Storming The Floor wraps up the eight evening games.
Kansas State 80 USC 67
For all of the freshman attention the Mayo-Beasley matchup got, it was redshirt freshman Bill Walker that was the difference for the Wildcats in this mild upset. Walker, who usually doesn't get much press around these parts unless he's peeing in towels or eating popcorn while on the bench, lead the Wildcats with 22 points. The Trojans now take the early lead in the "team that screwed over the most brackets by the end of the weekend" race.
Duke 71 Belmont 70
When Belmont's inbound pass with :04 seconds remaining was intercepted by Duke's DeMarcus Nelson, you could hear Duke haters around the nation collectively smashing their hands off the coffee table. I mean, this would have been the height of Duke bashing, right? The Blue Devils would have been the first #2 seed to lose to a #15 seed since 2001, falling to a Belmont squad that fit the Cinderella description to tee, right down to Alex Renfroe doing his best Harold "The Show" Arceneaux impersonation. But Gerald Henderson had other plans, saving the Blue Devils with a coast-to-coast lay-up with 11.9 seconds left, as the Dukies would hang on for the win. We still have 47 more games to go in this NCAA Tournament, but you may be hard pressed to watch a better one than this game.
Washington State 71 Winthrop 40
With the game tied 29-29 at the half, everyone over the STF live-blog was pumped at the possibility of the tourney's first real upset. Foolishly, we switched from Duke-Belmont to this game, only to see Winthrop forget to leave the locker rooms or something, because they didn't score for the first eight minutes of the half as part of an 11-point second half. The Cougars outscored the Eagles 42-11 in the second half, if you are scoring at home. That must have been one shitty halftime speech for Winthrop. Big Aussie Aron Baynes lead the way for WSU with 19 points and 8 rebounds.
Texas A&M 67 BYU 62
Texas A&M's Josh Carter may have had the best individual performance of the day that no one noticed, scoring a career-high 26 points to lead the Aggies to the victory. Up 11-0 to start the game, the Aggies needed a late three by Dominique Kirk with: 25 seconds remaining to seal this one. Amazingly, A&M was one of only two lower seeds to win on the day. Lame.
Wisconsin 71 UC-Fullerton 56
Fullerton used a vast array of acrobatic shots to stay in this game throughout, but the Badgers used their size advantage (Fullerton had no one over 6'5) and German U-boat looking guy advantage to pull away in the second half. Butch scored 14 points while Krabbenhoft and Bohannon both had 13 in the Badger win.
UCLA 70 Mississippi Valley State 29
The good news for Mississippi Valley State? They finished the game tied with Bruins with seven steals! The bad news ... just about everything else. The Delta Devils were held to 29 points, the lowest point total in a tourney game since 1946. I watched this game for 10 minutes and can honestly say that it wasn't as close as the score indicated. Love finished with 20 points and 12 chest passes.
West Virginia 75 Arizona 65
'Zona could not seem to find a way to guard wither Alex Rouff or DeSean Butler, as the pair scorched the Cats from the outside as part of WVU's three-point assault. WVU ended up hitting 11 threes for the game. And for what seems to be about the fifth straight season, Arizona finishes the season playing to about 43% of its potential.
Notre Dame 68 George Mason 50
The Irish jumped out to an early 29-12 behind some hot shooting and quickly buried any thoughts Mason had of being "this year's George Mason." Man, don't you feel bad for Gus Johnson? The dude got four clunkers in the Denver regional, including this one, decided by the 10:00 mark of the first half.