March Madness Round Three Winners: Oregon, Marquette, Wichita State, Syracuse
There were some unexpected upsets on Saturday for the third round of the NCAA tournament, including the loss of Gonzaga. This article covers four games that are Oregon vs. Saint Louis, Butler vs. Marquette, Wichita State vs. Gonzaga, and California vs. Syracuse.
Oregon Ducks (12) vs. Saint Louis Billikens (4)
The Oregon Ducks have been though in this tournament. The Saint Louis Billikens could not handle or keep up with the Ducks as they lost 74-57.
Damyean Dotson led the Ducks’ offense with 23 points while Arsalan Kazemi was busy getting 16 rebounds. The Ducks also shot eight of 11 for 3-pointers. The Billikens could not match them and only scored three of their 21 3-point attempts, reports the New York Times.
Dwayne Evans and Kwamain Mitchell did the best they could as they led the Billikens. Evans scored 16 points and nine rebounds while Mitchell added 18 points.
The Ducks pretty much ended it when they ended the first half on a 20-4 run to have a score of 35-19 at halftime. It did not stop the second half as they shot 52.8% from the field.
This game may have been a bit easy for the Ducks but their next game certainly will not be. In the fourth round they will face Louisville on the court, a team who has proven that they deserved to be a No.1 seed.
Butler Bulldogs (6) vs. Marquette Golden Eagles (3)
It came a bit of a shock to fans that they will not be seeing the Butler Bulldogs in the Sweet Sixteen. Instead the Marquette Golden Eagles will take their place after beating the Bulldogs 74-72.
Andrew Smith took the last shot for Butler that nearly shattered the backboard. He missed and the game was over. After being up eight points in the first half and Rotnei Clarke scored 18 points in the first half alone, reports USA Today.
The Golden Eagles put the pressure on in the second half. They forced the Bulldogs to speed up which caused them to play sloppy which resulted in 15 turnovers.
Marquette’s coach Buzz Williams kept his team fresh with some great substitution to help keep the pressure on Butler to take over the second half. That pressure was so strong that Clarke only scored six points in the second half.
Butler is going home and Marquette is moving on to meet Miami in the fourth round.
Wichita State Shockers (9) vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs (1)
Remember Saturday when everyone was beginning to freak out? That was because the Wichita State Shockers beat the Gonzaga Bulldogs 76-70, to ruin oh so many brackets.
The Bulldogs were the first No. 1 team to lose in this year’s tournament. It was the Shockers’ 3-point shooting that dominated the game, reports the New York Daily News.
The Shockers knocked down 14 of their 28 3-point attempts. Ron Baker handled the pressure in the final minute to make the crucial 3-pointer to win the game. He finished the night with 16 points.
That is not to say Gonzaga did not put up a fight. Kelly Olynyk played through everything the Shockers put at him. He scored 26 points and had nine rebounds. It just was not enough to win the game.
Gonzaga will be remembered for their remarkable season, but Wichita State will be remembered for ending that remarkable season. While celebrating is surely going on, the Shockers must keep their attention on the fourth round where they will meet up against La Salle.
California Golden Bears (12) vs. Syracuse Orange (4)
The Syracuse Orange has the most intense defense, especially Saturday against the California Golden Bears. The Orange’s defense kept the Golden Bears down and won the game 66-60.
Allen Crabbe has average 18.7 points this season that did not happen against the Orange. The Orange kept him to only nine shot attempts. Crabbe finished three of nine for eight points, reports ESPN.
It was that Syracuse 2-3 zone that made Crabbe’s game difficult. Crabbe said, “The shots that I thought I would probably get weren’t there. And they took things away from me. You’ve just got to give credit to them. They’re long and athletic, so I tried to shoot over them a couple of times. They were there, contested it. I was in the air passing the ball, deferring for my shots. You’ve got to give them credit, they play really well in that zone.”
The Orange defense does not just keep players from scoring. It makes the other team uneasy and that causes them to miss shots. Justin Cobbs could only score five points with four assists and four turnovers.
While the Orange held California to 39.3% shooting from the field, they also managed to get 10 steals.
That defense will surely be tested in the next round against Indiana.