Newspaper front page recap: Ohio, Lehigh, Norfolk State

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Unlike Friday night’s upset extravaganza, Sunday wasn’t nearly as kind to the underdogs of the NCAA tournament. Of the three biggest double-digit seeds, only one punched its ticket to the Sweet 16, as Ohio solved South Florida’s pesky defense and got a 62-56 win.

Lehigh led at halftime, but fell to Xavier, 70-58. Norfolk State couldn’t find the same magic that helped them upset Missouri, and loss big to No. 7 Florida, 84-50.

CollegeBasketballTalk recaps the fates of these underdogs in Sunday’s small-town newspapers.

The Athens Messenger was the only newspaper with a celebratory headline, going with the classic shot of a bar full of fans as their photo above the fold:

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The Virginian-Pilot used a telling shot of NSU’s Pendarvis Williams, shirt pulled up over his eyes, after falling to Florida.

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Finally, we revisit the Lehigh Valley’s Morning Call, which blamed Lehigh’s poor shooting for its loss to Xavier. Creativity in the headline is a nice touch, too.

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Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_