Elijah Stewart's three-pointer in the final minute lifted Southern Cailfornia to a 66-65 upset of No. 6 SMU in the first round of the NCAA tournament. You have now viewed your allowance of free articles.
"We ran the play previously before, and I was open", Stewart said. "It's a shot. It happens and you deal with it". The transfer from Duke averages almost 19 points per game played his high school basketball at right down the road from the University of Kansas, at Ottawa High School.
After two years of surprise early tournament exits, Baylor finally broke through.
"We didn't execute it great", Jankovich said. It's a little pressure in that situation. "They have guards that can shoot, and there's a reason they're a 3 seed in the NCAA tournament".
The USC Trojans look for another victory after beating the SMU Mustangs in the first round of the tournament. The Trojans will play their third game in five days after knocking off Providence on Wednesday in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio.
INDIANAPOLIS - Mangok Mathiang scored 18 points and Deng Adel added 16 to help second-seeded Louisville pull away for an opening-round win.
The Trojans were responsible for two of SMU's five defeats, having edged the American Athletic Conference champs in November.
The SMU Mustangs are playing in Tulsa on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Louisville was making its first post-season appearance since 2015 after sitting out last year because of a one-year, school-imposed post-season ban for alleged recruiting violations.
"Today is obviously an incredible heartbreak", Jankovich said. "Today is obviously an incredible heartbreak".
It was the 13th time this year that the Trojans came from behind after a double-digit deficit, the most comebacks in Division I.
Milton scored a below-average 11 points but hit his share of significant shots, including two baskets in the first half to put his team up 10. The Trojans had their one point lead. As New Mexico State proved in the first half of Friday's game, a good 3-point shooting team is a threat to beat Baylor's zone defense. Teammate Shake Milton drove into the lane, and popped up a shot that bounced off the right side of the rim as time expired.
Stewart led USC in scoring with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting overall but an impressive 6-of-13 from long range.
Semi Ojeleye put his team in an opportunity to win it. Chimezie Metu was fouled after the inbound pass but he too missed, giving SMU a final chance. Brown and Milton played all 40 minutes. Now, keep your hand up if you can identify at what point during the Trojans' prolonged regular-season slump that you felt this team was capable of doing so.