If Saturday used to be a precursor to March Insanity, then all of our brackets are extra doomed than standard. Seven of the AP best 10 groups fell in a wild day of upsets, together with each best six workforce. No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 2 Arizona, No. 3 Auburn, No. 4 Purdue, No. 5 Kansas, No. 6 Kentucky, and No. 9 Texas Tech all stuck Ls.
The one best 10 groups to win have been No. 7 Duke, and No. 10 Baylor, who performed fellow best 10 workforce Kansas. (No. 8 Villanova is more than likely grateful they have been off.) It used to be the primary time ever each AP best six workforce misplaced at the similar day, and likewise the primary time seven of the highest 10 groups misplaced at the similar day, in line with ESPN.
Stay those video games in thoughts while you’re going all-chalk to your bracket. (After such an insane day, I handiest had the bandwidth to the touch at the best six groups underneath, so please forgive me, Texas Tech enthusiasts.)
No. 23 St. Mary’s 67, No. 1 Gonzaga 57
The only in-conference workforce that’s given Mark Few problems at Gonzaga has been St. Mary’s. The Zags trailed at part for handiest the 3rd time this season, and this sport resulted in a loss like the former two video games.
Drew Timmie had one in every of his worst video games of the season, and it used to be made worse by means of Logan Johnson dunking close to his head. He made a trade determination and opted to not contest, however that didn’t prevent the already rambunctious from going loopy. The enthusiasts additionally needed to be held off the courtroom till the clock hit 0 as a result of there used to be surely they have been going to finally end up at the parquet. Should you’re on the lookout for a workforce with a peaceful, veteran backcourt to disillusioned a couple of groups within the tourney, the Gaels qualify.
Colorado 79, No. 2 Arizona 63
Buffs’ enthusiasts additionally rushed the courtroom after the Wildcats by no means were given going, taking pictures sub-40 p.c as a workforce. It used to be Colorado’s first win over a best 2 workforce in 30 years. Tristan di Silva completed with 19 issues and completed off any hopes of an Arizona comeback with a three overdue in the second one part.
The one Wildcat to make greater than 3 box targets used to be backup guard Peele Larsson — he had 4 makes. The loss doesn’t harm Arizona’s probabilities at a Pac-12 common season identify, and many of the best 10 shedding shouldn’t negatively have an effect on their shot at a 1 seed both.
No. 17 Tennessee 67, No. 3 Auburn 62
Former UT trainer Bruce Pearl isn’t welcome in Knoxville, however he didn’t get a Lane Kiffin good-bye as his workforce wasn’t in a position to come back away with the win. The Vols rallied from 11 down in the second one part, and used a 17-2 run to take keep an eye on because the Tiger failed to attain a bucket over an 8-minute stretch.
Auburn freshman Jabari Smith led all scorers with 27, however it used to be UT freshman Brandon Huntley-Hatfield’s 3 that sparked Tennessee’s large 2d part. If there are two coaches who scare the shit out of me within the match, It’s Pearl and Rick Barnes. Each coaches in most cases have good-to-great skill, and each all the time have video games the place it seems like their workforce doesn’t know the way to shoot.
Michigan State 68, No. 4 Purdue 65
Sparty bounced again from a depressing appearing towards Iowa this week, and Tom Izzo tied Bobby Knight’s file for many wins by means of a males’s trainer at a Giant Ten college. Michigan State guard Tyson Walker hit a tie-breaking 3 with 3 seconds left in the second one part to protected the win in East Lansing, and despatched tears streaming down his trainer’s face.
Typically rounding into match shape, the Spartans have been coming off 3 immediately losses and 5 of six total. Any longer disasters and so they may’ve discovered themselves at the bubble. They wanted a high quality win and so they were given it.
No. 10 Baylor 80, No. 5 Kansas
Via default, Baylor used to be the one best 10 workforce who hosted a sport Saturday, and so they used that house courtroom to conquer a 28-15 early deficit to the Jayhawks. Invoice Self’s crimson face and Ochai Agbaji’s 27 issues have been spectacular however no longer sufficient to get the W. (The previous did earn the Kansas trainer a tech, even though.)
Remaining yr’s nationwide champion trailed by means of some extent on the wreck, however scored 49 within the ultimate part to win by means of 10. Had Kansas went again to Lawrence victorious, it could’ve been a cheerful aircraft or bus trip house as it could’ve been accompanied by means of a Giant 12 identify.
No. 18 Arkansas 75, No. 6 Kentucky 73
The Hogs stayed sizzling, sending John Calipari’s workforce house with handiest their 2d loss of their previous 10 video games. Arkansas’ JD Notae and Wildcat middle Oscar Tshiebwe every had 30 issues, however Tshiebwe couldn’t get a hold of an offensive rebound within the finals seconds, permitting Arkansas to seal the win on the line. (A banked in 3 on the buzzer reduce used to be handiest significant for individuals who had Kentucky +3.)
Bud Walton Enviornment used to be alive with Pig Sooie chants, and trainer Eric Musselman did his best possible to hype the gang with one arm in a sling. The remaining time Arkansas beat Kentucky in consecutive video games used to be 2013-14. Had UK got here out with a win, they might’ve been tied with Auburn for convention file. Regardless, each groups are nonetheless alive to win the SEC common season identify.