Saturday, March 20, 2010

California, Maryland, Ohio State, Syracuse advance

California is the second Pac-10 team to advance to the second round despite the horrible conference season. They started the game on a 12-0 run and shot 50 percent from the field.

They hit eight of 13 3-pointers and cruised to a 77-52 win. California has to face Duke on Sunday. It will be hard to defend Kyle Singler, and Duke has the defensive weapons to contest the long jump shots.

Jordan Williams led Maryland with a double-double, including 21 points and 17 rebounds. The Terrapins shot 47 percent from the field and won 89-77 over Houston. Maryland will play Michigan State in the next round. The winner should put up a good fight with Kansas. They both shoot well, and they limit turnovers.

In the last No. 1 seed battle, Syracuse dismantled Vermont 79-56 and shot 54 percent, including 10 3-pointers. Wesley Johnson led the Orange with 18 points and six rebounds. The Orange will have a tough match up with a very underrated Gonzaga team. Gonzaga has good size, and they can shoot.

Ohio State cruises in the last game of the night with a 68-51 win over the University of California-Santa Barbara. Jon Diebler led the Buckeyes with 23 points. William Buford was second 16 points, and Ohio State shot 40 percent from the field. The Buckeyes will play Georgia Tech in the second round.

Georgia Tech has to out shoot the Buckeyes from beyond the arc to outplay Evan Turner and Ohio State.

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