NCAA Tournament 2013: Best and worst of all the madness from day 2

Rob Carr

Your bracket is dead. I heard. Tom told me. Look, we all feel bad about this, but the only thing to do now is move on and try to enjoy the rest of the tournament.

There you go. For anyone who felt Thursday didn't fulfill their excitement needs, there you go.

When the dust cleared on Friday, five double-digit seeds had punched their tickets to the Round of 32. Included in that group is Florida Gulf Coast, who became just the seventh 15 seed to spring an upset in their tournament opener, and only the second to win said game by 10 points or more.

The time has come to crumple up your paper brackets, stop checking where you stand in the office pool and forget about the four teams you thought would be left standing two Mondays from now. None of that matters anymore, and holding on to it is only going to detract from what is shaping up to be one of the more memorable months in college basketball history.

Method has checked out of the NCAA Tournament hotel. This is pure madness. The only thing left to do is embrace and enjoy it.

Here's a look at how Friday brought us to this place.


We're still waiting for our first buzzer-beater (something we wound up waiting the entire tournament for a year ago), but thankfully the lack of last-second heroics didn't mean there weren't any competitive contests.

It was actually quite the contrary, and I can prove it.

1. No. 13 La Salle 63, No. 4 Kansas State 61 (West)

I'm a little conflicted about handing this one the top spot. It was the only game of the day that came down to the very last possession, but it also took a pretty thorough La Salle collapse for things to get that far.

The Explorers led by as many as 18 in the game before a frenetic K-State comeback - as well as some woeful La Salle free-throw shooting - left the Wildcats down just two with the ball in the final seconds.

What happened next will not inspire art for decades to come.

An out-of-sorts Angel Rodriguez wound up dribbling the ball into the corner of the floor near the Wildcat bench. Head coach Bruce Weber then attempted to call a timeout with less than a second left (more on this later), but it was not granted, making Rodriguez's push of the ball into the general vicinity of the basket (can't bring myself to call it a shot) the final act of the game.

And then La Salle was all like...


An understandable reaction to the Explorers winning back-to-back games in the big dance for the first tie since 1955.

La Salle gets Ole Miss on Sunday with a trip to the second weekend on the line.

2. No. 7 Creighton 67, No. 10 Cincinnati 63 (Midwest)

This match-up of a current Big East team versus a future Big East team (seriously) looked a lot like one of the slugfests the conference has become known for over the past three decades.

All-American Doug McDermott, who made all 11 of his free-throw attempts, came through in a monster way with 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Bluejays. But it was an extremely questionable flagrant foul called against the Creighton star that permitted Cincinnati to nearly pull off the mild upset.

To be clear, the "extremely questionable" part of the last sentence isn't meant as a dig at the refs, who technically made the right call. It's a dig at the rule ... which is f'ing ridiculous and demands offseason re-examination.

Anyway, the call helped Cincy climb to as close as 64-63 with 14.3 seconds to play, but a pair of Creighton free throws, a Sean Kilpatrick missed three-pointer and a Cheikh Mbodj travel wrapped it all up.

This game also featured the worst technical foul call of the tournament so far, as the Bearcat bench was hit with a T because a player waved a towel.

"That was two points. Didn't help," UC coach Mick Cronin said after the game.

Creighton gets Duke at 9:40 p.m. on Sunday.

3. No. 9 Temple 76, No. 8 NC State 72 (East)

Let's go back to our 8/9 game selection guide from the beginning of the week.

"Boring" team from a well-known conference versus under-achieving preseason national title contender is a classic 8/9 match-up. Everyone always wants to talk about how things could start to finally click for the latter team and they could upset the tournament favorite during the first weekend, and then they wind up not making it out the round of 64. See the 2011-12 Connecticut Huskies for more on this topic. Always go with the consistent, disciplined, "boring" team in these situations.

The talk of NC State finally realizing its talent and "clicking" is officially dead. The time of death is approximately 3:50 p.m. ET on Friday, March 22. The cause of death is Khalif Wyatt, who finished with a tournament-high 31 points.

4. No. 8 North Carolina 78, No. 9 Villanova 71 (South)

Roy Williams' 700th win sets up the opportunity for him to snag a 701st that would be talked about for an awfully long time. Williams and his Tar Heels will face top-seeded Kansas, the program where he coached for 15 seasons, on Sunday with a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line.

But the college hoops world almost didn't get the juicy storyline it was after.

Villanova erased a 20-point deficit that UNC had constructed in the first half, and then nearly climbed out of a nine-point hole in the game's final minutes. Some big outside shots by Carolina, which finished 11-for-21 from beyond the arc, allowed the Heels to hang on for the win. P.J. Hairston led all scorers with 23 points.

In addition to it being his 700th, the win also allowed Williams to extend his NCAA record of consecutive tournament appearances with at least one victory to 21. I'm sure that's all anyone will be asking him about over the course of the next 24 hours.

5. No. 1 Kansas 64, No. 16 Western Kentucky 57 (South)

The dream lived at halftime, with Western Kentucky holding a 31-30 advantage, and it lived in the game's final minutes, with Kansas unable to put the pesky Hilltoppers away. Eventually, however, it suffered the same fate as all the similar dreams before it, as the Jayhawks won and moved the all-time mark for No. 1 seeds playing against No. 16 seeds to 116-0.

KU center Jeff Withey was the difference-maker, dominating the inside with seven blocked shots and scoring six of his 17 points during the game's most critical stretch. Ben McLemore also chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds.

Still, it was an overall performance by Kansas that reminded the sports world that this is a team that once lost to TCU. They'll have to be better from this point on.


1. Florida Gulf Coast

Let's break down the elements of amazing here:

--Florida Gulf Coast is a No.15 seed that became just the seventh ever to upset a No. 2 seed.

--The Eagles are just the second one of those No. 15 seeds to win by double-digits.

--This was their first NCAA Tournament appearance.

--This is just the second year that Florida Gulf Coast has even been eligible to participate in the NCAA Tournament.

--There isn't a player on the FGCU roster who isn't older than the university itself, which held its first classes in 1997.

--They didn't spring the upset with three-point shots and running out the clock, they did it with wild alley-oops and insane put-back dunks.

I think it's safe to say the coach's supermodel wife is no longer the story here.

2. Ohio State

There would be no 15/2 upset in Dayton on Friday, a fact Ohio State made sure of by limiting the high-scoring Gaels to just 36.4 percent shooting from the floor. DeShaun Thomas led the way with 24 points, while Sam "Air" Thompson chipped in a career-high 20 to go with 10 rebounds.

Iona was about as interested in playing defense as you and I were in the U.S. soccer team's World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica (casually ... snow is fun), but that doesn't mean the Buckeyes shouldn't get their due credit for nearly cracking the century mark.

3. Miami

Playing in their first NCAA Tournament game in five years, Miami justified its elite seed by racing out to a 40-19 halftime lead and then cruising to a 29-point win. Senior guard Durand Scott led the Canes with 21 points and five three-pointers, while backcourt mate Shane Larkin had 10 points and tied a career-high with nine assists.

Pacific coach Bob Thomason summed things up pretty well after the game.

"Miami's just a lot better than us," Thomason said. "I'm glad it's not a four-out-of-seven series, to tell you the truth."


1. Georgetown


Georgetown is now the first team in the history of the NCAA Tournament to lose five-consecutive games to double-digit seeds. Despite some notably impressive regular seasons, the Hoyas have not made it out of the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament since their Final Four appearance in 2007.


The storied program hasn't seen a day this bad in a while, which is saying something.

First, an LA Times story revealed that star freshman Shabazz Muhammad had lied about his age, and that his father had adopted a scary Marv Marinovich-style of parenting. Then, Muhammad and the Bruins appeared completely disinterested in making any attempt to beat No. 11 seed Minnesota, a fact reflected in the 83-63 final score.

I'll say it: I'd be shocked if we didn't just witness the final game of the Ben Howland era in Westwood.

3. Wisconsin

It was more than just a historically bad shooting night that did the Badgers in. For 40 minutes, Wisconsin did things we haven't seen them do in over a decade, let alone this season. They took contested shots early on in possessions, they threw ill-advised cross-court passes and they left Mississippi's best offensive players wide open. It was as if they felt the need to play like Marshall Henderson out of courtesy because they were sharing the court with him.

If social media is any indication (and if it's not then we're all wasting a lot of time ... okay, we all know we're all wasting a lot of time), the Badgers loss is the one that broke the back of America's collective bracket for good.

Maybe we should thank them. Between you and me, I was getting pretty tired of hearing about America's bracket. I also would unfollow him on Instagram if I didn't know it would become this huge thing. I don't need to know what every meal you eat looks like, Sam.


Khalif Wyatt, Temple

Despite injuring his thumb late in the game, Wyatt finished with a tournament-high 31 points to lead the Owls past NC State and onto a date with top seed Indiana.

Andre Hollins, Minnesota

Had it not been for Wyatt's big day, Hollins' 28 points would have been the highest-scoring outing of the tournament so far.

Sherwood Brown, Florida Gulf Coast

The Atlantic Sun Player of the Year led the charge for America's newest sweetheart, scoring 24 points and snatching nine rebounds.

Doug McDermott, Creighton

It's no surprise that Dougie Buckets was one of the stars of day two. The All-American led his Bluejays into the round of 32 with a 27-point, 11-rebound performance.

Seth Curry, Duke

The youngest Curry made sure there would be no 15/2 upset for the Blue Devils this season, dropping a game-high 26 in Duke's win over Albany.


1. Wisconsin's offense

Thanks in large part to a 25.4 percent shooting performance, Wisconsin became the third No. 5 seed to drop its NCAA Tournament opener on Friday. The Badgers were outscored by Ole Miss 35-21 in the second half, missed their last nine shots and fell to the Rebels by a final score of 57-46.

How bad was it for Bo Ryan's team? The final shot chart (via CBS) tells the story.


Illegal streaming websites think that's a lot of red Xs for one page.

It's a dismal green-circle-to-red-X ratio that wound up resulting in this:


And this:


2. Anyone who picked Notre Dame to beat Iowa State

The Fighting Irish aren't just members of the CBTC (Can't be Trusted Crew), they're the head motherf---ers in charge. They've now been seeded seventh or better in each of their past five NCAA Tournament appearances, and have won just two games over that span. All five of those losses, by the way, have come against lower-seeded teams.

Not only do I have no pity for anyone who picked Notre Dame to win on Friday, I have no pity for anyone who thought about picking Notre Dame to win on Friday. I don't know why those people would need pity, but I hope they don't, because again, I have none to give.

3. Seth Davis: Bob Dylan impersonator

This is as bad as the tournament has been so far, and it's not even close.

4. Bruce Weber

For attempting to call a timeout with under a second to play, watching his team take the worst two shots of the season in the season's last two possessions, and then saying after the game that his philosophy in those situations is "go make a play."


That was my 5th grade "B" team coach's philosophy too, Bruce.

5. Marshall Henderson's social media game

Henderson went after Kentucky point guard Ryan Harrow on Friday after Harrow made some disparaging remarks about the excitable young man.


The only problem? That's not Harrow's real Twitter account. Henderson deleted the tweets about 45 minutes after they were originally posted, but, as is so often the case on Twitter, the damage was already done.


1. The Atlantic 10

Sending all five teams on to the Round of 32? Stand up and get your fist pump on, Bernadette McGlade ... and then sit back down because you're about to lose at least two of your best programs.

2. Florida Gulf Coast

Go crazy, young men.



Now, I was originally calling the slick moves we see in the GIF above the "fishing dance," but I've since been informed that it's an actual dance - spawned by the Based God himself, Lil' B - called "The Cooking Dance." Whatever works, kids. You're all an absolute treat.

I want to see these guys in everything: sitcoms, the NHL playoffs, the Puppy Bowl ... EVERYTHING.

3. Marshall Henderson's social media game

And then you just totally redeem yourself.

I'm borderline stunned that the city of Kansas City is still standing this morning.

4. Ryan Evans' free-throw style

The early games were getting kind of boring and we needed something to talk about. Thank you, Ryan.


It's different, but at least it looks like it's pretty effective.

5. La Salle Glitter Bro

We saved the best for last, obviously.

Pre-victory Glitter Bro:


And then post-victory Glitter Bro:



My favorite thing about Glitter Bro - and let's be honest, the choices are nearly endless here - is that he has Glitter Bros with him who share about a fifth of his intensity.

We'll see you Sunday, hero.


I think it's safe to say that Friday made up for the relatively mild day of cramming that Thursday provided us with.

1. Chase Fieler, Florida Gulf Coast


2. Kevin Young, Kansas


3. Eddie Murray, Florida Gulf Coast


4. Andre Nation, James Madison


5. Shaquille Thomas, Cincinnati



1. "I've shot like 20 hundred million shots in my days" -- Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson

2. "What a week. The Pope is a Jesuit, we're in the Big East and we're playing Duke." --Creighton President Rev. Timothy Lannon

3. "You know, they're Duke for a reason. They're good for a reason. They have great players all around you. They play in big games all season long and their careers, and every game is like that for them. For us, it's like the game of a lifetime. For them, it's just another day in the park." --Albany guard Jacob Iati

4. The University of Kansas and Lawrence was a great 15 years of my life. I've said it this way before: I gave my heart, body and soul for 15 years, and I loved it. It's not immoral to love two institutions. When I was a coach at Kansas, it was my favorite school. North Carolina was my second-favorite school. I happen to be coaching at North Carolina now, and it's my favorite school, and Kansas is my second-favorite school." --North Carolina coach Roy Williams

5."Miami's just a lot better than us. I'm glad it's not a four-out-of-seven series, to tell you the truth." --Pacific coach Bob Thomason


You're saying there's more? I'm good with more.

Saturday, March 23 (Third-round games from Auburn Hills, Lexington, San Jose and Salt Lake City)

VCU vs. Michigan, 12:15 p.m. ET (CBS) (Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Rachel Nichols)

Memphis vs. Michigan State, 2:45 p.m. ET (CBS) (Lundquist/Raftery/Nichols)

Colorado State vs. Louisville, 5:15 p.m. ET (CBS) (Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Allie LaForce)

Harvard vs. Arizona, 6:10 p.m. ET (TNT) (Spiro Dedes/Doug Gottlieb/Jamie Maggio)

Oregon vs. Saint Louis, 7:10 p.m. ET (TBS) (Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner/Marty Snider)

Butler vs. Marquette, 7:45 p.m. ET (CBS) (Eagle/Spanarkel/LaForce)

Wichita State vs. Gonzaga, 8:40 p.m. ET (TNT) (Dedes/Gottlieb/Maggio)

California vs. Syracuse, 9:40 p.m. ET (TBS) (Anderson/Bonner/Snider)

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