NCAA Basketball Scores: Recapping All of Friday's Sweet 16 Action

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMarch 29, 2014

Michigan State players react during second half in a regional semifinal against Virginia at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, early Saturday, March 29, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Julio Cortez

If you decided to watch all of Friday's Sweet 16 action, you made a great choice.

The 2014 NCAA tournament has been jam-packed with action thus far, but we may have seen the best basketball to date on Day 2 of the Sweet 16.

Each of Friday's four contests featured down-to-the-wire finishes that enthralled and stunned each and every viewer.

Just in case you missed the action—or simply want to relive its events—let's take a look at the scores and highlights from each contest.


Michigan 73, Tennessee 71

At first it appeared as though Michigan would continue its dominating ways and easily handle the Volunteers on Friday.

After a scoring onslaught in the first half, the Wolverines entered the break up 45-34.

Everything seemed to be going in Michigan's favor. The Wolverines continued to drop buckets from all over the court and played some very solid basketball.

The game looked like it would get out of hand quickly. Not so fast.

The resilient Volunteers surged back in the second half, outscoring the Wolverines 37-28.

After some sloppy basketball from Michigan and late-game heroics from Tennessee, the Volunteers found themselves down just one point in the waning seconds of the game. 

However, an unfortunate turnover sealed Tennessee's fate, as Michigan went up by two with just under three seconds remaining. This would prove to be the final score, as a half-court attempt by the Volunteers for the win would not go through.

Four of Michigan's five starters recorded double-digit points, while Jordan McRae stole the show for the Volunteers with a game-high 24 points.


Connecticut 81, Iowa State 76

The Huskies continue to be one of the biggest surprises in the 2014 NCAA tournament. Iowa State has been lighting up scoreboards lately, and it didn't seem likely that Connecticut would have the firepower to keep up.

That notion was proved false on Friday after a brilliant performance by the Huskies.

Connecticut played some stout defense throughout the first half of the game, limiting the high-octane Cyclones to just 26 points. The Huskies went into the break up by 10.

Things looked good for Connecticut early; however, Iowa State wouldn't be denied for long.

Dustin Hogue began to surge for the Cyclones in the second half, slicing through the Huskies defense and dominating the boards.

Just like that, Iowa State was right back in the game.

After the Cyclones got within striking distance, Connecticut finally tightened up. The Huskies continued to rely heavily on sound decision-making and precise shooting from the floor. The team shot 52.0 percent from the field on Friday, which was enough to gain the victory.

Despite Iowa State outscoring Connecticut 50-45 in a high-powered second half, the Huskies prevailed.

DeAndre Daniels was on point for the Huskies, connecting on 10 of 15 attempts from the field and scoring 27 points while adding 10 rebounds for the game's only double-double. Hogue's effort for the Cyclones was stellar as well. He scored a game-high 34 points and added six rebounds and two steals.


Kentucky 74, Louisville 69

How impressive has Kentucky been lately? This team has matured right before our very eyes throughout the 2014 NCAA tournament. The improbable bid at a run to the finals took another huge step on Friday, as the Wildcats came from behind late to take down the defending champion Louisville Cardinals in a thriller.

After a slow start to the game, Kentucky found itself behind early. Louisville pulled out to an early lead and appeared ready to dominate the game.

Although, the resilient Wildcats were up to the challenge and pulled within three points just before the half. Entering the break, the Cardinals were up by a score of 34-31.

In the second half, Julius Randle and Co. began to pour it on.

Randle recorded a double-double early after halftime and led the Wildcats to pull within striking distance of the Cardinals.

After some back-and-forth buckets, the game entered its final minutes with Louisville barely hanging on to its lead.

That changed quickly after a devastating three-pointer from Andrew Harrison and some pristine foul shooting from Randle. Suddenly, the Wildcats were up by three with just seconds to play.

After a missed three-point attempt from Louisville, the game was in the books for Kentucky.

Randle finished with 15 points and 12 assists, as four of Kentucky's five starters finished with double-digit points. Russ Smith accumulated 23 points on the game for Louisville, while Montrezl Harrell earned 15 points and eight boards.


Michigan State 61, Virginia 59

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The second top-seeded team went down on Friday night, as the Spartans' depth and versatility was too much for the Cavaliers to handle.

Michigan State got around Virginia's stout defense early on, recording 31 points over the first half. The team looked great on the defensive end as well, holding the Cavaliers to just 27 points before the break.

Virginia made a game of it in the second half, tying the contest late. However, the Spartans' downtown shooting took control, as they finally began to hit clutch shots from the perimeter.

After taking a two-point lead in the final seconds of the game, the Spartans intentionally missed a free throw, forcing the Cavaliers to shoot a full-court shot for the win.

It didn't fall, and Michigan State moved on to the Elite Eight.

Neither team had a fantastic offensive day, but that was expected. Both units are extremely stout on the defensive end.

Michigan State finished the game shooting an impressive 44.7 percent from the field against a very tough Virginia defense. The Cavaliers struggled to get through the Spartans and only shot 35.1 percent as a team on Friday.

It was a one-man show for the Spartans, as Branden Dawson lit it up with 24 points and 10 rebounds for the game's only double-double. Both Malcolm Brogdon and Joe Harris struggled a bit from the floor for Virginia; however, both finished the game with 17 points.


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