|Storm the court, Lafayette fans!|
Bubble Watch Lafayette became the 33rd Tourney lock, and NC State pulled themselves off the bubble with a win.
Stanford Escapes Stanford knew that every NCAA Tournament scenario for them involved beating Washington, and they almost didn't. Washington came in having lost 10 of 12, and having totally fallen apart since losing Robert Upshaw. But white hot 13-for-20 three-point shooting almost allowed them to pull the upset. They were undone late by free throw shooting, where they hit 0-for-3, including Dan Kingma's front end of a 1-and-1 that led to this Chasson Randle game winner:
This win doesn't get Stanford to the NCAA Tournament, but it gets them close. Their RPI is nearly in the Top 50, but they went just 9-9 in Pac-12 play and have only half as many RPI Top 100 wins (6) as losses (12). They probably need to beat Utah later today to earn that at-large bid.
Florida International Wins A Crazy Finish There probably won't be another conference tournament game this season - in any conference - with a finish as wild as this one. Too bad only about 15 people were watching this game live online. First, UT-San Antonio got the ball while down by two points with around 45 seconds to go, and inexplicably committed a shot clock violation. They had to quickly foul FIU with a little over 8 seconds to go, and Ray Rodriguez hit the first but missed the second. So down by just three points, Keon Lewis attacked down the court and launched a three that he made with 2.7 seconds to go. Without any timeouts being called, Dennis Mavin took a couple dribbles and then double-pumped a contested half court shot that he banked in. Below you can see both Lewis's three-pointer and Mavin's miracle half court banked shot: