Day Two: Florida Gulf Coast steals show on eventful Friday
A top seed was tested, the A-10 remained perfect, Doug McDermott advanced to a matchup with Duke and the West Regional has been dismantled with upsets. However, it was a Florida Gulf Coast team that stole the day with a win over No. 2 Georgetown.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- I took a seat at a table at Champps restaurant just down the road from The Palace at around noon and didn't move for more than 12 hours. There might not have been buzzer-beaters, but there were Cinderella's, upsets and plenty of action.
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However, Friday belonged to Florida Gators Gulf Coast.
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Andy Enfield, best-known for his marriage to model Amanda Marcum Enfield, watched his team pull off the upset over No. 2 Georgetown Hoyas . It was the seventh time that a 15-seed knocked off a No. 2 and was also the latest NCAA tournament disappointment for the Hoyas. The game also gave us the highlight of the tourney thus far when Brett Comer tossed an incredible alley-oop to teammate Chase Fieler .
UPSET TO REMEMBER: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles with the 78-68 victory over No. 2 Georgetown. The Eagles scored just 24 points in the first half, but had 54 after the break. They also went to the line 44 times and held Hoyas star Otto Porter to just 5-for-17 shooting from the field. The win puts Enfield's team into the round of 32 where it will face San Diego Toreros State on Sunday.
GAME OF THE DAY: There weren't any buzzer-beaters or necessarily ones that stood out, but Creighton's 67-63 victory over Cincinnati Bearcats was riveting down the stretch. Doug McDermott finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds and made all 11 of his free throws. In fact, the Bluejays made 22 of 25 from the line and the Bearcats were just 4 of 9. Sean Kilpatrick had a chance to tie the game, but missed a 3-pointer with eight seconds left and Creighton now advances to play Duke. A year ago, Creighton was eliminated by another ACC power, North Carolina Tar Heels .
DAY TO FORGET: Shabazz Muhammad -- First it was revealed by the Los Angeles Times that the UCLA freshman is actually 20 years old, and not 19 as his dad has maintained. Then the 6-foot-6 wing went out and missed his first seven shots of the game against Minnesota Golden Gophers . He made his first shot with 18:40 left in the game and finished with 20, but he did it on 18 shot attempts. He also missed all six of his shots from beyond the arc and more importantly, probably played the final game of his college career in a 20-point loss to Minnesota.
LEAGUE BRAGGING RIGHTS: The Big Ten has lived up to its billing as Wisconsin was the lone team that failed to advance, but the A-10 has all five of its teams in the round of 32. Butler Bulldogs , VCU and Saint Louis Billikens all advanced on Thursday and Temple and La Salle followed suit on Friday. It's the first time that the A-10, which will lose Butler and Xavier Musketeers after this season and potentially Dayton Flyers and Saint Louis in 2014, had five teams in the round of 32.
WOULD LOVE TO FORGET: Wisconsin on the offensive end. The Badgers made just 15 of 59 shots from the field (25 percent), the program's lowest field goal percentage in a tournament game since the field expanded in 1985. Jared Berggren and Traevon Jackson were both 2 of 10 from the field, Ben Brust was 2 of 9 and Ryan Evans was 2 of 8. The best percentage shooter at Wisconsin was Sam Dekker and he was 5 of 13, but made just 2 of 10 from beyond the arc. Bo Ryan's team wound up on the losing end against Ole Miss.
LIKELY SWAN SONG: Ben Howland -- The UCLA head coach entered the season on the hot seat and despite a Pac-12 regular-season crown, an early exit could wind up costing him his job. Don't be surprised if Pittsburgh Panthers coach Jamie Dixon takes the USC job, and Howland tries to return to the Panthers. Howland went to three consecutive Final Fours in Westwood, but the fan support has dwindled in the last few years. Just ask Bill Walton.
MOST IMPRESSIVE: Iowa Hawkeyes State -- Fred Hoiberg's team pummeled Notre Dame Fighting Irish . 76-58, to earn a date with Ohio State Buckeyes State" data-canon="Ohio Bobcats" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0"> on Sunday. It was the under-recruited forward tandem of junior Melvin Ejim (17 points, eight rebounds) and freshman Georges Niang (19 points) who led the Cyclones. Iowa State Cyclones had 19 assists and just six turnovers and the Cyclones were also 9 of 21 from long distance.
REGION BLOWN UP: The West. Third-seeded New Mexico Lobos fell to Harvard Crimson on Thursday, and then No. 4 Kansas State Wildcats fell to La Salle and No. 5 Wisconsin bowed out to Ole Miss. It's the first time that the 3, 4, and 5 seeds have lost in a region in the round of 64. That leaves a paved road for No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs and No. 2 Ohio State. The lower-seed won in five of the eight matchups. Gonzaga, Ohio State and sixth-seeded Arizona Wildcats were the only favorites to advance.
STILL PERFECT: North Carolina coach Roy Williams got his 700th career win, but also improved to 23-0 in round of 64 games in his time in Chapel Hill and Kansas following the win against Villanova Wildcats . Now Williams will face his former program, the Jayhawks, in the round of 32 in Kansas City.
TOURNEY STRUGGLES: Georgetown coach John Thompson III has now lost in the tourney in three of the last four years by a double-digit seed. Since the Hoyas advanced to the Final Four in 2007, they have lost to Davidson Wildcats , Ohio, VCU, NC State and now Florida Gulf Coast.
NEEDING MORE: Kansas redshirt freshman Ben McLemore is projected by CBSSports.com as the No. 1 overall pick in June's NBA Draft, but he needs to start playing like it. The 6-foot-5 wing was just 2 of 5 from the field and finished with 11 points in 32 minutes. The Jayhawks struggled to get past 16-seed Western Kentucky Wildcats , and they won't go deep in this tournament unless McLemore becomes more assertive.
CRUISING: Top-seeded Indiana Hoosiers manhandled James Madison Dukes , No. 2 seeds Ohio State and Miami both breezed to wins over Iona Gaels and Pacific Tigers , and third-seeded Florida took care of Northwestern Wildcats State, 79-47.
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