UConn vs UCLA

UConn vs UCLA :  The UConn fans on the Boneyard are UConn vs UCLA laughing pretty hard at the thought of playing UCLA or another NCAAW West Coast Mohegan. Fourth-seeded basketball 2019 women’s team is meeting UCONN for the third stands between the UConn women and the UConn vs UCLA Bridgeport regional final.

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Eight invitations to the Sweet 16 have been delivered and the other eight will be decided Monday night.UConn’s back in the regional semifinals for the 26th consecutive year. The Huskies had to work for it as pesky Buffalo rallied from a 24-point, third-quarter deficit to get within eight in the fourth before the Huskies won by 12. It was UConn’s closest game in the second round since a two-point victory over Xavier in 1999. The next-closest was a 15-point win over TCU in 2003.

“It’s been kind of that type of year for us, where things just don’t naturally happen the way they have before, and for us that’s good preparation,” UConn senior Katie Lou Samuelson said. “That shows that when things go wrong, when things happen, we can always pick up what we need to do and pick up from the next person down.”

While reaching the Sweet 16 seems to be a rite of spring for the Huskies, other teams will be trying to make it there for the first time in a long time. The last time Missouri State advanced to the regional semifinals, assistant coach Jackie Stiles was leading the Lady Bears to an incredible Final Four run in 2001. For the team to get to the next round, they’ll have to contend with Iowa State and a rowdy crowd at ISU’s Hilton Coliseum.

Arizona State and Texas A&M needed big plays in the final few seconds to reach the next round in wins over Miami and Marquette, respectively.

Oregon had a little easier time advancing to its third consecutive Sweet 16. Sabrina Ionescu was a big reason why, getting her 18th career triple-double and second in the NCAAs. She became the second player to do it multiple times in the tournament, joining former Stanford great Nicole Powell.

Ionescu got her 10th rebound to reach the stat milestone in the final few minutes when she rebounded her own miss.

“I was able to tell the team yesterday, there’s nothing that this team can show us that we haven’t seen and the conference hasn’t prepared you for this. How many close games has this group been in down the stretch of the year?” Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said. “You have the confidence to get the stops and to score and to execute.”

For the third time in six years, the Golden Bears won an opening-round game in the Ferrell Center to set up a matchup against the host team — they overcame an early 12-point deficit and beat North Carolina 92-72 on Saturday. Cal lost by 19 to Baylor in 2014, the year after an NCAA Final Four appearance, and two years ago ended their season with an 86-46 loss in Waco.

“We were very, very young when we came the last time, and I think that’s a huge difference, just players having been here before, having gone through a lot of different experiences in the life of a basketball player,” Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said.

After overwhelming NCAA Tournament first-timer Abilene Christian 95-38 in the first round Saturday night, Baylor has won 15 consecutive NCAA Tournament games at home since 2011 and won those games by an average margin of 37 points.

The Lady Bears are 16-0 at home this season, and have won 38 in a row overall in Waco. They are 148-3 in non-conference home games in coach Kim Mulkey’s 19 seasons, and have won 48 in a row since losing in January 2014 to UConn, which was the No. 1 team in the country when losing at Waco this season.

Monday’s game will be played exactly 41 years after UCLA beat Maryland 90-74 to win the AIAW national championship, a precursor to the NCAA Tournament.

“That’s pretty amazing,” UCLA coach Cori Close said. “I think it’s really good to pause and say thank you to the people that were involved in those games, thank you to the people that really lived out Title IX in an amazing, courageous way. Now we get opportunities that would have never been there without their sacrifice.”Rueck spoke about how the NCAA Tournament allows women’s basketball to attract more fans — even in Corvallis, which is known for its support of the sport and the home team.

“That’s what I’ve loved about our community. They’ve embraced us,” he said. “I always joke, I know we’ve got the women’s basketball fans, and we’re going to do great things for them.

“I want the football fans,” he said. “I want the men’s basketball fan that maybe has never given us a chance. Give us a shot, and be careful because you’re going to get hooked.”The Tennessee women’s basketball team faces an uphill battle in the NCAA Tournament.

The Lady Vols (19-12) are seeded No. 11 and will face sixth-seeded UCLA (20-12) on Saturday in their first-round game. Game time is approximately 1:30 p.m. in College Park, Md. ESPN2 has the broadcast.

No. 3 seed Maryland (29-4), the host school of the region, ousted No. 14 seed Radford 73-51 in the first game and advanced to Monday’s second round.
Tennessee is part of a grueling Albany Region, which features Louisville (29-3) as the top seed and 11-time champion Connecticut (31-2) as No. 2.

Tennessee would be in line to meet UConn in the Sweet 16 if it can pull off back-to-back upsets.If you’re not going to the game, there are a lot of options to watch or listen.

WGC Dell Match Play 2019

WGC Dell Match Play 2019 : The WGC Dell Match Play 2019 Technologies Match Play is the 21st WGC Match Play, and will be played on March 27–31 at Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas. It is the second of four World Golf Championships in 2019. The first three rounds Wednesday through Friday consist of pool play, with 16 groups of four playing round-robin matches.

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Tiger Woods lost his match and got off easy.

At least he still has a chance in the Dell Technologies Match Play.

Brooks Koepka needed to birdie the 18th hole at Austin Country Club to avoid elimination, and he was out of luck when Li Haotong hit a wedge from the rough that stopped inches from the cup.

For players like Keegan Bradley, Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson, a tie felt like a loss because that’s exactly what it was.

They all were among 20 players — a group that includes defending champion Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson — who were mathematically eliminated Thursday. With one round-robin sessions remain, the Match Play began to take shape, not so much from who has the best chance to advance out of group play into the weekend knockout stage, but who has to show up Friday for a match knowing they’re going home, win or lose.

Woods, who lost on the 17th hole to Brandt Snedeker, can still advance if he wins his match and Snedeker loses or halves his match.

“All I can do is hopefully get a point tomorrow and see if that’s good enough,” Woods said.

Jordan Spieth is still alive after building a 6-up lead through 12 holes on Kevin Na, but not winning until four holes later when Na missed a 4-foot birdie putt. Jim Furyk and Henrik Stenson emerged with 2-0 records from the group of major champions.

They play Friday after knocking out Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

“It’s going to be a tough one again,” Stenson said. “Jim, I don’t think he’s given away an easy bogey since 1994 or something.”

Snedeker took advantage of too many mistakes by Woods off the tee and on the greens for a 2-and-1 victory, a big one for Snedeker because of his opponent’s name and reputation. But it was just one win.

“I knew I was playing good, so I was excited about the opportunity,” Snedeker said. “I turned into Tiger’s biggest fan tomorrow going forward, because I need him to go out there and beat Patrick (Cantlay) tomorrow.” Snedeker first has to beat Aaron Wise, who was eliminated when Cantlay beat him, and he would only advance if Woods beats Cantlay. Otherwise, Snedeker could face a sudden-death playoff against Cantlay if he wins or against Woods if Snedeker ties his match.

Several groups are like that.

“See you on the first tee tomorrow,” Billy Horschel said with a smile and a wink to Spieth.

Horschel and Spieth halved their match in the opening round, both won on Thursday, and if they win again — Spieth faces Watson, Horschel gets Na — they would be in a playoff to determine who reaches the knockout stage on the weekend.

Woods, back in the Match Play for the first time since 2013, has never been part of this round-robin format. All that mattered was trying to win his match, and he never led against Snedeker. He still provided one of the most remarkable halves on another action-packed day. Woods was 1 down when hit his second shot under a bush on the 10th hole, leaving him little option but to take a penalty drop. Snedeker saw it and played his third shot conservatively to about 4 feet. In his mind, he was 2 up heading to the next tee.

Instead, Woods dropped to his right knee to play a left-handed shot , inverting the club and holding it parallel to the ground. He not only made contact, the ball bounced out to about 4 feet and he made the par putt. Snedeker had to make his putt to keep the match from being tied, which he did.

Three holes later, Woods hit iron off the tee and pulled it left into the Colorado River, making double bogey to fall 2 down. Snedeker seized control with a 10-foot birdie on the 16th, and closed him out on the next hole.

“I’m probably the most hated man in Texas right now,” Snedeker said. “I bet you my kids were probably rooting for him late in the round.”

Kentucky vs Houston

Kentucky vs Houston : The Wildcats make a ton of free throws, and again, Houston loves to foul. The disparity on the line will be the difference late for UK, but both defenses will make this ugly for long stretches. The Kentucky Wildcats and Houston Cougars are set to face off with a spot in the Elite Eight on the line. The Kentucky Wildcats and Houston Cougars will meet for a chance to go to the Elite Eight and we broke down the betting line, prediction and pick.

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Washington’s return adds a viable post presence to Kentucky’s repertoire, which was desperately needed during stretches of their second round outing against Wofford. While graduate transfer Reid Travis has soundly carried his own weight (and then some), two is always better than one.

Speaking of offense, Kentucky will need to play their most efficient game of the season against Houston. The Cougars boast the top-overall field goal defense, top-overall three-point field goal defense rank, and the seventh-ranked scoring defense.

While some of the numbers could be considered inflated against lesser competition during the regular season, Houston is indeed “for real” and will more than pressure Kentucky. They’ve held their two tournament opponents to an average of 57 points per game while scoring an average of 79 PPG.

The Cougars don’t rank in the Top-50 when compiling blocks or steals, which reflects the fact that they simply force their opponents into difficult shots for the full 40-minute outing.

This will require another gem from Kentucky point guard Ashton Hagans, who is coming off his best game in months. With Houston rostering just one player over 6-8, Kentucky’s size in the painted area should be a significant advantage in both scoring around the basket and in opening driving lanes for Hagans as well as other facilitators like Immanuel Quickley, Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro.

In terms of advanced analytics, these two teams are about as close as you’ll see in any Sweet 16 game. Kentucky currently ranks seventh overall in KenPom efficiency, thanks in large part to their eighth-ranked defense. The offense isn’t far behind at 11th overall, but it clearly wasn’t the same in Jacksonville when Washington wasn’t playing.

As for the Cougars, they rank 12th overall on the strength of their 12th-ranked defense. They’re actually the top team in the nation in terms of opponent effective field-goal percentage. They rank fifth in opponent two-point percentage and first in opponent three-point percentage.

The one knock on Houston is they have just one win over a KenPom top-25 team (LSU) and one away from their home arena, though they do sport victories over Oregon (29), Cincinnati twice (30) and UCF (34).

Kentucky certainly has some advantages in this game, but nothing comes easy during this point of the tournament. Friday night is fully-expected to be an all-out grind.
PJ Washington took his turn in front of the cameras Thursday.

In Washington’s first public comments since spraining his left foot in the SEC Tournament, his every word and movement would be dissected in an effort to determine if the sophomore forward will be ready to return in time to play in Kentucky’s Sweet 16 game against Houston.

So, when Washington appeared to grimace in discomfort while surrounded by the dozens of reporters huddled around his locker before the Wildcats’ pre-Sweet 16 practice, it was easy to leap to the wrong conclusion.

The cast is off, as Kentucky Wildcats forward PJ Washington appears to be set to return .The Wildcats managed to get past both of their opening and second round opponents without Washington, but should be grateful to have him back in time for the Sweet 16.

On Friday evening, Kentucky will lace up their Nike high-tops against the Houston Cougars, a non-power five school that has emerged as one of the better programs in the country. The Cougars probably aren’t a team the average fan is very familiar with, but are most certainly a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court.

Duke vs Virginia Tech

Duke vs Virginia Tech : The Duke Blue Devils, coming off perhaps the most memorable game of the 2019 NCAA Tournament thus far, take on ACC rival Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech upset Duke when they faced off in the regular season. With both teams having their best players back. Duke suffered another loss without star freshman Zion Williamson on Tuesday.

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Virginia Tech starting guard/forward Ty Outlaw will be available to play against Duke in the Sweet 16 on Friday after being charged with marijuana possession, the school announced Thursday.

Outlaw was charged in connection with a search warrant that was executed on his apartment last week when he and the Hokies were playing in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. Virginia Tech became aware of the situation on Monday evening.

Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams said Outlaw took and passed a drug test this week, before traveling with the rest of the team up to Washington for the game against the Blue Devils. “Maybe sometimes what scrolls across the TV may not actually be the whole story,” Williams said in a news conference Thursday. “Or what is published on Twitter in an ironically efficient pace may not be the whole story. Ty’s handled everything perfect. He’s been transparent not only with me, but with all of the authorities involved. And I think it will play itself out.”

Virginia Tech beat Duke last month — albeit with freshman star Zion Williamson on the sideline. And when asked about the rematch, the Hokies weren’t interested in building up Duke’s brand. “My three out of four years here at Virginia Tech, we’ve beaten Duke,” said guard Justin Robinson, who also missed the Hokies’ 77-72 win on Feb. 26. “I don’t think we’re excited for the moment. I think it’s just another game for us.”

Teammate Ahmed Hill then leaned into his microphone to offer a confirmation: “100 percent.” The Hokies’ players exited the dais at Capital One Arena joking about the hype surrounding Duke, in spite of Virginia Tech’s success.

Of course, the win last month comes with a large asterisk, as Williamson was sidelined with a knee injury. Since returning to action in the ACC tournament, he has averaged 27.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, and Duke is 5-0.

“Our game plan stays the same,” Hill said. “Yeah, he’s a tremendous player. But it is what it is. We’re going to not let the ball get in the paint … make him shoot long, contested 3s and force turnovers. We’re going to limit our turnovers and get great shots.”

Outlaw, a senior who is the team’s top 3-point shooter, is facing a possession of marijuana charge after police said they found marijuana in his Blacksburg, Virginia, apartment while the Hokies were in California for the first rounds of the NCAA tournament.

In a statement released Thursday, Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams said Outlaw was administered and passed a drug test. That played a part in the athletic department’s decision to allow him to play against the top-seeded Blue Devils.

Keeping Williamson out of the paint has been a tough task for Duke opponents this year, but Virginia Tech also will get a boost from Robinson’s return to action. The point guard missed the last month of the season and the ACC tournament before returning last weekend for the NCAA tournament.

“We played 12 games without [Robinson],” Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams said. “It’s arguable, but I think he’s really important to what we do. I know that’s not the storyline today. But he has, for sure, made an impact in the progression of our program. “But it’s hard to say what the difference is other than two teams have both added two really important cogs to the roster.”

North Carolina vs Auburn

North Carolina vs Auburn : The Auburn Tigers and the North Carolina Tar Heels meet in an NCAA tournament sweet 16 matchup in college basketball action. It’s the same advantage they had against Washington, but exists here in a different fashion. Get a summary of the Auburn Tigers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels basketball game.

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North Carolina coach Roy Williams said Nassir Little’s availability would be a game-time decision for Friday’s Sweet 16 Midwest Regional matchup against Auburn after the freshman forward experienced flu-like symptoms. Williams wasn’t optimistic that Little would be able to play against the Tigers.

“I can say it’s hard to make a 180-degree turn because there’s no way in the world he could play if we were playing today,” Williams said Thursday.

“He didn’t feel good last night. He was running a little bit of a temperature, running more of a temperature this morning. He didn’t feel like eating. I didn’t even bring him over here to the arena with us. … He’s sitting there [at breakfast on Thursday] and he has his plate in front of him, and it looked to me like it was hard to pick up that fork, and the last time I looked it wasn’t very heavy.”Little was North Carolina’s top reserve and fourth-leading scorer in the regular season, when he averaged 10 points. He is the Tar Heels’ leading scorer through their two NCAA tournament games, averaging 19.5 points.

North Carolina is 29-1 when scoring 74 points or more. The lone loss was the 92-89 miscue against Texas, when the season was in its infancy. Of those 29 wins, just seven have been within single digits. Only two of those seven have been within one possession (Miami at home, and at Clemson). Per KenPom, UNC is the 6th fastest team in the country with an Adjusted Tempo (AdjT) of 74.1 possessions per game and a raw tempo of 75.8.

However, getting a handle on how much Auburn “runs” is difficult. They only rank 157th in the country with an AdjT at 67.8. Their average possession lasts 16.5 seconds, just 64th nationally.

People may be mistaking “shoots an ungodly amount of threes” with “playing fast”. Auburn has made 38.2% of their three point attempts, which account for 43.5% of their overall scoring production. Their 421 made three-point field goals lead the nation and their 1113 attempts are second most in the country. That shooting frequency and success may account for a lower amount of possessions (fewer rebounds, thus fewer possessions) but to say they “run” might be a stretch.

For reference, NC State, St. Francis, Stanford, Florida State, Duke, Gonzaga, Iona, Tennessee Tech and Elon all play as fast, or faster, than Auburn. North Carolina’s record against those teams? 11-1.

If Auburn truly tries to run with the Heels, the game could be over by the first media timeout of the second half.

Coby White
Everyone loves Coby. He’s good at what he does. Few players have been more fun to watch. North Carolina would not a championship contender without him. None of this is disputable.

However, Roy Williams has never made the Final Four with a freshman point guard at UNC. Bobby Frasor and Marcus Paige lost in the second round, while Ty Lawson and Kendall Marshall lost in the Elite Eight. Add whatever caveats you want to explain why Coby is “different” or “better” than previous freshman point guards, but the facts are what they are.

It’s also really hard to win a title with a first year player running the offense. Only two teams in the last 30 years have accomplished that feat. Kentucky in 2012 and Duke in 2015. As we saw in the closing weeks of the season, the offense has sputtered late in close games and execution suffers.

Coby has a propensity to over dribble, go incredibly cold from deep, and/or fail to keep facilitating the offense. Before shooting 6-11 (4-7 3P) against Washington, he had gone a combined 15-45 (3-21) in the three previous games against Louisville, Duke, and Iona. That is not a typo. Can this team afford that kind of streakiness from a score-first point guard as the competition heats up?

Pick your Poison: Bryce Brown or Jared Harper?
I’m not a 3-time NCAA champion like Coach Williams , but if Kenny Williams is healthy one would expect Roy to give him the assignment on Auburn shooting guard Bryce Brown. The 6-3 senior for the Tigers averages 15.9 points on 40.8% shooting from behind the arc. He attempts a team-high 8.7 three-pointers per game. He’s a shorter, more explosive version of Cam Johnson…if Cam only played one position, did nothing but shoot, and never rebounded or handed out assists.

Brown is good, but if he’s not hitting shots, he provides almost no tangible value. Averaging 2.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 2.0 turnovers a game, Kenny (and maybe Brandon Robinson) will be tasked with preventing Brown from touching the ball. That’s easier said than done and will likely be made more complicated by UNC’s philosophy on transition D (where they usually sprint back to the paint and then close-out on shooters, instead of finding their man wherever he is on the court). However, Auburn has seven players that average at least one three-point attempt per game. Five of those seven players average better than 35% from deep. Gotta start somewhere when drawing up a game plan, right?

One of those additional sharp shooters is point guard Jared Harper. The 5-11 junior averages 15.3 ppg while attempting 6.7 three-point shots a game. His 37.9% success rate is fourth best on the team, which is silly to think about. Unlike Brown, he’s more than just a shooter, averaging 5.7 assists per game. The Heels will do everything they can to make Brown a non-factor, but if Harper is given free rein to create in transition, the Tigers will stay close for most of the afternoon.

Oregon vs South Dakota State

Oregon vs South Dakota State : Get a summary of the Oregon Ducks vs. South Dakota State Jackrabbits basketball game. for South Dakota State vs. Oregon, Women’s Basketball, 03/29/2019 for info on start times, The Ducks and Jackrabbits have faced once already this season. Get to know Oregon’s Sweet 16 opponent women’s basketball in the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

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The tournament run for Oregon women’s basketball continues as the Ducks face South Dakota State in the Sweet 16 Friday night for the Portland Regional. Oregon will look to move on to the Elite Eight for the third season in a row, and the third time in program history. The Ducks will be the favorite as a two-seed over the Jackrabbits as a six seed.

It will be the second time these two teams have faced off this season, with Oregon winning 87-79 on the road on Dec. 12. South Dakota State gave the Ducks a run for their money that night, with the Jackrabbits holding a lead for longer than Oregon, and even going up by as many as nine points. It took a clutch three from Sabrina Ionescu with 49 seconds remaining to ultimately put South Dakota State away.

Despite the previous matchup being relatively recent, all of the Ducks know that this is a completely different atmosphere.

“Both teams are different in a lot of ways. That seems like a long time ago, mid December,” Oregon head coach Kelly Graves said.

“Since that game I think we’ve grown in a lot of areas. Our defense has gotten better, our offense has became more efficient,” star forward Ruthy Hebard said. The junior scored 12 points on 6-for-9 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in the first matchup.

It will be a home atmosphere for Oregon, who will be playing just 100 miles north of Eugene in Portland. Because of this, the Ducks are expecting a great crowd in what is technically a “neutral” arena. “Any time you can drive to a regional, that’s a good thing,” Graves said. “I hope this is a good showcase for all of women’s basketball.”

While South Dakota State has made the NCAA Tournament in nine of the last 11 seasons, this is the first time the team has made it to the Sweet 16. Oregon is a team that is familiar with this feat, as the team made its first-ever Sweet 16 run in 2017 in a Cinderella run as a 10 seed.

“We didn’t know what the heck we were doing,” Graves said. “I think kind of being dumb helped us. The moment wasn’t too big because we didn’t really know what to expect.” With South Dakota State being an experienced tournament team, it’s not quite the same scenario, but it is its first time under the bright lights of the second weekend.

“They really do play basketball the way it’s supposed to be played,” Graves said of South Dakota State. “They share the ball, they play hard, they space the floor well, they execute at both ends of the floor. They’re all multi-dimensional.”

Now that Oregon is seasoned in the tournament, the team believes it can use its experience to its advantage. “Now that this core group of us Ducks have been in this position, I think we know what to expect,” said Ionescu, who had 26 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in the previous matchup with the Jackrabbits. “We know how hard and difficult it’s going to be to get to a Final Four, to get to a national championship. So I think that hunger is inside of us.”

Oregon and South Dakota State are set to tip off on Friday at 8PM, or following the other Regional matchup in Portland between No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 5 Arizona State. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

Ten years ago, the South Dakota State women welcomed Gonzaga to Frost Arena for a season-opening showdown between two of the nation’s top mid-majors. After the game, an overtime loss for his side, then-Zags coach Kelly Graves told assistant coach Jodie Berry to never let him schedule a game in Brookings again.

So naturally, Graves returned to South Dakota last December, this time as Oregon’s head coach. The game was predictably difficult for the visiting Ducks, who used a 25-9 third-quarter run to rally past the Jacks, 87-79.

“After the game, again, a hard-fought, really well-played game, I told Jodie the same thing,” Graves laughed during Thursday’s pre-Sweet 16 press conference. “This time, I’ll fire her if I ever go back to South Dakota State.”

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There will be a rematch between South Dakota State and Oregon, but (fortunately for Berry) it will transpire over a thousand miles away from Frost Arena.

“I remember that feeling like it was yesterday,” she explained. “They could definitely use that as an advantage, (but) this core group of us Ducks have been in this position and we know what to expect. We know how difficult it’s going to be to get to a Final Four, to get to a national championship. That hunger is inside of us.”

In terms of depth, the Ducks are limited with Lydia Giomi, Oti Gildon and Morgan Yaeger stepping up off the bench. Taylor Chavez could join the rotation against SDSU, but she will be a game-time decision after missing the last seven games with a foot injury.

“Lydia, Oti, and Morgan have really given us a lift when we needed it,” Graves said. “We’ve had a short bench all year, so we’ve had to rely on them, especially down the stretch…just those 12 to 15 minutes a game were really key.”

With respect to the rematch with SDSU, UO forward Ruthy Hebard said the team’s defense has tightened up (allowing just 62 ppg) and the offense is running more efficiently.

Graves said he admires SDSU coach Aaron Johnston, adding the Jackrabbits “play basketball the way it’s supposed to be played,” sharing the ball, spacing the floor and executing on both ends with a lineup that features versatile playmakers at ever position.

“They just know how to play and they’re tough as nails,” he said. “Yeah, this is going to be a heck of a battle tomorrow.”

Michigan State vs LSU

Michigan State vs LSU : The Spartans first face 3-seed LSU in the Sweet 16 on Friday at Capital One Center. LSU presents a different physical challenge that Michigan State has yet to face this season. Get a summary of the LSU Tigers vs. Michigan State Spartans basketball game. This is the game where the Michigan State turnover issues will matter, with LSU coming up with steal after steal, and converting enough to pull this off.

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That ability to stay on the court is vital for No. 2 seed MSU in the NCAA tournament, with Tom Izzo mostly using a six-man rotation and giving his starters a heavy workload. And it will be tested Friday in the Sweet 16 against No. 3 seed LSU, a team that actively tries to get opponents in foul trouble.

“We watch film on it, talk about that and just the way they try to draw you into fouling,” MSU senior forward Kenny Goins said in the locker room at Capital One Arena. “It’s really just based on most of them coming toward you and through you. Sometimes you gotta give up stuff to preserve yourself in the late-game.”

MSU has only had four players foul out this season, none since Matt McQuaid picked up five in an overtime loss to Indiana on Feb. 2. Winston (vs. Louisville), Goins (vs. Nebraska) and sophomore Xavier Tillman (vs. Kansas) are the others who fouled out this winter.

Izzo continues to sit players who pick up two fouls in the first half, which has meant using freshmen in pivotal moments — Foster Loyer replacing Winston at point guard, Gabe Brown taking over on the wing for McQuaid or Aaron Henry, and Thomas Kithier spelling Goins, Tillman or Nick Ward in the post.

Twenty players have fouled out against LSU this season, and it will be part of the Tigers’ strategy to attack the Spartans and try and make Izzo go to his bench.

“That’s gonna be a big part of the game plan,” LSU senior forward Kavell Bigby-Williams said. “They’ve got some good bigs, but we’ve got some good bigs and a lot of depth on our team. The fact that we can use our depth to our advantage, hopefully that can help us win the game.”

That is where the Spartans’ poise will be needed. The veterans, led by Winston, a junior, and seniors McQuaid and Goins, realize their presence on the court is needed from here out. And avoiding unnecessary fouls is imperative.

“Knowing that they draw a lot of fouls, just to be solid,” Tillman said. “When they try to play physical, be smart and get your hands out of there, but at the same time still be able to contest the shots that they shoot. And as far as rebounding, show that you’re not overly physical but you do the job so they don’t get the rebounds.”

“You just gotta be stronger. You gotta know that they have guys who are willing to get fouls. With us, I don’t feel like we have guys who are like, ‘OK, I’m gonna get a foul and I’m gonna be OK with that.’ Everybody wants to play, everybody wants to be on the court. They just try to be as solid as possible. “

Mississippi State vs Arizona State

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Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer remembers the team’s last meeting with Arizona State as grueling. He expects much the same when the top-seeded Bulldogs face the No. 5 Sun Devils on Friday night in the Sweet 16.

The teams played last season at the Cancun Challenge, with Mississippi State downing Arizona State 65-57. The Bulldogs trailed by two going into the final quarter but prevailed in the end. Teaira McCowan led MSU with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

“Know them well. I’ve played them several times throughout my career,” Schaefer said. “We played them a year ago in the islands, had a knock-down, drag-out with them. It was a tremendous basketball game. We were fortunate to win that one.”

The Bulldogs (32-2) are making their fourth straight appearance in the Sweet 16 and they’re vying to make a third straight Elite Eight. They have an experienced team led by 6-foot-7 senior center McCowan, who is averaging 18.3 points and 13.5 rebounds.

Mississippi State has won 10 straight going into Friday’s game, which includes a victory over Arkansas for the SEC Tournament title. The Bulldogs also claimed the regular-season title, going 15-1 in conference play.

To get to Portland, Mississippi State defeated 16th-seeded Southern 103-46 in the opening round before an 85-61 victory over No. 9 Clemson on Sunday.

Arizona State (22-10) is making its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The team has reached the final eight twice, in 2007 and 2009. Overall, Arizona State is 2-2 in Sweet 16 games.

The Sun Devils downed No. 12 UCF 60-45 before edging fourth-seeded Miami 57-55 to advance.

ASU coach Charli Turner Thorne said she thinks Mississippi State is better than they were last year when the teams met.

“They’re just really good at knowing who they are. They know who they are. They know what their role is. They play it really well. Each person knows how they’re supposed to score. They look for each other, they take turns doing that role very, very well,” Turner Thorne said.

Arizona State forward Kianna Ibis said: “I just remember it was a really close game. We knew that it was just a battle of possessions. That’s what it possibly could be tomorrow, as well.”

Second-seeded Oregon (31-4) plays No. 6 seed South Dakota State (28-6) in the late game Friday night.

SCOUTING THE DUCKS: Oregon is in the Sweet Sixteen for the third straight year. The Ducks have been to the Elite Eight the last two seasons, and are 8-2 in the NCAA Tournament under coach Kelly Graves.

Sabrina Ionescu is averaging 19.7 points, 8.2 assists and 7.5 rebounds. The junior guard had her 18th career triple-double, an ongoing NCAA record, in the Ducks’ 91-68 second-round victory Sunday over Indiana. The Pac-12 Player of the Year finished with 29 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

Oregon easily dispatched No. 15 seed Portland State 78-40 in the first-round game.

Overall, SDSU has been to the tournament nine times in the past 11 years. To get to this point, the Jackrabbits beat 11th seed Quinnipiac 76-65 then upset No. 3 Syracuse 75-64.

FAMILIAR FOES: Oregon has faced all three of the teams at the Portland Regional this season. The Ducks defeated South Dakota State 87-79 on Dec. 12 in Brookings, then beat Mississippi State 82-74 in Las Vegas, before twice defeating Pac-12 foe Arizona State (77-71 at home on Jan. 18, and 66-59 on March 3 in Tempe) during the conference season.

“I do think that’s a little funny we have played all these teams before. I don’t know if that’s ever happened before,” Ionescu said.

Oregon got the travel advantage in the Portland Regional, with only about 110 miles separating the Moda Center from Eugene. Mississippi State, located in Starkville, is some 2,450 miles away.

“What I really like is I know genuinely we all care about each other’s programs, and we’re pulling for each other. The first text I got after we won our last game was from coach (Tara) VanDerveer. She’s always championing the league. That always means a lot,” Graves said about his colleague at Stanford.

There were 10,650 tickets sold for the Portland Regional as of Thursday morning, prompting organizers to open the top level at the Moda Center. The home of the NBA’s Trail Blazers seats nearly 20,000.

The Bulldogs and Sun Devils are slightly familiar with each other heading into Friday’s Sweet 16 matchup.

Mississippi State and Arizona State played each other on Nov. 23, 2017, in Cancun, Mexico. The Bulldogs won, 65-57. MSU head coach Vic Schaefer called the eight-point victory a “knock-down drag-out.”

ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne remembers MSU center Teaira McCowan pretty vividly. McCowan had a pretty typical 15-point, 14-rebound double-double. Now Turner Thorne knows that McCowan has gotten even better.

Outside of the usual progression of players like McCowan improving as the games and seasons go along, Turner Thorne was asked how this year’s edition of Mississippi State compares to the one she faced a year and a half ago. She spewed nearly 200 words before getting to the crux of her answer.

“They’re just really good at knowing who they are,” Turner Thorne said. “They know who they are. They know what their role is. They play it really well. Each person knows how they’re supposed to score. They look for each other, they take turns doing that role very, very well.”

Louisville vs Oregon State

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The last time Louisville faced Oregon State, Cardinals coach Jeff Walz ended his night eye-level with the backboard, swinging a basketball net over his head.

It was during last year’s Elite Eight in Lexington when the Cardinals’ quickness and athleticism surprised the Beavers. Louisville won, 76-43, and clinched its third Final Four appearance since 2009.

A year later, the two teams will face off again on Friday in Albany, New York. This time there won’t be any ladders or scissors, with the game one round earlier in the Sweet 16. And Walz said don’t expect another 33-point win.

“Oregon State now having played us once being last year, it’s not going to be a surprise,” Walz said. “We’d love for the same outcome but I’m not expecting that. They are a different team but we are a different team.”

Just how different is unclear just by looking at last year’s box score. Of the 13 players who played at least 10 minutes in last year’s game, 10 are back and healthy. Gone are two of the four leading scorers in the game, Louisville’s Myisha Hines-Allen and Oregon State’s Marie Gulich.

Then there’s the Beavers’ leading scorer this year, guard Destiny Slocum, who sat out last year after transferring from Maryland. The former National Freshman of the Year averages 15.7 points a game in 27 minutes, and drew a comparison from Walz to former Louisville guard Shoni Shimmel.

“She’s fearless, she’ll shoot it whenever she’s open. Just knows how to play the game,” he said. “So she’s added a little more to them at the guard spot but then they return a lot of those guards from that team that obviously went to the Elite Eight. If you’re getting to the Sweet 16, then you’re a pretty darn good basketball team.”

The No. 1 seed Cardinals (31-3) are also getting the No. 4 Beavers (27-4) after the Beavers survived a pair of close games against No. 13 Boise State and No. 5 Gonzaga in the opening two rounds. They won those games by a combined 11 points.

With Slocum in the fold, Hines-Allen gone from patrolling the interior, and the battle-tested nature of this year’s Beavers team, Walz said his team will adjust its game plan from a year ago, despite the blowout win.

“I’ve always been impressed with the way he coaches,” Walz said. “We’re going to try and counter each other, and try to figure out what we can do to have success, and he’s going to be doing the same thing. We’re both not the types of coaches that will just stick with one thing if it’s not working. No, we’ll both change up often.”

Rueck said he too took a look at last year’s gameplan to see what went wrong. His evaluation was that the Cardinals did a good job of pressuring the basketball, forcing 17 Beavers turnovers, compared to only three at the other end.

“They sense weakness, and any time you demonstrate that, they came after us,” he said. “Looking back at that film and even this week reflecting on it, I don’t think I did a very good job in putting us in position to be successful in that second half, in particular, and it was just one of those games that got away from us.”

He called Louisville’s leading scorer, Asia Durr, “unreal.” He said Durr, who averages 21.3 points a game, just one of the reasons the Cardinals are again dangerous.

“They’re outstanding in the open court, and yet they execute well in the quarter court,” he said. “When you take everything away and there’s three seconds on the shot clock, they can throw it to one of the best players in the game, and it’s really difficult to keep her from getting a good shot off.”

“It’s going to be a dogfight,” she said. “They’re going to come out on fire. They’re going to come out with a bad taste in their mouth from last year. So it’s going to be a challenge for us. We’re going to get their best shot, so we have to be prepared for that and play our game as well.”

Between Friday’s rematch, speculation connecting Walz to the now-vacant Tennessee job, and a potential matchup with UConn looming in the Elite Eight, Walz has had plenty to talk about throughout the week.

But he ensured his team will be focused – even if he’s not – when the teams take the court for the 9:30 p.m. scheduled start time on ESPN.

“We know it’s going to be a great game on Friday night, if I’m able to stay up for the second half,” Walz said. “It’s not like these kids are in bed by 9:30. I might be, but they aren’t.”

Halep vs pliskova

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Barty and Kontaveit have come a long way since their only meeting, at Wimbledon qualifying in 2014. The Estonian edged the Australian that day, but since then Barty has had the slightly better career. While Kontaveit cracked the Top 20 for the first time this month, Barty made it into the Top 10 for the first time with her win over Petra Kvitova on Tuesday night. It felt “bloody good,” as the easygoing Aussie put it.

Based on the current form of both players, this match should be competitive. Barty is coming off three-set wins over Kvitova and Kiki Bertens, as well as a career-best quarterfinal run at the Australian Open and a single-handed sweep of the U.S. in Fed Cup. Kontaveit, meanwhile, ended Bianca Andreescu’s spring surge in Miami (aided by the teenager’s retirement), and came back from the brink of defeat against Su-Wei Hsieh in the quarterfinals.

That resurrection may make Kontaveit feel as if she has nothing to lose on Thursday, which would be a positive for her. But Barty has more weapons, especially with her serve, and the more complete all-court game. The next logical step is for her to make the final at a tournament this size.

Thursday night’s showcase WTA semifinal would have made a fine final. Halep and Pliskova are perennial Top 10 players and Slam contenders, and they present a natural stylistic contrast. Pliskova is a hitter, Halep a runner; Pliskova is ice, Halep is fire.

While Halep leads their head-to-head 7-3, the Czech and the Romanian have had their battles in the past. The most recent, and perhaps the best, came in Fed Cup last month, when Halep beat Pliskova 6-4 in the third set. And Halep has mostly had a smoother road to the semis here, including a straight-set win over Venus Williams. Pliskova, by contrast, has fought her through long matches against Alizé Cornet and Yulia Putintseva, and she came back from 0-3 down in the second set against Marketa Vondrousova in the quarters.

Halep may still be the favorite on paper, but it feels as if Pliskova has been working up to something important this season. She has improved, but she hasn’t quite cashed in on that improvement yet. Miami would be a good place for her to make it happen.