Saturday’s NCAA Tournament slate will begin when defending national champion Baylor Bears take on the North Carolina Tar Heels for a spot in the Sweet 16. Their Big 12 rival and fellow No. 1 Kansas follows immediately after as the Jayhawks fight Creighton.
The Cinderellas also take center stage, with No. 11 Michigan taking on Tennessee in South Region action, No. 12 Richmond against Providence, No. 15 Saint Peter’s, which eliminated Kentucky in a amazing, will try again against Murray State and New Mexico State. , a 12 seed in the West, taking on Arkansas.
Gonzaga, seeded at the top of the overall standings, wraps up the night’s action against a talented team from Memphis.
The No. 12 seed from Richmond, NM looks to continue Cinderella races
BUFFALO, NY — Richmond won an NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament game for the first time since 2011. To some, that may seem like a long time.
Just try saying this to New Mexico State: The Aggies have won the tournament for the first time since – drum roll, please – 1993.
On Saturday, those 12 seeds will play against 4 seeds for spots in the Sweet 16: Richmond vs. Providence, New Mexico State vs. Arkansas.
“To have the opportunity to go to the Sweet 16 is everything you dream of as a kid,” Richmond guard Jacob Gilyard said Friday. “That’s kind of why you play basketball.”
New Mexico State Guard Sir’Jabari Rice understands that feeling of nostalgia.
“After winning one game,” he said, “what’s the point of losing the next one?
Duke has the talent to make a title run for Coach K, but inexperience remains the wild card
GREENVILLE, SC — Sometimes talent alone is more than enough.
There’s no doubt about it: Duke’s roster is not lacking in talent, with no less than five contributors entered in the first round of the NBA draft. Instead, what the No. 2 Blue Devils lack is experience, making them perhaps the most unique NCAA tournament group in coach Mike Krzyzewski’s near-full tenure.
With such a young roster, every high-pressure tournament game could bring Duke closer to the full potential of Krzyzewski’s final team.
“I think what sets us apart is that we feel like we haven’t reached our full potential yet,” junior forward Wendell Moore said. “We haven’t reached the best possible team yet. I mean, we’ve seen glimpses of it.
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