B/R Expert Predictions and Full Results from NCAA Tournament Round of 64

Bleacher Report College Basketball StaffFeatured ColumnistMarch 19, 2014

B/R Expert Predictions and Full Results from NCAA Tournament Round of 64

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    We saw four overtimes, three big upsets and a buzzer-beater on Thursday.

    Now we're well into Friday where the madness has continued in what so far has been the Year of the Upset.

    Unheralded Mercer shocked No. 3 seeded Duke in the first of two of the day's big upsets. No. 10 Stanford beating No. 7 New Mexico was the other.

    Keep it tuned here all day as we post all the results from each second-round game.

    In advance of each game, we've got the tip time and channel, some statistical analysis and the predictions from your three favorite B/R experts: C.J. Moore, Jason King and Kerry Miller. Give them all a follow on Twitter for good nuggets and insights during the tournament.

    Throughout the day and into the night, these predictions will be replaced by results and recaps as games go final.

    The following slides are listed in chronological order according to tip time. Unless otherwise noted, all statistics are courtesy of ESPN.com or KenPom.com (subscription required).

     

    All preview analysis made by Kerry Miller. 

Mercer 78, Duke 71

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    Just call it the Atlantic Sun magic.

    Last year it belonged to Florida Gulf Coast, and this year, it's in the hands of the Mercer Bears. The 14th-seeded team outplayed Duke throughout the game and saved its best basketball in the final minutes to eliminate the heavily favored Blue Devils from the tournament.

    Duke led 63-58 with slightly less than five minutes to go because the Devils hit their three-point shots and dominated second-chance points. But Mercer played with poise and went on an 11-0 run to seize control of the game.

    The Blue Devils had no answers for Mercer’s Daniel Coursey, who made 7-of-12 shots from the field and scored 17 points.

     

    Top Performers

    In addition to Coursey, Jakob Gollon was a consistent force throughout the game and led the Bears with 20 points. He made 5-of-9 shots from the floor and all nine of his free throw attempts.

     

    X-Factor

    Guard Langston Hall faced significant pressure from the bigger and more athletic Blue Devils throughout the game, but he more than held his own. Hall dished out five assists and also added 13 points.

     

    Next Round

    Mercer advances to the round of 32 to play Tennessee.

     

    Update by Steve Silverman

Baylor 74, Nebraska 60

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    Baylor was expecting a strong challenge from Nebraska in their Round of 64 game, but the Big Ten representative never appeared comfortable and the Bears ran away for an easy victory.

    The sixth-seeded Bears used a stifling defense to keep the Cornhuskers from finding their rhythm in the first half, and Baylor pulled away in the second half.

    The combination of forward Cory Jefferson and center Isaiah Austin were simply too much for the Cornhuskers, as they were able to establish their presence and come up with key shots and rebounds whenever it looked like Nebraska might be inclined to make it a game.

     

    Top Performers

    Jefferson had 16 points and six rebounds while Austin had 13 points and seven rebounds. Rico Gathers came off the bench and also had a big game with 11 points and six rebounds.

     

    X-Factor

    Forward Royce O’Neale is not much of a scorer, but he is strong and tough. He scored just three points, but he pulled down nine rebounds and was physical throughout the game.

     

    Next Round

    Baylor advances to the round of 32 to play third-seeded Creighton.

     

    Update by Steve Silverman

Stanford 58, New Mexico 53

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    It wasn’t necessarily a pretty win for Stanford, but head coach Johnny Dawkins will take it. The Cardinal played staunch defense down the stretch and picked up a 58-53 victory over a game but poor-shooting New Mexico team (19-of-52 from the field).

    Unheralded Robbie Lemons helped clinch the game for the Cardinal. With his team leading 54-52 with 23.2 seconds left in the game, Lemons went to the free-throw line in a one-and-one situation. Lemons had taken just 12 free throws during the season, but he made both of his attempts to extend the lead to four points.

    Chasson Randle had a monster game for Stanford, leading the way with 23 points and five rebounds.

     

    Top Performers

    In addition to Randle, Stanford got a solid contribution from guard-forward Anthony Brown, who scored 10 points and led the Cardinal with seven rebounds. Center Stefan Nastic also asserted himself with 10 points and five rebounds.

     

    X-Factor

    In addition to Lemons’ clutch performance from the free-throw line, John Gage was the only other Stanford player to come off the bench and score. He made a three-point shot, but more importantly, he brought down six rebounds to help the Cardinal advance in the tournament.

     

    Next Round

    Stanford moves on to the round of 32 to play second-seeded Kansas.

     

    Update by Steve Silverman

Arizona 68, Weber State 59

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    The Arizona Wildcats used their depth and athleticism to put away a game Weber State team and advance with a 68-59 victory.

    Arizona was simply too balanced and powerful for Weber State, as the Pac-12 representatives had four players reach double figures and Weber State simply could not match that kind of firepower. Davion Perry tried to keep his team in the game and scored 24 points, but he was just 5-of-20 from the field, and that lack of accuracy hurt Weber State.

    Arizona was dominant defensively, blocking 12 Weber State shots.

     

    Top Performers

    Nick Johnson and Aaron Gordon led the way for Arizona with 18 and 16 points respectively. Gordon added a team-high eight rebounds and three assists. Center Kaleb Tarczewski had a huge game with 10 points, five blocked shots and four rebounds for Arizona.

     

    X-Factor

    Forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was huge off the bench for Arizona. He scored 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field, and he also had four rebounds in 23 minutes of action.

     

    Next Round

    Arizona advances to the round of 32 and will play eighth-seeded Gonzaga.

     

    Update by Steve Silverman

Tennessee 86, Massachusetts 67

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    After Tennessee survived its first-round game against Iowa with an overtime victory, it seemed the Volunteers would not have much left for the rest of the tournament.

    As it turned out, Tennessee was just getting warmed up. The Vols dominated the UMass Minutemen, and put them away with an 86-67 victory.

    The blowout was keyed by a superb start, as the Vols led 41-22 at halftime. Nobody was better than Jarnell Stokes, as the forward had 26 points on 7-of-11 shooting and added 14 rebounds.

     

    Top Performers

    Jordan McRae had an explosive scoring day, and he put 21 points on the board. Jeronne Maymon was too much for the Minutemen to handle. He contributing 11 points while pulling down 11 rebounds.

     

    X-Factor

    The Minutemen barely seemed to show up for this game. Their calling card throughout the season has been their athleticism and their ability to put big offensive numbers on the board. That athleticism was not on display and it allowed Tennessee to run out to a big lead that was never challenged.

     

    Next Round

    Tennessee advances on to the round of 32 and will play No. 14 seed Mercer, after the Bears dispatched No. 3 seed Duke earlier in the day.

     

    Update by Steve Silverman

Creighton 76, Louisiana-Lafayette 66

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    Creighton found itself in a street fight with Louisiana-Lafayette in its round of 64 game, but the Bluejays proved too powerful and outlasted the Ragin’ Cajuns 76-66.

    Louisiana-Lafayette had a 50-46 lead with 12:17 remaining, but Creighton went on a 10-0 run to take the lead. The game remained close until the final four minutes, when the Bluejays went on an 11-5 spurt to stretch the final margin to double digits.

    Creighton is very tough to beat in all circumstances because of the presence of leading scorer Doug McDermott, and he was once again on top of his game. McDermott scored 30 points on 13-of-23 shooting, and he also had a team-high 12 rebounds. Louisiana-Lafayette did a nice job defending McDermott despite his point total, as they contested nearly every shot he took.

     

    Top Performers

    In addition to McDermott’s strong game, Creighton received a big performance from guard Austin Chatman. He had 16 points and five rebounds. Louisiana-Lafayette guard Elfrid Payton tried to keep his team in the game with a 24-point effort.

     

    X-Factor

    Creighton’s Ethan Wragge gave the Bluejays solid supplemental scoring, contributing 12 points. He also snagged three rebounds.

     

    Next Round

    Creighton moves on to the round of 32 and will play Baylor. The Bears hammered Nebraska in their first game of the tournament, 74-60.

     

    Update by Steve Silverman

Kansas 80, Eastern Kentucky 69

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    Eastern Kentucky gave Kansas all it wanted in its opening game of the tournament, but the second-seeded Jayhawks simply had too much size and stren