Upset Alerts: Purdue and Dayton both lose in Quarterfinals

“Hold On” by Roosevelt

From self-titled album, released April 2016 via City Slang Records

Another top seed goes down, as the bubble suddenly begins to shrink again.

The final score was Michigan prevailing 74-70 in overtime in the first quarterfinal of the Big Ten tournament in Washington, D.C.

Compared to the last meeting in Ann Arbor, Purdue was slightly better in shooting behind the arc at 8 for 19, but Michigan was worse ending up shooting 6 for 25 (24 percent).  The free throws told the story as Michigan was 18 out of 23, while Purdue was only 6 of 13.

D.J. Wilson led the way for the Wolverines with 26 points and 8 rebounds.  All-American candidate Caleb Swanigan had another double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds (his 24th of the season tying the NCAA high water mark for the season) before fouling out in the final minute of the extra period.

Michigan still clings to their bubble chances at 22-11, while Purdue awaits their NCAA fate with a 25-7 record.  Michigan plays the winner of Minnesota and Michigan State in the first semifinal on Saturday at 1 p.m. on CBS.

Davidson slays down Dayton in Atlantic 10 Quarterfinal

Jack Gibbs shot 12 for 22, good enough for a game high 34 points as the 9 seed of Davidson took down the top seed Dayton in Pittsburgh by a score of 73-67.  Davidson also won the rebounding battle 36-31.  Dayton was led in scoring by Charles Cooke with 14 points and Xyerius Williams close behind with 13 points.

Up next for Davidson, a semifinal date on Saturday with the winner of the Rhode Island Rams and the Bonnies of St. Bonaventure.


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