No. 4 Seed Arizona Loses In NCAA Tournament's Biggest Upset
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 16, 2018,
Mar 16, 2018, 13:16
Freshman Oshae Brissett had his 13th double-double while leading Syracuse's second-half comeback, and the Orange - the last team to make the NCAA Tournament - held on for a 60-56 victory over Arizona State on Wednesday night in the First Four.
"I can't say enough about our guys", Buffalo Coach Nate Oats said.
Did the Hall of Fame coach look into his players' eyes or deliver some Hollywood-worthy pep-talk? "I've said we've done the work". "They're going up against tremendous defensive teams all year long".
We still don't know what the NCAA will do regarding this situation; it has been asked by federal authorities to stand down until they are finished with their work.
It was UB's first ever win in the NCAA Tournament, taking down potential No. 1 overall draft pick Deandre Ayton and the heavily favored Wildcats at KFC Center in Boise, Idaho.
Cal State Fullerton coach Dedrique Taylor leads the 15th-seeded Titans (20-11) against No. 2 seed Purdue in the East Region in Detroit, marking only the third program appearance (1978 and 2008 were the others) in the tournament. "They just kept coming at us and we obviously had no answer for that, so I'm gonna give them a lot of credit for that". "We just moved the ball and we got really good shots and made some really good offensive plays". "They've got guys who won the national championship past year", Alexander said.
Syracuse hopes to duplicate its 2016 tournament run.
"We ran something different and it happened to work, " Boeheim said. The Wildcats do not have any players committed for the class of 2018 after three players backed off their pledges in recent weeks following more allegations around the FBI investigation.
He set his career high with 32 points in a win against UCLA in the Pac-12 semifinal and then tied it again the next day as the Wildcats dominated USC in the final. A late three-pointer from Wes Clark put UB ahead going into the locker room. Harris and Clark used their quickness to combine for 27 first-half points, and the Wildcats went 1 for 8 from 3-point range to trail Buffalo 40-38. "I'm telling you, when you're in that zone, there's a pass that's open. He's done that countless times this year".
"They've elevated Arizona State basketball, the seniors have".
Arizona and coach Sean Miller couldn't manage the pace against Buffalo.
A Syracuse team with essentially no bench had found a way in the game's final minutes. The Tigers then were paired with Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament victor N.C. Central, another historically black school that was making its second straight appearance in Dayton for a play-in game with a completely new starting lineup.