In the zaniest ending possible, East Tennessee State survives Lipscomb in 2 overtimes

Quick question for the virtual class out there:

When do players typically foul another team?
Normally, it is done when the team is behind.

Shortly after Lipscomb tied the game at 88, a player fouled an ETSU player with 1.5 seconds to go in double overtime.  Problem was, the player forgot that his team was tied–not trailing at the time.

One of two free throws later by A.J. Merriweather, the game ends and ETSU will get a date with Dunk City on Thursday night.

Even more crazier than that was the ASun.TV website broadcast was frozen prior to the first overtime, and during part of the second OT, the courtside monitor used by referees for instant replays was not usable either.  Very strange end to an exciting post-season game, I must say.

As for the other contests in the Atlantic Sun Conference, USC Upstate had the only other single digit game in Atlantic Sun Quarterfinal section.  They will next play at Mercer, who easily dispatched North Florida.  FGCU also had an easy time with Stetson.

Somewhere, Ginger Zee of ABC News is smiling…again

Yes, her picture of the time when she was on the dance team at Valparaiso University made the rounds on Twitter and GMA.

And after shining with Derek Hough on Monday morning with the GMA Dancers in Los Angeles, her alma mater came through in the Horizon League first round by dispatching of the UIC Flames at the ARC 73-63 (Illinois-Chicago who finished the season a rather disappointing 6-25).  The most startling statistic of the night, albeit the rebounding and turnover numbers were relatively even–the Crusaders did not hit a field goal in the final 9:29 of the game.  Rather, all of their remaining points came from the free throw line.  Next up, a trip to Wisconsin-Green Bay and the UWM (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) Panthers on Friday at around 9:30 p.m. Eastern time.  UWM squeaked by Detroit 83-73.  Their quarterfinal opponent at 7 p.m. Friday will be first-time member Oakland (Michigan), who edged out the usually tough Youngstown State Penguins in overtime 96-92.

Among the bigger games on Tuesday:
Kentucky got a major win at home, 55-48 over Alabama but Creighton joins Syracuse (who got upset again at home to Georgia Tech 67-62) as teams scuffling at the worst possible time as the Blue Jays could not contain D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, who scored a team high 18 points in the Hoyas 75-63 win at the Verizon Center.  Doug McDermott was held to only 22 points on the night, but did achieve yet another double-double in leading the Blue Jays with 12 rebounds on the night.  He needs only 34 points to become only the eighth player in NCAA Division One history to amass 3,000 points for an entire college career.

Although the Hoyas were decimated by injuries, signs are looking good for them to possibly earn either an NIT or CBI berth.

Wednesday will see action begin at the Big South, Northeast Conference, and Ohio Valley.  Complete online and TV schedules (when available) are at the Clip/Print and Save link:

https://fortyminutesofhoopsfun.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/clipprint-and-save-2014-conference-tournament-schedules/

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