Storming The Floor wraps up yesterday's Elite Eight action in a more detailed way than we will.
Kansas 59, Davidson 57
Wait a minute, that's not how Davidson's Cinderella ride was supposed to end, was it? Wasn't Stephen Curry supposed to drill a game-winning three over the double team in the final seconds, officially becoming a March legend while Kansas and Bill Self chocked away another chance at the Final Four?
Instead, Curry pulled up his dribble when he was doubled, passing to point guard Jason Richards, whose off-balance final shot went wide-left off the backboard, leaving Davidson and college basketball fans everywhere wondering what could have been. While Kansas looked sluggish playing at a slower pace, give the Self and the Jayhawks tons credit for this victory. Nothing was working in their favor all game, right down to Bryant "the White Lobster" Barr drilling three after three in the second half, and no one outside of Kansas was pulling for them to win this game. Still, the Jayhawks defense flustered Curry in the second half with a box-and-one, and Sasha Kaun played out of his mind down the stretch, scoring 13 points on 6-6 shooting.
The Jayhawks also benefited from the terrible foul-shooting of
Memphis Davidson, as the Wildcats' 5-12 performance from the line may have cost them a trip to the Final Four. With the win, the Jayhawks assured us that all four #1 seeds would advance to the Final Four for the first time in history, basically locking up the bracket pool for the secretary.
Memphis 85, Texas 67
Many will credit the Tiger victory to the fact that they finally hit some damn free throws (30-36 at the line), but the truth is that this one was in the books well before the Horns went to the hack-a-Tiger strategy. Memphis dominated offensively in the paint from the get-go while the defense forced D.J. Augustin to make several poor decisions and prevented the Texas supporting cast from getting involved (James and Atchley combined for 13 points) for the convincing victory.
If it weren't for the superhuman performance of Curry, Derrick Rose would have to be considered the MVP of March. Rose scored 21 points and dished out nine assists, often for easy alley-oops to Joey Dorsey and Shawn Taggert. CDR also played his best game of the tournament, scoring 25 points and hitting 14 foul shots. Considered to be the sure-fire bet to be the first #1 seed to lose by just about everyone, the Tigers are proving everyone wrong by playing like the best team in America.