To help you sort through the mayhem in the round of 64, we're here to analyze the 2013 NCAA tournament games that are already in the books and preview the ones coming up over the weekend.
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Give credit to the Great Danes, as they would not go quietly into the night. Every time it looked like Duke was about to go on one of its patented 18-5 runs to put the game out of reach, either Jacob Iati or Peter Hooley would drain another three-pointer to keep Albany in the game. In the end, Duke was just too much in the paint and too composed to let another Lehigh situation happen.
Top Performers: Seth Curry was borderline unstoppable, opening game with a very deep three-pointer and never slowing down en route to 26 points. Mason Plumlee was also a force to be reckoned with on offense, hitting enough running hooks to amass 23 points while grabbing nine rebounds.
X-Factor: Historically a strong three-point shooting team, Duke relied heavily upon short-range shots, finishing the day with 23 made two-pointers on 35 attempts. Albany had no answer when Duke wanted to run the offense through Plumlee.
Next Round: Duke will draw Creighton in the third round. With the Bluejays' one-two punch of Doug McDermott and Gregory Echenique, Duke will have its hands full in trying to reach the Sweet 16.
It certainly wasn’t pretty, but the Rebels advanced to the Round of 32. Ole Miss and Wisconsin combined to shoot under 32 percent from the field and 22 percent from three-point range. No one made more than six field goals and no one had more than four assists. Yet, Ole Miss survived the type of game that seemed perfectly suited for Bo Ryan’s Badgers to win.
Top Performers: Despite starting the game just 1-for-13, Marshall Henderson hit five of his last eight shots, leading all scorers with 19 points. Sam Dekker was the only Badger to score more than eight, finishing the day with 14 points on 13 shots.
X-Factor: Mississippi’s Reginald Buckner and Murphy Holloway were very strong on the glass, combining for 21 rebounds against a Wisconsin team that typically wins the rebounding battle. With both teams shooting miserably from long-range, rebounding was bound to be the difference maker.
Next Round: Ole Miss will face La Salle in the Round of 32. Few people would have had this game pegged in their brackets, but everyone will be tuning in to watch Henderson regardless.
In a game that fairly well summed up both teams’ seasons, Temple scored 38 points in each half while the Wolfpack went for 50 in the second half after scoring just 22 in the first. It was too little too late for North Carolina State, as Khalif Wyatt hit free throw after free throw down the stretch to salt the game away, mercifully putting an end to a disappointing season for NC State.
Top Performers: Wyatt went over 20 points for the 13th time in the past 19 games, leading the Owls with 31 points and five assists. NC State had a three-headed monster of offensive weapons, most notably Lorenzo Brown with 22 points and nine assists and Richard Howell with 14 points and 15 rebounds.
X-Factor: Wyatt was the X-factor of this one. NC State had no answer for him and played typically lackluster defense for the majority of the game. Turnovers were also key, with the Owls committing just five in the game.
Next Round: Barring the first ever No. 16 seed over a No. 1 seed, Temple will be facing Indiana for a chance to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2001.
Pacific took an early 4-2 advantage, but failed to score a single point for a stretch of 7:16 early in the first half. By halftime, Miami had opened up a 21-point lead. This was never even close.
Top Performers: Durand Scott scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half, putting the game completely out of reach. Shane Larkin added 10 points, nine assists and three steals. Pacific’s Travis Fulton scored 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting from three-point range.
X-Factor: As it has been for the past several games, the X-factor for Miami was three-point shooting. As a team, the Hurricanes hit 12 of their 22 three-point attempts.
Next Round: The Hurricanes move on to face Illinois on Sunday. The two teams might just set the NCAA tournament record for three-point attempts in a regulation game.
Cincinnati attempted 23 more field goals than Creighton, but the Bluejays dominated at the free-throw line in a four-point victory. It was a tight game throughout, with neither team leading by more than eight points at any point in the game. However, Creighton held a small lead for the entirety of the second half.
Top Performers: Doug McDermott had a big game for Creighton, turning in 27 points and 11 rebounds. Gregory Echenique’s 13 points and seven rebounds were also very critical. Sean Kilpatrick led the way for Cincinnati with 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting.
X-Factor: Free-throw shooting was huge for Creighton. The Bluejays shot 88 percent as a team, and McDermott lead the way by hitting each of his 11 attempts.
Next Round: Creighton moves on to face Duke in the third round, hoping to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1974.
Despite essentially playing a home game, Kansas State was blown out of the gym in the first half, trailing by 18 points at the break. The Wildcats fought all the way back to briefly take a lead, but made just two of six free throws over the final 8:28, allowing the Explorers to escape with a win.
Top Performers: Playing most of the game with foul trouble, La Salle's Jerrell Wright went 6-for-6 from the field and 9-of-10 from the free-throw line, finishing the game with 21 points and eight rebounds. Kansas State's Jordan Henriquez went for 17 points and 12 rebounds and was the key piece in bringing the Wildcats back.
X-Factor: In a game this close, your eye is always drawn to the free-throw shooting, which was the Achilles' heel for the Wildcats. La Salle made 14 of 16 free-throws while Kansas State made just nine of its 17 attempts.
Next Round: La Salle advances to face Ole Miss in the annual battle between a No. 12 and No. 13 seed. The Explorers have already won more games in this tournament than they've won in any tournament since 1955.
To the surprise of approximately no one, Indiana annihilated 16th-seeded James Madison by an 83-62 final. The Dukes were no match for a Hoosier offense that shot an absurd 52.7 percent from the field and had five double-digit scorers.
Top Performers: Yogi Ferrell, usually a distributor, hit his first six shots from the floor to lead the Hoosiers with 16 points, as well as six assists. JMU marksman Andre Nation led the Dukes with 24 points.
X-Factor: As if IU needed any other advantages, it also dominated the glass with 37 boards to the Dukes’ 26.
Next Round: The Hoosiers advance to face Temple, which jumped all over NC State early before holding on for a four-point win. Even if Jake O’Brien duplicates his exceptional showing for the Owls—18 points on 7-of-9 shooting—it’s tough to imagine Temple putting up enough offense to stay with Indiana.
After blowing a 16-point halftime lead, Illinois somehow recovered to top Colorado, 57-49. The Illini hit enough free throws (17-of-24) to escape with the win despite their 30.8 field-goal percentage.
Top Performers: Brandon Paul had three huge steals along with 17 points, while Tracy Abrams dished out six assists and scored 13 more. Askia Booker’s 14 points (on 4-of-10 three-point shooting) sparked the Colorado rally, while big Josh Scott finished with 14 boards and three blocks for the Buffaloes.
X-Factor: Colorado’s lack of a true point guard came back to haunt the Buffs, who turned the ball over 15 times (nine in the disastrous first half).
Next Round: The Illini’s reward is a showdown with red-hot Miami. If this team wasn’t sick of NBA-sized post players already after facing Scott, it certainly will be after the ‘Canes’ Kenny Kadji and Reggie Johnson grind Illinois’ bones to make their bread.
The curse of the No. 2 seeds is alive and well, as Florida Gulf Coast stunned Georgetown, 78-68. The Eagles’ superior speed kept the Hoyas’ vaunted half-court defense from becoming a factor, allowing FGCU to shoot 42.9 percent from the field from the field.
Top Performers: 6’4” Sherwood Brown piled up 24 points and nine boards for the victorious underdogs, while Brett Comer dished out 10 assists. Otto Porter Jr. had 13 points and 11 boards, but only Markel Starks (23 points) played well on offense in the losing cause.
X-Factor: Although it didn't shoot especially well from the foul line, Florida Gulf Coast still scored 30 of its 78 points on free throws thanks to an eye-opening 44 attempts.
Next Round: The Eagles will look to continue their Cinderella run against the winner of San Diego State-Oklahoma. No 15th seed has ever advanced to the Sweet 16, but neither the Aztecs nor the Sooners is exactly an indomitable foe, so don’t count FGCU out.
Iona made a couple of respectable runs, but Ohio State won the day by a decisive 95-70 final. The nation’s second-best scoring offense was undone by its incompetent defense, as the Buckeyes shot 47.9 percent from the field.
Top Performers: Deshaun Thomas led the Buckeyes as usual with 24 points, while Aaron Craft racked up six steals and seven assists. While Momo Jones struggled, Sean Armand did his best to save the Gaels with 17 points, six boards, four assists and three steals.
X-Factor: Sam Thompson provided the second scorer Ohio State has so often lacked, racking up 20 points to go with his 10 rebounds.
Next Round: The Buckeyes draw the winner of Notre Dame-Iowa State in their next game. Either team will throw another terrific offense at OSU, but the chances are good that the surging Big Ten champs will play more than enough D to advance to the Sweet 16.
Villanova rallied well after an early North Carolina run, but the sharpshooting Tar Heels ultimately won out by a 78-71 margin. Eleven Carolina three-pointers proved too much for the Wildcats, who only shot 4-of-21 from deep themselves.
Top Performers: P.J. Hairston led a balanced UNC attack with 23 points, not to mention three steals. JayVaughn Pinkston played heroically in a losing cause, amassing 20 points and eight boards.
X-Factor: As they have so often this season, turnovers proved to be ‘Nova’s undoing, as 15 Wildcat possessions ended in giveaways (against a mere six assists as a team).
Next Round: North Carolina gets the winner of Kansas and Western Kentucky, which pretty much means Kansas. Roy Williams’ high-speed offense will be a challenge for a Kansas defense that excels in the half court, but Ben McLemore and the Jayhawks have enough offense of their own to be the likely winners.
Florida’s high-powered defense held Northwestern State to 34 points below its season average in cruising to a 79-47 win. The Gators turned an ineffective Demon press into a lot of easy baskets, with four Florida scorers in double figures.
Top Performers: Erik Murphy and Patric Young dominated the smaller Demons, combining for 34 points and 17 rebounds. DeQuan Hicks led Northwestern State with 12 points (along with eight boards).
X-Factor: Florida’s size made a mockery of the rebounding battle, almost doubling up on the Demons on the glass, 40-21.
Next Round: The Gators get the winner of UCLA-Minnesota. Either foe will provide a much better match for Florida’s athleticism, though the momentum of this game will be a big help in what's likely to be a close Florida victory.
San Diego State pulled away from Oklahoma in the second half to beat the Sooners 70-55. The Aztecs outscored the Sooners 39-22 after the first half, which accounted for the huge 15-point margin of victory.
Top Performers: Oklahoma's Romero Osby scored a game-high 22 points and brought down eight rebounds. San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin stole the show, scoring 21 points with eight boards and five assists.
X-Factor: San Diego State's James Rahon, who averaged 6.5 points on the season, came off the bench and dropped 17. Rahon carried the Aztecs bench and played a huge role in the victory.
Next Round: San Diego State squares off with Florida Gulf Coast, which took down Georgetown in the biggest upset of the tournament thus far.
Iowa State blew Notre Dame away with an astounding 76-58 victory. The Cyclones built on a 35-23 halftime lead to take down the Irish by an impressive 18-point margin.
Top Performers: Iowa State's Georges Niang and Melvin Ejim combined for 36 of the Cyclones points. Niang tied his season high with 19 points.
X-Factor: Notre Dame's terrible three-point shooting made a comeback impossible for the Irish. The team went 4-of-17 from three and never gave itself a chance to get back in the game.
Next Round: Iowa State takes on Ohio State in a matchup where the Cyclones are going to need to play their best basketball to come away with a victory. Iowa State had an impressive showing in the second round, but it will need to up its game even more to take down the Buckeyes.
Though it held a 31-30 lead at halftime, Western Kentucky wasn't able to pull off the upset against No. 1 seed Kansas. The Hilltoppers lost the second-round matchup 64-57, despite keeping it relatively close all game long.
Top Performers: Kansas center Jeff Withey finished with a game-high 17 points. He also had a whopping seven blocks, dominating the paint from start to finish. Western Kentucky guard Jamal Crook scored 13 and brought down nine rebounds—both team highs for the night.
X-Factor: The Hilltoppers went 3-of-20 from beyond the arc. While Kansas went 0-of-6 on threes, missing 17 three-point attempts proved costly for Western Kentucky.
Next Round: Kansas advances to take on UNC in the round of 32. The two storied programs will be competing for a Sweet 16 spot in the South region, where No. 2 seed Georgetown has already been eliminated.
No. 11 seed Minnesota steamrolled No. 6 seed UCLA, 83-63. The Pac-12 had a strong showing early, with Arizona, Cal and Oregon all coming away with wins. The conference wasn't as fortunate later, with Colorado and UCLA both losing.
Top Performers: Andre Hollins scored a game-high 28 points along with nine rebounds. Shabazz Muhammad had a decent game, dropping 20 points, but it wasn't enough for the Bruins to hold off the Gophers.
X-Factor: Joe Coleman went 7-of-11 and scored 14 points for Minnesota. The sophomore guard outscored his season average by just over five points and played a key role in the victory.
Next Round: Minnesota takes on No. 3 seed Florida in the South region. The winner of that game will face the winner of San Diego State vs. Florida Gulf Coast, as FGCU knocked off No. 2 seed Georgetown.
The underdog Valparaiso Crusaders couldn’t solve the rock-solid defense of Michigan State, allowing the Spartans to cruise to a 65-54 win. Valpo shot a meager 35.2 percent from the field, while the powerful Michigan State frontcourt helped Tom Izzo’s squad shoot 44.8 percent.
Top Performers: Derrick Nix dominated inside for the Spartans, racking up 23 points, 15 boards and two steals. Ben Boggs, one of six seniors playing his final game for Valparaiso, led the Crusaders with 15 points.
X-Factor: Between the Michigan State defense and the pressure of his first NCAA tournament, Valpo star Ryan Broekhoff couldn’t find the range. He shot an ugly 1-for-9 from beyond the arc, scoring just eight points.
Next Round: The Spartans get No. 6 Memphis on Saturday. Michigan State will need a stronger performance from point guard Keith Appling, who managed 15 points but just one assist (and zero steals) against the Crusaders.
After weathering a valiant Bucknell comeback, the Butler Bulldogs continued their sensational NCAA tournament play under Brad Stevens with a 68-56 win. Bucknell erased a seven-point halftime deficit and at one point took a six-point lead, but the Butler D reestablish itself in plenty of time to secure the victory.
Top Performers: Butler’s Andrew Smith turned in a brilliant effort against Bucknell star Mike Muscala, finishing with 14 points and 16 rebounds while holding Muscala to 4-for-17 shooting. Senior Joe Willman made a run at being the hero for Bucknell, shooting 10-for-16 from the floor and scoring a game-high 20 points.
X-Factor: Against a Bucknell team that committed the second-fewest turnovers in the nation, Butler sophomore Alex Barlow (the hero of the Indiana win earlier in the year) had four steals to go with 11 points and five boards.
Next Round: The Bulldogs will play No. 3 Marquette on Saturday in Lexington, Ky. When they faced the Golden Eagles in Maui earlier this year, Butler’s Rotnei Clarke (who posted a team-high 17 points on Thursday) hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to net the win.
In a surprisingly decisive win for a No. 8 vs. No. 9 game, the Wichita State Shockers crushed the Pittsburgh Panthers. Wichita State’s defense locked down Tray Woodall and the Panthers, piling up 10 steals and holding Pitt to 1-for-17 three-point shooting in the blowout.
Top Performers: Malcolm Armstead, coming off a dazzling effort in the MVC title game, anchored Wichita State again with 22 points and five assists. Tekele Cotton also recorded five steals for the Shockers. Steven Adams couldn’t salvage the Panthers offense with his 13 points, but he did pile up 11 boards and two blocks.
X-Factor: Wichita State showed off its impressively balanced (and deep) lineup, with six different players grabbing at least three rebounds in outperforming Pitt 30-28 on the glass.
Next Round: The Shockers draw No. 1 Gonzaga on Saturday. After struggling to handle the size of Pitt center Adams, Wichita State could be in for a long day against 7’0” Wooden Award finalist Kelly Olynyk.
Saint Louis never trailed as it defeated New Mexico State 64-44. The Billikens built a 29-16 halftime lead and put the game away in the second half with a 21-6 run after the Aggies had cut the lead to six with 12:57 to go.
New Mexico State shot just 27.9 percent from the field and made 2-of-16 from three. Conversely, Saint Louis shot 46.3 percent, and that difference made up for New Mexico State’s 41-30 advantage on the boards.
Top Performers: Saint Louis forward Dwayne Evans had a monster game down low, scoring 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting. His quickness was too much for New Mexico State center Sim Bhullar, who stands 7’5” and weighs 360 pounds. Aggies forward Bandja Sy had a team-high 17 points to go along with nine rebounds in a losing effort.
X-Factor: Turnovers. New Mexico State turned the ball over nine times in the first 15 minutes of the game as Saint Louis methodically built its double-digit first-half lead.
Next Round: Saint Louis moves on to face No. 12 Oregon. The Billikens will be looking to advance to their first Sweet 16 since 1957.
Memphis held off Saint Mary’s, 54-52, in a game that was a little more dramatic than it needed to be for the Tigers. Saint Mary’s cut the lead to two at 54-52 with 3.1 seconds left after Eividas Petrulis banked in a desperation three.
Memphis then fumbled the inbound pass out of bounds, giving the Gaels a chance to tie or win. Saint Mary’s point guard Matthew Dellavedova missed a three from the right wing as time expired, giving the Tigers the suddenly dramatic win.
Top Performers: Memphis point guard Joe Jackson played an excellent all-around game. He had 14 points, six boards and seven assists to lead the Tigers. D.J. Stephens led a strong defensive effort for the Tigers with eight of his team’s 12 blocks. Overall, Memphis held Saint Mary’s to 32.8 percent shooting.
X-Factor: Memphis did an excellent job containing Dellavedova. The Tigers held Dellavedova to 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting while also forcing him into six turnovers.
Next Round: Memphis now moves on to face No. 3 Michigan State on Saturday. Facing the Spartans is always a tough task, but it will especially be tough playing them in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Vander Blue hit a layup with one second left on the clock to give Marquette an improbable 59-58 win over Davidson. It avoided becoming the 17th No. 3 seed to lose in the round of 64.
The Wildcats led 53-46 with 1:49 left, but the Golden Eagles hit threes on three consecutive possessions in the final minute to cut the lead to one at 58-57. Davidson then threw the ball out of bounds with 6.8 seconds left, setting the stage for Blue’s late-game heroics.
Top Performers: Blue ended the game with 16 points, and seven of those came in the final 1:33. Jamil Wilson had 14 points off the bench for Marquette and hit two threes in the final minute. Jake Cohen had a game-high 20 points for Davidson on 8-of-18 shooting.
X-Factor: Davidson entered the game shooting 80.1 percent from the free-throw line, the best percentage in the country. The Wildcats made just 14-of-22 from the charity strip against Marquette, including a miss in the final minute that proved to be costly.
Next Round: Marquette moves on to play No. 6 Butler on Saturday in the round of 32, and it will be a challenge to match Butler’s toughness. The Golden Eagles will be looking to make their third consecutive Sweet 16 appearance.
Gonzaga got a scare from No. 16 Southern, but the Bulldogs escaped with a 64-58 win. With the score tied at 56, Gary Bell Jr. hit a three to put Gonzaga ahead with 3:22 left, and the Bulldogs never trailed again.
Derick Beltran hit two free throws to pull Southern within one with 2:28 to go, but Kevin Pangos answered with a three on the next possession to put the Zags ahead 62-58. Pangos then hit a pair of free throws with 14 seconds left for the final margin.
Top Performers: Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk had just four points in the first half, but he finished the game with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Beltran led Southern with 21 points while knocking down four threes.
X-Factor: Gonzaga flexed its muscles down low, out-rebounding Southern 36-20. The Jaguars had just one offensive rebound all game.
Next Round: Gonzaga moves on to face No. 9 Wichita State, which will be a nice test for the Bulldogs frontcourt. The Shockers are one of the best rebounding teams in the country.
Oregon showed why many believed the Ducks were under-seeded, beating No. 5 Oklahoma State 68-55. The Ducks were in control for the majority of the game and led by double digits for the entirety of the second half. Oregon out-rebounded Oklahoma State 44-30, and the Ducks held Cowboys point guard Marcus Smart to 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting while also forcing him into five turnovers.
Top Performers: Arsalan Kazemi had 11 points, and he led Oregon’s efforts on the boards, pulling down 17 rebounds. Damyean Dotson had a game-high 17 points for the Ducks. Markel Brown had 16 points for Oklahoma State.
X-Factor: Oregon point guard Dominic Artis missed nine games in the middle of conference season with a foot injury. In his first six games back, he never scored more than six points. Thursday, however, Artis looked like his old self with 13 points and four steals.
Next Round: Oregon advances to take on No. 4 seed Saint Louis on Saturday. It will be a battle of two excellent defensive teams, as both rank in the top 16 in defensive efficiency, according to KenPom.com.
Louisville took care of business like a No. 1 overall seed should, beating No. 16 North Carolina A&T 79-48. The Cardinals had 20 steals and forced 25 Aggies turnovers while out-rebounding North Carolina A&T 28-19. Louisville was a little sloppy with the ball at times, with 16 turnovers, but the Cardinals shot 57.4 percent from the field.
Top Performers: Louisville guard Russ Smith had 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting and also added eight steals. Cardinals point guard Peyton Siva had six points, eight assists and four steals. Bruce Beckford led North Carolina A&T with 12 points.
X-Factor: Louisville jumped out to a 40-19 lead in the first half, leaving North Carolina A&T with little belief it could pull off a monumental upset.
Next Round: The Cardinals will face No. 8 Colorado State on Saturday. Louisville better be ready to battle on the boards, as the Rams rank in the top two in both offensive and defensive rebounding percentage, according KenPom.com.
Michigan played well Thursday night, defeating a dangerous South Dakota State team 71-56. In a marquee point guard showdown, Michigan’s Trey Burke and South Dakota State’s Nate Wolters both had trouble putting the ball in the basket.
Burke had six points on 2-of-12 shooting, but he did dish out seven assists. The Wolverines did a nice job defensively on Wolters, holding him to 10 points with six assists on 3-of-14 from the field.
Top Performers: Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Wolverines with 21 points and made 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. Glenn Robinson III also pitched in 21 points for Michigan, helping to pick up the scoring slack with Burke having an off shooting night. Brayden Carlson had 20 points for South Dakota State.
X-Factor: Michigan hit 9-of-20 from three-point land, while South Dakota State made just 4-of-19. The Jackrabbits entered the game shooting 39.4 percent from deep but could not get it going from the outside.
Next Round: Michigan will play No. 5 VCU on Saturday. It will be must-see TV as Burke goes up against VCU’s “havoc” defensive pressure.
Arizona never trailed as it defeated Cinderella hopeful Belmont 81-64. The Bruins were down by 12 at the break and never got within 11 points in the second half. The Wildcats shot 56.9 percent from the field and made 9-of-17 from three. Belmont came up empty for the third year in a row in the NCAA tournament and is now 0-6 all time in the Big Dance.
Top Performers: Mark Lyons led Arizona with 23 points, while Kevin Parrom put in 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Kerron Johnson had 22 points for Belmont, and Ian Clark capped off his excellent college career with 21 points.
X-Factor: Arizona absolutely dominated the Bruins on the boards, out-rebounding them 42-15. Three different Wildcats had at least seven rebounds, and Belmont only had two offensive boards.
Next Round: Arizona will take on No. 14 Harvard after the Crimson's upset of New Mexico. In Sean Miller’s previous three NCAA tournament appearances, he has guided his teams to two Elite Eights and a Sweet 16.
California became the second Pac-12 team to pull off an upset as a No. 12 seed on Thursday, beating UNLV 64-61. The game was tied at 28 at halftime, but the Golden Bears took control of the game midway through the second half.
UNLV made the game interesting down the stretch thanks to some poor free-throw shooting by Cal. The Rebels actually cut the lead to one with 6.5 seconds left on two Anthony Marshall free throws. Allen Crabbe then hit a couple of free throws with just over a second left to push the final margin to three.
Top Performers: Crabbe did a little bit of everything to lead Cal. He had 19 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Justin Cobbs added 13 points, five rebounds and six assists. Anthony Bennett had 15 points and 11 rebounds for UNLV, but he was just 4-of-11 from the floor.
X-Factor: Cal did a nice job keeping the ball away from big man Anthony Bennett, forcing Bryce Dejean-Jones and Katin Reinhardt to combine for 28 shot attempts. Dejean-Jones and Reinhardt made just nine of those shots.
Next Round: Cal now will play No. 4 Syracuse on Saturday, as it looks to make its first Sweet 16 since 1997.
Colorado State was in control the entire game, never trailing in its 84-72 win over Missouri on Thursday night. It was the first NCAA tournament win since 1989 for Colorado State. For the Tigers, it was their second consecutive round of 64 disappointment. Of course, they lost to No. 15-seeded Norfolk State last year.
Top Performers: The Rams got a great performance from guard Dorian Green, who had 26 points and went 11-of-12 from the free-throw line. He outplayed Missouri point guard Phil Pressey, who had 20 points and seven assists but did most of his damage when the game was out of reach.
X-Factor: Colorado State is one of the best rebounding teams in the country, and the Rams beat Missouri up on the boards. Colorado State won the rebounding battle 36-18.
Next Round: Colorado State will face No. 1 seed Louisville on Saturday. The Cardinals forced 25 turnovers against North Carolina A&T, and their defensive pressure will really test the Rams guards.
VCU jumped out to a 50-25 halftime lead and cruised from there, dominating Akron 88-42. The Rams shot 53.8 percent from the field and made 8-of-16 from three. Conversely, Akron hit just 34.9 percent of its shots and made 1-of-13 from beyond the arc.
Top Performers: VCU sharpshooter Troy Daniels hit six threes and scored 23 points. Post player Juvonte Reddic had 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Demetrius Treadwell led Akron with 15 points.
X-Factor: VCU’s defense forced 21 Akron turnovers, and the Rams only coughed the ball up five times. That contributed to VCU getting 22 more field-goal attempts than Akron.
Next Round: VCU will take on No. 4 seed Michigan on Saturday in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Rams’ “havoc” defense ranks No. 1 in turnover percentage, while the Wolverines offense ranks No. 1 in turnover percentage, according to KenPom.com. Something has to give.
Harvard won its first NCAA tournament game in program history Thursday night, beating No. 3 seed New Mexico 68-62. The Crimson are just the 17th No. 14 seed in tournament history to pull off an upset over a No. 3 seed.
Trailing 51-49 with 6:58 to play, the Crimson went on a 14-4 run over the next 4:40 to take a 63-55 lead. New Mexico got the lead down to four a couple times from there, but Harvard was able to hold on.
Top Performers: Wesley Saunders had 18 points to lead Harvard, while Laurent Rivard added 17 points with five treys. Kenyatta Smith had 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds for the Crimson. Alex Kirk had 22 points and 12 rebounds in a disappointing result for New Mexico.
X-Factor: Harvard shot 52.4 percent from the field compared to 37.5 percent for New Mexico. The Crimson made 8-of-18 from three, and the Lobos were 3-of-14 from downtown.
Next Round: Harvard will face No. 6 Arizona in Salt Lake City on Saturday. The Crimson will try to become the third No. 14 seed in the history of the NCAA tournament to advance to the Sweet 16. They would be the first since UT-Chattanooga in 1997.
Syracuse dominated Montana from the opening tip Thursday night, winning 81-34. The Orange started the game on a 20-4 run and never looked back. Montana really struggled with the Syracuse zone, shooting just 20.4 percent from the field and making 4-of-31 from three. Syracuse did a nice job sharing the ball, totaling 21 assists on 27 made baskets.
Top Performers: Brandon Triche had a very nice game for Syracuse, registering 20 points, four assists and four steals. C.J. Fair added 13 points for the Orange.
X-Factor: Syracuse shot 51.9 percent from the field and 5-of-11 from three. The Orange have struggled with their shooting, but when they are getting to the basket and not settling for outside shots, they are tough to beat.
Next Round: Syracuse will play No. 12 seed California on Saturday. The Orange will be fighting the Golden Bears crowd in San Jose, Calif.