The Sweet 16 continues Friday night with a couple potential upset specials, neon uniforms and a North Carolina squad with its star point guard very likely out with a broken wrist.
The first No. 1 seed was knocked out on Thursday at the hands of No. 4 Louisville, who's defense was too much for the Michigan State Spartans. Rick Pitino remained undefeated in the Sweet 16 remains unbeaten in the Sweet 16 and will now face his former pupil Billy Donovan in the Elite Eight.
Friday's first match-up features the bright third-seeded Baylor Bears squaring off against one of the three double-digit seeds left, No. 10 Xavier. Brady Heslip's 3-point bonanza lifted the Bears past No. 11 Colorado in the third round, but will they be able to sustain their momentum to make a second Elite Eight appearance in three years?
As of Thursday afternoon, it was unlikely that No. 1 North Carolina would have its starting point guard Kendall Marshall. The Tar Heels must get through potential Cinderella, No. 13 Ohio which beat No. 4 Michigan and No. 12 South Florida. Will Marshall's health lead to UNC's demise?
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A discombobulated group of Tar Heels will advance thanks to a huge Bullock three in regulation and then again to start OT. We're switching gears to Indiana and Kentucky elsewhere... see you there.
|@ RTCMWRegion : Time for UNC to seal it at the free throw line. Ohio's guys look real quiet... dejected right now.|
He fouls out with 26 points and UNC can put this away from the line...
|@ SethDavisHoops : Offutt's missed free throw at end of regulation looms extra large right now. Ohio needed to put this away in regulation.|
Cooper lets the ball roll up the floor to keep clock stopped. Once they pick it up, Hall misses a THREE.
UNC in no hurry on offense in OT. Again Barnes goes one-on-one. He gets Kellogg in air with step back move. Foul And a two made FTs. 70-65 to UNC with 61 ticks to tock.
WE've got 1:35 to go and not much OT offense to show for it. Foul on Zeller trying to get to lazy jump ball pass from Barnes. Ohio into 1-and-1 and four on Zeller. It's 68-65 and they're in business with 90 seconds to go.
But not finding an access points in UNC defense.. foul on Zeller bails out Ohio. No shots, thought. Reset. And another long miss from Cooper..
Barnes goes iso to close ramshackle possession but HE MAKES IT! He's 3 of 16 but UNC has 68-63 lead and we're closing in on three minutes.
Ohio 0-2 to open OT and White slowing down offense as he brings ball up.
After saving the team in regulation he gets Heels out on front foot to start OT. 66-63.
According to Kerr, if they don't go inside to Zeller then UNC deserves to lose. Ohio controls tip..
|@ YahooForde : Oh holy moly. I apologize for nearly shoving Stewart Mandel out of his seat next to me ... but I thought that Cooper shot was good.|
|@ GoodmanCBS : How do you not attempt to get the ball to Zeller on the block?|
|@ SethDavisHoops : Wow...Roy calls a clear out for Barnes. Got blocked by Offutt, Cooper's heave almost went in. To overtime we go.|
back to Barnes.. Ohio turns them over... and halfcourt heave by Cooper.. MISS. Overtime!
We're tied at 63 with 15 seconds left and UNC has the ball.... no point guard... and Barnes is struggling... in to Zeller?
Offutt gets hoop and harm attacking the rim after clear out. 63-63.. missed FT
|@ ESPNHomeCourt : Breathe everyone... Breathe. #UNC #OHIO|
Bullock finds himself alone in space and spots up, rises and fire. Splash and UNC is back in front, 63-61 with 35 seconds to go!
Barnes has returned to his slumber with that shot that was well short... Roy imploring his team, screaming gesturing.. GET ONE STOP!
Zeller sinks a free throw for one-point lead but there's Baltic and Ohio has the lead back!
Teams trading punches.. Ohio using clock in halfcourt set... getting down to 2 minutes..
Harrison Barnes drains a straightaway three and it's TIE GAME.
Cooper steals it for Ohio and gest out on the run but Henson tracks back and stuff his reverse layup. End to end! Again, 57-53 to Ohio with 3:30 to play.
|@ RTCMWRegion : Kansas and NC State fans doing the O-H-I-O chant. Everyone joining in on the fun.|
Ohio has come this far with just three free throw attempts but now they're going right back to the line and seems to have the swag to get into the lane (and then back to the line) for the rest of the night..
UNC has never had much of a clue on offense tonight and now the horses are spooked.
|@ RTCMWRegion : There are 4 minutes and 35 seconds left. Ohio is winning. Like, for real.|
Despite nearly coughing up a lead in the final minute, the Bears keep on keeping on... They're facing either Kentucky or Indiana... Stay here for UNC-Ohio..