Before Duke was beaten by Gonzaga the next night, Auburn made them look like they definitely weren’t unbeatable. Duke won 78-72 but Auburn definitely could have won. If I were an Auburn fan I would have been extremely frustrated. Auburn could have pulled off a memorable upset but didn’t because they didn’t box out, threw dumb alley-oops, and tried to match Duke’s style of play. Nobody has the athleticism to come close to beating Duke at their own game.
Despite these repeated mistakes, the Tigers still looked good. Jared Harper proved that he is among the best point guards in the country. He’s an excellent shooter and passer and finished with 22 points and 6 assists while shooting 6-10 from three-point range. Austin Wiley impressed me off the bench. The junior center played physical and put up 17 points and 9 rebounds in just 19 minutes. Continue Reading!
Everyone remembers the most remarkable upset in college basketball history. UMBC dominated the Virginia Cavaliers 74-54 and became the first 16-seed to ever beat a 1-seed, essentially erasing Virginia’s entire season. The Cavaliers were 31-3 and 17-1 in the toughest conference in America. They won the ACC regular season and tournament championship. They had fifteen wins against tournament teams and beat five Sweet Sixteen teams. Continue Reading!