Tonight’s showdown took place between 7-seed Iowa and 10-seed Davidson in Seattle’s Key Arena. Eleven minutes into the first half, Iowa and Davidson kept each other within striking distance. But Iowa opened up late in the first half with a big run, continued to build on the lead in the second half and rolled to an 83-52 win.
OK, bracketologists … it’s our favorite upset pick we love to make — the 5-12 matchup. 12-seed Wofford took on the 5-seed Arkansas tonight at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville. With a 6-foot-5 average, the Razorbacks had an obvious size advantage, but in the first half it was Wofford’s perimeter shooting that kept the Terriers in the contest. The game was tied at 22 at 3:15 in the first. At the half, Wofford headed into the locker room with a 28-27 lead.
The two teams continued to trade blows halfway through the second with the score 41-40 in Wofford’s favor. After a Bobby Portis floater, Arkansas took the lead 53-51 with 2:12 left in regulation. With Wofford trailing 56-53 on the final possession of the game, the Terriers had a chance to tie with an Eric Garcia 3-pointer that looked good, only to rim out. Wofford hung tough with the Razorbacks all night and had every chance to win but just couldn’t finish as Arkansas escaped with a 56-53 win.
With an 11 seed in the field of 64 on the line the atmosphere in Dayton’s UD arena was that of a heavyweight bout. The contest went back and forth with each team exchanging long scoring runs, but the home team (which was actually the away team) held on for a 56-55 win.