Tourney Snacks: Recapping Day 2 of the NCAA Tournament

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TOP PERFORMERS

  • Fred Van Vleet, Wichita State: Van Vleet scored 19 of his 27 points in the first half, adding four assists with just a single turnovers, as the Shockers knocked off No. 10 Indiana, 81-76.
  • Frank Mason, Kansas: Mason had 17 points, nine boards and four assists to lead No. 2 Kansas past No. 15 New Mexico State, 75-56, in the opening round.
  • Wayne Blackshear and Quentin Snider, Louisville: On a day where Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier struggled, Blackshear and Snider carried the Cardinals to the win. They combined for 35 points, making a series of massive plays down the stretch, including a game-tying layup and the game-winning free throws.
  • Joseph Young, Oregon: Young scored 23 points in an eight minute stretch — including a personal 15-3 run — as Oregon knocked off Oklahoma State.
  • Aaron White, Iowa: Is there a player anywhere in the country playing better basketball than Aaron White right now? In a blowout win over No. 10 Davidson, White had 26 points, the sixth straight game where he went for more than 20.

GAME OF THE DAY: No. 7 Wichita State 81, No. 10 Indiana 76

The Shockers and the Hoosiers went back and fourth for 40 minutes, with a pair of massive momentum swings in the second half. Fred Van Vleet carried the Shockers for the first 20 minutes, keeping them within striking distance in the second half. The best news of this result? We get No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 7 Wichita State on Sunday.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Tarik Phillips, West Virginia

No. 12 Buffalo had come storming back against No. 5 West Virginia, tying the game with just two minutes left in the game. West Virginia answered with a bucket of their own, and after getting a stop, Phillips hit this three with 30 seconds left to give the Mountaineers an insurmountable 67-62 lead.

BLOWN CALL OF THE DAY: No. 4 Maryland 65, No. 13 Valpo 62

This is becoming all too familiar of a theme in this tournament. This time, it’s Varun Ram avoiding a whistle as he raked the arms of Keith Carter as he tried to get off a desperation, last-second three.

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