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One-seeds South Carolina, Tennessee fall in women’s tournament

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Women’s NCAA Tournament bracket

And then there were two one-seeds remaining in the NCAA women’s tournament.

One day after No. 1 UConn and No. 1 Notre Dame took care of business, South Carolina and Tennessee weren’t as fortunate in their respective Sweet 16 matchups. Dawn Staley’s Gamecocks, who won their first-ever SEC regular season title this year, fell to No. 4 North Carolina 65-58 in the Stanford Regional. Diamond DeShields, daughter of former major leaguer Delino DeShields, led the way for the Tar Heels with 19 points, three rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots.

North Carolina’s best work was done on the defensive end of the floor, where they limited the Gamecocks to 37.7% shooting from the field. Alaina Coates scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds off the bench for South Carolina, but leading scorer Tiffany Mitchell was held to 11 points on 4-for-14 shooting from the field. North Carolina’s reward for knocking off the Gamecocks is a true road game in the Elite Eight, as they’ll face No. 2 Stanford in Tuesday’s regional final.

Chiney Ogwumike scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to propel the Cardinal to an 82-57 win over No. 3 Penn State, with Mikaela Ruef adding 11 points and 13 rebounds and Amber Orrange scoring 18 points. In total four Stanford starters scored in double figures, and just as important was the defending of Penn State’s prolific shooting guard Maggie Lucas. Lucas scored just six points in her final game as a collegian, shooting 3-for-14 from the field.

No. 1 Tennessee was eliminated by No. 4 Maryland in the Louisville Regional, dropping a 73-62 decision with the versatile Alyssa Thomas being a thorn in the Lady Vols’ side all afternoon. Thomas scored 33 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out three assists to lead the Terrapins, who made up for their 38.6% shooting by forcing 22 Tennessee turnovers. Meighan Simmons scored 31 points to lead Holly Warlick’s Lady Vols, but the turnovers and 35.8% shooting proved to be too much to overcome.

And like North Carolina, Maryland will need to win a road game on Tuesday in order to reach the Final Four as No. 3 Louisville whipped No. 7 LSU 73-47 in the other regional semifinal. Shoni Schimmel scored 19 points and Tia Gibbs added five three-pointers off the bench for the Cardinals, who reached last year’s title game before falling to UConn. Danielle Ballard scored 24 points to lead LSU but she was their lone double-digit scorer, and as a team the Lady Tigers shot 23.9% from the field.

How did Gary Clark catch that alley-oop?

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 24:  Gary Clark #11 of the Cincinnati Bearcats shoots the ball against the Tulane Green Wave at Fifth Third Arena on January 24, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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No. 15 Cincinnati pounced on Memphis from the start, taking a 51-32 lead into halftime.

Then, Gary Clark decided to add insult to injury to start the second half. Seriously, how did he catch that?

Mick Cronin’s team is much better offensively than in previous seasons. I’m sure fans in the Fifth Third Arena can get used to seeing more plays like this.

Cassius Winston ends half with half-court 3-pointer

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15:  Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans talks with Cassius Winston #5 in the second half during the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 15, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Michigan State freshman guard Cassius Winston had just one field goal in the first half. And it was a half-court buzzer-beater as the Spartans capped a sizable run to take a 49-31 lead over Nebraska going into the break.

The Spartans ended the half on a 21-5 run.

Winston provided a serious boost off the bench during that stanza. Moments earlier, he helped the Breslin Center erupt when he lobbed a pass off the backboard to teammate Miles Bridges.

Michigan State opened the day projected as one of the final at-large bids in the NCAA Tournament. The margin for error is thing and it appears the Spartans are playing with a sense of urgency.

 

CBT Podcast: Mark Titus recaps Wednesday’s games

LAWRENCE, KS - FEBRUARY 22: Frank Mason III #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks lays the ball up against JD Miller #15 and Jaylen Fisher #0 of the TCU Horned Frogs in the first half at Allen Fieldhouse on February 22, 2017 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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Wednesday’s slate of games had several wild results.

Former Ohio State walk-on turned blogger turned author Mark Titus, who is currently writing for The Ringer, joined Rob Dauster on the latest episode of the CBT Podcast to go over last night’s games. The two also discussed who is the best team in the nation at the moment, as well Frank Mason III’s rap single from several years ago #BIFM

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Roy Williams apologizes to Rick Pitino, hopes that never happens at UNC again

CHAPEL HILL, NC - JANUARY 16:  Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels celebrates after his 800th career victory with a 85-68 win over the Syracuse Orange at the Dean Smith Center on January 16, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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North Carolina’s Roy Williams called fellow Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino to apologize for a fan’s behavior during Wednesday night’s game in Chapel Hill.

While leaving the floor at halftime, Pitino had to be restrained by members of the Louisville coaching staff and he and a UNC fan exchanged words as he made his way to the locker rom. There’s video of Pitino pointing and shouting at a fan, who reportedly said, “Pitino, you suck!”

“I don’t like that,” Williams said, according to the Charlotte Observer. “I mean we’re in North Carolina. We don’t have to be like everybody else. We can raise Cain. You can boo, but you don’t have to say the stuff that we as coaches have to put up with.”

“I hope that never happens at North Carolina ever again.”

No. 8 North Carolina defeated No. 7 Louisville, 74-63.

Bubble Banter: It’s a quiet night on the bubble

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15:  Miles Bridges #22 reacts after being taken out of the game by head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans against the Kentucky Wildcats in the second half during the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 15, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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STILL TO PLAY

Georgia at Alabama (RPI: 68, KenPom: 61, next four teams), 7:00 p.m.

Nebraska at Michigan State (RPI: 43, KenPom: 55, No. 10 seed), 7:00 p.m.

Towson at UNC Wilmington (RPI: 41, KenPom: 57, No. 12 seed), 7:00 p.m.