Sunday, March 18, 2012
Thirteen is lucky for Ohio Bobcats
By ESPN Stats & Information
Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesTwo blowouts and a Cinderella story headline the early evening action on Sunday:
The Ohio Bobcats celebrate the first trip to the Sweet 16 in school history.
(13) Ohio 62, (12) South Florida 56
The slipper still fits for the Ohio Bobcats, as they advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. Ohio is the seventh team seeded 13th or lower to make the Sweet 16 and the first since Bradley in 2006.
This was the 10th meeting between 12- and 13-seeds all-time, but just the second time that a 13-seed emerged as the winner.
Ohio won on the strength of its perimeter shooting, connecting on half of its 18 3-point attempts against the South Florida Bulls. The Bobcats actually made more 3-pointers (9) than 2-pointers (8), shooting just 32 percent inside the arc, while being outscored 32-12 in the paint.
Walter Offutt led the long-distance barrage, making all four of his 3-point attempts and scoring a team-high 21 points. Offutt entered the game having missed 14 of his 18 shots from beyond the arc over the previous six games.
(1) North Carolina 87, (8) Creighton 73
The Tar Heels advance to their 25th Sweet 16, the most all-time, but the victory over the Creighton Bluejays was bittersweet. Kendall Marshall scored 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting and dished out 11 assists but suffered a fractured right wrist late in the game.
Marshall put up one of the most unique statistical lines in NCAA tournament history before the injury. He joins North Carolina State’s Chris Corchiani as the only players in tournament history with at least 18 points and 11 assists while shooting 85 percent or better from the floor.
Marshall was responsible for 45 of the team's 87 points, which ties Lehigh's C.J. McCollum and Michigan State's Draymond Green for the most points created in a tournament game this year. In six career NCAA tournament games, Marshall has created an average of 32 points per game, including 23 from his assists.
(7) Florida 84, (15) Norfolk State 50
The Norfolk State Spartans were trying to become the first 15-seed to reach the Sweet 16, but instead got schooled in Statistics 101 on Sunday, getting a lesson in Regression to the Mean.
Just two days removed from knocking off 2-seed Missouri while shooting better than 50 percent both inside and outside the arc, the Spartans misfired on 20 of 24 3-point attempts and 48 of 66 shots overall against the Florida Gators.
A game after averaging a season-best 1.34 points per possession against the Tigers, Norfolk State averaged just 0.76 points per possession against Florida, its third worst in a game this season.
The Gators found themselves down 6-4 early in the game, but went on a blistering 25-0 run to take control and cruised to the victory. The 34-point win is the second-largest in a NCAA tournament game in school history, behind a 43-point victory over Jackson State in 2007.