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No. 1 seed Baylor and No. 3 seed Tennessee both took early exits in Saturday’s action

Tennessee forward John Fulkerson (10) and Tennessee guard Kennedy Chandler (1) react after losing to Michigan in the NCAA Tournament second round game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., on Saturday, March 19, 2022.
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No. 1 seed Baylor overcame an incredible 25-point (!) deficit against North Carolina in the second round and pushed the Tar Heels to overtime. But, in the end, the reigning champion Bears didn’t have the horses. It was an unfortunate turn of events for Baylor that led to an early exit from this year’s NCAA Tournament. Injuries to leading scorer LJ Cryer and Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, both of whom missed the game, proved costly while UNC hit its peak. 

The No. 15 seed Peacocks of Saint Peter’s are headed to the Sweet 16, where they will face the winner of Sunday’s game between No. 3 seed Purdue and No. 6 seed Texas in the East Region semifinals. Defensive star KC Ndefo led Saint Peter’s with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks in the win over Murray State, and Doug Edert added 13 points after pouring in 20 vs. Kentucky earlier in the week. The Peacocks are just the third No. 15 seed to make the Sweet 16, joining Florida Gulf Coast (2013) and Oral Roberts (2021). 

For a second consecutive game in the tournament, No. 1 overall seed Gonzaga came out flat. Yet, for a second consecutive game, the Zags finished with a flurry.

The Bulldogs trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half and dug themselves out of the hole and then some in an impressive  82-78 come-from-behind win. Led by big man Drew Timme’s 25 points and 14 rebounds along with Andrew Nembhard’s 23 points, they outclassed a Memphis team that was physical early on by banging it down low with Timme — who had 21 of his 25 in the second half and apparently delivered a fiery halftime locker room speech that motivated the team.

“I said I don’t give a flying F what happens at the end of the game, whether we lose or win, but we’re not going out as soft guys,” said Timme on TBS postgame. “I said ‘Hey man, if you go all out and we still lose, play with no regrets.’ We took that to heart and came out with the win fortunately.” 

All the drama that we love about March Madness was in abundance during Saturday’s second-round action. Frenetic finishes, upsets and legendary performances were on display as March Madness continued on.metasports

One of the day’s top surprises came early in the slate with No. 8 seed North Carolina smacking No. 1 seed Baylor early — then Baylor punching back — in a stunning OT game the Tar Heels eventually won. The reigning-champion Bears trailed by as many as 25 points before forcing an extra period behind a furious comeback. UNC pulled away in the extra frame to win 93-86.