Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 2 of the NCAA men's basketball round of 64...

After a close first-half, at the end of which Michigan led Tennessee 33-29, the bottom fell out for the Volunteers, as the Wolverines outscored them 42-16 in the second half, yielding a final score of 75-45. The key was a 16-0 Michigan run, increasing its lead from 36-31 to 52-31. Then, after Tennessee had chipped a little off the lead to trail 56-40, Michigan took off on another spurt, scoring 14 in a row to make it 70-40 (play-by-play sheet).

Texas withstood a late 12-2 run from Oakland University (Michigan), which cut a 78-63 Longhorn lead down to 80-75, to win 85-81. The Horns' J'Covan Brown went a perfect 12-of-12 from the free-throw line.

An 8-0 run vaulted George Mason to a 56-54 lead over Villanova with just under a minute to play, and the Patriots held on for a 61-57 win (play-by-play sheet).

Florida State unleashed a 13-0 run against Texas A&M, to convert an eight-point deficit (31-23) to a five-point lead. The Seminoles never looked back, winning 57-50.

An early 15-0 run by Illinois against UNLV set the tone for the game, as the Illini prevailed 73-62.

Virginia Commonwealth routed Georgetown tonight, 74-56. Three-point shooting proficiency differed markedly between the two teams (box score). VCU shot 12-of-25 (48%) from behind the arc. Georgetown's starters were absolutely awful from long distance, going 1-for-17. Only because of reserve forward Hollis Thompson's 4-of-5 shooting on treys was Georgetown able to bring its overall three-point shooting performance to the slightly less embarrassing rate of 5-for-26 or 19% (Hoya reserves other than Thompson went 0-for-4).

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