Florida State, the No. 3 seed in the West Region, was on upset alert on several occasions and even left the door open for a last-minute comeback, but in the end the Seminoles took down No. 14 Florida Gulf Coast, 86-80, on Thursday night in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
Dwayne Bacon went for a game-high 25 points followed by Jonathan Issac’s 17. Brandon Goodwin had a game-high 28 points in a losing effort.
A fun game from the start — in front an expected big crowd in Orlando — with both teams jumping out to first-half runs, as well as Dwayne Bacon and Rayjon Tucker throwing down emphatic slams.
The Seminoles surrendered the lead late in the half following a 10-0 run from the Eagles but recaptured it just before halftime, up 40-36 at the break. Dunk City made several mini runs in the second half, but could never wrestle back the lead. Part of that is due to Florida State’s size and length finally taking its toll on them. Florida State help 46-26 advantage on the glass, and even though that didn’t result in many second-chance points, dominance in that department kept the Eagles to one shot almost every trip down the floor.
It also didn’t help that Demetris Morant, the Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Year, rolled his ankle early in the first half and did not return. The 6-foot-9 Morant had five points and five boards in 18 minutes of action and was doing a solid job against Florida State’s frontline.
The Seminoles advance to face No. 11 seed Xavier, who knocked off No. 6 seed Maryland earlier in the evening. The Musketeers are playing much better as of late, mainly because of the stellar second half performances from Trevon Bluiett. Florida State will once again have the size advantage, but Sean O’Mara had a promising outing on Thursday, scoring a career-high 18 points and grabbing seven rebounds off the bench.
Florida Gulf Coast ends the season 26-8. The program will now endure an offseason where its head coach of four seasons, Joe Dooley, will likely be linked to several coaching vacancies.
Buffalo sophomore Quate McKinzie is facing a litany of charges stemming from an incident in which he allegedly attempted to strangle a female acquaintance.
McKinzie, who is 20 years old, was later handed more charges after he made threatening phone calls to his accuser from jail.
From the Buffalo News:
The original charges placed against the UB sophomore were second-degree strangulation, a D-felony; misdemeanor counts of criminal obstruction of breathing, assault, menacing, harassment; and stealing the victim’s vehicle.
The latest charges are third-degree witness intimidation and first-degree criminal contempt, both E-felonies; and two misdemeanors, aggravated harassment and disobeying a court mandate, according to Tonawanda Police Patrol Capt. Fredric Foels.
“University Athletics is aware of the alleged incident and is in communication with university and local authorities,” Buffalo released in a statement. “Quate McKinzie is currently enrolled at the University at Buffalo and is suspended indefinitely from the university’s basketball team. Due to the ongoing investigation and federal protections on student information, we will have no further comment on the matter at this time.”
McKinzie is a 6-foot-8, 195 pound forward that played in 17 games last season. He averaged 3.9 points and 4.3 boards.
Auburn center Austin Wiley has a stress fracture in his left leg and will be out 4-6 weeks, the school announced Monday.
No surgery is required, but Wiley, who played with Team USA’s U19 team in Egypt earlier this month, will miss Auburn’s trip to Italy.
“You know how tough and committed a young man is when he plays through the pain of a stress fracture,” said Pearl. “He was receiving treatment while in Egypt, but had no way of knowing the extent of his injury. Doctors say it is in a good spot for healing, and he will be fine.”
Wiley averaged 8.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 18.1 minutes this past season. He started 21 of the Tigers’ 22 games after he enrolled in school midseason.
Virginia Tech suffered a brutal blow earlier this month when Ty Outlaw went down with a torn ACL in his right knee.
Outlaw is one of the best shooters on Virginia Tech’s roster, banging home 48 percent of his three-balls last season, and he was expected to be a major part of the rotation following a season where he scored in double-figures in six of the last eight games, including four games of better than 16 points in that stretch.
This is a blow to Virginia Tech’s depth, but it is also a tough break for Outlaw, who transferred to Virginia Tech from a Junior College and had to sit out the 2015-16 season due to a heart issue. The redshirt senior will likely be eligible to receive a medical redshirt should he decide to apply for one.
The Miller family does not appear to be worried about sibling rivalry.
According to a report from FanRag Sports, Archie, the head coach at Indiana, and Sean, the head coach at Arizona, have agreed to a three-year deal to have the two programs face-off against each other. They’ll start in 2019-20, playing in Arizona, then face-off in Bloomington the following season before finally heading up to Madison Square Garden in 2021-22.
If you can get past the fact that we are now scheduling games for 2022 (!!!), this is actually going to be a pretty neat and unique thing. How often do two brothers end up coaching at the Division I level? The Drew brothers — Bryce at Vanderbilt and Scott at Baylor — are one pair, but they cancelled a series that would have seen the two programs square off last season. James and Joe Jones at Yale and Boston University are another pair. They were league rivals for eight yeas when Joe was the head coach at Columbia. When Sean Sutton was the head coach at Oklahoma State, his brother, Scott, beat them was the head coach at Oral Roberts.
So it’s not typical for this to happen, mainly because it’s not easy to compete at something so important against someone you care about so much.
Think about it.
Imagine working in a profession where your success comes at the expense of your brother? It’s one of the major reasons — beyond the obvious — that no one believed Sean Miller would actually consider taking the Ohio State job when it opened. Facing off against your brother in a non-conference game you choose to play is one thing. Competing for league titles against him for the foreseeable future is something totally different.
Which is a long way of saying that this should be an enticing matchup, however it plays out.
Zion Williamson made another highlight-reel play on Saturday outside of Atlanta as he threw down a vicious putback dunk at the Best of the South.
The five-star prospect has returned from a minor knee injury this spring to look like his old self in July as he’s entertained packed gyms of fans and college coaches the last two weeks.
The Class of 2018 star is currently regarded as the No. 3 overall prospect in the latest Rivals.com national rankings.
(h/t: Courtside Films)