Davis' jumper gives Arkansas 72-70 win over Oral Roberts
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)INDIANAPOLIS – Davonte Davis hit a short jumper with 2.9 seconds left, and Arkansas advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in 26 years with a 72-70 win over Oral Roberts in the South Region semifinals Saturday night. 15 seed to reach the Elite Eight, Oral Roberts stumbled with a series of turnovers and missed shots. Oral Roberts knew it had a chance to top it against the Razorbacks after playing them earlier in the season. Oral Roberts led by 10 at halftime in Fayetteville on Dec. 20 before Arkansas bullied the Golden Eagles in the second half for an 87-76 win. Arkansas chipped the lead down to four midway through and finally caught, then passed, the Golden Eagles into the Elite Eight.
Shaka Smart leaves Texas to take over Marquette's program
The move came six days after Smart’s Texas team was upset 53-52 by Abilene Christian in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Texas went 19-8 this season and won the Big 12 Tournament before its early NCAA exit. Texas hired him to replace Rick Barnes, who was fired after making the NCAA Tournament 16 times in 17 seasons. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 and were ninth heading into the NCAA Tournament. This season, Texas had two players, Greg Brown and Kai Jones, who project as likely first-round picks.
Sweet 16 bound: No. 15 seed Oral Roberts stuns Florida 81-78
Oral Roberts won 81-78. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)INDIANAPOLIS – Dunk City, say hello to Max Abmas and the Golden Eagles of soaring Oral Roberts. Oral Roberts joins Florida Gulf Coast — those guys from “Dunk City” — as the only No. The Oral Roberts fans inside Indiana Famers Coliseum chanted “Cinderella” during a wild celebration after the victory. SMART FOULOne of the biggest decisions of the game came with 3:11 left after Oral Roberts pulled within 76-75.
Dancing in Texas: Virginia Tech defeats Marquette, 70-63
7 Virginia Tech defeated No. The win proved to be the Hokies’ first Tournament win since a First Round victory over Missouri in 2006. While Virginia Tech led the ACC in three point shooting, they shot a dismal 25 percent from beyond the arc. Seventh seeded Virginia Tech had a big contribution from Elizabeth Kitley--13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks--to give them a 32-21 halftime lead over No. It’s also the first NCAA Tournament appearance for Virginia Tech since 2006 and first under head coach Kenny Brooks.
Sister Jean gets the vaccine and seat at the NCAA Tournament
The best COVID-19 vaccine shots in America just might be the two that went into Sister Jean’s arm. The breakout star and model for the most coveted bobblehead of the 2018 NCAA Tournament is now eight months beyond her 101st birthday and still serving as chaplain for the Loyola Chicago basketball team. 1 seed Illinois, is bound to provide a much stiffer test of Sister Jean’s faith. AdYet her celebratory fist bump at the buzzer was one of the signature moments of the first full day of an NCAA Tournament canceled a year ago due the pandemic. 8 North Carolina hardly qualified as an upset, unless you count Tar Heels coach Roy Williams’ first-ever loss in a tournament opener.
Oral Roberts shocks Ohio State, first big upset of NCAAs
– Ohio State's players were dancing around in the moments before tipoff against Oral Roberts, relaxed and full of swagger. AdObanor scored seven of Oral Roberts' 11 points in overtime, including two free throws with 13 seconds left. Oral Roberts entered the game at 82.35%, but made 14 of 18 in the game to slide to 82.17%. KNEELINGFive Ohio State players knelt during the playing of the national anthem, one of many such demonstrations during the tournament. AdSTAT LINESOhio State outrebounded Oral Roberts 49-32, but the Golden Eagles balanced that out by committing six turnovers to the Buckeyes’ 16.
Marquette fires coach Steve Wojciechowski after 7 seasons
The Golden Eagles fired Wojciechowski on Friday after a seven-season tenure in which he went 128-95 but earned no NCAA Tournament victories. Wojciechowski was 59-68 in Big East competition. The Golden Eagles’ season ended last week with a 68-49 loss to Georgetown in the first round of the Big East Tournament. AdAfter going 13-19 at Marquette in 2014-15, Wojciechowski led the Golden Eagles to winning records each of the next five years. AdAfter that season, Marquette suffered another blow when brothers Sam and Joey Hauser transferred, with Sam heading to Virginia and Joey leaving for Michigan State.
The Latest: Sharks back at practice, play Sat night vs Blues
San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, center, celebrates with teammates Patrick Marleau (12) and Mario Ferraro (38) after scoring a goal against Minnesota Wild during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The San Jose Sharks have returned to practice and are set to play the St. Louis Blues as scheduled on Saturday night after having one game postponed because a player tested positive for the coronavirus. Tomas Hertl was placed on the COVID-19 list on Wednesday, leading to the team canceling practice that day and postponing Thursday’s game against Vegas. With no other players or staff testing positive since then, the Sharks were allowed to return to practice Friday and will host St. Louis the next night. ___The Atlantic Coast Conference will expand use of KINEXON SafeTag contact tracing devices by equipping players, coaches and Tier 1 personnel for its upcoming men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.
LeBron, Marquette, Bucks react to ruling in Kenosha shooting
Jacob Blake, who is Black, was left paralyzed after being shot in the back on Aug. 23 by Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey, who is white. The Bucks — who share Fiserv Forum with Marquette about 40 miles north of Kenosha — sat out an August first-round playoff game to protest the shooting. That led the NBA to postpone all games that day, and player-driven protests also led to postponements in the WNBA and Major League Baseball. “The Bucks organization remains firmly against excessive use of force by law enforcement,” the Bucks said. “We’ve got to continue to stay strong continue to believe in each other and continue to push for the greater change and the greater good,” James said.