What a start! No. 11 N.C. State knocked off No. 3 Georgetown to get this Sunday schedule of the 2012 NCAA Tournament started off with a bang. As the afternoon gives way to evening, Creighton will look to send No. 1 seed UNC Tar Heels packing, too. In this 1 vs 8 matchup, Creighton standout Doug McDermott will be looking to finally step out of the shadow his close friend and high school teammate Harrison Barnes, who now stars for UNC.
"It's March, anything can happen," McDermott told ESPN.
For proof of that, look no further than the next games up for us. Fresh off a historic upset of No. 2 Missouri, No. 15 Norfolk State will tangle with No. 7 Florida. Rounding out the trio to be covered in this is space is No. 12 South Florida and No. 13 Ohio, who both advanced by way of upset.
Regardless of the outcome of the Ohio-USF tilt, No. 11 N.C. State will be joined in the Sweet 16 by at least one other double-digit seed. Can Norfolk State make it a third?
Stay tuned for live updates throughout:
The No. 13 seed Ohio Bobcats have scored another (minor) upset over No. 12 South Florida. They will face UNC.
|@ RTCMWRegion : It looks like the Ohio Bobcats are headed to their first Sweet 16 in nearly 50 years. #NCAANashville|
Cooper hits 1 of 2 and the lead is back to six. USF timeout with 15 ticks left.
Collins just misses the three-point shot and that could do it as Cooper comes darting down the court and gets fouled.
Two FTs for Cooper and it's a 6-point lead.
Ohio gets the ball across midcourt and then the foul comes. Cooper coming to the line. It's a three-point lead for Ohio. They hit them the rest of the way and they win. And Cooper hits the first. It's 60-56 with 36.2 left.
Here comes USF, Collins gets caught put gets it to Fitzpatrick. Unsure what to do and he heaves it... GOOOD FOR THREE!
Keely sent to the line for one and one. First rolls in. It's 59-53. 1:06 to play. Another shot coming.
1:06 to go and Ohio has the ball.
With the lead and facing USF press, Ohio calls a timeout.
And South Florida trails by 7... 5 after Gilchrist gets an inside shot to go.
Just when it looked like he was trapped and Ohio was going to get hit with shot-clock violation, Cooper sneaks into the lane and gets an off balance runner to go down. Cooper vs. Collins!
And Ohio in no rush on offense..
Collins circles around several defenders and makes an absurd shot as he draws the foul. +1 and it's 56-51.
Rudd hits the FTs and USF presses. Ohio breaks and we're in the halfcourt battle.
Rudd draws the foul. But can he hit these? His teammates have been unable as of late.
Ohio adds two more free throws for its largest lead of game at 54-46. Less than 3:30.
|@ RTCMWRegion : South Florida brought a baton-twirling majorette. A pretty unusual sight at a hoops game. #NCAANashville|
Cooper can't get his shot to fall but Collins fouls his PG counterpart. TV timeout and then Ohio has a chance to add to lead.
|@ DaveTelep : Ohio's Walter Offutt is a good story. Former T-100 player who blew out both knees. Kid keeps bouncing back.|
And South Florida has now missed from straight free throws. That's not going to cut it.
Offutt gets all the way to the rim and Ohio leads by six and has all the momentum. Crowd pro-Ohio and getting louder.
Poland misses the front end of a one and one and Ohio has it back.
He sinks a corner three for Ohio and it's a 50-46 lead as we get under six minutes to play.
Healy has inside position for offensive board and he draws a loose ball foul on the boards. Ohio resetting offense for another attack.
Offutt nails a THREE! He's got 19 points and Ohio has the lead back.
And scoring at the rim is Collins who stays on his feet as he gets a layup for South Florida. It's a 46-44 lead.
Healy sinks one of two after getting fouled/blocked by Anderson.
|@ slmandel : Ohio briefly went ahead, 43-42, for the first time since early in the first half. USF now up 44-43 at the under-8 timeout.|