Round 2, also known as the round of 64, of the 2013 NCAA tournament brought all the zaniness that the title "March Madness" could ever hope to deliver and more.
Among the close games and monstrous upsets were a few games, three in particular, that really showcased teams who showed up purely for business, teams who didn't even give their lowly opponents a chance to shock the world with a monstrous upset.
This one is a given.
Syracuse should be scolded for what they did to the Montana Grizzlies. Syracuse beat Montana by the moderately lopsided score of 81-34. The 47-point win was the largest margin of defeat from the round of 64, led by Brandon Triche's 20-point performance.
The Orange roughed up the Grizzlies in every phase of the game. They shot over 50 percent from the field and converted 22 of their 31 free-throw attempts. Defensively, they held Montana to just 11-of-54, or 20.4 percent from the field.
The Grizz didn't help their case by shooting just 4-of-31 from beyond the arc.
The Cuse utterly destroyed Montana in the round of 64, earning the most lopsided victory by a team seeded three or lower in NCAA tournament history and will look to put on another good show against California on Saturday night.
The Syracuse Orange had the most lopsided victory in the second round of the tourney after their 47-point win over Montana, but VCU was a close second after they put down the Akron Zips 88-42.
VCU and head coach Shaka Smart dominated the MAC champions from the opening tip to the final buzzer, outscoring them 50-25 in the first half and 38-17 in the second.
Akron's defense had no answer for the offensive onslaught from the Rams as Troy Daniels and Juvonte Reddic scored at will with individual performances of 23 and 21, respectively.
The Rams played stunning defense as well, forcing 11 steals in the game and causing two 10-second violations in the early goings to start pulling away.
Unfortunately for Shaka and VCU, they met a Michigan team in the third round who came ready to play and were eliminated by a final of 78-53.
St. Louis vs New Mexico State
St. Louis didn't have the ridiculous margin of victory that VCU and Syracuse had, but they had one of the best all-around performances of the round. The Billikens beat New Mexico State by a cool 20 points and looked good doing it.
They held New Mexico State to just 17-of-61 from the field and played great close-out defense on the perimeter, causing the Aggies to shoot just 2-of-16 from three-point range.
The Billikens played great in honor of Rick Majerus, who passed away in December, and used their overwhelming defense and consistent offense behind Dwayne Evans, who had 24, to advance to the round of 32.
St. Louis will take on the 12th-seeded Oregon Ducks Saturday night.
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