N.C.A.A. Live Tournament: Virginia Sweats and U.C. Irvine wins


Friday is day 2 of the N.C.A.A. men's basketball tournament. Follow here for live scores and analysis of who wins, who loses and who broke your support.

How to watch: CBS, TNT, TBS and TruTV will broadcast the games starting at noon ET and a live stream is available on NCAA.com. (You do not know where to find TruTV? CBS assumed you did not know it, so they designed this helpful guide.)

The Cavaliers dug their hole and took their first lead of the second half at 39-38.

UPDATE: With 6:14 to play in the match, the Cavaliers lead, 62-48. Tony Bennett is perhaps the most relieved man in America.

The first major upheaval of N.C.A.A. The tournament came from a suburban school probably better known for its original mascot. The California-Irvine Anteaters No. 13 ousted the state of Kansas, No. 4 in the Southern region, winning by 70-64 to win the first CNA. tournament victory in the history of the program.

A year ago, Irvine was 18-17 years old. This year, he beat 31 wins, including his current 17 consecutive race. The anteaters were led by 19 points each, Evan Leonard and Max Hazzard, who drilled a vital 3-point with 90 seconds remaining, thus extending Irvine's lead to 66-61. Kansas State played without one of its stars, Dean Wade, a front of the Big 12, foot injured.

Hazzard, whose grandfather Walt Hazzard won a championship for U.C.L.A. and played for the Lakers, is one of four Irvine players with N.B.A. lines. Spencer Rivers, the son of Clippers' coach, Doc Rivers, and the younger brother of Austin Rivers, guard of the Houston Rockets, is another. he spoke to his father about the opportunity in front of the Anteaters on Monday.

He said, "Take advantage of the moment and try to make the most of it," Spencer Rivers told reporters, "Make it last as long as possible, too," he said. happy to be here, you want to try to win the game. "

Could it really happen again? A year ago, Virginia became the first male seed to lose in the first round, when she fell in Maryland-Baltimore County. This year, Virginia is number 1 again and is lagging behind, this time at number 16 Gardner Webb. The Runnin 'Bulldogs took a 26-14 lead with 7:40 to play in the first half and play with a lot of confidence.

But who are they and where do they come from?

Gardner-Webb, which is in the code N.C.A.A. tournament, for the first time, is located 128 miles from Columbia, S.C., where Friday's game is played. North Carolina is just across the border and the booths are full of fans in red and black and they love it. The Bulldogs have a teeming defense and feed on the fan stand. Gardner-Webb made 13 of his first 22 shots.

If the Cavaliers were not tight at the entrance to the game, they have air now.

Texas Tech, the third seed, took off from the first half of the semifinal to sneak into North 14th place, Northern Kentucky, in the West. Jarrett Culver, the best player of the year, scored 29 points on 10 shots at 17. The Red Raiders shot 53% of the total.

Gardner-Webb, the pride of Boiling Springs, NC, enjoys a 26-14 quick lead over Virginia and unreserved crowd support centered on Carolina, S.C.

Forward Phil Cofer has learned that his father died a few minutes after the 76-69 Seminoles win over Vermont in the first round on Thursday.

State of Florida said Mike Cofer, a former N.F.L. linebacker, deceased after a long illness. The Seminoles said Cofer had learned of his father's death during a phone call during the open locker room after Thursday's match. He burst into tears.

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton was not aware of the news when he spoke with reporters after the match, but he tackled defeat Friday.

In one of the biggest wins in the first round by a number 9 seed in North America. History of the tournament, Oklahoma bombed the Mississippi No. 8, 95-72, in the South region. Under the rhythm of four starters having scored at least 18 points, the Sooners took a lead of 12-0, gained 17 points at half-time and were led by no less than 29 in the second half. Christian James and Rashard Odomes each had 20 points for Oklahoma. Terence Davis was 17 for the Rebels.

According to David Worlock, director of coordination / statistics for the media of the NCAA, the 23 points of the Sooners victory equaled those of the Mississippi State at Stanford in 2005 and only followed those of Purdue 24, 2003 and Pittsburgh, 29 against Colorado, 2014. The next step for Oklahoma is a likely date with No. 1 Virginia, who plays Gardner-Webb No. 16 on Friday.

Of course, both had to finish the first half. But UC-Irvine and Kansas State are tied at half-time, 30-30, after this Hazzard Max 3 points:

More of this type of drama please. Maybe you will try the second period ringtone?

The Big Ten did not win the N.C.A.A. tournament since the Michigan State title in 2000, but seven teams have lost in the league game since.

In 2002, Maryland had defeated Indiana in the final, but the Terrapins, then in South America, were not members of the Big Ten at the time.

After that, Illinois lost in 2005, the state of Ohio in 2007, the state of Michigan in 2009, Michigan in 2013, Wisconsin in 2015 and Michigan last year in Villanova.

The first day of N.C.A.A. tournament, Big Ten teams went 5-0. The second day began with the extension of Iowa's dominance of the conference, as the Hawkeyes moved away from Cincinnati late to win the 79-72 win in the South.

After losing 13 points in the first half and 5 at half-time, Iowa scored seven three points in the second half, including one from Joe Wieskamp, ​​which allowed the team to score 8-0, extending the game. advance the Hawkeyes to 73-64 with about a minute remaining.

"I thought our ball moves and shots in the second half were better," said Iowa coach Fran McCaffrey. "And we made them."

Iowa advance to play either No. 2 Tennessee or No. 15 Colgate Sunday. BEN SHPIGEL

With all due respect to Norse (Northern Kentucky) and Sun Devils (State of Arizona), the best mascot in North America. tournament is native to California-Irvine.

"There are no other anteaters anywhere," said coach Russell Turner.

There are also no other formations with the Irvine pedigree. On a team that has won 16 consecutive games, four players have direct links to the N.B.A.

Forward Collin Welp, son of former 76ers player Christian Welp. And goalkeeper Max Hazzard, whose grandfather, Walt Hazzard, won the U.C.L.A. and played for the Lakers. And Spencer Rivers, the son of Clippers' coach, Doc Rivers, and the younger brother of the Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers. And recruit JC Butler, whose father Caron has formed two teams of stars on his 13 N.B.A. seasons.

The Anteaters are currently battling fourth-seeded Kansas in their game in the South Region, dropping one to half in the first half. BEN SHPIGEL

A balanced offense – six players have at least six points – had Oklahoma, ninth seed in the South, ahead of Ole Miss almost from the start of their match at Columbia, S.C. Rashard Odomes leads the Sooners with 14 points. Eight interceptions and a 9-1 advantage in turnover did not hurt either.

Northern Kentucky and Texas Tech are also underway in Tulsa. It is 10:10 early.

N.C.A.A. The selection committee tends to reward the best grains, where possible, by limiting their movements. That's why Duke, the number one seed, plays Friday (and presumably Sunday) in Columbia, South Carolina, 230 km from the Blue Devils Campus in Durham, North Carolina. More than twice as far, The No. 7 stay from Cincinnati to Columbus, where the Bearcats, playing in front of a decidedly partisan crowd, quickly took advantage of 13 points over Iowa No. 10. The board has decreased a bit, at 36-31, at the half-time of their South Region match.

The unfavorable draw was another disgrace for an Iowa team that entered the tournament, losing eight of its last 14 games and five of its last six, including in the quarter-finals of the tournament. Big Ten conference against Michigan. Justin Jenifer led the Bearcats with 12 points. Luka Garza and Joe Wieskamp paced Iowa with 10 points, but the Hawkeyes produced a scare in the first two days of the tournament: a smashed shot.

CBS and Turner Sports released on Saturday NCA.A. tournaments schedule late last night:

  • Jacksonville: (6) Maryland vs. (3) L.S.U., 12:10. (CBS); (7) Wofford vs. (2) Kentucky, after the first match (CBS)

  • Monks: (10) Florida vs. (2) Michigan, 5:15 pm. (CBS); (10) Minnesota vs. (2) Michigan St. after the first match (CBS)

  • Hartford: (12) Murray Street vs. (4) Florida Street, 6:10 pm (DTT); (6) Villanova vs. (3) Purdue, after the first match (TNT)

  • Salt Lake City: (9) Baylor against (1) Gonzaga, 19:10. (TBS); (5) Auburn vs. (4) Kansas, after the first match (TBS)

  • Three seeded No. 1 – Zion Williamson and Duke to the east, Virginia to the south and North Carolina to the Midwest – play their N.C.A.A. Tournament openers today. Virginia is the first, against Gardner-Webb at 3:10 pm. at Columbia, S.C.

  • The Big Ten have eight teams in this year's tournament and lost 5-0 on Thursday. Three other teams – Iowa, Ohio State and Wisconsin – will play on Friday.

  • The Southeast Conference did almost as well as the Big Ten of the first day: Auburn, Florida, Kentucky and L.S.U. all have won, and now the Mississippi, Mississippi State and Tennessee are playing on Friday.

  • Did you miss what happened yesterday? Here are three ways to catch up: only the scores and highlights, our live briefing as it happened yesterday and the conclusion of Ben Shpigel.

  • Only four lower seeded players won Thursday in what was, let's say honestly, a lot of unconvincing basketball. Will Friday bring the upheavals we all need?

Tom Izzo, Michigan State, is known for his old style coaching style. Sometimes, Izzo takes on his players in a way that we do not see often. That's what happened Thursday between Izzo and striker Aaron Henry.

Unhappy with Henry's efforts in the second half of a tight first-round match against Bradley at Des Moines, Izzo approached Henry on the field, yelled at him and pointed to him. . Henry seemed puzzled, not knowing why Izzo was angry. Goalkeeper Cassius Winston, the Top Ten Player of the Year, jumped between his teammate and coach and gently took Izzo. Later in the break, with the players sitting around him, Izzo turned back to Henry. Several players bring Izzo back to his seat.

Henry responded in the final three minutes with a key basket in the lane and two shots fouled, while Michigan State, the No. 2 seed of the East region, held off Bradley, 76-65 . Then Henry and his teammates dismissed Izzo's tirade. But the video of the incident had already caused a stir on social media, sparking a conversation about the behavior of Izzo, which resulted in the Spartans up to 22 consecutive NACs. tournament appearances and seven Final Fours.

Everyone did not think that the coach had done anything wrong. He does not have any.

"When you are a freshman now, at this time of year, you are not making any mental mistakes about things we tell a guy where he is going, or without running back. "Izzo said. "There are things that Aaron did not do a very good job at.

"And yet, you know what? I took after him and he answered and he made two big buckets and two big free throws, but that's not enough. It's a finite time. The "my troubles" are by the window. If it's my fault because this guy has played better and it's my pain because I went back and did not sprint back, then it's your bad and you go hear talking. So that's it.

Another question irritated even more Izzo, who concludes his answer by this:

"I'm excited by you guys," he said. "Attack someone because you try to hold him accountable. I do not know what type of business you are in, because if I was running a newspaper and you were not doing your job, you would be held responsible. It's like that. " PAT BORZI

N.C.A.A. The women's field was announced a day later than men's and it will start now a day later.

A surprise if you are followed by women's basketball? UConn, the dominant team in the game for a generation, is a No. 2 seed this year.

"I mean, we lost two games," Geno Auriemma, the UConn coach, told the press, a sarcasm in full bloom.

What he did not say was that the Huskies lost to Baylor and Louisville, both on the road. And that these teams are both seeded this year in what is, at least on paper, a tournament more open than it has been in years.

Kelly Whiteside previewed the tournament here.

Buffalo have lost only three times this season and spent most of the year in the Top 25. Now, coach Nate Oats' team can prove they deserved their ranking and their 6th place in the league. West, when it opened against Arizona State in Tulsa, Okla.

The game will look familiar: Oats got the Buffalo position after being Hurley's assistant on the staff. They led the team to its first mission N.C.A.A. tournament in 2015, a race that most likely had Hurley the job of the state of Arizona. Now, Oats has brought Buffalo back to the tournament three times by himself.

Syracuse lost 12 assists and 13 turnovers without Howard taking the lead.

"Obviously, we missed him – he's our leader," said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. "I will not stay here and apologize. He is not there.

By the time Nadi Beciri escaped ahead of the pack at the last minute of Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday, in the hands of Gonzaga, most players had already switched to other games. But when Beciri found himself in a pass, scored on a shaky layup and was sprained, that means Fairleigh Dickinson, 16th seeded, would only lose against Gonzaga, seeded, by 87-49 .

But the reaction clearly showed that it was not a basket without consequence. It was clear when the Knights stood on the bench and Beciri, staggering towards them, was greeted with a hug by his coach, Greg Herenda.

"I had to be the happiest coach who has ever managed to move to 38 in the history of college basketball," said Herenda, who quipped that he was happy to not having any technique to come on the ground.

As much as the N.C.A.A. The tournament is about turning points and underdogs trying their luck, but also moments in the shadow: Max Plansky, 21 years old and cerebral palsy, who traveled here with Northeastern; Johnny McCants of the State of New Mexico, striving to lure his teammate Trevelin Queen, taken aback after missing the winning shot at goal against Auburn.

Or when a single basket, like that of Beciri, means a lot more.

Beciri, a native of Maywood, New Jersey, had had five years of meandering. He had gone to the Citadel, where he was not playing, and then to a college, when Herenda had begged him to return home to Bergen County. The coach loved his energy, his toughness, his personality. "He's like the baseball player," said Herenda. "He walks around and there is love and he is a big kibitzer, as my mother would say."

After his first year, Herenda called him.

"I told him that I will call you Idan: I-I-I-I-No," Herenda said. Beciri asked why?

"Because it's Nadi spelled backwards, you have to change your whole life, your eating habits, train it."

Beciri entered the gym, moved away from his mother's Albanian kitchen and lost 51 pounds.

He was eager to witness another modest role on the bench this season, but after playing two games, his back yielded. He was diagnosed with a stress fracture and a degenerative disc. As the days turned into weeks and months, he began to think of something else: finishing his studies in finance in May and applying for jobs.

Then, two weeks ago, his back suddenly improved. He could run. He could jump. And there was no pain.

"I went to the coach and said I really wanted to go out there and practice with my guys one last time and be there with my guys if we go to CNA.A.A. tournament, "said Beciri. "I know we have a good thing and I did not want to ruin the flow of the team. I just wanted to be part of the team of scouts, go around. I just wanted to dress myself up.

And so he was there, when the Knights won the conference tournament, when they beat Prarie View A & M in match play, and when the clock stopped with a time remaining at 1:34 on Thursday night and that he has moved from the marker table.

When he put the ball in, for a basket in a long-time game, it looked a lot like his brilliant moment.

"Each of our players has a story in this tournament," said Herenda. "Each of them has a history and the story of Nadi amplifies what is university athletics and it's more than just progressing and surviving."

"It's life," he added. "And he's going to have a good life."


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