Dayton survives Syracuse, UConn gets past former Big East foe Villanova

Half of the third round games on Saturday were double digit blowouts.

Dayton’s suffocating defense forced Syracuse to miss 10 shots from behind the arc.  Tyler Ennis was called on before to hit the game winner, just like he did in Pittsburgh.  This time however, his final shot clanked off the upper left side of the rim and Dayton earned their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1984 with a hard fought 55-53 win.

Also in that same Buffalo pod, UConn finally solved the riddle again over Villanova.  Just like old times, right?

Shabazz Napier came to play in the second half.  He led all scorers with 25 points, 21 of them in the second half.  But it was him being almost a man possessed in hitting three consecutive 3-point shots which gave the Huskies a 54-45 lead with 6:08 remaining.  Napier was limited to 8 minutes in the first half mostly plagued by foul trouble, and he avoided a major scare when he briefly left the game after hurting his right shin with 4:01 left to play.  Similar to Michigan State’s Brandon Dawson injuring the same hand in Spokane that he did during the regular season, it will be interesting to see how these injuries might shape up going into the latter part of this coming week when they next play again.

Big Ten schools cash in

Both Michigan State and Wisconsin advance, but not without facing some serious challenges from both Harvard and Oregon, respectively.  With due respect to the Flagrant 1 foul late in the Milwaukee pod, both the Spartans and Badgers simply made the big plays when it counted most.

This is what separates the great teams from the middle-of-the-road teams.

Anyways, here is the schedule for Sunday, as again most of the key action will be taking place once CBS reverts back to its’ familiar Sunday night prime-time slate:

12:15 p.m. CBS
(2) Kansas vs. (10) Stanford, St. Louis
Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony, Tracy Wolfson
2:45 p.m. CBS
(1) Wichita State vs. (8) Kentucky, St. Louis
Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony, Tracy Wolfson
5:15 p.m. CBS
(3) Iowa State vs. (6) North Carolina, San Antonio
Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager
6:10 p.m. TNT
(11) Tennessee vs. (14) Mercer, Raleigh
Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, Reggie Miller, Rachel Nichols
7:10 p.m. TBS
(4) UCLA vs. (12) Stephen F. Austin, San Diego
Andrew Catalon, Mike Gminski, Otis Livingston
7:45 p.m. truTV
(3) Creighton vs. (6) Baylor, San Antonio
Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager
8:40 p.m. TNT
(1) Virginia vs. (8) Memphis, Raleigh
Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, Reggie Miller, Rachel Nichols
9:40 p.m. TBS
(1) Arizona vs. (8) Gonzaga, San Diego
Andrew Catalon, Mike Gminski, Otis Livingston
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