Sweet Sixteen Day 2 Recap
After a decent Day 1 in the Sweet Sixteen, we were given two great finishes with Kentucky-Houston and Duke-Virginia Tech. The other two games weren’t really close as Auburn boat-raced North Carolina and following the first few minutes of the 2nd half, Michigan State controlled against LSU. The Elite Eight is set.
Michigan State 80 LSU 63
The Spartans rolled the Tigers in this game. LSU trailed by double digits at the half but came out of the gate hot to cut the lead to 3. From that point on it was all Michigan State as the Spartans quickly re-opened a 15-point lead and never looked back. Aaron Henry had a monster game with 20 points 8 rebounds and 6 assists and Tremont Waters did all he could to keep LSU in the game with 23 points and 4 of the team’s 6 3-point makes.
Auburn 97 North Carolina 80
Auburn laid a good, old fashioned ass whooping on North Carolina by hitting 17 (!!) 3’s. In the 2nd half the Tigers seemingly couldn’t miss as they started something like 8-of-12 from 3-point range. Chuma Okeke was great but left the game late with a knee injury and Auburn will need him to be back against Kentucky. The Tar Heels turned the ball over 14 times and just never got the offense going, which is strange to say because they scored 80 points, but any run they had, Auburn answered.
Duke 75 Virginia Tech 73
This was the game of the night. Duke got huge contributions from Tre Jones in the absence of Cam Reddish as Jones went 5-of-7 from 3. Kerry Blackshear was excellent, especially on the glass for Va Tech with 16 rebounds, 11 of them offensive. Virginia Tech had about 3 final timeouts and chances to draw up a game-tying/winning play and on their last try, Buzz drew up an excellent play that was executed very well outside of the finish. Ahmed Hill beat Zion off the curl screen to get a free look at the rim, but as he was in the air, he simply missed the layup and for the 2nd straight game, Duke survives on an improbable missed layup.
Kentucky 62 Houston 58
Tyler Herro had himself a game and this Kentucky team is just different when PJ Washington is playing. Houston gave the Cats a heck of a game, but in the end it wasn’t enough. A poor final possession for Houston gave Kentucky the ball back where Herro calmly knocked down a pair of free throws, his 1,000th consecutive make. Corey Davis Jr did everything he could to get Houston to the finish line but it wasn’t enough.