COLUMBIA, S.C. – Six players scored in double figures to lead South Carolina past No. 8 seed Syracuse 97-68 to get back to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the third time in four seasons. The top-seeded Gamecocks await the winner between No. 4 seed North Carolina and No. 5 seed Ohio State, who play Monday at 6:30 p.m., ET.
No. 11-seed Arkansas-Little Rock pulled the day's only upset in the Greensboro Regional of the 2015 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Saturday, defeating Texas A&M, the six-seed, 69-60, in Tempe, Ariz. The victory sets up a second-round match-up Monday night pitting the Trojans against host and No. 3 seed Arizona State, who easily dispatched its first-round opponent, 14th-seeded University of Ohio, 74-55.
Four games, four higher seeds advanced Saturday in the Albany sub-regionals.
Everything went according to form – and chalk – on Saturday. Seton Hall pushed Rutgers deep into the second half before the Scarlet Knights took over, but the other three games were very decisive in favor of the home teams.
In the opener at Maples, Coach Sherri Cole’s Sooners scored 57 first half points and finished shooting 55.4 percent from the field and hit 13 three-pointers in winning a wild one from Quinnipiac.
Gabbi Ortiz had 16 points to lead seven Oklahoma players in double figures. And the Sooners finished with 27 assists.
The WNIT played six games on Friday, and the best contests emerged in opposite corners of the country. The states of Florida and California bore witness to thrilling games, as the WNIT completed its first round and progressed to the round of 32 to be played this coming Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
The recent years of the women’s NCAA tournament have witnessed more and more competitive balance in games between No. 12 and No. 5 seeds. In the Albany Region, this long-term trend was affirmed on Friday. A twelfth seed almost delivered a magical March moment against a fifth seed in Berkeley.
Perhaps inspired by the new live-action Cinderella film, the lower-seeded teams came out with a reckless abandon on Friday in the women’s 2015 NCAA Tournament. Although the Spokane regional featured only one upset by definition, the fact that there were so many close games was a treat to basketball fans and a welcomed stray from some of the blowouts day one usually produces.
Four games ended four seasons, but the four victors live on to keep dancing. Here’s how they got there and what we can expect in round two.