Butler stuns Villanova, Syracuse edges out Duke at the buzzer

SONG SELECTION:

Half Waif, song “Night Heat”

From the form/a EP, released February 24, 2017 via Cascine Records

In the Carrier Dome, as newly minted NBC Olympics host Mike Tirico extended his personal attendance streak in attending a game at Syracuse for another year…John Gillon made a mad dash three to beat Duke 68-65.  Neither team gave into the other all night.  This was a game the Orange simply had to have to get themselves off the bubble and they pretty much sealed an at-large bid.

Come Thursday or Friday, my next Under The Microscope will profile a late bloomer in Arkansas.  The Razorbacks won again on Wednesday night 86-77 over Texas A&M and are 21-7 on the season.

The second half of the ESPN doubleheader was a blowout as North Carolina raced out to a nice lead and never looked back, beating Louisville 74-63.  Justin Jackson led the way for the Tar Heels with 21 points, sharing game high scoring honors with Donovan Mitchell of Louisville.

But the biggest upset of the night was in Philadelphia…

Butler is for real

Butler never knows the word “quit”.  The Bulldogs play hard, tough, gritty defense and play so well with their fluid offensive schemes and motions.  The result was handing the defending national champions a crushing blow towards having one of the four Number 1 seeds with a convincing 74-66 win on the road at Villanova.  It was a nip-and-tuck affair before Villanova mostly settled for jump shots that wouldn’t fall and Butler played it close to the best and got the Wildcats out of rhythm.  A huge win for Butler as they are shooting for a double-bye in the upcoming Big East Conference tournament.

Other upsets of note included Providence winning at Creighton 68-66 and Minnesota stomped Maryland 89-75 as the Gophers scored a whopping 55 points in the second half to win going away in College Park.  Finally, Seton Hall edged out Xavier 71-64.

Please have a good night and I hope to do another blog and podcast soon.

Take care, everybody.

 

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