Two weeks ago, I was sitting along the baseline at the Barclays Center for Wednesday's matinee of Florida State and Louisville.
PJ Savoy made a 3-pointer with 1:08 left to give Florida State its first lead of the second half, and the Seminoles rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat the Musketeers 75-70 on Sunday night in the second round of the West Region.
FSU fans were on life support for much of the game as the Noles had to stave off multiple runs by the Musketeers. Hamilton has praised Forrest for being among the most savvy defensive players among his deep group of guards and he played a key role in limiting Xavier's Trevon Blueitt, who had 29 points in last year's 91-66 NCAA tournament rout of FSU, to only eight points on 2 of 8 shooting.
Delay/Penalty. (Rule 4-10.2). When a second warning for a delay is given for a delay which is different from the first delay, a technical foul shall be assessed for any further delays.
Xavier coach Chris Mack had four starters back from that team that wound up losing to Gonzaga in the Elite Eight, and Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton lost his top three scorers - two to the NBA Draft.
Delaying the game by preventing the ball from being promptly made live or by preventing continuous play, such as but not limited to, followers or bench personnel entering the playing court before player activity has been terminated.
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Friday's slate is more standard with two No. 1 seeds (Kansas and Villanova), two No. 2 seeds (Duke and Purdue) and No. 3 Texas Tech. For the season, Savoy has scored 1.44 points per possession (73.5 eFG%) in transition, according to Synergy. With the Musketeers' high octane offense and Florida State's struggling defense, a win in favor of the Seminoles seemed way too out of reach.
"As a matter of fact, during those moments where it appeared to be more challenging, they were challenging each other, in an extremely aggressive way, and in each other's face with a lot more determined attitude".
Buffalo seized control late in the first half. Mfiondu Kabengele scored his second consecutive bucket, tying it up at 68 with 2:32 to go.
Kanter and Macura combined for 32 points, which seemingly proved to not be enough for the Musketeers. They finished 6 of 22 from 3-point range two nights after lighting up Virginia, and 9 of 18 from the free throw line. The Lady Bulldogs set season lows for fewest points in a period and game and lowest field-goal percentage (24.0) in a game. But expectations grew that they could make a third straight Final Four run as UNC found a final-month groove, including two wins against Duke and a trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship game.
Now the 11th-seeded Bulls are headed to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. Gonzaga comes into this game as the favorite.
The Chippewas had won their first tournament game ever in Saturday's first-round upset of No. 6 Louisiana State.