I will briefly get to that four overtime thriller in just a few sentences, but Buddy Hield did not have one of his greatest games scoring wise. He finished with six points, but could have made it nine had he not triple clutched the ball with 1.8 seconds left. The final hesitation heave from half-court did manage to kiss the glass and go through the hoop, but it was a half second too late.
West Virginia survived a close shave and will battle Kansas for the Big 12 title Saturday at 5 p.m. Eastern on ESPN TV and Radio.
Seven years after six overtimes, the game of the year took place in Orlando
Both times in involved UConn. Back in 2009 at the Big East tournament in New York, that game needed six overtimes before Syracuse outlasted the Huskies in that quarterfinal. Friday afternoon on ESPN2, both teams never gave up.
Case in point, the closing seconds of the third overtime. Cincinnati seemed to have victory well in hand leading on a Kevin Johnson line drive three with 8.8 seconds to go.
Then, Mike Patrick and Len Elmore saw this:
Daniel Hamilton was a huge reason why UConn outscored the Bearcats 16-9 in the fourth extra period. After nearly three hours of play (60 minutes of actual game time), the Huskies pulled it out 104-97 in an AAC quarterfinal. And let me say this for the record–both teams deserve to be in the NCAA Tournament.
And if neither team makes it (fully realizing each Committeperson gets a five-year term), make him or her watch YouTube and classic films during the seven month long off-season until they fully understand the true competitiveness of how these teams fought and battled for a full sixty minutes before a victor was decided.
Then and only then, things will make sense.
And just for good measure in Indianapolis, Michigan did this in the closing seconds against the top seed from Indiana.
Highlights from the Big Ten Network, video feed from ESPN:
A very crazy Saturday in store for hoops fans everywhere
14 automatic bids, starting at 11 a.m. Eastern with Vermont visiting Stony Brook and other cool games throughout the day.
In the ACC, Virginia takes on North Carolina while in the Big 12–Kansas tries to lock down the overall number one seed against West Virginia. In the Big East, Fox will have Villanova trying to get past upset minded Seton Hall. And that is just the main course.
I hope to update fans later on Saturday on that plus the other 11 games that will decide who will be going to the Big Dance. But since this blog was posted so late, time for me to get some much needed zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz’s.