After watching all of the upset's on Friday, Royce White and Iowa State must be feeling awfully confident heading into their matchup against overall No. 1 seed Kentucky. Having already knocked off last year's champs, UConn, the Cyclones will look to supplant Lehigh and Norfolk State as the darlings of the tournament. Good luck with that.
Also hoping to be fitted for glass high tops as the 2012 Cinderella is No. 11 Colorado, who will take on hard-to-miss No. 3 Baylor. After having their hands full with the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State, perhaps a stampede of Buffaloes will prove too much to handle.
With the last scheduled start of the third round, Louisville and New Mexico battle in Portland. Is it too early for Rick Pitino to break out the white suit? Maybe Carrie Brownstein will swing by the Rose Garden to put a bird on it.
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Gordon grabs rebound off missed free throw and heaves it. Well wide.
Cold off the bench, Justice gets loose and is quickly fouled. There are 2.1 seconds left. One free throw should do it. Two free throws and not even Heslip could save Lobos.
Louisville nearly gets whistled for another 5-second violation. Kuric couldn't find anyone. Lville timeout.
The Lobos need another 5-second violation on L'ville, a quick steal on inbounds or a quicker foul and two misses from free throw line. Anything else?
Gordon sinks a clutch three with only a few seconds left! It's a three-point game.
SIva nails free throws. 59-53 with less than 15 seconds..
Ball is bouncing all over the floor on Lobos' next possession.. Lville can't grab it either.. finally Siva scoops and is fouled.
He drives and Dieng trails and he sends it over.. SLAM!
After a missed dunk by Walker and a missed tip by Hardeman, Gordon swoops in and deftly pushes the ball up and in. What a play. It's 55-53 and Siva brings it up under a minute.
Louisville comes out of timeout looking to score and not waste time. Smith attacks and draws foul. He sinks two.
|@ SethDavisHoops : Just like that Demetrius Walker nails a three to bring Lobos within two! Somewhere @georgedohrmann just sold another book.|
Walker sinks a corner three for Lobos after that turnover and we've got a two-point game with 96 seconds to play. Louisville timeout. 53-51.
Louisville can't get it back in (seemed like a quick call) and Lobos have it back.
|@ kofi_annanomous : New Mexico is the last school west of the Rio Grande remaining in the tournament. Drew Gordon & Co. have two minutes to step it up. #lobos|
|@ albolte : 53-46 Louisville. Not like this. Not like this. Fight back. Please. #unm|
|@ rushthecourt : New Mexico has to foul Siva there. Can't give him that lay-up in that situation.|
2:15 to play
Under 3 minutes and Siva is dribbling down the shot clock as Louisville spreads floor... and.. zooommm.. he slices right to the rim for a layup.
Kuric leaks into the corner and lofts the shot.. but it's off target.
Behanan does work in tight quarters and drops it off for two. 51-46.
Terrific disciplined defense on Gordon underneath. First Diegn stays tall and then Behanan helps and nobody fouls.
Behanan misses BOTH free throws and Lobos have the ball with chance to tie, 49-46.
|@ johnphudson : Drew Gordon dunk will def be a One Shining Moment highlight #MarchMadness|
Bairstow blocks Behanan and Gordon gets its dropped on his shoulder down low and draws the foul (Siva swiping for block from behind). He sinks both freebies and it's a three-point game.
|@ RTCWestRegion : I think that maybe Drew Gordon's knee is ok. Yeah. Maybe. #WOW #ncaaPortland|
Pitino needs a few moments of his players' time. It's 49-44 to Ville with 5 and change on the clock.
Gordon gets up for reverse ally-oop dunk! Wow. He's got 8 points in the second and is 4/5 from the field. 10 boards, too. And, one knee that sure looked busted.
Gordon finds Willaims who steps into a straightaway three. HESLIP! And it's a five-point game.
|@ RTCSouthRegion : They just flipped on the UNM game on the big screens in The Pit. Greeted with a cheer, then a groan when the score registered. #NCAAABQ|
One-legged Gordon makes a short, awkward jumper in traffic and draws the foul. TV Timeout.