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NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Recap: Round Of 32

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The first weekend of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is in the books with the conclusion of the Second Round. Here are highlights and recaps of what went down.

ACC Reigns Supreme: A record 6 ACC Teams will be in the Sweet 16 next weekend.  No. 1 North Carolina. No. 1 Virginia. No. 3 Miami. No. 4 Duke. No. 6 Notre Dame. and No. 10 Syracuse all will keep dancing for another round at least. No conference has ever accounted for so much of the tournament’s third round.

Gonzaga Bulldogs Bites Utah Utes: The Bulldogs, looking like something much different than an 11 seed, rolled over No. 3 Utah on Saturday, 82-59 behind 22 points from Eric McClellan and a 19-point, 10-rebound effort from Domantas Sabonis. The 23-point win tied the third-largest by a team seeded 11th or lower since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985. This was a wire-to-wire effort even more impressive than their 16-point win over Seton Hall in the first round.

Buddy Hield Lifts Sooners Over VCU: Buddy Hield let Oklahoma’s fans witness one last vintage hot streak. Playing at Chesapeake Energy Arena, just a half-hour drive from campus, the senior guard scored 19 of his 36 points in the final eight minutes to help the second-seeded Sooners hold off No. 10 seed VCU 85-81 Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Hield, the nation’s No. 2 scorer, posted at least 30 points for the 11th time this season. It also marked Hield’s 13th career 30-plus-point game, tying Michael Beasley for most in Big 12 history.

Buzzer Beating Badgers Topple Xavier: Bronson Koenig hit two 3-pointers in the closing seconds, the last of them as the buzzer sounded, and Wisconsin edged Xavier 66-63 on Sunday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The talented sharpshooter who failed to hit from beyond the arc in a first-round win over Pittsburgh connected from well beyond the 3-point line to tie it at 63 with 11.7 seconds remaining.

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