The shot was long, and it smacked hard off the glass in the final seconds. That’s when big Cameron Ridley, standing every bit of 6-foot-9 and 285 pounds, reached down, picked up the ball and put it in as time expired.
Villanova went on to win a rather mundane 73-53 over Milwaukee to advance to the third round and meet its old Big East rival Connecticut on Saturday.
Saul Phillips ran over to the fans in green and yellow, threw his arms in the air and screamed at the top of his lungs.
Rob Loe scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, helping St. Louis wipe out a late 14-point deficit and pull away in overtime to beat North Carolina State 83-80 in the NCAA tournament Thursday night.
With Jim Calhoun watching from the stands, Shabazz Napier capped Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie’s first NCAA tournament appearance with a win.
Glenn Robinson III scored 14 points and second-seeded Michigan started their quest for a second straight trip to the Final Four by beating 15th-seeded Wofford 57-40 on Thursday night.
There was the barrage of 3-pointers, the left-handed spin move, the steady work in the post, the can’t-miss free throw shooting.
Dorian Finney-Smith scored 16 points, most of them on dunks, and top-seeded Florida used a second-half surge to beat No. 16 seed Albany 67-55 in the NCAA tournament Thursday.
Seth Davis joined Ed and Ken to talk about the NCAA tournament and give his pick for the championship.
The beginning and the end weren’t so good to Mount St. Mary’s.
Any branches damaged by snow and ice this winter are down now thanks to Mother Nature’s pruning mechanism.
A six-year wait comes to an end for Mount St. Mary’s University. The men’s basketball team is headed to the NCAA’s big dance.