GAME OF THE DAY: No. 5 UConn 104, No. 4 Cincinnati 97 4OT
This is as wild as March games can get. The excitement really started with the second overtime, when UConn and Cincinnati traded buckets in the final 30 seconds to keep the score tied and get us to a third overtime. And in that third overtime, the Bearcats buried a three with 0.8 seconds left to take an 88-85 lead, setting the stage of the shot of the season:
The Huskies finally took control in the fourth overtime, advancing to face Temple in the semifinals of the AAC tournament on Saturday.
THE OTHER GAME OF THE DAY: No. 2 West Virginia 69, No. 3 Oklahoma 67
West Virginia forced 21 turnovers and held Buddy Hield to 1-for-8 shooting and just six points, but the Mountaineers still found a way to nearly lose that game. On the final possession of the game, with the ball under their own basket and needing to go 94 feet to win the game, the Sooners put the ball in the hands of their all-american, and he came through with a 50-foot prayer that banked in — a split second after the buzzer:
West Virginia advanced to take on Kansas in the Big 12 title game.
OH, AND WE CAN’T FORGET ABOUT: No. 8 Michigan 72, No. 1 Indiana 69
The bigger question coming out of this game: Is Indiana a different team away from Bloomington than they are when they play in Assembly Hall?
No. 1 Kansas 70, No. 5 Baylor 66: The Jayhawks reached the finals of the Big 12 tournament as they rolled over the Bears thanks to 20 points from Perry Ellis.
No. 2 Michigan State 81, No. 7 Ohio State 54: Denzel Valentine paced the Spartans with 19 points, nine boards and eight assists in an easy win.
No. 1 Oregon 95, No. 4 Arizona 89 OT: The Wildcats somehow erased a 15-point halftime deficit to force overtime on a brain fart from Chris Boucher, but the Ducks were able to pull away in the extra frame. Should we be worried about how Oregon closed that game?
Lorenzo Bonam, Utah: Jakob Poeltl had 29 points to lead the way for the Utes, but it was Bonam, who finished with 18 points, who sent the game to overtime with this driving layup at the buzzer.
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia: In a win over Miami, Brogdon had a cool 24 points and four assists. Eventually people are going to realize how good this kid is.
Khadeen Carrington and Isaiah Whitehead, Seton Hall: The New York natives finished with a combined 43 point and 11 assists as the Pirates knocked off Xavier in the Big East semifinals.
Ben Bentil, Providence: A day after he had 38 points in a win over Butler, Bentil finished with just three points on 1-for-6 shooting while committing five turnovers and fouling out midway through the second half.
Jaylen Brown, Cal: He finished with 12 points and a key three-point play late, but Brown was 3-for-17 from the floor in an overtime loss to Utah.
Notre Dame: The Irish scored 47 points in a 31-point loss to No. 1 North Carolina on Friday night, although much of that blame (credit?) must be given to the Tar Heels for the way that they were able to defend.