The Madness continues as the men jump into the round of 32 and the women finish the round of 64. There’s no more major upsets as top team clash with top teams and shoo-ins do their things. This list will compile intriguing performances on the third day of the most exciting tournament known to man. There’s no longer a knock on dominant performances against lower seeded teams if your opponent made it this far then they’re a serious competitor.
On day 3 of the madness the nation had another Fletcher Magee sighting but not in the best way. Magee shot 0-12 from the three-point line, an unthinkable moment for the most prolific shooter in college basketball history. The previous game he finished 7-12 from beyond the arc, a stark difference from his performance on Saturday. A historically cold game is one hell of a way to end an amazing career.
Ja Morant vs Terrance Mann
You can just hear the NCAA gods yelling. “Are you not entertained?” as the two went back and forth. Leonard Hamilton allowed his best player and subsequently his best on-ball defender to guard Morant every minute he was on the floor. Morant left the floor with 28 points on 8-21 shooting 5 of which came from behind the arc. Mann advances to the sweet 16 with 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists on efficient shooting from the field. The projected number 2 pick, Morant continues to show his ability to put pressure on defenses. As Mann showed his potential to be a strong defensive option at the next level thanks to his length and athleticism.
Boise State Basketball
If you thought the score at halftime was any indicator of what the rest of the game would be then you you don’t know what basketball in March is about. The Broncos were down eight when everything went right for them in the third quarter, scoring 19 points in the third and holding Oregon State to 8 points. Like most upset recipes Boise pressured Oregon State University into turnovers 18 to be exact. If it weren’t for the Broncos own 24 turnovers this upset in the making would have been sweet.
Giant killers come in all shapes and sizes but this one comes in boilermaker black and gold. Villanova definitely isn’t the same team they were last year after losing major contributors to graduation and the NBA but they’re still national champions. Carson Edwards and Purdue didn’t seem to care as they steamrolled past them to get to the sweet 16. Purdue won by 26 led by Edwards’ career-high 42 points. Whether Purdue makes it to the championship Edwards may leave this year’s tournament with the best performance and just two points away from rarefied NCAA tournament scoring air.
With their first tournament win since 2001, the Bears live to dance another day. Missouri State shooting splits looked unreal, 52.5% from the field and 55% from three. They played a clean game committing 12 fouls and giving up 10 free throw attempts compared to the 19 free throws they shot. The Bears truly sealed the game on the boards giving them a +11 rebound advantage.