OKC & Minnesota Blow Up The Scoreboard; UNC Barely Survives

By: 03.24.12
Perry Jones

Perry Jones (photo. Matthew Minard/Baylor Photography)

You want drama? How about UNC trailing Ohio U of all places by four in the closing moments. With Kendall Marshall able to do nothing except sit on the bench and start up continuous slow claps, the Heels were looking mighty regular. Outside of Tyler Zeller (20 points, 22 rebounds), the rest of the squad looked lost or confused in the moment. Harrison Barnes looked like Matt Barnes rather than Kobe Bryant, repeatedly screwing up down the stretch by air balling triples or losing the ball in the lane (dude can’t score unless it’s a one-dribble pull-up). Eventually, their talent just overwhelmed Ohio. Carolina survived a last-second half-court shot, and then dominated in overtime … Baylor jumped out early and survived Xavier’s relentless guards, 75-70. Tu Holloway dropped 22 points, but missed a freebie – the only one he missed all night – at the worst possible time. From there, even a deep three from the senior guard wasn’t enough … Quincy Acy (20 points, 15 rebounds) had a beef with the rim, and wasn’t taking any s—. That dude had possibly the two best dunks of the entire tournament in one half. First he had a one-handed sledgehammer in the lane. Then he had one over the top of Kenny Frease on an out of bounds play that probably left Frease more black and blue than Yancy Gates did. Imagine if you put Perry Jones III‘s physical traits with Acy’s toughness? You’d have something. Instead Jones III can miss one shot, score 14 and you still sit there thinking he’s not fulfilling his potential … N.C. State did all they could, going on a late run to get a chance to beat Kansas. Too bad they came out of a timeout and ran one of the more high-difficulty plays we’ve seen. It ended in Scott Wood stepping out of bounds. From there, their last opportunity was a desperate heave from about 30 feet away as Kansas survived yet again, 60-57 behind 18 and 15 from Thomas Robinson Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (24 points) led a balanced attack as Kentucky asserted their dominance over Indiana, getting revenge on the Hoosiers in a 12-point win … Orlando beat Cleveland 93-80 behind 16 points and 13 rebounds from Dwight HowardGerald Henderson had one of the best games of his career with 29 points, and yet Charlotte was again blown out by Milwaukee … And Josh Smith (30 points, 12 rebounds) continued his incredible run in Atlanta’s nine-point win over the Nets … We’re out like hoodie-ism.

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