When the dust settled, only one other game technically counted as an upset - Xavier knocking off No. 6 Maryland. He often envisioned racing down the court as the final seconds ticked away and hoisting up a game-winner.
While the Wildcats doused Collins with water to celebrate a win that extends the program's first trip to March Madness by at least one more game, there were red eyes in the Vanderbilt locker room.
Northwestern called dibs on bad basketball from its first game, a 34-19 setback against Chicago in 1905. The country had made them March's darling before the tournament had even begun. "Your best players have to lead, and everybody else has to follow and do their part".
"It's a dream come true", said McIntosh, following his game-high 25 point effort. Then came his patented floater and another corner three.
"I thought he was in a good rhythm early".
Krzyzewski said he doesn't have "plans for the future" last summer, but it's unclear how much longer the 70-year-old coach will remain at the head of Duke's bench. He had a great look. I endured more than my share of both covering the Wildcats in the mid-1990s for the Daily Northwestern, a rite of passage for student journalists that involved watching games, describing the carnage and feeling at least a twinge of regret for not having applied to MI. The Commodores had the lead at the time, but McIntosh tied the game and then put Northwestern in front.
"I think we can't emphasize enough that this isn't the end goal", junior guard Bryant McIntosh said.
However, those "two free throws" are still the biggest caveat to the whole story.
McIntosh has made 86.41% of his free throws throughout the season.
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Now the exercise left for Prof Ramgopal Yadav, who is the brain behind the coup to assess the allegiance of the winning MLAs. This was his first visit to the office after it was set up nearly a year ago housing the party's war room for the elections.
McIntosh stepped up, in the biggest moment of his basketball life, with the entire weight of a program on his shoulders, and calmly hit two free throws. "Certainly, I was surprised". "It was my dumb mistake why we lost". Hmm - I hope the media takes note of this. "We're not in that position without him".
In a way it was also a bit of redemption for McIntosh. And that's what it takes this time of year.
The Bulldogs' 66-46 win in Salt Lake City probably left more than a few people second guessing their brackets. Sanjay Lumpkin was fouled shortly afterward, and made one free throw to make it 68-66.
It's just another hatchet buried in a year that has been all about burying the suffering of the past.
Northwestern also made a strong late-season run, but a blowout loss to Wisconsin in the Big 10 tournament was an abrupt end to their season. "I had to go through a lot of adversity first". I've always trusted him.
Fisher-Davis didn't seem to know what hit him. He lives, breathes, sleeps this. Instead, their potentially game-winning three-pointer clanked off the glass in a 60-58 finish. "He wants the ball in those situations".
Fisher-Davis played a heck of a ballgame, and he helped Vanderbilt crawl out a 15-point, second-half hole.
Now the only question that remains is simple.
BUFFALO, New York - Donte DiVincenzo scored 21 points and NCAA Tournament top seed Villanova shook off a slow start in the East region with a 76-56 victory over No. 16 seed Mount St. Mary's.