Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Breakdown of Every NCAA Tournament game from Friday

Published on March 17, 2012 by Scott Shirley   ·   No Comments

Wow what a day, after a boring first day in the NCAA tournament, Friday was anything but! Coming into this NCAA Tournament only four 15th seeds have ever beaten a 2nd seed. Today that happened twice. First it was Missouri losing to Norfolk State than Lehigh upset Duke. What a day! This is what the tournament is all about. Michigan also lost to Ohio. Check out my thoughts on all the games from Friday below.

Cincinnati-65 Texas-59

-I have always said that Bearcats big man Yancy Gates needs more touches. In this game he got those touches and he produced. He finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

- Guards Dion Dixon, Cashmere Wright and Sean Kilpatrick all scored in double figures. Kilpatrick also added 6 assists while Wright had 5 dimes and 6 rebounds. 

- The Bearcats played excellent defense holding Texas to 35 % shooting from the field. They also took care of the ball. They had 17 assists to only 9 turnovers.

-Some negatives for the Bearcats were that they shot 3 of 16 from three and 8 of 16 from the foul line. They also only got 6 points off their bench.

North Carolina State-79 San Diego State-65

- The Wolfpack are one of the hottest teams in the country, so there was a reason why they were a favorite despite being a lower seed.

- Richard Howell had his best game at NC State. He finished with 22 points on 10 of 12 shooting from the field.

- Point guard Lorenzo Brown gets overshadowed by Kendall Marshall in the ACC, but Brown can play and he needs more publicity. He finished this game with 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists.

- C. J. Lesile also had a strong game finishing with 15 points and 5 rebounds.

- For the game, the Wolfpack shot lights out from the field with 59 %. There was nothing really in this game that the Wolfpack didn’t do well. They could use more depth and shoot from three better.

Creighton-58 Alabama-57

- What a great 11 point come back from the Blue Jays. This is one scrappy team.

- As usual Doug McDermott was the star for Creighton; he finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

- Grant Gibbs, the Gonzaga transfer, also had a solid game with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

- The Blue Jays made 9 out of 21 three’s, but from the foul line they were only 5 of 13.

- If they want to beat North Carolina they will need to rebound and shoot even better than they did against Alabama.

Florida-71 Virginia- 45

- The Gators strong point is shooting three’s, but in this game they were only 4 of 23 from deep. So it’s even more impressive that they won this game without relying on the three.

- Despite being a guard Brad Beal finished the game with 11 rebounds and 14 points. Beal is one of the best freshmen in the country.

- Patric Young has also been playing well of late and in this game he was solid again with 13 points and 7 rebounds.

- For the game the Gators out rebounded the Cavs by 15. They also got 20 points off their bench. The Gators did everything well except shoot the three.

Florida State-66 St. Bonaventure-63

-Seminoles star Michael Snaer probably had his worst game at Florida State, but they still won the game. Snaer finished the game with no points.

-Bernard James stepped up big time. He finished the game with 19 points and 9 rebounds. He shot 8 of 11 from the field. Ian Miller and Okaro White were also both huge off the bench.

-Luke Loucks had a great all-around game with 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists.

-The Seminoles also picked up their defense big time in the 2nd half that allowed their comeback.

Georgetown-74 Belmont-59

- Everyone was picking an upset here but I just didn’t see it. The Hoyas proved me right. They won this game because of their tough defense. They out rebounded Belmont by 8. Belmont is one of the best three point shooting teams in the country and the Hoyas held them to 10 of 27 shooting from three.

- Jason Clark had a huge game with 21 points. He was 9 of 12 shooting while making 3 three’s.

- Otto Potter and Henry Sims were dominating inside. Potter had 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Sims had 15 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds.

- Georgetown played a complete game their only disappointment was maybe the play of Hollis Thompson.

North Carolina-77 Vermont-58

- James Michael McAdoo stepped up big time in John Henson’s absence. He finished the game with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals.

- Vermont had no answer for ACC Player of the Year Tyler Zeller. He finished the game with 17 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 blocks. He also made 9 of 10 free throws.

- Kendall Marshall is scoring as of late, and that only makes him harder to guard. He finished the game with 11 points and 10 assists.

- Harrison Barnes finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds.

- Some negatives for the Tar Heels are that they only shot 42 % from the field, and from three they were only 29 %. They also allowed 14 offensive rebounds to Vermont.

- The Heels did play great defense without Henson. They forced 19 turnovers.

Norfolk State- 86 Missouri-84

- Norfolk State became just the 6th ever 15th seed to beat a 2 seed. They won this game because of one player, Kyle O’Quinn. He finished the game with 26 points and 14 rebounds.

- Pendarvis Williams added 20 points including 4 big three pointers.

- The Spartans just destroyed Missouri inside. They out rebounded them by 12.

- For the game Norfolk State shot 54 % from the field and 52 % from three.

- As for Missouri their lack of depth inside finally caught up with them.

Saint Louis-61 Memphis-54

-When Saint Louis plays at their pace and their style they are hard to beat. In this game they slowed the game down against a very athletic Memphis team.

- Kwamain Mitchell led Saint Louis with 22 points. He shot 9 of 14 from the field including 4 three pointers.

-Brain Conklin had 16 points with 10 of those coming from the free throw line.

- Besides the two players above Saint Louis really lacks scoring depth. Another negative for St. Louis was they committed 16 turnovers.

Lehigh-75 Duke-70

- From the beginning you could tell this upset could happen; Lehigh did not show any fear. They were the more aggressive team, just look at the free throw attempts. Lehigh had 37 to Duke’s 23.

- Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum was the nation’s 5th leading scorer averaging 21 .9 points per game. In this game McCollum was the best player on the court and it wasn’t even close, sorry Austin Rivers. For the game McCollum finished with 30 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists.

- Gabe Knutson also had a big game for the Mountain Hawks with 17 points on 5 of 5 shooting from the field. He also brought down 8 rebounds.

- As for Duke they live and die by the three. In this game the Blue Devils were horrible from three only making 6 of 26 three pointers. Another problem for Duke is they don’t have a true point guard. Austin Rivers is all 1 on 1, for the game he shot 5 of 14 from the field. Shooting guards Seth Curry and Andre Dawkins combined to shoot 3 of 18 from the field.

-Everyone from Duke shot badly from the field except for Mason Plumlee who was 9 for 9. You have to wonder why he didn’t get the ball more.

Ohio-65 Michigan-60

-Ohio’s D.J. Cooper is one of the better point guards in the nation that doesn’t get the hype. He finished the game with 21 points and 5 assists. He also made 3 three’s.

- Walter Offutt finished the game with 11 points and 4 assists.

- The Bobcats shot lights out from the field shooting 51 %. Ohio was 15 of 17 from the free throw line. They also took care of the ball having only 9 turnovers for the game. They also held Michigan to 40 % shooting from the field.

Purdue-72 Saint Mary’s-69

-This game was all about Terone Johnson, he has really picked it up in the 2nd half of the season. He finished the game with 21 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. He was 9 out of 13 from the field.

- Robbie Hummel had only 10 points, but he also added 7 rebounds.

- Speedy point guard Lewis Jackson added 18 points.

-One Negative for Purdue was that they were outrebounded by 11.

Michigan State- 89 Long Island-67

- Wow, Draymond Green finished with his second career triple double in the NCAA tournament, being only the third player to do so. He finished the game with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. He is the most versatile player in the nation. He also hit 2 three’s.

- Big Man Adreian Payne might have played his best game as a Spartan. He finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Same goes with Derrick Nix he finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds.

- The Spartans shot 59 % from the field and out rebounded LIU by 23.

- No negatives for the Spartans; they could use more scoring out of their guards.

South Florida-58 Temple-54

- This was an ugly game USF was down 15-19 at half, but they scored 43 points in the 2nd half.

- Point Guard Anthony Collins was huge in this game with 17 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds.

- Victor Rudd Jr. also had 17 points including 4 three’s.

- The Bulls only shot 34 % from the field but they shot 47 % from three. The Bulls out rebounded the Owls by 7.

Xavier- 67 Notre Dame-63

- Xavier star guard Tu Holloway has had his ups and downs this season. In this game he was unstoppable he finished with 25 points on 10 of 15 shooting.

- Dez Wells also played big finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

- Kenny Frease and Andre Walker played big inside for Xavier

- The only negative for Xavier is they got 2 points off the bench.

Kansas- 65 Detroit-50

-Thomas Robinson was once again unstoppable inside. He finished this game with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

- Elijah Johnson finished with 15 points including 3 three’s.

- Tyshwan Taylor also finished with 10 points and Jeff Withey had 9 rebounds.

- The Jayhawks played outstanding defense holding Detroit to 32 % shooting from the field.

-The Jawhawks did have some negatives in this game. They were outrebounded and had more turnovers than assists.

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