Men's March Madness

March Madness Men’s Sweet 16 updates: Alabama upsets No. 1 UNC; Illinois advances

March Madness –Thursday night marks the start of the Sweet 16 games for the men’s March Madness tournament.


There were two elite seeds involved. In a rematch of the national championship game from the previous year, No. 1 UConn defeated No. 5 San Diego State, 82-52. Against No. 4 Alabama, North Carolina became the first No. 1 seed to lose in this tournament. In other games, No. 3 Illinois overcame No. 2 Iowa State, while No. 6 Clemson overcame No. 2 Arizona.


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Here is Thursday’s full schedule Sweet 16 schedule and results:


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(6) Clemson 77, (2) Arizona 72

(1) UConn 82, (5) San Diego State 52

(4) Alabama 89, (1) North Carolina 87

(3) Illinois 72, (2) Iowa State 69


March Madness -No. 4 Alabama upsets No. 1 North Carolina


LOS ANGELES – Another upset in Los Angeles is complete.


Alabama is headed to the Elite Eight for the second time in team history after it took down No. 1 seed North Carolina 89-87.


North Carolina increased its lead late in the first half, but Alabama controlled the second half en route to the victory. The Crimson Tide outscored the Tar Heels 43-33 in the final 20 minutes as the top seed struggled to shoot the ball. In the second half, North Carolina was 10-for-39 from the field and 2-for-15 from 3-point land.


The star for Alabama was Grant Nelson, who scored 19 of his game-high 24 points in the second half. He scored at critical points with his own 7-0 run late in the game; a massive three-point play in the final minute gave the Crimson Tide the lead for good and he hit his free throws at the end to preserve the lead to send the nation’s top scoring offense on to the next round.


It’s Alabama’s first trip to the Elite Eight since 2004 and it will play Clemson on Saturday, with the winner making its first trip to the Final Four.


March Madness- No. 3 Illinois holds off No. 2 Iowa State


For a game with no lead changes, No. 2 Iowa State and No. 3 Illinois played an incredibly competitive contest.

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Terrence Shannon Jr. – – Men’s Basketball

Iowa State nearly erased a 10-point halftime deficit and had multiple chances to tie the game in the second half but ultimately fell 72-69 in the final game of Thursday’s Sweet 16 play.


Illinois’ Terrence Shannon Jr. led all scorers with 29 points on 10 of 19 shooting and was the difference in the game.


When Shannon picked up his fourth personal foul midway through the second half, the Illinois offense went cold as Iowa State attempted to shoot itself back into the game.


But when Shannon re-emerged with about four minutes to play, he sparked the Illinois offense to victory.


Shannon also became the first Illinois player to have at least three games scoring 25 or more points in a single NCAA Tournament.


Keshon Gilbert scored 13 of his 14 points in the second half, at times singlehandedly keeping Iowa State alive. But missed layups and costly turnovers doomed the Cyclones down the stretch.


Now, Illinois will continue dancing after capitalizing on its first Sweet 16 appearance in almost two decades. It will face No. 1 UConn in the Elite Eight.


Alabama takes lead in final minutes


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Alabama is starting to make shots and it has retaken the lead over North Carolina, 82-77, with 3:35 to go.


The Crimson Tide have gone on a quick 7-0 run while North Carolina has gone cold. The Tar Heels haven’t made a field goal in over two and a half minutes. All of the points in Alabama’s run came from Grant Nelson, who has 19 points on the night.


UNC jumps back in front of Alabama
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North Carolina and Alabama

It took a while, but North Carolina and Alabama are starting to pick up the pace in the second half with the Tar Heels leading 70-67 with eight minutes left.


North Carolina used a quick 9-1 run to take the lead back after Alabama grabbed it, but Alabama continues to push the pace after every Tar Heel basket.


Halftime: Illinois 36, Iowa State 26


No. 3 seed Illinois sprinted out to an early 11-2 lead and mostly kept No. 2 seed Iowa State at arm’s length in the first half. The Fighting Illini hit halftime with a 36-26 lead.


The Cyclones haven’t been able to buy a bucket, shooting just 9-for-31 in the first half (29%). Illinois started off hot from the field but has cooled off considerably.


The Illini made three of their first four 3-point attempts, but ended the first half 5-for-16 (31.3%) from behind the arc, part of a 41.4% shooting performance overall.


Illinois’ Terrence Shannon Jr. leads all scorers with 16 points. Curtis Jones is pacing Iowa State with 13 points off the bench.


UConn slowly pulling away from San Diego State but not easily


UConn is still trying to find a rhythm in the Sweet 16.


The No. 1 Huskies are up 29-21 over the No. 5 Aztecs with 7:45 left in the first quarter.


A layup from Tristen Newton, who led UConn in scoring in last year’s national championship game, broke a three-minute scoring drought for his team.


The Huskies had an 11-point lead before the lull. The Aztecs didn’t exactly thrive while their opponent was struggling, but notched five points to shorten the margin.


Men’s March Madness schedule
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March Madness Sweet 16 updates

Here is the men’s NCAA Tournament schedule:


  • Sweet 16: March 28-29
  • Elite Eight: March 30-31
  • Final Four: Saturday, April 6 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
  • NCAA championship game: Monday, April 8 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.


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