- #10 Michigan - #7 Clemson: It's one and done for the Tigers once again and Michigan proves they were worthy of a tournament berth. Manny Harris was the again the focus of a Wolverines win, writes The Detroit Free Press' Mark Snyder. Meeeghican wins 62-59 win. The score does not indicate how the Wolverines controlled this game; at one point holding a 16 point lead in the second half. Through two NCAA Tournament games, Terrence Oglesby has shown to have serious stage fright -- he's 2-19 from the field including last year's first round loss to Villanova. Michigan gets their first tournament win since 1998, and a date with POY Blake Griffin in Saturday.
#10 Minnesota - #7 Texas: One Big 10 bubble team moves on, while another falls. Texas toyed with the Gophers for the first 25 minutes of the game, even falling behind by 10 points, then went for the jugular--shooting 47 perecnt and pulling away for a 76-62 win. Everyone's favorite gunslinger, AJ Abrams, was on tonight eading all with 26 on 8-15 three point shooting. The Austin American Statesman's Kirk Bohls writes that Rick Barnes went against his conventional coaching style, shortened his bench, and got the win. Tubby Smith has a great resurgance season for the program, but no NCAA Tournament win to show for it.
#14 American University - #3 Villanova: The game of the night, American University blocked out the obscene home-court advantage for Nova, holding a 12 point lead at the half. Apparently Garrison Carr was the real deal, scoring 22 points, but it wasnt enough. Dante Cunningham and Dwanye Anderson gets 25 (a career high), as Villanova wakes up and prevails 80-67. Simply put, it was crisis averted for the Wildcats says the Philadelphia Inquirer's Phil Sheridan. No doubt, a true bracket buster win had the Eagles pulled it off.
#13 Akron - #4 Gonzaga: It may have been nerve-racking for Zags fans to be locked up in a tight one with the Zips, but I expected it. The Bulldogs took 30 minutes to wake up, then went off with a 31-6 run in the second half to ensure victory. The Bulldogs get four to finish in double figures and hit 26-31 free-throws. They move on winning 77-64. While the offensive output is the story, it was getting back to defense writes the Spokane Reviews's Jim Meehan, that got them the win.