NCAA Tournament Recap- Thursday Evening Part 2
9. Wake Forest over 8. Texas (81-80 OT)
- I guess when you have two disappointing teams during the regular season, you get a decent tournament game. Ishmael Smith, arguably the fastest guard in the country pulled up and nailed a jumper with 1.3 left to give Wake the win.
- In the overtime period, Texas was up by 8 points, and then Damion James fouled out. It seemed to turn the game around in the overtime stanza.
- Wake had lost 5 of 6 games entering the tournament.
- Game Rating- 3 1/4*
6. Tennessee over 11. San Diego State (62-59)
- Tennessee fans were disappointed with their seeding, but frankly Tennessee played quite well. Next is 14th seeded Ohio, so maybe Tennessee gets a break, or maybe not. We shall see.
- Melvin Goins hit a key 3 late to put the Volunteers “over the hump.”
- J.P. Prince had 15
- Game Rating- 3*
3. New Mexico over 14. Montana (62-57)
- The Lobos were up for much of the 2nd half, but Montana just wouldn’t go away. Brian Qvale kept the Grizzlies in the game scoring 26 a career-high 26 points.
- Anthony Johnson, who netted 42 in the Big Sky Championship Game, had only 1 field goal. It came with less than 2 minutes in the game.
- Roman Martinez led all scorers for New Mexico. He had 19.
- Game Rating- 2 1/4*
1. Kansas over 16. Lehigh (90-76)
- It was close for a half, then Kansas put the foot on the pedal. It was an extravagant effort from Lehigh.
- Lehigh is a sleeper to look at the next couple of years with C.J. McCollum returning. He’s only a freshman.
- Game Rating 3/4*