NCAA Scores 2012: Live Game Tracker and Highlights for Round of 32
March Madness came in like a lamb on Thursday to open the second round of the 2012 NCAA tournament, or round-of-64 to the real fans, but went out like a lion on Friday. In the process, most brackets were destroyed.
Powerhouse programs like Duke, Memphis and Missouri all fell in the second round and the landscape has seismically shifted in the tournament. The round of 32 just became even more interesting.
Huge matchups have been bred from these upsets, but college basketball fans need to be ready for another surge of excitement coming their way. All this college hoops can catch a fan off guard if they’re not careful.
With games like (8) Kansas State vs. (1) Syracuse, (8) Iowa State vs. (1) Kentucky and (12) VCU vs. (4) Indiana on the docket for Saturday, and even more wildness and unpredictability scheduled for Sunday, there is no wonder many sports fans think this is the greatest time of the year.
America has a fever, and the only prescription is more Madness.
Halftime: Murray State 28, Marquette 25
Tough defense by both teams has translated into 18 percent three-point shooting (2-for-11 for each team) and a combined 14 turnovers. Murray State has handcuffed Big East Player of the Year Jae Crowder, holding the physical forward to five points and six rebounds, while 6'7" Edward Daniel has six points and seven boards for the Racers.
Final Score: Ohio State 73, Gonzaga 66
David Stockton spearheaded a valiant Zags comeback, but a sensational effort from the Buckeyes' Aaron Craft (17 points, 10 assists) and a disappointing one from Robert Sacre (eight points, five rebounds, four fouls) combined to help OSU hang on for the win. Jared Sullinger did share the game-high with 18 points, but managed just four rebounds against the Bulldogs' tough front line.
Halftime: Ohio State 39, Gonzaga 37
Foul trouble for Jared Sullinger looked set to cripple the Buckeye offense, but DeShaun Thomas stepped up with 12 consecutive OSU points to keep his team on top. Gonzaga has been led by a magnificent effort off the bench from Sam Dower, who has nine points and six rebounds in relief of foul-plagued Robert Sacre.
Final Score: Syracuse 75, Kansas State 59
Between Rodney McGruder's tender ankle and Kansas State's lack of depth, the Orange dominated after halftime for an easy win. The K-State starters outscored Syracuse's, 59-42, but the bench point tally was Orange 33, Wildcats 0.
Halftime: Syracuse 25, Kansas State 24
After a slow start, the Orange came back as soon as super-sub Dion Waiters sparked the offense. Kansas State has to be concerned about leading scorer Rodney McGruder, who came back after injuring his left ankle but clearly isn't 100 percent.
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