A fantastic night in NCAA a tournament was seen and for the first time this year, we had a game-winning buzzer-beater. Chris Chiozza scored a 3-pointer that launched Florida Gators to the Elite 8 stage of this year’s March Madness. De’Aaron Fox had a fantastic game, while South California and North Carolina also advance to this stage.
After overtime, the Florida Gators managed to defeat Wisconsin Badgers 84-83. Zak Showalter was the star of the March Madness for a brief moment, because with just two seconds before the end of the regular time he scored a 3-pointer which tied the game and made it possible for the Badgers to have one more try in winning against the Gators.
Unfortunately for him, Wisconsin experienced a terrible loss. Chris Chiozza took the ball with seconds until the end of the match with his team two points down. He let it fly and brought the eruption of joy to the Gators fans as he scored a crucial three-pointer.
“I was going to pass, but I was really going to the rim. But they did a good job of bumping me and slowing me down, and that was the shot I had so I had to have that one,” Chiozza said.
The Badgers had a five-point lead in the overtime but eventually, they couldn’t prevail and close out the game.
Nigel Hayes scored 22 points for the Badgers.
Among the Florida Gators, KeVaughn Allen dropped 35 points and was absolutely the star of the night.
The Florida Gators will now face South Carolina, with whom they already met two times this season. Both teams won one game.
The Gamecocks smashed Baylor University, 70-50, and they continue their run this year. Since 1973, they haven’t won a single NCAA tournament game. This year they won three in a row.
Sindarius Thornwell scored 24 points and was the best player on the winning team. He spoke after the game about the defense his team displayed in this game.
“We stayed aggressive and made his catches hard and we knew that he likes to score in the paint and let his catches be extended outside, that way he got to take more than one dribble to score; he can’t just turn and shoot over the top of you,” Thornwell said.
Jonathan Motley, who has been a leader of Baylor this year, scored 18 points along with nine rebounds. He also spoke about the quality of the South Carolina defense.
“That’s what they game-planned for. And they did a great job of executing their game plan. We couldn’t, really couldn’t buy a basket.”
After losing five of their last 7 games in the regular time of the season, the Gamecocks are on a hot streak now and their aim is the Final Four.
The UCLA and Lonzo Ball experienced what it feels like when De’Aaron Fox goes crazy. He scored 39 points and reached fourth place in Kentucky’s all-time tournament game-high scoring list. The Wildcats defeated UCLA, 86-75.
Coach John Calipari related what he said in the locker room during half-time
“All I did at halftime was say: `Guys. Are you watching this game?’ and they said yeah,” Calipari said. “I said; `Ok good. You know we are playing through De’Aaron Fox. The rest of you take a back seat and play off of him.”
Malik Monk added 21 points and these two guys were unstoppable. The Kentucky Wildcats were so dominant that they allowed UCLA’s offense some 15 points less than their average.
“We really picked it up defensively,” Fox said. “That’s why we won. Not because of our scoring. That team averaged like 90 points a game, and we held them to … 15 less than their average.”
Lonzo Ball scored 10 points shooting 1 for 6 from the 3-point line.
The Wildcats will face the Tar Heels who defeated the Butler Bulldogs, 92-80.
Justin Jackson and Joel Barry II scored 50 points combined, while Luke Maye had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and he was the surprise of the night.
“He has the ability to shoot the ball. He has the ability to rebound the ball,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said of the sophomore forward and former walk-on. “But the reason Luke is going to be successful is what he’s got in his brain and in his heart.”
Andrew Chrabascz had a team-high 21 points for the Bulldogs
“We let them get into a rhythm, especially in the beginning,” Chrabascz said. “When you let a team like that feel good about themselves, it’s tough to get them out of that with how many talented guys they have on their team. And also they answered every run that we had.”