The Latest on the fourth full day of the men’s NCAA Tournament, including games being played in New York; St. Louis; Oklahoma City and Spokane, Washington. Women’s NCAA Tournament games are being played in Syracuse, New York; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbia, South Carolina; Starkville, Mississippi; Waco, Texas; Tempe, Arizona; and Corvallis, Oregon (All times EDT):
How do you erase the memories of some awful recent second-round flops? Play the first half that Villanova just did against Iowa.
The Wildcats tore apart the Hawkeyes and lead 54-29 at the break. Villanova shot 60 percent from the floor, scored 12 points off eight turnovers and outrebounded Iowa 19-12.
The only way it could have been worse for Iowa is if the Stanford band played at halftime.
The bars and pubs around the Barclays Center in Brooklyn are loaded with Villanova fans, getting revved up for the Wildcats’ second-round game against Iowa.
Coach Jay Wright‘s team has stumbled at this point the last two seasons as a high seed.
If the Wildcats do advance, they won’t get the home games they hoped for in Philadelphia next week. Villanova was placed in the South region instead of the East region. So the winner of Wildcats-Hawkeyes is headed to Louisville.
Women’s NCAA Tournament officials in Syracuse say the same scoring crew that mistakenly provided Florida an extra point in the Gators’ 61-59 loss to Albany on Friday will be working the second-round game between 12th-seeded Albany and fourth-seeded Syracuse on Sunday.
Sue Edson, Syracuse’s executive senior associate athletic director and chief communications officer, confirms the crew will remain unchanged. But, she adds, “I’ll be counting.”
The Gators were awarded an extra point when the official scorer credited January Miller with making a free throw to complete a three-point play in the second quarter. The score stood with Florida having 59 points, even though the box score showed the Gators with 58 because the official scorer was unable to resolve the discrepancy before the game ended.
Republished with permission of the Associated Press.