The second round of 2022 NCAA men’s basketball The tournament got off to a great start.
The first round featured some huge upheaval, a handful of close calls and even one amazing Cinderella story.
The start of the second round was a record books match between top seed Baylor and North Carolina No. 8 in Fort Worth, Texas. UNC squandered a 25-point lead against the Bears but managed to rally in overtime and escape to the Sweet 16.
Eighth-seeded Creighton hit 12 three-pointers to make a strong jump with the top-seeded Kansas, but Jayhawk snagged the win 79-72.
Here are more highlights from the Round of 32 matches that wrapped up on Saturday.
No. 4 Providence vs No. 12 Richmond
It’s heating up!
Noah Horschler was on fire in the first half, including his deep pointer 3 to give Providence a nice cushion.
No. 3 Tennessee vs No. 11 Michigan
big man with scale
Hunter Dickinson hit his first two attempts from a 3-point ground against Tennessee to give the Wolverines an early lead.
Urus Plavcic capped a game from Tennessee with a score of 13-2 to end the game with strong contact interference. Vols went to the locker room with a 37-32 lead.
No.8 North Carolina 93, No. 1 Baylor 86 (OT)
RJ Davis came ready to play, scoring eight goals in a row to start the game.
Davis scored four three-goals in the first half to help UNC take a stunning 42-29 lead over top seed Baylor Bears in the first half.
Blocked by Bacot
The Tar Heels did just that with their defense as well, resulting in the Bears holding only 35% of their shot within the first 30 minutes and opening up an 18-point lead.
Don’t quit in these bears
After trailing by as much as 25, Carolina’s Brady Mannick’s dismissal and 20 second-half points from Adam Flagler fired Baylor 20-4, slashing UNC’s lead to number one in a less than four-year timeout.
big boy ball
Bacot used pure muscle to give the Tar Heels a six-point lead late in the game.
And one for the tie!
James Akingo converted a difficult contact layup and blocked the ball to bring Baylor back from a 25-point deficit to an 80-80 tie with 15.8 seconds left.
Davis got 30 with the biggest basket in the game.
Ignore the connection and finished the glass for one. Carolina led 91-85 with less than a minute remaining in overtime.
After giving up their 25-point lead, Tar Heel rushed into overtime to knock out the top seed Baylor Bears 93-86.
Baylor becomes the first seed to be eliminated from the tournament as UNC advances to Sweet 16 in Philadelphia next Friday, where he will face No. 5 Saint Mary’s winner versus No. 4 UCLA.
No. 1 KS 79, No. 9 Creighton 72
KS and Creighton are out throwing haymakers – there’s really no other way to say it.
Arthur Caluma with error and damage!
Alex O’Connell finds Caluma again for another finishing touch over the edge to keep the Blue Jays close until the second half.
Trey Alexander smashed the three lopsided, No. 12 from Creighton in the match, which pulled the Blue Jays with one possession in the last two minutes.
Defense wins championships
Ochai Agbaji He came in with a clutch steal and knockout to lift the Jayhawks three in the last minute.
Kansas maintained a 79-72 win and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2018. Team Bill Self will face the winning team from Richmond and Providence on Thursday.
No. 4 UCLA vs No. 5 Saint Mary
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No. 7 Murray State opposite No. 15 St. Peter (7:45 p.m. ET, CBS)
No. 4 Arkansas vs No. 12 New Mexico State (8:40 p.m. ET, TNT)
No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 9 Memphis (9:40 p.m. ET, TBS)
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