March Madness Recap: 6. Miami, 4. Arizona Upset, Rhode Island and Texas Tech Move On
Rhode Island Prevails, Miami Upset by Ramblers
In the big game opener, 10th-seeded Oklahoma gave Rhode Island a run for their money, but the Rams ultimately proved superior. They won 83-78 in overtime and knocked off Tray Young, one of the most promising players on the NCAAB, and his team off the March Madness tournament. On March 17, they face dreaded Duke, currently priced by Betway at -500 to win the game, while Rhode Island’s odds stand at +430.
In the first upset of the tournament, 11. Loyola-Chicago defeated 6. Miami Hurricanes with a spectacular last-minute 3-pointer. While the game was close overall, in the second half, Miami took a lead. In the last two seconds of the game, the Ramblers took a rebound and Donte Ingram took a deep shot that landed for 3, ending the game at 64-62. For Loyola-Chicago, it was their first win in the NCAA tournament in 33 years. The Ramblers will now face Tennessee and they stand to win at +220, according to Betway.
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Texas Tech and Kentucky Go Strong, Arizona Biggest Upset So Far
No. 3 Texas Tech avoided a potential upset against 14th-seeded Stephen F. Austin, who had scored 10 wins in their last 11 games and were considered a strong candidate for a surprise victory. Texas Tech on the other hand had lost 5 out of 7 games lately. But the Red Raiders held their ground and finished the game 70-60. They now face Florida next.
But the biggest upset came from 13. Buffalo, who managed to score an 89-68 win against 4th-seeded Arizona. While DeAndre Ayton showed off his ball-handling skills, the Bulls were more creative defensively and snatched the victory from the Wildcats. They move on to meet 5th-seeded Kentucky on Saturday, who scored an easy win over 12. Davidson.