Jon Scheyer is a great player, he's been in a bit of a shooting slump but when it came down to it, he swished a 3-pointer that gave Duke a 6-point lead with just under two minutes to play. That was the crucial basket. Baylor's failure to get defensive rebounds was the reason it lost. Duke had three 3-pointers after getting offensive rebounds plus there was Lance Thomas's putback with about a minute and half left that produced a traditional 3-point play.
Another quick rant: Enough with the use of replay to put more time on the clock or to assess fouls that aren't in real time. Hate it in football and now it's infecting basketball.
Thank goodness they didn't call an offensive foul on Ekpe when Lance Thomas flopped.
Quick rant: What about the rule where a weakside defender can't draw an offensive foul directly under the basket. It just happened and it was a huge play. Baylor should have been up 4, now the Bears are down 1.
I can't pick a winner in this one at this point. I thought Duke had taken charge but Baylor's shot-blocking has helped the Bears get back in the game.
Baylor can't keep fouling Duke on every possession. The Bears have to figure out a way to play defense without fouling.
Baylor is explosive and the Bears showed just how much by jumping back into this game with their high-tempo style. Duke will have to adjust, it needs to slow the game down.
Duke has hit five of its first six 3-pointers, getting good shots against Baylor's zone. if that keeps up, they're going to win. Baylor has to get on the good shooters. Duke's tough man-to-man is making Baylor work way too hard for shots.
Not much separated these teams but unlike, say, the Kansas State-Xavier game, it was about plays not made in the final two minutes. I can't say either team is a classic Final Four team, both are flawed. That makes me think Butler has a really good chance to advance to the championship game. Turnovers, defensive rebounds not retained, missed free throws, no-chance 3-pointers. Michigan State did make a nice play at the end to win the game but Tennessee was disorganized on defense, unusual for the Vols.
As we hit the under-four timeout it's tough to separate Tennessee and Michigan State. Both teams have had their moments but neither one has been able to extend any advantage. Tennessee's zone seems to be bothering Michigan State but the Spartans are making some threes and other times getting to the line. Tennessee has been well-balanced on offense but, surprisingly, is not turning up any full-court pressure on Sparty, which is missing starting point guard Kalin Lucas, who's injured.
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