Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Villanova does it again

It makes complete sense, doesn't it? So many people picked Temple and St. Joe's to win and Villanova to lose in the first round, but the opposite happened.

Villanova does it again

It makes complete sense, doesn't it?

So many people picked Temple and St. Joe's to win and Villanova to lose in the first round, but the opposite happened.

It was the veteran-laden Hawks who played like NCAA Tournament newcomers in a loss to Oklahoma, and the young Wildcats who rallied for a stunning comeback win over Clemson in a season full of them.

And yet the comeback itself almost fell apart, as a technical foul on Jay Wright with 2:58 remaining allowed Clemson to come within two points and tie the score at 66-all soon thereafter.

But the Tigers never took the lead, missing seven three-pointers in the final three minutes while committing costly fouls all over the place.

By the time K.C. Rivers finally nailed a trey with six seconds on the clock, it was too late.

And with Rollie Massimino looking on from the stands, his old team finished off a stunning 75-69 win to earn a second round of dancing.

So a truly magical day in Tampa came to an end, as all four lower seeds in the pod advanced to the second round for the first time in NCAA Tournament history.

We'll have two 12-vs.-13 matchups on Sunday, with the all-Philly showdown between Jay Wright and Fran McCaffery a nationwide broadcast the afternoon's first tip-off.

In honor of this totally crazy day, with so many incredible individual performances across the country, I've decided to double yesterday's Top 5 Players ranking to a Top 10.


10. Adam Emmenecker, Drake. He recorded one of the strangest double-doubles I’ve ever seen.

Name
Min
FG
FT
3pt
OR
DR
TR
A
S
TO
Blk
PF
Eff
Pts
A. Emmenecker
44
0-10
11-12
0-0
3
3
6
14
1
4
0
2
17
11


9. Jack McClinton, Miami. I’ll stick my neck out there and say the Hurricanes’ win was more of an upset than a St. Mary’s win would have been.

Name
Min
FG
FT
3pt
OR
DR
TR
A
S
TO
Blk
PF
Eff
Pts
J. McClinton
37
12-19
11-11
3-6
1
3
4
3
0
1
0
0
37
38


8. Charles Rhodes, Misssissippi State. I got three of my 8-9 game picks wrong in large part because of him.

Name
Min
FG
FT
3pt
OR
DR
TR
A
S
TO
Blk
PF
Eff
Pts
C. Rhodes
37
10-12
0-0
14-18
4
5
9
1
0
0
0
2
38
34


7. Pete Campbell, Butler. Wow, did the Bulldogs look good today.

Name
Min
FG
FT
3pt
OR
DR
TR
A
S
TO
Blk
PF
Eff
Pts
P. Campbell
20
9-11
0-0
8-10
0
5
5
2
0
1
1
0
31
26


6. Tyrone Brazelton, Western Kentucky. On top of the scoring, his last assist led to the game-winning basket (see video below).

Name
Min
FG
FT
3pt
OR
DR
TR
A
S
TO
Blk
PF
Eff
Pts
T. Brazelton
38
11-20
5-6
6-10
0
5
5
5
2
3
0
4
32
33


5. Scottie Reynolds, Villanova. The perfect example of why previous NCAA Tournament experience matters.

Name
Min
FG
FT
3pt
OR
DR
TR
A
S
TO
Blk
PF
Eff
Pts
S. Reynolds
35
7-12
3-5
4-5
0
4
4
2
0
6
0
3
14
21


4. Jonathan Cox, Drake. What an effort on the glass. We wonder what would have happened if the Bulldogs had played anyone else.

Name
Min
FG
FT
3pt
OR
DR
TR
A
S
TO
Blk
PF
Eff
Pts
J. Cox
39
8-12
9-10
4-6
8
8
16
0
1
3
2
4
40
29
38


3. Kenny Hasbrouck, Siena. The star of a stunningly lopsided upset win over Vanderbilt for Fran McCaffery’s Saints.

Name
Min
FG
FT
3pt
OR
DR
TR
A
S
TO
Blk
PF
Eff
Pts
K. Hasbrouck
33
9-14
10-10
2-5
1
3
4
3
2
2
0
1
32
3-


2. Garrison Carr, American. Perhaps a homer’s pick on my part, but that was an extraordinary effort by an Eagles team that had no business hanging with Tennessee.

Name
Min
FG
FT
3pt
OR
DR
TR
A
S
TO
Blk
PF
Eff
Pts
G. Carr
40
9-21
2-2
6-15
0
2
2
2
1
3
0
3
16
26


1. Stephen Curry, Davidson. He gave us one of the great individual NCAA Tournament performances in a long time.

Name
Min
FG
FT
3pt
OR
DR
TR
A
S
TO
Blk
PF
Eff
Pts
S. Curry
39
14-22
4-6
8-10
0
3
3
2
5
2
0
0
38
40

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
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