Virginia Tech landed a wild, 80-78 win over in-state rival No. 12 Virginia in double-overtime on Sunday night.
The Hokies were down by 14 points at halftime before rallying back against one of college basketball’s better defensive program to force overtime on a tip-in from Ty Outlaw at the buzzer:
That’s nothing compared to the way that the first overtime ended, where a London Perrantes driving layup ended with the ball sitting motionless on the back of the rim:
This win drops Virginia out of a tie for first place in the ACC standings, putting them a game behind North Carolina in the loss column and opening the door for the likes of Louisville, Duke and Florida State to make a run at the Tar Heels.
But the bigger story is this win for the Hokies, who have put themselves in a position where they will be in the NCAA tournament as long as they don’t do anything stupid the rest of the way. Keep in mind, the ACC is a nightmare. There’s a realistic chance that Buzz Williams’ team could lose five of their last six games and end up on the wrong side of the bubble, but as of today – when they have a pair of top 15 wins and zero sub-100 losses, 17-7 Virginia Tech will be in the dance.
Police: Thief steals electronics from UNC basketball program
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Police say someone stole thousands of dollars in electronics from the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team locker room and office while they were away for the ACC tournament.
UNC-Chapel Hill campus police said on Twitter that the break-in happened at the Dean Smith Center on March 9, and they released images of a man they believe may have been involved.
A police report says the thief managed to get into the team locker room and basketball office without forced entry, according to The Herald-Sun.
The report says the thief stole a PlayStation 4, Xbox One and clothing worth $2,900 that belonged to the athletic department. Police say the thief also stole a laptop worth $1,200 and a financial document worth about $3,000 belonging to one of the players.
UNC Police is asking for assistance identifying this person of interest in a break-in to the Smith Ctr, men’s basketball offices, & locker rooms early Fri. morning, March 9 (individual & vehicle photos attached). Those w/ info, please contact Inv. Ross Barbee at (919) 962-0564. pic.twitter.com/8kCVIgNaaA
The No. 1 overall seed on the men’s side of the NCAA tournament made history on Friday night.
They because the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed in the first round of the tournament, as Virginia lost to UMBC, if you were still unaware.
Over on the women’s side, the bracket is nowhere near as broken, because UConn’s women made history, too. They set NCAA tournament records for … well, almost everything it seems like.
The Huskies were up 55-19 at the end of the first quarter of their first round game against St. Francis (PA). Those 55 points are an NCAA tournament record. They held a 94-31 lead at the half, another NCAA tournament record, and held on to win 140-52.
The 140 points that Geno Auriemma’s team scored was an NCAA tournament record. The 88 points that they won by was one point short of an NCAA tournament record 89 points that was set by Baylor in a win over Texas Southern last season.
Oh, and the Huskies set the record for more assists in an NCAA tournament game — 38 — for good measure.
All in all, I think it’s safe to say that the fans in Storrs had a better weekend than the fans in Charlottesville. Hopefully, that will allow them to forget the fact that the men’s basketball program has become a laughing stock.
2018 NCAA Tournament: Maryland Governor calls UMBC upset, so does NBC Sports’ writer son
After losing to No. 16 seed UMBC in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the players on that roster faced the music. They went up to the dais and answered question from reporters on national television.
There is no way they enjoyed that.
And you can tell because Ty Jerome had absolutely no interest in answering dumb questions from reporters: