BC-BKC--NCAA Tournament-The Latest
The Latest on the second round of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):
Tennessee is asserting itself in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Volunteers have dominated in every way while pulling out to a 49-28 halftime lead over Iowa.
Admiral Schofield hit back-to-back 3-pointers that started the blitz. He’s got 17 points, more than Iowa’s top two scorers combined.
The Vols are dominating the boards and have four steals and three blocks, holding the Hawkeyes to 32 percent shooting.
Tennessee is trying to extend its fine season — 19 straight wins, an entire season in the top 10, a No. 1 AP ranking for four weeks— by getting to the Sweet 16 for the first time 2016. Last year, the Volunteers got knocked out in the second round by Loyola-Chicago.
Iowa hasn’t been to the Sweet 16 in 20 years. The Hawkeyes knocked off Cincinnati in the opening round.
— Joe Kay reporting from Columbus, Ohio
One of the matchups Sunday for the Sweet 16 features college basketball’s tallest player going against its most dynamic star.
Duke has Zion Williamson, an explosive freshman widely expected to go No. 1 in the NBA draft. UCF has Tacko Fall, a 7-foot-6 center who has an 8-4 wingspan, barely needing to jump to grab rebounds over other players in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Fall says he doesn’t want to make it about a 1-on-1 matchup, but he did say he’ll try not to let Williamson dunk on him. Williamson shrugged that off but says he has a lot of respect for how skilled and agile Fall is for his size.
Fall had 13 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks in helping UCF (24-8) to its first-ever NCAA victory over eighth-seeded VCU in the first round.
Williamson had 25 points and put on a dazzling, dominant show in the second half to lift Duke (30-5) to an 85-62 victory over North Dakota State.
North Carolina and Virginia are both trying to get off to faster starts on Sunday after trailing at halftime in their first round games.
North Carolina forward Luke Maye says the top-seeded Tar Heels can’t have that letdown against No. 9 seed Washington.
Virginia should feel a little more confident now that it’s advanced beyond the first round. Virginia became the first No. 1 seed ever to lose to a No. 16 seed last year when it fell to Maryland-Baltimore County.
Virginia guard Kyle Guy says his team can breathe a little easier but can’t be relaxed in the single-elimination tournament.
Virginia Tech and Liberty are located less than 100 miles from each other but have traveled all the way across the country to San Jose, California, to face off with an East Region semifinal berth at stake.
The 13th-seeded Flames earned this date with No. 4 seed Virginia Tech by upsetting Mississippi State 80-76 for their first NCAA Tournament victory.
These two teams should know each other pretty well. Virginia Tech beat Liberty 86-70 in a preseason exhibition that raised over $36,000 for hurricane victims.
They haven’t met with anything on the line since Virginia Tech beat Liberty 73-63 on Nov. 19, 2014.