apg, 4.3 rpg; C.J. Leslie- 14.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 53.2% FG; Richard Howell- 10.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 49.7% FG.
Georgetown is a great passing and rebounding team. The Hoyas also have great defense from beyond the 3-point line, holding opponents to 27.4 percent. If this becomes a close game, they may be in trouble. Georgetown shoots just 69.7 from the foul line.
Georgetown players to watch: Henry Sims- 11.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.5 apg; Jason Clark- 13.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.7 spg; Otto Porter- 9.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 51.8% FG.