Cinderella Story: Bulls upsets 4th seed Arizona 89-68


They shot the ball with that poise and, to be fair to Arizona, were hitting almost everything.

Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann gave a special shoutout after his fifth-seeded Buckeyes beat No. 12 seed South Dakota State 81-73, saying his players were motivated by bracketeers saying they would lose.

No. 4 Arizona was embarrassed by No. 13 Buffalo in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night, losing 89-68.

"I said it from day one that I thought we got a bad seed".

The Wildcats ranked 344th out of 351 Division I teams in 3-pointers made this season.

Arizona's game with Buffalo felt eerily similar to another early exit the team had. Arizona couldn't convert, going 2 for 18 from beyond the arc while the Bulls knocked down 15 of 30.

Sure, the matchup wasn't set, but everyone knew what would happen.

Wes Clark led the Bulls in scoring with 25 points, Jeremy Harris added 23 points in a game that saw the undersized team dominate on defense and shoot lights-out from behind the three-point line.

With us being the MAC team it's easy to look as a team that can't compete with a high Major or a team that got four National Basketball Association prospects, we wouldn't be able to compete. "We know deep down we watched enough film and had confidence that we can play with these guys".

But that team had DeAndre Ayton, the likely No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, as well as plenty of other talented players. Gonzaga, in its 20th straight NCAA Tournament, won its first game of March Madness for the 10th straight year, though that's not the mission anymore for the Zags. Since the Big 12 was created in 1996-97, no league among the six major conferences (Power 5 and the Big East) had failed to send a team to the second round until Thursday when the Pac-12 became the first, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. The Wildcats, meanwhile, have plenty of questions to answer, including whether Miller will return to the team next season following an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and numerous off-court distractions that loomed overhead throughout this season, and have left UA without a single commit for 2018-19.

The loss was the most lopsided for a 4 seed vs. a 13 seed in NCAA Tournament history.

A vicious Jalen Hudson follow dunk and foul with eight minutes to play put Florida in front by 20 and, effectively, ended the game.

Outside of an 0-for-3 trip to the Bahamas, their focus on the court rarely wavered.

"Nothing like it in the Pac-12", he said. "People kind of wrote us off". "Time running down, ball in my hands, I live for those moments". The Sun Devils went 8-12 the rest of the way.

Donte Ingram picked the ideal spot for this game-winning shot.

Clark led Buffalo with 25 points on 10-for-14 shooting and seven assists.

Wenyen Gabriel, Hamidou Diallo and Quade Green all missed one 3-pointer apiece for Kentucky, which has won despite struggling from long range all season. Meanwhile, this is Buffalo's first NCAA Tournament win. Now they move on face No. 1 seed Xavier on Friday. She's held that post for more than two decades and, sitting courtside in her wheelchair, got hugs from the Ramblers when it was over. The Wildcats are giving up 71.2 points per game against the opponents.