SportsPulse: Purdue vs. Tennessee has become an instant classic but has not ended without any controversy. Trey Crick of the United States today broke the action Thursday and a preliminary list of games on Friday.
Four teams are in Elite Eight after another day from Madness in March. Here's a look at the four biggest venues of Sweet 16 on Thursday:
1. Virginia is silent suspicious. The Cavalier Tour continues. The number one cavalrymen, using the historic disorder last March to Maryland-Baltimore's 16th district as a motivation for this year's tournament, pushed the race for number 12 Oregon 53-49 and advanced to Elite Eight. Virginia Ty Jerome's keeper (13 points, six assists) who hit the decisive tee with the remaining 3:33 called the "ugly" defensive battle "fight."
"But she survives and progresses," Jerome said.
Cavs and their national defense now meet Purdue on Saturday with a chance for the first Final Four of the 1984 program. As long as the Cavs were under Bennett's lead, they are inadequate in the NCAA tournament – only one Elite Eight 2016), despite the acquisition of seed number 1 in three of the past five years. Not only does UVA rewrite the script in its 2018 ruin, it does what Bennett's past highly valued teams can not. If ever the X-factor of the team was clearer, UVA proves that the suspects are wrong. This is the whole season. In November, Jerem told USA Today Sports for the story of the loss of UMBC, "we hear everyone tearing us down, I'd like to shut them down."
2. Texas Tech can win all this. The Red Reiders entered the race on Thursday with the best defensive performance on all 16 Sweet 16 teams ( for KenPom's adjusted ratings). And, boy, he showed it in the first half against Michigan, while Texas Tech suffocates Wolverine's crime at a record low of 16 points. The second half did not get much better, as Michigan did not make a triple up to 24 seconds and ended 1-for-19 beyond the rainbow. Texas profit from 63-44 may be a bad night for Michigan. But he also made a statement about how good a coach is Chris Beard's team. Not only is Jarrett Culver (22 points) and this group able to reach the Final Four – by defeating the Gonzaga national crime – but it turned out to be good enough to reduce the networks in Minneapolis. win
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3. Purdue is more than Carsen Edwards. The victory over 99-94 years over the Tennessee can be measured in different phases. In the first half, Purdue's crime was moving seamlessly in the middle of the court, and his defense pulled Tennessee out of the paint to build a pillow of 40-28. The second half saw Ryan Klein dropping the jump bar and even when the volunteers rushed back to clear the deficit, Klein's third shot saved Purdue from collapse and loss of momentum. By the time he got out of the OT, his performance – 27 points at 7-for-10 shooting with three points – has positioned Boilermakers to survive.
The top ten top scorer Edwards finished with 29 points, scoring six in the sequel and hitting the free throws to make OT. But the biggest second-half import was how Purdue has another Edwards player able to cope with his opponent's late attacks at the end of the game.