When the number one seed plays the number thirteen seed and it isn’t a blood bath, it’s almost an upset. When they play each other and the game goes into OT, it’s at least moody.
In the first of the two Midwest NCAA Sweet 16 (regional semi finals) games today, the North Carolina Tarheels beat the Ohio Bobcats 73-65 in OT.
Granted, UNC was playing without starting point guard Kendall Marshall, who is out with a broken right wrist, but the second half was uber-messy for them.
Ohio team leader, Walter Offutt, sprung to life in the second half and went on a 10 point tear in the first minute, finishing the game with 26 points, 18 of them from behind the arc.
After trailing as much as 15 points in the first half, they caught up midway through the second half as Baltic sunk a 3-pointer to cut it to a one point deficit, 42-41.
And then it turned into a good game.
With 8:29 left, Bobcats' Kellogg sunk a 3-pointer for the lead.
Leads were traded, Bobcats took it back again with 4:30 left when Cooper scored a field goal.
With two minutes left the game was tied at 59. Zeller sunk a free throw giving the Tarheels the lead again. 60-59
Then Baltic shot a basket, Bobcats lead 60-61.
Barnes missed a 3-pointer, Cooper missed a layup, and Bullock nailed a 3-pointer. Tarheels were ahead again by 2 points. 63-61.
Offutt got a hoop and a foul – tied. 63-63.
Offutt missed his free throw. STILL TIED!!!
With 15 seconds left the Bobcats had the opportunity to upset the Tar Heels and be the first 13th seeded team or higher to make the elite 8 since the '85 expansion. But Barnes lost the ball before he could make history happen. OVERTIME!!!! (first of the tourney this year…)
OT was role reversal and proved uber-rough for the Bobcats. They were scoreless from the field. Their only OT points came from Kellogg sinking 2-2 in free throws. The Tarheels tear sealed the deal scoring 10 points to win their trip to the regional finals where they will face Kansas on Sunday.
North Carolina: 73
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