Welcome back to a Tar Heel-stained edition of BracketRacket, the one-stop shopping place for all your offbeat NCAA tournament needs. Today, we blow the whistle on the NCAA, examine the relative merits of aging, check the odometer on DeAngelo Williams’ car, and close out the first weekend of games with a salute to the greatest closer ever. So without further ado:
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — DeAndre Kane drove for the game-winning layup with 1.6 seconds left and No. 3 seed Iowa State beat North Carolina 85-83 on Sunday, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2000.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Coastal Carolina did enough in the first half to allow the Chanticleers to believe they could become the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Scottie Wilbekin scored 21 points and top-seeded Florida beat Pittsburgh 61-45 in the NCAA tournament Saturday, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive year.
On this week’s episode of QCB Unleashed, Q gives you the breakdown on the college basketball tournament and how to fill out your bracket.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — In his second try, T.J. Warren became an NCAA tournament star. The ACC’s player of the year put on a show Tuesday night, scoring 16 of his 25 points in the second half of North Carolina State’s 74-59 victory over Xavier on the opening day of the NCAA’s First Four.
The man in charge of the NCAA selection committee insists a win in November is worth the same as a win in March. Don’t believe him? Check out the seeds slapped beside these conference champions:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Paul Millsap thinks the Atlanta Hawks finally have things headed in the right direction. After a brutal stretch in which they could do little right and lost 14 of 15 games, the Hawks have suddenly battled back to win four straight, including a 97-83 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Coach Tony Bennett climbed up to the rim, gave the net a final snip and twirled and raised it toward all those Virginia fans. Savor it, Cavaliers. You’ve waited nearly 40 years for a moment like this.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Instead of pingpong balls, the Charlotte Bobcats and Washington Wizards are playing each other for playoff seeds.