N.C.A.A. Tournament Day 3: Kentucky and L.S.U. Head to Round of 16

“They’re big-time athletes,” Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon talked about. “Crazy athletes, and the point guard is terrific.”

To slip earlier Maryland, L.S.U. overcame a miserable stretch inside the second half, when the Terrapins’ 3-2 zone pressured the Tigers into deep outside pictures. Maryland erased a 15-point deficit, and the teams traded leads until the Terrapins tied the score one final time, on Jalen Smith’s 3-pointer with 25.8 seconds left.

Playing for the last word shot, L.S.U. put the ball inside the arms of Waters, who started shifting in direction of the basket with about 6 seconds to go. He dribbled in direction of the 6-foot-10 Smith, hesitated, and then ducked spherical him sooner than flipping an underhand shot off the glass.

When a desperation shot by Maryland bounced off the very best of the backboard on the buzzer, the Tigers piled on Waters.

“I was in the bottom of the dog pile,” Waters talked about, “and just the feeling, it feels amazing.”

Morant’s feelings weren’t so gleeful. Still, he accomplished averaging 24.5 elements and 10.3 elements to flip into the first participant in Division I to frequent a minimum of 20 elements and 10 assists in a season. He scored 18 elements inside the first half, nevertheless Florida State clamped down, blanketing the alternative 4 Racers to preserve Morant from dishing to them. He had solely 4 assists.

“To be honest with you, I’m still not sure that we stopped Morant,” Florida State Coach Leonard Hamilton talked about, “and I’m not sure anybody can.”

That job will in all probability now be up to N.B.A. coaches as Morant, who captivated the nation with a robust triple-double effectivity in Murray State’s first-round win in direction of Marquette, is anticipated to depart college and be a excessive select inside the draft.

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