Sweet Sixteen Day 1 Recap
The early games gave us everything we could have wanted and more. Which is good because the night-caps left a lot to be desired. Although we did see a record. Michigan set the record for least points scored in a half with 16. I attempted to predict the games and below we have a game by game Sweet Sixteen recap for Day 1.
Gonzaga 72 Florida State 58
The game was much closer than the score shows. The big men for Gonzaga were the difference makers going +6 on the offensive glass and +9 overall on the boards. The Noles were awful from 3 and turned it over 14 times. It felt like anytime Florida State came within a few points, Gonzaga had an answer. Guard play early stabilized the Bulldogs and the trio of Hachimura, Clarke, and Tillie took them home.
Purdue 99 Tennessee 94 F/OT
The game of the night saw Purdue cruising and up by as many as 18 when Tennessee came roaring back. Much like Iowa did to them last week. No Grant Williams late in the game didn’t matter as Admiral Schofield (chose to play) was great while Ryan Cline was superb for Purdue as the two went shot for shot late. Free throw shooting was abysmal in this game, both teams combined for 27-55. Yuck. Edwards had 29 points for the Boilermakers and Purdue out-rebounded Tennessee by 5.
Texas Tech 63 Michigan 44
This was easily one of the worst first halves of basketball I have ever watched in my entire life. Michigan managed just 16 points while Texas Tech exploded for 24. As has been the problem for the latter part of the season for Michigan, the offense disappeared, especially the 3-point shooting. The 2nd half was all Texas Tech as the Red Raiders started hot and the Wolverines never found their footing.
Virginia 53 Oregon 49
Another slow first half saw Virginia miss 14 of 15 shots before finally knocking down a few buckets in a row. Oregon saw why the Hoos have consistently been one of the best defensive teams in America over the past few years. They force you hit jump shots and sporadically that’s what the Ducks did. We were able to see one of the worst flops in basketball history from Ehab Amin as the game tightened up in the 2nd half. It was a tight and low scoring half compared to the first and Virginia was able to survive late despite going cold from the field.