NCAA Tournament Today
The Final Four in Indianapolis won’t be filled with chalk.
The North Carolina State Wolfpack shook up the college basketball world and busted brackets across America when they defeated the top-seeded Villanova Wildcats in the East.
Villanova had won 16 straight games entering Saturday’s tilt against an eighth-seeded NC State squad that escaped LSU on Thursday.
“We came out today with the feeling that everybody expected us to lose to a 1-seed, but we believe in ourselves and that we’re good enough to beat anybody in the country, and we went down and did it,” said Beejay Anya, who scored the game winner in the opener against LSU.
North Carolina State players rushed onto the court in celebration when the final horn sounded, dancing their way into Sweet Sixteen and moving onto Syracuse where they will play the winner of Louisville versus Northern Iowa which takes place today at 9:40 pm EST.
The Wolfpack outscored the Wildcats by 20 points in the paint and will be making just their third Sweet Sixteen appearance since 1989. The season ended in disappointing fashion for Villanova again; this was the fourth time the Wildcats have been a top-two seed in the NCAA Tournament and the program has failed to make it out of the opening weekend in three straight such scenarios.
“I know we have to answer to the fact that we did not get to the second weekend again,” coach Jay Wright said. “We have to own that. But it’s not going to define us within our program. It’s going to define us outside of our program, and we accept that.”
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