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March Insanity Spherical of 32 evaluation: Creighton wins double-OT thriller over Oregon

Day 3 of the 2024 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament was filled with drama from start to finish.  College basketball fans were treated to eight games on Saturday, which concluded with No. 3-seeded Creighton’s thrilling 86-73 win over No. 11-seeded Oregon in double-overtime. FOX Sports’ college basketball experts, John Fanta and Michael Cohen, are here to

March Insanity Spherical of 32 evaluation: Creighton wins double-OT thriller over Oregon

Day 3 of the 2024 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament was stuffed with drama from begin to end. 

School basketball followers have been handled to eight video games on Saturday, which concluded with No. 3-seeded Creighton‘s thrilling 86-73 win over No. 11-seeded Oregon in double-overtime.

FOX Sports activities’ school basketball specialists, John Fanta and Michael Cohen, are right here to supply instantaneous evaluation of Saturday’s video games.

Make amends for all of the motion from Day 3 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament right here:

(3) Creighton 86, (11) Oregon 73

The finale of second-round Saturday within the NCAA Match introduced America the most effective sport of the weekend to this point. 

Greg McDermott and Dana Altman have been shaking their heads at one another and laughing. Oregon star Jermaine Couisnard buried a cold-blooded, game-tying triple with 16 seconds left and Creighton’s Trey Alexander missed a baseline jumper, sending the Geese and Jays into double-overtime. 

Oregon, a bid stealer that received 4 video games in as many days to succeed in the Huge Dance, had discovered a strategy to take a 3-seed Creighton staff that many consider is a Closing 4 darkish horse to a different 5 minutes with a Candy 16 ticket hanging within the steadiness. However in that second time beyond regulation interval, Steven Ashworth drilled his fifth triple. After a cease by the Jays, 7-foot-1 senior Ryan Kalkbrenner made the choice to do one thing he does not convert on fairly often – however that is March, is not it? Kalkbrenner hoisted a triple and drilled it, main Creighton to an 86-73 victory and a spot within the Candy 16.

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“It was an ideal win and that is what this staff is about, to have each man step up in a unique state of affairs,” Alexander stated following the sport. “We have been prepared for the second OT as a result of we follow all of those conditions.”

This sport featured a ton of issues that may solely be described because the insanity delivering the products. In the beginning, all of Oregon’s factors within the second half have been scored by Couisnard and 6-foot-11 senior N’Faly Dante, who mixed for 28 within the last 20 minutes of regulation and 60 of the staff’s 73 within the sport. 

Then, there was the truth that Oregon led 58-52 with 5:20 on the clock. Ashworth canned a triple, then three straight free throws made it six unanswered from Creighton to tug even. However even then, Dante was commanding the sport within the pick-and-roll, throwing down two dunks to make it 62-58 in favor of the Geese with simply 75 ticks left in regulation. After Baylor Scheierman missed a jumper with 59 seconds left, it seemed all however over for Creighton. 

Nevertheless, the Bluejays received a cease, after which Scheierman was fouled and hit a pair of free throws to make it 62-60. That’s when the sport’s largest second occurred. With a timeout of their again pocket, the Geese didn’t take it, as a substitute having a freshman take the ball out and throw it in to Dante, a 60% free throw shooter. He missed the entrance finish of the 1-on-1, giving Scheierman the chance to maintain the season alive. A floater within the lane off one foot swished house, Couisnard missed a runner and the sport was despatched to OT. 

The Couisnard triple to pressure double-OT saved the Geese alive, however they merely ran out of fuel with Jackson Shelstad exiting late in regulation with an harm and McDermott making a extremely key defensive adjustment after regulation. He blitzed the ball screens to double Couisnard, who set a Pac-12 file for factors in a participant’s first two NCAA Match video games with 72. By doing that, McDermott frazzled Oregon’s offense en path to his 325th win at Creighton, two shy of Altman (1994-2010 at Creighton) for this system’s all-time file.

“That was an epic sport,” McDermott stated. “I am unsure I have been part of one fairly prefer it in 35 years of teaching.”

For McDermott, who misplaced his mother Mary on the age of 89 in June, seeing his season going from the jaws of defeat to staying alive for 40 further minutes is emotional. 

“I am fairly certain she helped with a few bounces of the ball tonight,” McDermott stated. “This staff has been such a pleasure to teach, and it is a thrill to maintain going.” 

Creighton will do exactly that on Friday in Detroit in opposition to Tennessee within the Midwest Regional semifinal.

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– John Fanta

(3) Illinois 89, (11) Duquesne 63

Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 30 factors, Marcus Domask added 22 and No. 3 seed Illinois made quick work of Eleventh-seeded Duquesne in an 89-63 victory Saturday evening to succeed in the NCAA Match’s Candy 16 for the primary time since 2005.

Illinois (28-8) hadn’t made it via the primary weekend of the event in eight earlier appearances, a maddening run of frustration the Illini led to resounding trend.

The Illini will play No. 2 seed Iowa State in an East Area semifinal in Boston on Thursday evening. The Cyclones superior with a 67-56 victory over seventh-seeded Washington State.

Duquesne (25-12), which got here in on a nine-game win streak, had its first event look since 1977 finish with its worst lack of the season that despatched 65-year-old coach Keith Dambrot into retirement.

Jimmy Clark III scored 14 factors and Fousseyni Drame had 13 for Duquesne.

– The Related Press

(2) Tennessee 62, (7) Texas 58

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Dalton Knecht scored 18 factors and made 4 free throws within the last 8.8 seconds as Tennessee topped Texas 62-58 on Saturday to advance to the Candy 16 of the NCAA Match for the second straight yr.

Second-seeded Tennessee will play the winner of the sport between No. 11 Oregon and No. 3 Creighton.

Jonas Aidoo had 11 factors and Tobe Awaka added 10 for the Volunteers (26-8), serving to coach Rick Barnes beat the staff he coached for 17 seasons. The Vols have reached the Candy 16 3 times in 9 seasons below Barnes, however have but to advance out of that spherical in that stretch.

Tyrese Hunter and Chendall Weaver every had 13 factors for seventh-seeded Texas (21-13).

The Vols shot simply 29% from the sphere within the first half, however managed to take a 38-29 lead into the locker room.

Knecht struggled early on, lacking his first 4 photographs, together with an air ball on a fadeaway jumper. The AP All-American transformed his first area objective with 90 seconds remaining within the first half, placing Tennessee up by 11.

Knecht started to flex his muscle groups with a pair of second-half dunks, one in every of which got here after he grabbed a missed transition 3 within the air and jammed it house with two fingers.

However the Longhorns lower the result in 45-42 with seven minutes left after Max Abmas buried a 3, forcing Barnes to name a timeout.

Disu then got here up with the defensive play of the sport, blocking Aidoo on a drive to offer Texas an opportunity to tie it up. However Disu missed a layup and Hunter could not convert on a putback, and the Longhorns might by no means get the large shot they wanted.

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After Knecht hit two free throws with 8.8 seconds left, Hunter splashed a 3 from 28 toes to chop the result in 60-58. However Texas despatched Knecht again to the road with 3 seconds left and he knocked down two extra free throws.

– The Related Press

(11) NC State 79, (14) Oakland 73

DJ Burns Jr. scored 24 factors, together with a go-ahead putback that ignited a 9-0 run in time beyond regulation, and Eleventh-seeded North Carolina State beat 14th-seeded Oakland 79-73 within the second spherical of the NCAA Match on Saturday evening.

Powered by their versatile 6-foot-9, 275-pound ahead, the Wolfpack (24-14) superior to the Candy 16 for the primary time since 2015 by lastly pulling away from 3-point specialist Jack Gohlke and the Golden Grizzlies (24-12) within the further interval.

N.C. State will face both second-seeded Marquette or Tenth-seeded Colorado in Dallas on Friday within the South Area semifinals.

Michael O’Connell had 12 factors for the Wolfpack. DJ Horne and Casey Morsell added 11 apiece. Jayden Taylor got here off the bench in time beyond regulation to hit a 3-pointer that put N.C. State forward by 5.

Oakland, which ousted third-seeded Kentucky on Thursday, simply missed turning into the primary 14-seed to succeed in the Candy 16 since Chattanooga in 1997.

Trey Townsend, the Horizon League Participant of the Yr, had 30 factors and 13 rebounds for the Golden Grizzlies. Gohlke, who made 10 3-pointers in opposition to Kentucky, poured in six extra 3s and completed with 22 factors.

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– The Related Press

(2) Iowa State 67, Washington State 56

Tamin Lipsey scored 15 factors, Iowa State cranked up the second-half stress in opposition to Washington State, and the No. 2 seed Cyclones marched into their seventh Candy 16 with a 67-56 victory over the seventh-seeded Cougars within the NCAA Match on Saturday evening.

Curtis Jones added 14 factors and Keshon Gilbert and Milan Momcilovic had 10 apiece for the Cyclones (29-7), who made it to the second weekend of the tourney for the second time in three years. They’ll play third-seeded Illinois or No. 11 seed Duquesne within the East Area semifinals on Thursday evening at TD Backyard in Boston.

Jaylen Wells scored 20 factors and Myles Rice had 13 for the Cougars (25-10), who have been despatched again to the Palouse nonetheless looking for their first Candy 16 look since Tony Bennett was on the sideline in 2008.

Iowa State spent many of the first half in shambles because of what present Cougars coach Kyle Smith calls “the shawmbles,” a suffocating fashion of protection named for related head coach and defensive whiz Jim Shaw. The Cougars aggressively jumped passing lanes, harried the Cyclones’ shooters on the perimeter and crashed the boards with abandon.

Whereas Iowa State was busy lacking 14 of its first 17 photographs, Wells was going 7-of-12 within the first half for 16 factors, proving the March Insanity stage was not too huge for a child enjoying Division II ball at Sonoma State a yr in the past.

The Cyclones lastly received going by going downhill. Lipsey and Gilbert attacked the rim, getting layups or drawing fouls, and slowly they crawled again into the sport. By the point Hason Ward scored on an alley-oop lay-in within the closing seconds of the half, the Huge 12 tourney champs had cast a 27-all tie with the regular-season Pac-12 runner-ups.

Washington State had dealt with Iowa State’s protection within the first half, turning the ball over simply 5 occasions. However as the sport pressed on, and the Cyclones pulled forward, the Cougars all of the sudden started throwing the ball into the primary row of seats.

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Iowa State led 51-46 with 7 1/2 minutes left when Lipsey drilled a contested 3-pointer. Isaac Jones turned it over on the different finish, and Tre King added one other basket to make it a 10-point sport. And some minutes later, Rice despatched a cross skipping into the backcourt, and a bucket by Jones pushed the Cyclones’ result in 59-48 with 3 1/2 minutes to go.

By that time, desperation had set in for the Cougars, and Iowa State was coasting towards the Candy 16.

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(1) North Carolina 85, (9) Michigan State 69

Even in his wildest goals, it might have been troublesome for Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo to check a greater begin than what his ninth-seeded Spartans put collectively in opposition to No. 1 North Carolina with a spot within the Candy 16 on the road. The protection was tenacious. The tempo was electrical. The scoring was equipped by Tyson Walker, Malik Hall and even Mady Sissoko in what might solely be described as an added bonus for a staff that not often will get factors from its facilities.

By the 12:50 mark of the primary half, an overwhelmingly pro-North Carolina crowd was hushed as a result of the Spartans have been forward by 10. It certain felt like Michigan State was poised to earn this system’s first NCAA Match win over the Tar Heels after falling quick on 5 earlier events, together with within the 2009 nationwide championship sport.

Then the avalanche hit: a blistering and breathtaking 23-3 run from North Carolina that zapped the Spartans’ momentum, enlivened an expectant crowd and put sufficient distance between the Tar Heels and Michigan State to the place head coach Hubert Davis’ staff by no means ceded management of the sport. The lead swelled to 17 within the waning moments of the second half because the Tar Heels, who missed the NCAA Match a season in the past, polished off a 85-69 win by showcasing their effectivity on each ends of the ground. They shot 46.7% from the sphere, together with 10-for-26 from past the arc, and restricted the Spartans to only six 3-pointers.

4 gamers reached double-figure scoring for North Carolina, which completed plus-12 from past the arc and plus-8 from the free-throw line. Heart Armando Bacot anchored the inside with 18 factors and 7 rebounds, whereas the perimeter pairing of RJ Davis and Harrison Ingram mixed for 37 factors on 13-for-26 taking pictures.

The Tar Heels will face the winner of No. 4 Alabama and No. 12 Grand Canyon in Los Angeles subsequent week.

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– Michael Cohen

(5) Gonzaga 89, (4) Kansas 68

Gonzaga performed a near-perfect second half, busting open a back-and-forth sport with a 15-0 run Saturday to tug away from Kansas for an 89-68 win and prolong its nation-best streak of journeys to the Candy 16 to 9.

Anton Watson shot 8-for-11 for 21 factors on a day when mainly everybody in a navy jersey was a star, particularly after halftime.

The fifth-seeded Zags (27-7) made their first 5 3-pointers of the second half, not lacking from lengthy vary till 1:30 remained and the sport had lengthy entered prolonged rubbish time.

Mark Few’s staff will make its common journey to the second weekend to play the winner of Sunday’s sport between Purdue and Utah State.

Nolan Hickman completed with 17 factors for the Zags, and massive man Graham Ike had 15 factors and 9 rebounds, going toe to toe with KU’s Hunter Dickinson, who completed with a quiet 15 factors. Making all of the Bulldogs look good was Ryan Nembhard, who blew off a tough taking pictures evening (1 for six) and completed with 12 assists.

Whereas Gonzaga was cruising, components of this seemed painfully acquainted to followers of the fourth-seeded Jayhawks (23-11), who’ve struggled with depth, taking pictures, consistency and accidents — main scorer Kevin McCullar Jr. (knee) was out for the event. Throughout Gonzaga’s 15-0 run, the Jayhawks missed 10 straight photographs and by no means received inside single digits once more.

– The Related Press

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(2) Arizona 78, (7) Dayton 68

With 11:42 left on the clock in Salt Lake Metropolis, Dayton had lower Arizona’s result in 52-49. In a second half the place Caleb Love and Kylan Boswell solely mixed for one area objective, would the Wildcats be capable of discover that gear to win this sport? 

They did simply that, continuing to go on a 14-2 run to place away the seventh-seeded Flyers, 78-68, and advance to their second Candy 16 look in three years. 

Love knocked down his solely basket of the second half on the surge, with San Diego State switch Keshad Johnson persevering with to point out the invaluable presence and expertise he brings. Senior Pelle Larsson buried a triple in the course of the run as nicely, ending with 13 factors, seven rebounds and 6 assists within the victory.  Nevertheless it was a reserve who rose to the event for Arizona, serving to with Wildcats make simply their second journey to the second weekend of March Insanity since 2017.

After going 0-for-3 within the opening 20 minutes, Alabama switch Jaden Bradley drilled a triple to increase the result in 15 and nearly put the sport out of Dayton’s attain. Bradley’s ground sport made up for Boswell being quiet, because the sophomore delivered 12 factors, 4 rebounds, three steals, three blocks and two assists within the win. 

This was the kind of sport that the Wildcats may need misplaced beforehand within the Tommy Lloyd period, however the way in which they loaded up their roster with guard depth was the distinction, as KJ Lewis added seven factors as nicely. In complete, the Cats outscored UD 23-2 in bench factors.

Lloyd’s staff is heading to Los Angeles for the Candy 16, the place they’ll meet both Baylor or Clemson for a visit to the Elite Eight. I like ‘Zona to make the Elite Eight. The $1 million greenback query: Will North Carolina beat Michigan State and arrange a matchup of Caleb Love vs. his outdated staff? We’ll discover out later at this time when the Tar Heels meet the upset-minded Spartans.

– John Fanta

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John Fanta is a nationwide school basketball broadcaster and author for FOX Sports activities. He covers the game in quite a lot of capacities, from calling video games on FS1 to serving as lead host on the BIG EAST Digital Community to offering commentary on The Area of 68 Media Community. Comply with him on Twitter @John_Fanta.

Michael Cohen covers school soccer and basketball for FOX Sports activities with an emphasis on the Huge Ten. Comply with him on Twitter @Michael_Cohen13.

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