It will be another year before a 16 seed tries to beat a 1 seed

The 120th and latest victim is Coastal Carolina, when Virginia rained down a few three pointers starting with under nine minutes left.  Badou Diagne helped keep the game close as he led the Chanticleers with 14 points. They were 9 for 19 from three-point range, but in the end the Virginia defense stepped to the fore as the folks in Wikipedia land adds another school to give a 1 seed a scare.  The final score at the Raleigh Pod was 70-59, but thanks to many mid-majors having their student athletes stay 3 or all 4 years in school–the gap between margin of victory is shrinking with each passing year.

Just fyi, these were the other 16 seeds that came oh so close since the tournament expanded in 1985:

  • The closest No. 16 seed to upset a top seed was in 1990 when a Popeye Jones-led Murray State team took the then defending champions of Michigan to overtime.
  • The slimmest margin of victory was at Providence in front of a modest ESPN audience when Princeton was one major play away from dethroning Georgetown in 1989.
  • Western Carolina against Purdue, 1996
  • Albany against UConn in 2006, where the Great Danes were tied until the final three minutes when UConn salted away the game at the free throw line.

Kentucky also won, setting up a showdown on Sunday afternoon with undefeated Wichita State.  At least, the other outstanding performance belong to Doug McDermott of Creighton, as he did in fact get his 30 in San Antonio–that really did make my day.

One other small note–due to the extreme length of the Oklahoma State/Gonzaga game, the Tulsa/UCLA rematch of 1994 ended well past 1 a.m. on the East Coast.

So, it would be best to fill your updated brackets online.

Here is the third round schedule, with general tip times (all times Eastern) and TV network information:

12:15 p.m. CBS
(1) Florida vs. (9) Pittsburgh, Orlando
Brian Anderson, Dan Bonner, Kristine Leahy
2:45 p.m. CBS
(4) Louisville vs. (5) Saint Louis, Orlando
Brian Anderson, Dan Bonner, Kristine Leahy
5:15 p.m. CBS
(2) Michigan vs. (7) Texas, Milwaukee
Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Lewis Johnson
6:10 p.m. TNT
(4) San Diego State vs. (12) North Dakota State, Spokane
Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb, Jaime Maggio
7:10 p.m. TBS
(3) Syracuse vs. (11) Dayton, Buffalo
Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Allie LaForce
7:45 p.m. CBS
(2) Wisconsin vs. (7) Oregon, Milwaukee
Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Lewis Johnson
8:40 p.m. TNT
(3) Michigan State vs. (12) Harvard, Spokane
Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb, Jaime Maggio
9:40 p.m. TBS
(2) Villanova vs. (7) Connecticut, Buffalo
Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Allie LaForce
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