NCAAs Round 1: 'Teddy Buckets' shows what's old is new again
All of a sudden, you've got more juniors and seniors playing key roles across the map than we've seen in some time. Perhaps no one played a bigger role, or better exemplified the state of flux the game is in, than Teddy "Buckets" Allen. Before the tournament began, New Mexico State coach Chris Jans joked about repeatedly failing to recruit Allen at any of those previous stops. My guys kept telling me, ‘Shoot it.’ ... “I don’t really need to feel like I’m in no zone,” he added. According to NCAA.com, the odds of a perfect bracket using only coin flips for each matchup are 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808.wftv.com
No. 22 UConn survives, beats No. 19 Auburn 115-109 in 2OT
22 Connecticut went back and forth at each other seemingly oblivious to pressure from a dwindling clock in an ever-lengthening game at the Battle 4 Atlantis. But the two combined for UConn’s first 14 points of the second overtime as UConn finally pushed ahead for good. “I definitely thought numerous times we could've had the game won," said R.J. Cole, who had 24 points for UConn. Auburn: This is the first trip here for the Tigers, who were coming off a 58-52 win at South Florida on Saturday. SMITH'S GROWTHSmith had 19 of his 22 after halftime for Auburn.wftv.com
No. 17 Creighton tops UConn 59-56 to reach Big East finals
17 Creighton held Connecticut without a field goal over the final six minutes to beat the Huskies 59-56 Friday night in the Big East Tournament semifinals. Bouknight scored 14 to lead the third-seeded Huskies, who were playing in their first Big East Tournament since 2012 after returning to the conference this season. Creighton will look for its first Big East Tournament championship a little more than a week after coach Greg McDermott was suspended by the school for making racially insensitive remarks to his team. Creighton has reached the Big East final twice previously since it joined the league for the 2013-14 season, but has yet to win the championship. Creighton: Zegarowski struggled to find his groove most of the game against UConn's tough perimeter defense.