NCAA Tournament 2013 Scores: Full Recap of Sunday's Action

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 24:  Eric McKnight #12 of the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles celebrates after defeating the San Diego State Aztecs 81-71 during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Center on March 24, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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If the NCAA tournament went according to plan, it would not be nicknamed March Madness. The craziness continued in the third round on Sunday.

In most seasons, a Sweet 16 that includes No. 12 Oregon and No. 13 La Salle would be enough to entertain fans. This year, however, there is an additional surprise with Florida Gulf Coast becoming the first No. 15 seed ever to reach the Sweet 16.

Additionally, a couple of top seeds barely survived scares after Gonzaga became the first No. 1 seed to lose on Saturday.

It will be almost impossible for the rest of the tournament to live up to what we have seen in the first week, but you would be lying if you said you were not looking forward to it.

Here is a recap of the Sunday that caused many to completely rip up their brackets.


No. 2 Ohio State 78, No. 10 Iowa State 75

Iowa State had all the tools necessary to pull the upset. The Cyclones made 12 of their 25 three-point shots, and when they missed they got second opportunities with 35-20 advantage in rebounding.

However, Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft took over late. He drew an important (and controversial) charge late in the game and scored his team's last seven points in the game.

That includes this game-winning three-point shot with 0.5 seconds remaining on the clock.

Craft receives a lot of criticism, but his offense matched his defense in this game and he helped the Buckeyes advance to the next round. 


No. 1 Indiana 58, No. 9 Temple 52

One-man teams rarely go far in the NCAA tournament, but Khalif Wyatt took his squad as far as possible against a tough Indiana team.

Although the Temple guard came in with an injured thumb, he scored 31 of his team's 52 points in the loss. Scootie Randall was the Owls' second-leading scorer throughout the season, but he provided little help with an 0-for-12 shooting day.

Still, the tough Temple defense kept this a close game. Indiana had very few easy shots and the 58 points were well below the season average of 80 points per game.

However, National Player of the Year candidate Victor Oladipo sealed the game with a three-point shot with 15 seconds remaining to go up four points. This allowed the Hoosiers to live another day in this tournament.


No. 1 Kansas 70, No. 8 North Carolina 58

For 20 minutes, it appeared that North Carolina was going to pull off the upset. The Tar Heels went into the half with a 30-21 lead and the Kansas players could not hit water if they fell out of a boat.

However, the Jayhawks came out of halftime inspired and completely dominated their opponent for the rest of the game. 

Jeff Withey provided a boost inside with 16 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks, while North Carolina looked helpless to stop the run. The normally good shooting team fell to 6-of-21 from outside.

It was evident by the end of the game that the Tar Heels were simply overmatched in this one.


No. 3 Florida 78, No. 11 Minnesota 64

After Florida dominated offensively in the first half with a 48-point showing, Minnesota turned up the intensity in the second half and held the Gators to only 30 points.

However, this was not enough to complete the comeback as Mike Rosario was impressive throughout the game with 25 points on 8-of-12 from the floor for the Gators.

Andre Hollins added 25 himself, but Minnesota could never get closer than eight points down in the second half. Florida will face its third consecutive double-digit seed next round in Florida Gulf Coast.


No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast 81, No. 7 San Diego State 71

The bandwagon for Florida Gulf Coast is filling up in a hurry, but there is still room for some more fans.

After beating Georgetown with an incredible display of dunks and outside shooting, the Eagles continued the great run with another impressive performance against San Diego State.

Brett Comer showed off his great vision with 14 assists, totaling 24 for the tournament, and the rest of the squad simply made shots.

Florida Gulf Coast is simply having more fun than anyone else in the Big Dance, and America is hoping that this run continues.


No. 13 La Salle 76, No. 12 Ole Miss 74

Marshall Henderson of Ole Miss is tough to contain, but La Salle did a good job of slowing him down by holding him to 4-of-15 from three-point range. 

Meanwhile, the Explorers got 60 points out of the Big Three of Ramon Galloway, Tyreek Duren and Tyrone Garland. 

Still, this game came down to the very end, with Henderson missing a potential go-ahead shot with about 30 seconds left on the clock. Garland then took the ball for the Explorers and hit a game-winning layup with just 2.5 seconds remaining.

Many argued that La Salle did not deserve to be in the tournament, but this team is proving doubters wrong with a Sweet 16 appearance.


No. 2 Miami (FL) 63, No. 7 Illinois 59

Sometimes in the NCAA tournament, you get big-time production from unlikely sources.

That was the case for Miami in this one, as junior Rion Brown had one of his biggest games of his life with 21 points for the Hurricanes. He made five of his 10 three-point shots and hit two key free throws late in the game to seal the win.

Brandon Paul had his usual good game for Illinois with 18 points, but the Illini struggled to hit open shots throughout the game and were only 7-for-27 from downtown. 

While the ACC regular season and tournament champions did not look good in this one, winning is all that matters.


No. 2 Duke 66, No. 7 Creighton 50

The old adage is that "you live by the three, you die by the three." Both teams came in living well by the three-point shot, both ranking in the top five in the nation in outside shooting.

However, Creighton went ice cold from behind the arc, hitting only two of 19 shots after averaging 42.1 percent for the season.

This was due to a great game plan to stop Doug McDermott with a variety of different defenders. Duke survived serious foul trouble and made it a tough day for the nation's second-leading scorer.

Meanwhile, the Blue Devils found ways to score, led by freshman Rasheed Sulaimon and his 21 points. Duke showed a better all-around game in this one than the team has shown in a long time. 


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