What an incredible game last night between men’s Basketball, TCU, and Arizona. A perfect way to end the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Bennedict Mathurin came through for Arizona. The sophomore shooting guard made a 3-pointer to force overtime and then scored six more points in the extra session as Arizona defeated TCU 85-80 to move on to Sweet 16. Mathurin finished with 30 points.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s legendary career lived to see another day after the Blue Devils survived against Michigan State on Sunday in the second round of the men’s NCAA tournament. Duke trailed by five points with five minutes to go in regulation before it went on a ferocious run to keep its season alive. The Blue Devils’ defense and clutch shooting turned the deficit into a six-point lead with less than a minute to go, and some clutch free throws and outstanding defense in the game’s final possessions helped them hold on for an 85–76 victory. The win was Krzyzewski’s 1,200th, becoming the first coach in history to reach that mark. It was also his 99th NCAA tournament win.
The Cinderella story continues for Saint Peter’s Peacocks. A small school from Jersey City, New Jersey, is not intimidated by anyone, and they are making teams work to beat them. This is Peacock’s fourth NCAA tournament appearance and first since 2011. The Kentucky upset was the school’s first win in the Big Dance. Before this year, the biggest win in school history took place 54 years ago when the Peacocks upset No. 10 Duke, 100-71, in the National Invitational Tournament on March 18, 1968. The Peacocks will play the No. 3 seed Purdue this week at the Sweet 16.
March Madness continues for the University of Houston men’s basketball team. The Coogs are headed back to the Sweet 16 after defeating No. 4 ranked Illinois 68-53. The Coogs will head to San Antonio to face off Arizona Wildcats on Thursday. It’s the team’s third straight Sweet 16 appearance.