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March Madness: West Virginia's defense will challenge Villanova

March Madness: West Virginia's defense will challenge Villanova

Welcome to Day 2 of the Sweet 16 where four teams, two apiece from the Midwest and East Regionals, will punch their tickets to the Elite Eight. While Orange is the New Black is the bigger show with a longer history on its side, The Ranch was the Cinderella story of our tournament past year, advancing all the way to the final round where they came up a few votes shy of winning against the Gilmore Girls.

"West Virginia gets extra possessions and they average 80 points a game".

But West Virginia's defense continued to slow VU.

Huggins had this happen to his team in the Big 12 Tournament championship game earlier this month when Kansas scorched the nets to the tune of 15-out-27 from behind the 3-point arc, including a sizzling 9-of-13 in the second half in pulling away from the Mountaineers.

Syracuse vs. Duke, 6:35 p.m. We've always been the underdogs coming into any game we've played.

With Kentucky's 61-58 loss to Kansas State Thursday night, the SEC does not have a team left in the bracket through the first half of the Sweet 16. Mikal Bridges added 16 points and 6 rebounds. Kansas is lead by Devonte Graham and Malik Newman, while Clemson is controlled by Marcquise Reed, Gabe DeVoe, and Shelton Mitchell. Outside of DeVoe, the Tigers are shooting 6/22 from the field. Fellow senior Jevon Carter scored 12 points and didn't quit until the final whistle.

Ahmad (10.2) and Konate (10.8) provide most of the inside scoring for the Old Gold and Blue while Harris, who missed much of the Marshall game due to concussion protocol, chips in almost six points per game, but provides the length necessary to make WVU's full court pressure effective.

"Most importantly for us, nothing changes", said Jalen Brunson, who scored a game-high 27 points and made numerous huge plays down the stretch, especially after his team had fallen behind by six points with 11:04 remaining.

Of all the differences between his old home and his new home, Daxter Miles Jr. chose the one with the easiest metaphor. However, the Wildcats responded with an 11-0 run and took control. We'll see if the Mountaineers punch back. Bob Huggins is a great coach and will continue to make West Virginia proud.

Senior point guard Jevon Carter led the Mountaineers to an NCAA Tournament win over Marshall on Sunday. Duke has a superb inside-out game with super frosh Marvin Bagley III in the middle and is averaging 85 points per game in the NCAA Tournament.

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The Cavaliers played at the slowest pace in all of college basketball this year, at just 59.4 possessions per 40 minutes. We can look around the inner sanctum of NCAA Tournament surprises and try to figure out where this should be placed.

A Villanova turnover led to a Sagaba Konate dunk at the 10:10 mark of the period and the game was deadlocked at 22.

Villanova only shot 39.7 percent from the floor against the Tide but hit 17 of 41 shots from three-point land.

Battle led the Orange with 19 points. It is also 20-8 in the Wildcats' last 28 overall, 5-2 in their last seven at neutral sites, 5-2 in their last seven non-conference contests, 11-3 in their last 14 following a win, and 16-5 in their last 21 against opponents with winning percentages over.600.

The two Jayhawks have combined for 16 points, with four dunks, on 7-of-9 shooting.

Carsen Edwards led Purdue with 30 points, including four 3-pointers.

De Sousa made the free throws and Lagerald Vick followed with a 3-pointer to put the Jayhawks up 13 at the break. Syracuse's Paschal Chukwu leads all scorers with six points. Purdue was a trendy pick to win it all at +1250, but that was before the injury to Isaac Haas.

Then, again Villanova spent eight weeks at the very top and seems to be peaking at the right time, which is why there's no reason Wright & Co. shouldn't soon be preparing for their third trip to the Final Four since 2009.

Clemson's season scoring leader, Marcquise Reed, didn't make his first basket until a minute was left in the half. Purdue got it down to one early in the second but the Red Raiders never surrendered the lead. Plagued by second-half foul trouble - he picked up three fouls in the first 4:46 of the second half - Miles finished with 16 points.

Tech's defense forced Purdue to commit 10 first half turnovers. Whichever group of guards plays better and can take control of this game, could be the team that comes out on top. It's all tied up at 15 in Boston. "It's kind of like playing Oklahoma State or Kansas to a degree".

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