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Wisconsin Badgers vs. Villanova Wildcats: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview and Prediction
Men's basketball edges out UNC-Wilmington in first round of NCAA Tournament
March 25 2017, 01:29 | Van Peters
Lindsay Allen was named the 2017 ACC Tournament MVP after setting an event record with 33 assists
However, outside of the sports bubble and the brackets is a world where people don't buy into the hype.
The N.J. governor was in attendance at NCAA tournament opener between No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 12 Princeton Thursday afternoon in Buffalo, but he wasn't rooting for his home-state Tigers.
"It was really ugly, but we won", junior forward Bonzie Colson said. Wins against Oregon, Michigan State, Louisville, and Xavier are from a team far from what we see now. "We got to advance and play again".
As Princeton brought the ball down the floor, no timeouts left, the Irish kept their way about them.
No. 4 Butler 76, No. 13 Winthrop 64: Avery Woodson's tied a career high with six 3-pointers to lead the Bulldogs over the Eagles. The Cavaliers (23-10, 11-7 ACC) put together a comeback after trailing by as many as 15 points to overcome the Seahawks (29-6, 15-3 CAA). Cannady, one of their leading scorers, was 2-of-10 from three-point range and finished with seven points. Last season, they beat upstart Stephen F. Austin by one point in the second round, then made the regional final before losing to North Carolina by 14. Colson makes a tough bucket inside to extend the lead back to three after a Princeton bucket. Ambrose Mosley had the hot hand from outside the arc for the Seahawks, going 4-for-4 from three and helping UNC-W stay in the game.
A Pete Miller layup with 55 seconds left to cut the lead to 59-56.
"I'd love to have a blood pressure monitor on myself during the game".
"I've watched him hit big shots for four years now", Bennett said. Snapping the Tigers' 19-game winning streak, the Fighting Irish used every offensive possession they could get to escape this first-round game barely.
After a close first half and a slight six point halftime lead, Notre Dame opened up an 11-point lead in the second.
Farrell received the inbound pass and was fouled. The officials reviewed it and confirmed the call, sending Steve Vasturia of the Irish to the line where he converted both free throws.
The Tigers dribbled down the court with eight seconds left.
"I'm not a Notre Dame fan", Joe Ravotto, another former teammate said. He made one of two, and Bennett and the rest of the Cavaliers were able to breathe a little easier. And as for today, the seniors went out with a bang, and gave us one heck of a final ride. Late in the half, Colson got the ball to the right of the lane. He subsequently scored five points and finished with a game-high 24 points, almost twice his 12.5 average.
But Notre Dame's experience carried the day when it came down to "game situations" - a phrase Brey's squad is quick to mention.
"It's a frightful feeling", said the sophomore guard, who could have earned a place forever in March Madness lore.