What a weekend. These four days may be one of the best opening weekends in NCAA Tournament history. Tonight, the Madness continued when 7 seed Nevada upset 2 seed Cincinnati.
The Wolf Pack was down 22 with 11 minutes to go. They somehow came back and won, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen.
Nevada was down 17 at one point in the first half, though brought down the deficit to 12 at halftime.
In the second half, the two teams were much streakier. With 11:34 to go, Nevada was 17-for-40 from the field and Cincinnati was shooting 59%.
From when the Bearcats went up 65-43 with 11 and a half minutes to go to the final buzzer, the tables completely turned. The Wolf Pack shot 13 for 21, while Cincy was a whopping 3 for 15.
Nevada went on a 16-0 run inside that time, and closed on a 12-4 run.
The Wolf Pack played a six man rotation, and Hallice Cooke only shot once the entire night. The other five all scored in double digits.
Nevada’s Cody Martin played outstanding, scoring 25 points, dishing out 7 assists, and grabbed 6 rebounds as well. He was also 50% from the field and made all four of his free throws.
For Cincinnati, Jacob Evans and Jarron Cumberland led the Bearcats. Evans finished with 19 points and 7 boards, while Cumberland had 17 and 5 rebounds.
Nevada will advance to the Sweet Sixteen and will play 11 seed Cinderella Loyola-Chicago in Atlanta.
The Wolf Pack had a very exciting game on Friday, defeating Texas in overtime, in a game where they did not lead at all until overtime.
This is extremely disappointing for Cincinnati, as they were a 2 seed and were looking to make much more of an impact than losing in the first weekend.
In 2017, the Bearcats won their first round contests against Kansas State though lost to UCLA in the second round. Cincy hasn’t made it to the second weekend since 2012.
It’s been quite disappointing for the American Athletic Conference as a whole. Wichita State was upset by Marshall in the first round, Houston lost to Michigan off a buzzer-beating three on Saturday night, and now Cincinnati blowing a large lead to Nevada.
The Sweet Sixteen begins on Thursday. All games will be aired on TBS or CBS.