"I just thought they would go to the Sweet 16 and now we may even go more than that".
After Tennessee's Jordan Bone missed his 3-point attempt, the players celebrated and eventually made their way over to Schmidt, who was rolled onto the court in her wheelchair. Admiral Schofield led the Volunteers (26-9) with 14 points.
The Ramblers (30-5) advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 1985.
Clayton Custer knocked down a 10-foot jumper with 3.6 seconds left on the clock to regain the lead. Meanwhile, Loyola-Chicago was filling up the bucket with almost 50 percent shooting after 20 minutes of play. The Volunteers shot 45.5 percent.
The Ramblers did a good job spreading the floor, which made Tennessee struggle to key on Aundre Jackson, who led the team with a game-high 16 points, and Custer, who scored 10 points.
Tennessee trimmed its deficit to 40-39 on a 3-pointer by Turner with 12:55 to go but Loyola-Chicago whipped up a 10-2 surge. He had 11 of the points during the run that concluded at the 15:37 mark as the Ramblers were forced to call a timeout. "If you get the shot fake and drive and kick it once more, once more, have them scrambling, it'll create a domino effect to try to get guys open looks". Makes you want the NCAA to far more strongly consider reseeding the teams for the Final Four.
All five Duke starters scored in double figures, with the four freshmen and senior Grayson Allen steamrolling through the Rhode Island defense.
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Second-seeded Duke (28-7) meets Sunday's Michigan State-Syracuse victor Friday night in the Midwest Regional at Omaha, Neb. Duke has defeated both of those teams once this season. And the Ramblers have won back-to-back games against ranked opponents for the first time since September of 1984.
One key to the game was that Vols center Kyle Alexander was still hurt after injuring his hip in Thursday's opening round win over Wright State. He scored 22 points, one shy of a season high and most he'd scored since getting 23 against Monmouth on December 9.
The finality of the NCAA Tournament can be tough to deal with in the face of defeat. The Ramblers were a five-point underdog according to the oddsmakers coming into this one, so backing them on the moneyline would have led to a pretty nice payday. "It sucks because that's the last one of the year and I wasn't out there with my brothers".
BOISE, Idaho-Guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 27 points to help Kentucky hold off Buffalo 95-75 Saturday afternoon in a South Region game in Boise, Idaho.
Loyola-Chicago will be looking to make the Elite Eight for the first time since it went on a miracle run to win the NCAA Championship back in 1963. She picked them to advance to the Sweet 16 in her personal bracket and told them in her pregame prayer they were destined to win. Malik Newman stepped up to score 28 points while others on the Kansas team seemed a bit shell-shocked at times.
NASHVILLE-First Buffalo sent No. 4 seed Arizona packing. In the second half, Tech limited Florida to 2-for-11 shooting from distance. The Bulls were down 72-67 with 8:10 left before the Wildcats jumped to an 80-67 edge with an 8-0 run over the next two minutes.
The Gators (21-13) drew within three on Chris Chiozza's driving layup with 26.1 seconds left and then forced a turnover.
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