After preliminary Insanity, it’s March Moderation

Cormac Ryan, right, scored a game-high 29 points for Notre Dame.

Cormac Ryan, proper, scored a game-high 29 factors for Notre Dame.
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After the wild and bracket-busting first day of males’s March Insanity, Candace Parker noticed the longer term on the postgame present. The long run Corridor of Famer mentioned that after so many upsets on Thursday, coaches of higher-seeded groups would have the ability to level to that and get their squads centered on the problem of the event.

And centered they had been. Solely 4 decrease seeds gained within the second half of the first-round matchups, all 4 got here from main conferences, and none seeded decrease than eleventh.

Within the South Area, No. 9 TCU walloped No. 8 Seton Corridor, 69-42, in San Diego. Over within the Midwest, there have been two double-digit seed winners, as No. 10 Miami knocked off No. 7 USC, 68-66, in Greenville, S.C., and No. 11 Iowa State notched what might barely even be thought of an upset, 59-54, over No. 6 LSU after the Tigers fired Will Wade. And in one of many early video games in San Diego, West No. 11 Notre Dame adopted up its First 4 victory over Rutgers by burying No. 6 Alabama, 78-64, behind 10-for-18 taking pictures on threes to the Crimson Tide’s 8-for-24.

That’s to not say that there wasn’t pleasure, simply that it was a much more profitable day of outcomes for the chalk.

Illinois, the South’s No. 4 seed, barely survived Chattanooga, 54-53, in Pittsburgh, whereas Michigan State, No. 7 within the West, squeaked previous No. 10 Davidson, 74-73, to arrange a duel of legends Tom Izzo and Mike Krzyzewski on Sunday after No. 2 Duke’s 78-61 dismissal of Cal State Fullerton.

By comparability, then, Midwest No. 3 Wisconsin’s 67-60 victory over No. 14 Colgate in a digital dwelling recreation in Milwaukee was a cakewalk, however actually it was something however that. The Raiders had a 52-48 lead with 10:40 left, then went greater than seven minutes with out scoring. By the point Jeff Woodward hit a pair of free throws with 3:33 to go, the Badgers had scored 10 straight factors to take a lead they’d by no means quit.

Whether or not or not the upset parade will get going once more on Saturday, we do know that there will probably be a Cindrella within the Candy 16, as a result of No. 7 Murray State and No. 15 St. Peter’s play in Indianapolis at 7:45 Japanese for a visit to Philadelphia.

However that could be it. When Friday’s winners meet on Sunday, the one groups from exterior the Energy 5 soccer conferences will probably be within the South – and each are favored: No. 2 Villanova (in opposition to No. 7 Ohio State) and No. 5 Houston (in opposition to No. 4 Illinois, which is seeded larger regardless of being 4 spots decrease within the final AP ballot, at No. 19). And, with that phrasing, Notre Dame, as a result of the Combating Irish don’t play in a Energy 5 soccer convention, however do play within the ACC in basketball… but additionally, the best way that Texas Tech wiped the ground with Montana State within the first spherical, 97-62, the No. 3 seed within the West has to love its probabilities in opposition to a Notre Dame crew that will probably be enjoying a 3rd recreation in 5 days.

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