Had enough basketball? We didn't think so. With spots in the third round still up for grabs, Georgetown, Ohio State and North Carolina are among the marquee teams in action on Friday night.
Final Four hopefuls Ohio State, Georgetown and Florida will be looking to avoid the type of early upset that sent Kansas State home earlier on Friday. The No. 2 Buckeyes will be faced with high-scoring Iona. The No. 15 Gaels will look to push the pace and outscore the Big Ten power.
No. 2 Georgetown may have the best player in the nation in Otto Porter, but No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast may have one fan who draws more attention than anyone on the floor if she is in the stands in Philadelphia. The wife of FGC coach Andy Enfield is former supermodel Amanda Marcum.
Not playing in Philadelphia but with plenty of fans in the City Of Brotherly Love, the No. 9 Villanova Wildcats will tangle with the No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels in Kansas City.
Another prolific underdog hoping to bust your bracket on Friday night is No. 14 Northwestern State who will be taking on No. 3 Florida. On Thursday night, No. 14 Harvard stunned No. 3 New Mexico. Can the Demons pull off the same trick?
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Minnesota wins 83-63. And the round of 64 is over.
|@ raphiellej : It's one thing to lose, another to quit. While Howland's likely out, at a certain point people need to ask questions of the guys in jerseys.|
Kansas beats Western Kentucky 64-57 and will play Roy Williams' North Carolina Tar Heels in the third round.
|@ raphiellej : Valiant effort from WKU, but when you can't make a shot (18.9% in the 2nd half) you can't win.|
Minnesota is winning 79-56 with 4:19 left in the game. Safe to say this one is over.
WK misses a 3 in the right corner and it looks like Kansas has this one wrapped up. 11.8 seconds left.
Harris knocks down a 3 from the left wing t make it 59-54 KU. WK just won't go away.
Ben McLemore's pair of free throws extends Kansas' lead to seven. 33 seconds left.
Price makes it 57-52 KU.
WK got the stop they needed and Jamal Crook went coast to coast but missed the layup and WK was forced to foul. Tharpe's free throws puts Kansas up 57-50 with 41.5 seconds left. Price drew a foul and will go to the line for the Hilltoppers.
|@ AndyGlockner : It seems kind of bizarre, but Kansas is practically begging for Michigan to beat VCU, right? (Assuming they can handle UNC, etc)|
UCLA keeps rallying but Minnesota keeps responding. 62-51 Gophers with 8:20 left.
Kansas has committed 17 turnovers.
Price responds to Releford's layup with a 3-pointer to pull Western Kentucky within 5. 55-50 Kansas. AND KANSAS TURNS IT OVER. 1:43 left.
|@ SethDavisHoops : Credit Kansas for responding. Lead by 11 with 3 mins to go. Looks like we'll have to wait another year for our 16-1 upset.|
Withey gets the ball in the paint, makes a nice turnaround move and hits a short jumper. 52-42 Kansas with 3:44 left.
|@ raphiellej : Fant fouls out for WKU. Bad development for the Toppers.|
Ben McLemore has had a quiet night but just made a key layup to put Kansas up 50-42. He has 6 points now.
|@ DickieV : A bad bad day 4 Big East - Cincy - Villanova - Georgetown - Notre Dame all go down / A-10 - 6-0 as LaSalle has 2 Wins. #dickievpicks|
Iowa State beats Notre Dame 76-58.
UCLA had cut the lead to 5 but then Minnesota's Andre Hollins nailed back to back 3-pointers.
Jeff Withey's layup puts Kansas up by 6 with 7:07 left in the game.
San Diego State beats Oklahoma 70-55. SDST will play Florida Gulf Coast in the third round.
UCLA goes on a 7-2 run to cut Minnesota's lead to 44-36. Shabazz Muhammad has 12 points on 3/10 shooting.
Aztecs on a 15-5 run in last 9:30. 1:23 left in the game and San Diego State up by 10.
San Diego State has a 63-51 lead with 1:45 left in the game. Time to call this one over?
After both teams exchanged some free throws, WK's Jamal Crook made a running layup to cut the lead to 40-37.
Withey shows off his range with a long 2 from just inside the 3-point arc. 38-33 Kansas with 12:30 left.
Kansas' Kevin Young dunks it with two hands and gets the Jayhawks fans on their feet. 36-33 Kansas.