With three quarters of the teams eliminated, we are entering the Sweet 16, the round that has given hoops fans instant classics for years. Hopefully Thursday’s late game in Los Angeles won’t disappoint. Seven-seed Xavier is taking on 2-seed Arizona in the “House that Kobe Built,” also known as the Staples Center.
Both Georgetown and Utah came in trying to prove they belong in the tournament. Georgetown is coming off a one-year hiatus whereas Utah hasn’t been in this round of the tournament since 2005. But Utah didn’t come into this game to lose. It fought through a few score changes and an early deficit to win the game, 75-64.
In a stunner tonight, No. 8 NC State has shocked No. 1 Villanova at the Consol Energy Center, 71-68.
Darrun Hillard went off tonight to the tune of 27 points, but it wasn’t enough to top the upstart Wolfpack in a tight game. The first half was close, with a flurry of fouls going into the half, with NC State up 32-28. After the break, things continued to heat up with the game becoming quite chippy near the end, as 12 fouls were recorded in the last 5 minutes. Villanova sank three from beyond the arc as a final comeback bid, but never could pull ahead of State.