NCAA March Madness Sweet Sixteen Recap - Thursday Games

If you dont know who Derrick Williams is, you sure do now

3/25/11 in NCAABB   |   Scott   |   54664 respect

On a night loaded with primetime matchups, it was the Arizona Wildcats who dealt the biggest surprise.  Zona played a near perfect 2nd half against top seeded Duke to erase a half time deficit and cruise to a 93-77 win, ending Duke's hopes of winning back to back national championships.  Derrick Williams was a man among boys, scoring 32 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dominating the paint on both ends of the court.  Trailing by 6 at the half, Zona went out and took the fight to the defending champs.  Duke had no answer for anything that Arizona wanted to do and it showed on the scoreboard, as the Wildcats outscored the Blue Devils 55-33 after the intermission. 

5th seeded Arizona will take on 3rd seeded UConn in the West regional final.  The Huskies got 36 points from All-American Kemba Walker and ousted 2nd seeded San Diego State 74-67.  Jeremy Lamb added a season-high 24 points and hit a clutch 3-pointer with 1:43 left for the third-seeded Huskies, who are headed to an NCAA regional final for the 10th time after beating the Aztecs and a building full of hostile fans just 90 minutes from San Diego.  UConn has now won 8 straight games and head into the regional final as one of the hottest teams in college basketball.

In the Southeast region, Florida got 19 points and 17 rebounds from Alex Tyus to knock out Jimmer Fredette and BYU in overtime, 83-74.  Fredette scored 32 points in his last collegiate game but was outdone by the balance of the Gators.  Outside of Tyus, Florida got 17 points from Kenny Boynton while Erving Walker and Chandler Parsons both scored 16.   The Gators will be playing for a spot in the Final Four for the first time since 2007, the year they completed a back to back national championship run. 

Florida will take on 8th seeded Butler in the regional final.  The Bulldogs once again showed their moxy by outlasting the Wisconsin Badgers in a game that was physical and quite frankly, ugly.  Thanks to 17 straight field goal misses by Wisconsin, Butler was able to stay out in front by double digits for most of the 2nd half.  Bo Ryan's Badgers didnt quit and behind All-Big Ten guard Jordan Taylor, clawed their way back within striking distance.  The Bulldogs hit their free throws late and held off the Badgers 61-54 .  Matt Howard led the way for Butler with 20 points and 13 rebounds.  Taylor scored a game high 22 points for Wisky while his partner in crime, Jon Leuer, struggled to a 1 for 12 shooting night.

Tomorrow night... 4 more games to determine the last four teams into this year's Elite Eight
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3/25/11   |   heelfan811   |   16759 respect

This kids stock skyrocketed last 5 lottery pick for sure!!

3/25/11   |   Jay_B   |   193 respect

I have been checking on him throughout the season, now all know this kid is a BEAST!!!