And so the Cinderella stories end in Salt Lake City.
Not this year, not in the Vivint Arena, and mostly not in these first rounds of the NCAA tournament, though UC Irvine, seed # 13, won the title for a piece of action on Friday with a win over the fourth-placed Kansas State.
Here, however, the ugly stepsisters win and the wannabe favorites of the ball return home to clean the house.
Here the bullies survive, if it's the word to fight on Saturday in the second round ̵
Here's No. 1 Seated Gonzaga Treats # 16 Fairleigh Dickinson does not like being invited on business and winning so convincingly that no one has enough elasticity in his mind to even go for an FD victory , That is the case when favorites win with 38 points, the biggest margin in an NCAA tournament victory in Gonzaga's basketball history.
Caleb Bishop of Fairleigh Dickinson put it this way: "… we did not complete the game completely. We did not get the result we wanted. "
No and no. Now let the floor wipe.
Afterwards, the sad and sad knights walked off the square and looked at each other as if to ask, "Whose idea was that anyway? March Madness is shit. "
" We just wanted everyone to know that we would not stop, "said Mike Holloway Jr. of Fairleigh.
Gonzaga's Geno Crandall said, "If we play basketball on our way, many teams will have a hard time defeating us.
Here, the fourth-ranked Kansas gradually takes off the petals of No. 13 Northeastern and beats the poor huskies by 35 points. In this game, the Jayhawks had gambled away for a few short moments, giving their outdated opponents tiny reasons for hope. Or as Kansas coach Bill Self put it, "… we're perched. We made them think that they could play with us. "
Hah. Of all the humiliations.
"There were many disagreements out there," said Kansas security guard Quentin Grimes.
Anthony Green of Northeastern added, "I do not think we could take advantage of the opportunity we had."
Basically, there was no opportunity.
Here are the things that come closest to a shocking overthrow, the seed # 9, Baylor, the one eight, Syracuse, and the state of New Mexico, which nearly kills the fifth, defeats Auburn.
Who knows how he heard in his fairy tales, how the heroine had almost defeated the villain and almost defeated the prince?
The bears have rained a series of 3 pointers to the orange and defended the zone at nine.
And the Aggies – oh, the Aggies – had a chance to put on the glass shoe, but they just could not pull it over their big toes. After dropping 13 points, they finally stormed back against Auburn, scoring a couple of times, both of which failed.
The state of New Mexico could have changed the subject here, just two points more than a tick on the clock when Terrell Brown had made his free throws after being fouled on a shot from outside the bow. Instead, he missed two of them, including the last who ricocheted a Tiger player and was out of bounds. That left one last shot, a 3-pointer from the left corner of Trevelin Queen – a perfect name for a fabulous ending – that jutted out to the right into the open.
And so Cinderella's forearms broke and the last chapter ended with no real pomp or pizzas, except for some kind of empty, good job and good work.
What remains is the second round of Saturday with Kansas-Auburn and Gonzaga-Baylor. Not the shocking material, the impressive coincidences that make up the history of the NCAA tournament. That will have to do it.
On the positive side, sometimes when outsiders win early games, they are smoked in later games, their enchanting circumstances are not maintained and lead to blowouts.
Here were the blowouts and Saturday games instead should be at least competitive.
Auburn, an extraordinarily athletic team that sometimes pulls its collective head off its collective panel on the field, bustled at the SEC tournament championship, scoring high-placed Tennessee with 20 points. If the tigers play wisely against Kansas, they give themselves the chance to win.
Gonzaga was rebounded off a hard ground after an inexplicable loss to Saint Mary's in the WCC title game to gain the top seed in the West and Dickleigh to dust Dickinson Now we'll find out if Baylor continues to oppose bombs the Bulldogs can beat as they have done – 16 out of 34 – against the zone of Syracuse.
Neither is a fairy tale, but each is a decent story.
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