- Princeton had a chance to knock off Notre Dame in the first round, but down one in the waning moments took a long 3-pointer that missed. "He made an unbelievable play".
Florida advanced to face SC on Sunday afternoon with a trip to the Final Four on the line.
Chiozza let the ball fly as he was floating just beyond the arc, sending the fourth-seeded Gators (27-8) into Sunday's final against seventh-seeded SC in an all-Southeastern Conference matchup.
"It felt good when it came out of my hand, but I was running so fast I wasn't sure if I put too much on it or not enough", said Chiozza, who predictably said he heard from many people between the end of the game and Saturday's media session.
Or perhaps Showalter's teammate Nigel Hayes?
Wisconsin's Zak Showalter was all set to be the star before Chiozza took it away.
The game went to overtime - the first of the tournament - when Showalter hit an off-balance 3-pointer off his right foot with 2.5 seconds left in regulation to cap a late comeback for Wisconsin. "I need to do a better job of taking a better angle to at least make him take one extra crossover dribble". "With an emphasis on the hell". What a neat game to be a part of.
In a game that featured multiple momentum shifts, it was Allen and the Gators who initially seemed in line for a brutal night. In tight situations, the ball was usually in the hands of either Hayes or Koenig.
In the final game of the Sweet 16, the 2017 NCAA tournament finally had a buzzer-beater.
This NCAA Tournament loss is going to sting for a while for the Wisconsin Badgers. Showalter finished with 14, but fellow senior Bronson Koenig hit just 4 of 13 shots and finished with 13.
"We let them get into a rhythm, especially in the beginning", Chrabascz said. "They have fought back at adverse times and tonight was a great testament to their Will and never give up attitude".
Florida will ride this wave of emotion into their Elite Eight matchup against SC on Sunday. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey was at the Garden, enjoying the S-E-C! chants. That moves him into a tie for the eighth most in college basketball history. "It's a great opportunity against SC, we'll go back and celebrate the wins and mourn the losses, and go back and watch Chris' shot a million times in the spring". This game figures to be a defensive struggle, with the first team to crack 60 points likely to walk away the victor.
Kasey Hill is the lone remaining Florida participant from the last time the Gators faced Wisconsin. Now the NCAA's winningest program will play another of basketball's titans Sunday in top-seeded North Carolina with a trip to yet another Final Four on the line. He hit his final two field goals of the first half and was also fouled twice while shooting 3-pointers inside the final 1:20 before halftime. This group of players have guided Wisconsin to an incredible four consecutive Sweet 16 appearances.
North Carolina is now within a win of a second straight Final Four.
The third-seeded Bruins (31-5) still have the most national titles.
Kentucky has advanced to the Elite Eight behind a big night from freshman De'Aaron Fox.
Kentucky coach John Calipari said often his first instinct is to refrain from calling timeout and see what develops.
Justin Jackson and Joel Barry II scored 50 points combined, while Luke Maye had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and he was the surprise of the night.
The Tar Heels lead would stretch the lead back to 20 near the 12-minute mark of the second half, but Butler didn't exactly allow North Carolina to coast home. Who needs a reminder about "The Block" by Canyon Barry on Khalil Iverson with only 34 seconds remaining in overtime?
The Wildcats will face the Tar Heels who defeated the Butler Bulldogs, 92-80.