BC-BKC--NCAA Tournament-The Latest
The Latest on the second round of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):
LSU is handling Maryland in the post and on the scoreboard.
Naz Reid has 8 points, all of them in the paint, and the Tigers lead the Terrapins 38-29 at halftime on Saturday.
No. 3 seed LSU has doubled up sixth-seeded Maryland in the paint, 20-10. The Tigers also played exceptional defense, holding Maryland to 28.6 percent from the field and forcing six turnovers.
Maryland trailed by as many 15 midway through the half, but got it under double digits thanks to two late 3-pointers by Aaron Wiggins. Wiggins hit one with 1:01 remaining and another with four ticks left.
It didn’t help Maryland that forward Jalen Smith picked up two fouls and played less than 10 minutes.
— Mark Long reporting from Jacksonville, Florida.
Time to see whether the upstarts of the NCAA Tournament can dance their way to the Sweet 16.
Seventh seeded Wofford of the Southern Conference plays No. 2 seed Kentucky on Saturday in a game that will test how the team outside the Power Five is set up for a deep run.
The Terriers have won 21 straight games and haven’t lost since Dec. 19. They were ranked in the AP Top 25 for much of the season. Kentucky is favored by 5 but is playing without leading scorer and rebounder PJ Washington because of a foot sprain.
No. 12 seed Murray State also plays Florida State in the West, riding high behind Ja Morant and his virtuoso performance with 17 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds in a rout of fifth-seeded Marquette in the first round.
The Big Ten leads the tournament among conferences with seven teams still in and a 7-1 record.
It’s even set up for a less than ideal second-round matchup between No. 2 seed Michigan State and 10th-seeded Minnesota.
Here’s a quick look at the rest of the conference records going into Round 2 among those that have teams remaining, including the first four play-in games:
— Big Ten, 7-1, 7 teams left
— SEC, 5-2, 5 teams
— ACC, 5-2, 5 teams
— Big 12, 4-2, 4 teams
— Pac-12, 3-1, 2 teams
— American Athletic, 2-2, 2 teams
— Ohio Valley, 2-1, 1 team
— Big West, Southern, MAC, Atlantic Sun, 1-0, 1 team each
— West Coast, 1-1, 1 team
— Big East, 1-3, 1 team.