Saturday, March 17, 2018

Poole's buzzer-beater sends Michigan past Houston 64-63

The unflappable freshman with swag to spare let loose a long 3-pointer just as the buzzer sounded, watched it splash through the net and took off on a dead sprint around the arena.
"I saw everybody celebrating," Michigan's Jordan Poole said later, "and I always thought if I hit a shot like that, I didn't want to get tackled. So I tried to avoid everybody."
He finally gave up, allowing the sweetest of parties to truly begin.
Poole's buzzer-beater, which came after Houston squandered a chance to lock up a spot in the Midwest Region semifinals, lifted the third-seeded Wolverines to a 64-63 victory Saturday night - and left longtime coach John Beilein struggling to find the right words.
Dramatic? That's a good place to start.
"I'm just trying to appreciate the moment of what just happened," Beilein said. "When he makes that shot, I'm making sure the shot got off. I'm managing my team. I can't even look at the celebration."
"We did not play well, and credit Houston for that," he said. "Sometimes you feel, well, geez, why did we win? But I've been on the other end of those many, many times. We got a fortunate break."
That came when Devin Davis had a chance to seal the win, and the Cougars' gritty forward missed a pair of foul shots with 3.6 seconds left. The Wolverines (30-7) called their final play, and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman found Poole on the wing.
The youngster's shot hit nothing but net.
"Sports is a great metaphor for life sometimes. It's not always fair," Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. "I thought our team deserved to win that game. For 39 minutes, 57 seconds, I thought we were the better team. Credit their kid for hitting a big shot. It was a big, big shot he hit."
Abdur-Rahkman and Moe Wagner scored 12 points apiece to lead Michigan, but it was the unheralded freshman who stole the show. Poole's flair for the dramatic earned his team a trip to Los Angeles for a West Regional semifinal against North Carolina or Texas A&M next week.
Rob Gray scored 23 points and Davis finished with 17 for the sixth-seeded Cougars (27-8), who were trying to reach their first Sweet 16 since the last of the Phi Slama Jama teams in 1984.
They just about did it.
Davis gave the Cougars the lead when he made two free throws with 44.1 seconds left, then pushed the advantage to 63-61 when he made the second of two more foul shots with 24.9 seconds to go.
Abdur-Rahkman and Charles Matthews came up empty at the other end for Michigan. Davis pulled down a crucial rebound, and then stalked to the foul line.
The senior forward missed both.
"It's hard to put into words," Gray said. "I felt like we had the game won."
The down-to-the-wire outcome was hardly surprising given the way the rest of the game went. There were 17 lead changes and 12 ties, including 28-all at halftime.
After his huge performance against San Diego State, the Wolverines were wary of Gray every time he touched the ball. They blanketed Houston's star on the perimeter, cut off lanes to the basket and held him to just eight points on 2-for-11 shooting in the first half.
Whistles became constant as the second half wore on, and both teams soon found themselves in foul trouble. Wagner picked up his fourth with 8:43 to go, and Breaon Brady soon took a seat with his fourth for Houston, as the game turned into a glorified free-throw shooting contest.
Michigan converted eight straight at one point to take a 57-53 lead with 3:42 to go.
Armoni Brooks answered with a 3-pointer, and Davis converted a three-point play after fouling the Wolverines' Duncan Robinson out with 2:06 left, giving the Cougars a 60-59 lead.
Wagner answered with a putback basket for Michigan with 1:41 left, but after the teams swapped 3-point misses, Davis grabbed a crucial rebound and made two foul shots to give Houston the lead.
His night would have been a whole lot better if the game ended there.
"It's March Madness. It's bigger than basketball," Gray said. "Those guys in the locker room, I'm super proud of them. I'm just glad we had this opportunity to come play in March."
STATS AND STREAKS
Michigan is headed to its fourth Sweet 16 in six years. ... Gray wound up averaging 31 points in two NCAA Tournament games. ... The teams combined for 41 fouls, resulting in 42 free throws.
BIG PICTURE
Houston showed remarkable poise down the stretch, led by a pair of seniors and three juniors in its starting lineup. But the cracks showed when Davis went to the foul line with a chance to ice it.
Michigan won its 11th straight game in the most dramatic of fashions, even without its top players at their best. Abdur-Rahkman finished 4 of 15 from the field and Matthews was 5 for 12.
UP NEXT
Michigan heads to the West Region semifinals in Los Angeles, where they will face the winner of Sunday's game between the second-seeded Tar Heels and No. 7 seed Aggies.

Real Salt Lake 1, New York Red Bulls 0 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

Real Salt Lake bounced back from their disappointing home opener last week, defeating the New York Red Bulls 1-0 on Saturday night at a snowy Rio Tinto Stadium.
RSL got the lead early, as Carlos Rivas was called for a foul on David Horst in New York's box that was deemed a penalty after Video Review. Albert Rusnak notched the penalty for the home side.
But New York, heavily rotating the lineup once again after midweek Concacaf Champions League play, were up to the task and largely dominated the statistical categories throughout. Without the efforts of Nick Rimando and RSL's defense, RSL would not have picked up all three points.

BRENNON ELDRED TAKES EVENT LEAD IN ALBUQUERQUE WITH ROUND 2 WIN

In front of a capacity crowd, Oklahoma native Brennon Eldred (Sulphur, Oklahoma) rode to his first round win of the weekend during Round 2 of the 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast, Ty Murray Invitational, presented by Isleta Resort & Casino, at Dreamstyle Arena, aka The Pit, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Eldred rode Mac’s Barbeque (Owens/Wyatt) for 88.25 points moving him up two places in the world standings to No. 20. Securing the win on Saturday evening positioned the 23-year-old cowboy atop the event leaderboard heading into Championship Sunday and a potential first premier series event win of his career. For his effort, he earned 100 world points and a $3,580 paycheck. 
Keyshawn Whitehorse (McCracken Springs, Utah) brought the crowd to its feet with an 88-point ride aboard Sitting Bull (Sirridge/ Donaho) for the second-place finish. The ride pushed him two spots higher in the world standings to No.17. Whitehorse earned 60 points toward the world standings and $2,750.
In a tie for third place, Juan Carlos Contreras (Hidalgo, Mexico) and Native American invitee Cody Jesus (Window Rock, Arizona) recorded identical 87.75-point rides. The arena erupted as Jesus rode Hot Habanero (Talbert Bucking Bulls) before coming to their feet again when Contreras covered Roy’s Boy (Martinez Bucking Bulls, LLC) taking him to No. 31 in the PBR world standings. Each bull rider took home 45 world points and $3,165.
Rounding out the Top 5 was Brazilian cowboy Paulo Lima (Bezerros, Brazil). Lima rode to the eight aboard Wicked Stick (Dakota Rodeo/ Chad Berger/Clay Struve/ H&C Bucking Bulls) for 87.25 points. For his effort, he earned $850 along with 30 world points.
The best bull riders in the world will return to Dreamstyle Arena on Sunday, March 18 for Championship Sunday and Round 3 of the Ty Murray Invitational.

25th PBR: Unleash The Beast
Ty Murray Invitational
Dreamstyle Arena - Albuquerque, NM
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
1. Brennon Eldred, 87.75-88.25-0-0-176.00-150 Points.
2. Jess Lockwood, 88.25-0-0-0-88.25-80 Points.
(tie). Dakota Buttar, 88.25-0-0-0-88.25-80 Points.
4. Cody Jesus, 86.25-87.75-0-0-174.00-75 Points.
5. Keyshawn Whitehorse, 0-88-0-0-88.00-60 Points.
6. Juan Carlos Contreras, 84-87.75-0-0-171.75-45 Points.
7. Nathan Burtenshaw, 86.75-0-0-0-86.75-40 Points.
8. Paulo Ferreira Lima, 0-87.25-0-0-87.25-30 Points.
9. Cody Teel, 86-86.25-0-0-172.25-17.5 Points.
(tie). Cody Nance, 85.5-86.5-0-0-172.00-17.5 Points.
11. Guilherme Marchi, 0-86.25-0-0-86.25-2.5 Points.
(tie). Jose Vitor Leme, 85.5-0-0-0-85.50-2.5 Points.
13. Silvano Alves, 84.75-84.25-0-0-169.00
14. Rubens Barbosa, 0-85.75-0-0-85.75
15. Fernando Henrique Novais, 85.25-0-0-0-85.25
(tie). Colten Jesse, 85.25-0-0-0-85.25
17. Lucas Divino, 85-0-0-0-85.00
18. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 0-84.75-0-0-84.75
19. Ramon de Lima, 0-83.5-0-0-83.50
(tie). Kaique Pacheco, 83.5-0-0-0-83.50
21. Valdiron de Oliveira, 81.5-0-0-0-81.50
22. Ueberson Duarte, 44.75-0-0-0-44.75
Luciano De Castro, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-0-0-0-0.00
Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Ryan Dirteater, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Tye Chandler, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Chase Robbins, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Cody Campbell, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Brady Oleson, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Michael Lane, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Reese Cates, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Ryan Miller, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Bryan Titman, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Troy Wilkinson, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Alejandro Gamboa Calvo, 0-0-0-0-0.00

Keenan Evans, Texas Tech to Sweet 16 after win over Florida

 Keenan Evans keeps making big plays, extending Texas Tech's season - and his time with second-year head coach Chris Beard.
They have another game with the Red Raiders headed to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 for the first time since 2005.
Evans, who treats every game like senior night and doesn't want to be done, scored 22 points and hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2 1/2 minutes left as third-seeded Texas Tech beat Florida 69-66 on Saturday night.
"As clock runs down, you look at it like, `I don't want my season to be over.' These guys are the same way," Evans said about the other Tech seniors.
While the next loss will end All-Big 12 guard Evans' career, high-flying freshman Zhaire Smith is just getting started.
Smith had 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and was on the receiving end of an alley-oop pass from Evans with 29 seconds left for a punctuating dunk to send the Red Raiders (26-9) to Boston for a matchup against Purdue or Butler next Friday night.
"He has no ceiling," Evans said of Smith.
Chris Chiozza did go the length of the court for a Florida layup with 25 seconds left before Evans lost the ball when trying to fight through a double-team after the inbound pass.
The Gators gathered the ball after a wild scramble. Egor Koulechov and KeVaughn Allen both had 3-point attempts in the final 10 seconds that came up short.
Florida (21-13) fell short of the Sweet 16 - and the Elite Eight - for the first time in their last six NCAA Tournament appearances. The last time they didn't even make it to the Sweet 16 was in 2010, when the SEC team lost a first-round game to BYU.
Jalen Hudson led third-year coach Mike White's Gators with 23 points. Koulechov had 12 and Chiozza, their All-SEC point guard, had 11.
Texas Tech quickly erased a five-point deficit midway through the second half with nine straight points. Evans scored nine of those, and Smith - wo had a 360-spin alley-oop dunk from Evans in the tourney opener Thursday - delivered a follow-up slam.
Evans drove the baseline for a reverse layup put the Red Raiders up 51-50. After Smith's slam, Evans had a nifty spin move for a jumper and then added a three-point play after that.
Jarrett Culver, the hometown freshman for Texas Tech, had 11 points and nine rebounds.
Texas Tech hasn't been to the Sweet 16 since Beard was an assistant coach for Bobby Knight. But this is only the third NCAA appearance since for the Red Raiders.
After his time coaching on Knight's staff, and then for Pat Knight, Beard left Tech for more than a decade before coming back two years ago when Tubby Smith left for Memphis.
UP NEXT
Just weeks before returning to Lubbock, after briefly holding the UNLV job, Beard's Arkansas-Little Rock team upset Purdue in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament as part of 30 wins in his only season there.
The Boilermakers, who on Sunday play for a chance to get to the Sweet 16, surely remember that.

Sporting Kansas City 3, San Jose Earthquakes 2 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

Sporting Kansas City got on the front foot early against the San Jose Earthquakes and dominated for stretches, but lapsed in defense just enough to keep things close en route to a 3-2 win.
Although SKC were the better side, their breakthrough came on a penalty. San Jose goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell came lunging out of goal to stop a promising attack in the box, in the process, he sent Johnny Russell somersaulting through the air and conceded a penalty kick. Ilie Sanchez stepped up to the spot and finished coolly. The Quakes equalized quickly as Kansas City's defense lapsed to allow a Valeri Qazaishvili goal before halftime.
After the break, however, SKC surged. Graham Zusi fired a stunner from outside of the box and Felipe Gutierrez later added a crucial goal that would end up being the game-winner. The Quakes kept it close with an extra time goal from Chris Wondolowski, but it just wasn't enough.

Gonzaga beats Ohio State 90-84 for Sweet 16 return

Zach Norvell Jr. pulled up for 3-pointers, drove fearlessly to the rim and bulled his way into the trees to snare rebounds.
A spectator during Gonzaga's Final Four run a year ago, the confident, extroverted freshman could be the ticket for a return trip.
Norvell had 28 points, hit six 3-pointers and grabbed 12 rebounds, leading Gonzaga back into the Sweet 16 with a 90-84 victory over Ohio State in the West Region on Saturday night.
"I call him our spiritual leader; he gets us going every practice, even the ones they don't want to be at," said Gonzaga coach Mark Few, who brought back his celebratory headstand in the locker room. "He's just a fiery guy with some swag from Chicago and we need that."
A redshirt last season, Norvell averaged 12.3 points to help Gonzaga sweep the WCC regular-season and tournament titles.
The 6-foot-5 shooting guard has elevated his game on the sport's biggest stage, hitting a late tiebreaking 3-pointer against UNC-Greensboro in the opening round to help the Zags advance.
The player known as "Snacks" — all he wanted was candy and chocolate as a kid — made 6 of 11 from the arc against Ohio State to lead Gonzaga (32-4) into the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season — two wins from a second straight Final Four.
"I always have confidence on the offensive end, but helping the guys on the boards was big," said Norvell, who shot 8 of 18 overall.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a big early lead, withstood a second-half Ohio State charge and made the big plays down the stretch to earn a spot in the West Region semifinals against the Xavier-Florida State winner in Los Angeles.
Rui Hachimura added 25 for Gonzaga.
The resilient-all-season Buckeyes (25-9) rallied from an abysmal start and an 11-point halftime deficit to take a brief second-half lead before Gonzaga went on an 11-0 run to snatch it back.
Keita Bates-Diop had 28 points and Kam Williams 19 for Ohio State.
"They are really good and could make another Final Four run," Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann.
Ohio State and Gonzaga met four months ago in the PK80 Invitational.
It did not go well for the Buckeyes.
The Zags shredded Ohio State's defense while shooting 59 percent and held the Buckeyes to 35 percent in an 86-59 thrashing.
The Buckeyes said they are a better team now. Their record reflects it, too: 25 wins, a second-place finish in the rough-and-tumble Big Ten Conference and a return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015.
The Zags looked a little rusty in their opening 68-64 win over UNC-Greensboro. They looked more like the team that blew out BYU in the WCC title game early against the Buckeyes.
Gonzaga scored the game's first 15 points while hitting six of nine shots and blocking two of Ohio State's. The Buckeyes had three of their first seven shots roll off the rim early and didn't score until Jae'Sean Tate hit a 3-pointer at 14:18
Ohio State righted itself on offense, but struggled to slow the zigging Zags, who made 18 of 31 shots to lead 44-33 at halftime.
"We weren't locked in on defense and just tried to stay calm," Bates-Diop said. "I'm proud of how we fought back."
The Buckeyes got even more shots to fall coming out of halftime and forced a rash of Gonzaga turnovers during a 12-2 run to go up 58-54.
Gonzaga answered with an 11-0 run, going up 73-67 on Hachimura's 3-pointer at the shot clock buzzer — a run that propelled them back to the Sweet 16.
BIG PICTURE
Ohio State came up short of its first Sweet 16 since 2013, but the season could hardly be considered a failure. The Buckeyes were picked to finish 11th in the Big Ten in Holtmann's first season, but ended up second and won a game in the NCAA Tournament.
"Obviously, you'd like to see it end differently, but we've evolved as a program," Holtmann said. "This group really turned a corner and flipped a switch."
Gonzaga did not play particularly well in its opening NCAA Tournament game, but looks like it could make another Final Four run after getting past the Buckeyes.
PERKINS' IMPACT
While Norvell and Hachimura were handling most of the scoring duties, junior guard Josh Perkins was aptly running the offense. He had 10 points and eight assists, helping the Zags shoot 53 percent and make nine 3-pointers.
"Josh Perkins has put together two really, really solid games, kind of managing the throttle of our offense," Few said.
UP NEXT
Gonzaga will face the Xavier-Florida State winner at the West Region semifinals in Los Angeles.

Atlanta United FC 4, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

Atlanta United FC notched their second win in as many weeks at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, defeating 10-man Vancouver Whitecaps FC by a 4-1 scoreline on Saturday.
The game turned very early, as Whitecaps defender Kendall Waston was sent off in the 13th minute for a foul on Leandro Gonzalez Pirez in the box on a free kick, following Video Review. Josef Martinez converted the subsequent penalty to put the hosts ahead.
Atlanta enjoyed a plethora of chances after the red card, but were wasteful with them until just before the hour mark, when a sustained Atlanta build-up led to an own goal by Vancouver defender Aaron Maund. Two minutes later, Martinez received a beautiful pass from Miguel Almiron and scored his second goal of the night on a breakaway.
Erik Hurtado came off the bench and scored a consolation goal late on from a breakaway for Vancouver. But Martinez completed his hat trick a few minutes later, on a header following a terrific assist from Homegrown midfielder Andrew Carleton.

Kansas holds off Seton Hall 83-79 to reach Sweet 16

 Udoka Azubuike had practiced once in the last 11 days because of a lingering knee injury, and the mammoth Kansas forward's three-minute stretch in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament was about as underwhelming as his herky-jerky free-throw stroke.
He managed to go 22 minutes against Seton Hall on Saturday night.
The Jayhawks needed all of them.
Azubuike stood toe-to-toe with the Pirates' bruising Angel Delgado, and he drew enough attention on offense to spring his high-scoring guards for open looks. The result was a 28-point performance from teammate Malik Newman, 16 more from Svi Mykhailiuk, and a gritty 83-79 victory that pushed the top-seeded Jayhawks to their third consecutive Sweet 16.
"If `Doke wasn't able to come back from his injury, we don't win," coach Bill Self said. "I was hoping for 20 minutes. That was what I was hoping. And he could have played more."
Lagerald Vick added 13 points for Kansas (29-7), which converted every crucial play down the stretch to advance to the semifinals of the Midwest Region. The Jayhawks will face the winner of Sunday night's game between Auburn and Clemson next week in Omaha, Nebraska.
Delgado finished with 24 points and 23 rebounds in a virtuoso effort for the No. 8 seed Pirates (22-11), who snapped a four-game NCAA Tournament skid in the opening round. But he was less effective when Azubuike was in the game, a matchup that often sounded like battleships colliding.
"It stinks, basically, to leave like this," Delgado said, "because we had so much expectation. We wanted to win every game, be the best team in the tournament."
Khadeen Carrington finished with 28 points, many of them on 3-pointers in the closing minutes, and Myles Powell added 14 as the pair of guards tried in vain to keep Seton Hall alive.
It was 71-66 with 53 seconds left when Devonte Graham made two free throws for Kansas. Carrington kept answering for the Pirates, but the Jayhawks were unflappable at the foul line.
"I think it was the four-minute timeout, Coach told us in the huddle we were in the bonus. Just get down there, keep getting fouls," said Newman, the MVP of last week's Big 12 Tournament. "I was able to hit them quick and I was able to get to the line and make my free throws."
Kansas led just 31-26 at halftime, when Delgado had already piled up 12 points and 12 rebounds, and was forced to make some significant adjustments in the locker room.
On defense, Self called for double-teams on Delgado whenever he got the ball down low, especially when Azubuike was sitting on the bench. On offense, he had his guys throw it to Azubuike on the block or rely on Mykhailiuk - by nature a 3-point specialist - to slash to the basket.
Together, they helped the Jayhawks stretch their lead to double digits.
Delgado kept the Pirates in the game, though. Azubuike went to the bench with four fouls with about 9 minutes left, and coach Kevin Willard instructed his own guys to go right back to their center.
Delgado was so effective that Self gambled by putting `Doke right back in the game.
"He was the best player in the game," Self said. "He was a man. We knew he was good. And not having Doke in there more hurt us, because physically he was able to get the best of us."
Seton Hall closed to 63-59 with 3:22 to go, but Newman answered with a 3-pointer and a pair of foul shots, and the poised Jayhawks never allowed the Pirates to come all the way back.
"I thought it was an extremely well-played game," Willard said. "I thought the kids left everything on the floor for both teams. I'm proud of the way my guys kept fighting back. You just have to give Kansas credit. They made a lot of big shots late."
SELF'S RECORD
Self improved to 35-13 in the NCAA Tournament with Kansas, highlighted by a national title in 2008. That breaks a tie with his predecessor and current North Carolina coach Roy Williams for the most tourney wins in school history. Williams was 34-14 with the Jayhawks.
BIG PICTURE
Seton Hall was often rattled by a crowd that gave Kansas a hometown advantage. The game was played about 2 hours south of the Jayhawks' campus in Lawrence, and about 90 percent of the 15,000-plus at Intrust Bank Arena cheered on the home-state school.
Kansas survived without much production from Graham, who scored 29 against Pennsylvania in the first round. He took a wicked shot to the head from a teammate late in the first half, and wound up with eight points on 1-for-7 shooting.
UP NEXT
The Jayhawks are headed to Omaha for the regional semifinals. They'll play the winner of Sunday night's matchup between fourth-seeded Auburn and No. 5 seed Clemson.

Prayer answered again: Loyola tops Tennessee on late jumper

Another NCAA Tournament prayer answered for Loyola-Chicago, and the Ramblers are set to bring Sister Jean to the Sweet 16.
Clayton Custer's jumper took a friendly bounce off the rim and in with 3.6 seconds left, and 11th-seeded Loyola beat Tennessee 63-62 in a South Region second-round game Saturday night.
Custer's winner came two days after Donte Ingram's buzzer-beating 3 for Loyola against Miami, surely to the delight of Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the 98-year-old nun, team chaplain and primary booster watching from her wheelchair on a platform near the main TV cameras.
"The only thing I can say, glory to God for that one," Custer said. "The ball bounced on the rim and I got a good bounce."
The Ramblers (30-5), who won the Missouri Valley tournament, broke the school record for wins set by the 1963 NCAA championship team. Loyola will play the Cincinnati-Nevada winner in the regional semifinals Thursday in Atlanta.
No. 3 seed Tennessee (26-7) took its only lead of the second half on three-point play by Grant Williams with 20 seconds remaining. After Loyola almost lost the ball on an out-of-bounds call confirmed on replay, Custer dribbled to his right, pulled up and let go a short jumper that hit the front of the rim, bounced off the backboard and went in.
A last-gasp shot from the Vols' Jordan Bone bounced away, and Custer threw the ball off the scoreboard high above the court as he was mobbed by teammates in the same spot that the Ramblers celebrates Ingram's dramatic winner.
The Ramblers fell behind 15-6 in less than 5 minutes before the Volunteers missed their next nine shots and fell behind for the first time on Custer's 3-pointer with 6 minutes left in the first half.
Admiral Schofield scored 11 of those first 15 Tennessee points but didn't score again until a 3 nearly 32 minutes later that started a rally from a 10-point deficit in the final 4 minutes by the SEC regular-season co-champions.
Tennessee coach Rick Barnes lost at American Airlines Center, home of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, for the first time in six NCAA games. The first four wins were during his 17 seasons leading the Texas Longhorns.
Schmidt, who leads the pregame prayer and gives the players feedback after, wasn't the only one pulling hard for Loyola.
Late-arriving fans waiting for crowd favorite Texas Tech in the late game joined the raucous Ramblers supporters wearing maroon-and-gold scarfs and standing almost the entire game in sections across the court from their team's bench.
Aundre Jackson, who grew up in the Dallas area, led Loyola with 16 points, and Custer had 10. Schofield scored 14 for Tennessee.
BIG PICTURE
Loyola-Chicago: A special run continues and the Ramblers might not be one-year wonders. Several key players will be back, including Custer, fellow junior guard Marques Townes and freshman center Cameron Krutwig. The Ramblers probably won't have to wait another 33 years this time.
Tennessee: Letting a quick lead get away will hurt for the Vols, although the rally is a boost for a starting lineup with no seniors. It was the first NCAA trip in three seasons at Tennessee for Barnes, who took the Longhorns 16 times in 17 years.
UP NEXT
Loyola-Chicago is headed to the round of 16 for the first time since 1985, when it lost to Patrick Ewing and Georgetown. That was also the last time the Ramblers made the NCAA Tournament.

Young and talented: Kentucky stops Buffalo cold, 95-75

It'll take more than experience, grit and a double-digit dream to knock these kids from Kentucky out of the NCAA Tournament.
Namely, it'll take someone to slow down Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and his fellow freshmen, who are zeroing in on the finer points of the John Calipari Hoop School at precisely the right time.
Kentucky put an end to any upset talk on its watch Saturday, getting 27 points, six rebounds and six assists from Gilgeous-Alexander in a 95-75 pullaway from scrappy, veteran 13th-seeded Buffalo.
Gilgeous-Alexander went 10 for 12 and made both of his 3-point attempts to send fifth-seeded Kentucky (26-10) to the Sweet 16 for the second straight season.
"We are inexperienced and all that stuff," Calipari said. "But I've got good players."
Coming into the day, the basketball world was still reverberating from Maryland-Baltimore County's 16 vs. 1 stunner over Virginia the night before. Villanova and Duke both rolled in their games early; the evening slate started with Kentucky, and the Wildcats, with their all-freshman starting lineup, trailed only once: 2-0.
"We hear about those upsets," said Wenyen Gabriel, one of Kentucky's rare sophomores, who finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds. "It just tells us to lock in some more, and focus."
This didn't turn into a runaway until the last 7 minutes.
Buffalo (27-9), which got here with a 21-point blowout over No. 4 Arizona, twice trimmed a double-digit lead to five midway through the second half.
Gilgeous-Alexander answered both times - once with a 3-pointer to extend the lead back to eight, then again a few minutes later with a three-point play that started a 12-2 run and put the game away.
"We didn't have an answer for him," Bulls coach Nate Oats said. "He was a major problem for us defensively."
Not the only one.
Hamidou Diallo also went off - going 9 for 12 and scoring all but four of his 22 points in the second half while the Wildcats were putting it on cruise.
The team that went 0 for 6 from 3-point range Thursday in its win over Davidson, snapping a record streak of 1,047 games with at least one 3, went 7 for 15 in this one. Buffalo also made seven - but it took 31 attempts.
"There's a reason three of those guys are supposed to go in the first round, and a couple more are going to be pros," Oats said of Kentucky's NBA draft prospects. "Cal's got them playing really well at the right time of year."
The Wildcats have won nine of 10 since snapping a four-game losing streak in February.
And about that UMBC win - it could impact Kentucky more than you know. When Tennessee lost a one-point game to Loyola-Chicago shortly after Kentucky wrapped up Saturday, the Wildcats found themselves seeded behind only No. 2 Cincinnati in the South. There's a possibility they could make the Final Four without having to face even one single-digit seed.
"Coach has been telling us this whole week that you never know what can happen in this tournament," Gilgeous-Alexander said. "We don't focus on any other team. We just try to get better every game and put it on the next opponent."
0-FER
Senior Wes Clark had an electric day for the Bulls again, but it wasn't enough. He finished with 26 points but closed his career at 0-5 against the Wildcats. The first four losses came before he transferred from Missouri.
NO OFFENSE TAKEN
Oats said he apologized to Calipari for saying the Kentucky coach "whined" all the time about having so many freshmen. Both coaches said it was overblown and there were no hard feelings. "There's nothing there. He's a great guy and a heck of a coach," Calipari said.
CAL SAYS
Calipari on getting flak from players who now make millions in the NBA, but who he wouldn't start, or give enough touches to, when they were at Kentucky: "You ask DeMarcus (Cousins) or Anthony (Davis), ask Devin (Booker). He's still mad I didn't start him. Devin Booker had 70 in a NBA game and I didn't start him. Or Eric Bledsoe. He says `You held me out.' I say, `You're doing all right. Will you buy dinner?'"
NEXT UP
The Wildcats play the winner of Sunday's game between Kansas State and UMBC in Atlanta next Thursday.

Joey Logano dominates Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway

Joey Logano put on a clinic in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Roseanne 300 at Auto Club Speedway, taking the No. 22 Team Penske Ford to victory in Fontana, California.
Logano led a race-high 139 circuits in the 150-lap event en route to his first Xfinity victory of the 2018 season and the 29th of his career in the series.
“Total team effort there,” Logano told FS1 in Victory Lane. “Great pit stops, great car. It was one of those races where you feel relieved when you win.”
It’s also the second straight week the No. 22 has gone to Victory Lane after Brad Keselowski won last week’s Xfinity Series event at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.
JR Motorsports drivers Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler finished second and third, respectively, followed by Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric to complete the top five, unofficially.
Following a caution on Lap 109 for fluid on the track from Dylan Lupton’s No. 28 Ford, Logano stayed out with four laps on his Goodyear tires, while the rest of the field behind him elected to pit.
When the race restarted, Logano was able to hold off a charge from Allgaier on older tires, but a caution for debris on Lap 120 gave way to Logano pitting for fresh rubber. The stop dropped him from the lead to 16th on the impending restart. But it only took Logano four laps to get back to the front, retaking the lead on Lap 128.
The field would come down pit road during the final caution period on Lap 138, but Logano was able to retain the lead and never look back.
After starting on the pole, it was an eventful day for Joe Gibbs Racing driver Christopher Bell, first getting loose off of Turn 4 and going for a spin through the infield grass with 53 laps remaining. Seven laps later, JR Motorsports driver Michael Annett collided with Bell at the exit of Turn 4, forcing Bell’s No. 20 Toyota up against the outside wall.
It was also a tough day for John Hunter Nemechek in his second race driving part time for Chip Ganassi Racing after blowing a right-front tire, destroying the front end of the No. 42 Chevrolet.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will have two weeks off before returning to action at Texas Motor Speedway for the My Bariatric Solutions 300 on April 7 (3 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN , SiriusXM).

New York City FC 2, Orlando City SC 0 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

New York City FC had difficulties breaking through the Orlando City SC defense at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon. And then Orlando let them in with a single mistake, leading to a 2-0 NYCFC win to keep the home side perfect in 2018.
Ismael Tajouri pounced on a mishit Joe Bendik pass for the opening goal in the 62nd minute, and Maximiliano Moralez scored an insurance goal 12 minutes later on a well-crafted move involving multiple NYCFC players.
Orlando had several chances to get on the board — primarily thanks to Justin Meram's innovation — but the loss leaves them winless through three matches in the still-young season.

Montreal Impact 1, Toronto FC 0 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

Toronto FC have been thriving in the CONCACAF Champions League, but remain winless in 2018 MLS play as their 401 Derby rivals the Montreal Impact knocked them off 1-0 on Sunday in front of a spirited crowd at Stade Olympique.
Impact newcomer Jeisson Vargas struck paydirt with a deflected finish past goalkeeper Alex Bono a few minutes before halftime. Despite plenty of possession and pressure from TFC down the stretch, that slim lead would hold up in the end, while Vargas saw a second strike waved off by an offside flag in the 70th minute. 
Former Toronto academy prospect Michael Petrasso made a key play to protect the lead in the final minutes, racing back to clear a Jozy Altidore effort off the line as the Reds pressed furiously for an equalizer over much of the second half.

Duke rolls into Sweet 16 with 87-62 romp over Rhode Island

Mike Krzyzewski might want to stop worrying about his team's inexperience. The loaded if young Blue Devils hardly seemed intimidated by NCAA Tournament's bright lights.
If anything, they're thriving under them.
Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year Marvin Bagley scored 22 points to go with nine rebounds, fellow freshman big man Wendell Carter Jr. added 13 points and second-seeded Duke rolled by seventh-seeded Rhode Island 87-62 in the second round on Saturday to earn the program's 26th trip to the Sweet 16. Freshmen guards Gary Trent Jr. and Trevon Duval combined for 29 points and 11 assists for the Blue Devils.
Duke (28-7) will play either Michigan State or Syracuse in the Midwest Regional semifinals in Omaha, Nebraska on Friday. The victory gave Krzyzewski 1,098 wins during his Hall of Fame career, breaking a tie with Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt for the most ever by an NCAA basketball coach.
The Rams (26-8) and their senior-laden roster never threatened after the opening 10 minutes. E.C. Matthews led Rhode Island with 23 points but the Rams were never really in it after the Blue Devils revved it up midway through the first half.
Krzyzewski's relationship with Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley dates back to when Krzyzewski recruited Dan's older brother Bobby to Duke 30 years ago. Krzyzewski praised the Hurley family for their love of the "dignity of work," an ethos that has helped Dan turn the Rams into a force in the Atlantic 10.
Work ethic is one thing. Talent is another. The Rams have plenty of the former. When the young but rapidly maturing Blue Devils are as fully engaged as they were on Saturday, they have a staggering amount of both.
The proof came in a clinically efficient opening half in which Duke picked the Rams a part. If Allen and Trent weren't knocking down 3-pointers then they were getting the ball inside to Bagley or Carter, the program's "other" potential lottery pick who is dealing with an achy Achilles. Though he winced at least once while trying to set up on the block, when Carter had the ball in his hands, the grimace disappeared. He scored nine of Duke's first 11 points to establish the Blue Devils' dominance in the paint and when the backcourt got going, the Rams simply couldn't keep pace.
A 23-5 surge midway through the first half put the Blue Devils firmly in command. Their extended zone defense with Allen at the top disrupted Rhode Island's rhythm, at one point forcing Matthews it put up an off-balance, one-handed airball from the 3-point line as the shot clock expired.
By the time Duval's second 3-pointer of the half went down, the Blue Devils were up 45-28 at the break.
As the Rams came out for the second half, junior guard Will Leviton went over to a section of Rhode Island fans and urged them to "get up, I still need you! It's still a game."
Not really. A pair of Bagley dunks shortly after intermission pushed Duke's advantage to more than 20 and the Blue Devils were on their way to Omaha.
BIG PICTURE
Rhode Island: The Rams lose five seniors to graduation, including Matthews, Terrell and forward Andre Berry but have a solid nucleus returning. Whether Hurley is there to guide them is another matter. He acknowledged his name has been mentioned in connections with other jobs. He said no last spring. It may be more difficult this time around.
Duke: For all of its offensive brilliance, the biggest difference for the Blue Devils over the last month has been their work at the other end of the floor. Duke held Rhode Island to 40 percent shooting (25 of 63).
UP NEXT
The Blue Devils are 14-9 in Sweet 16 games under Krzyzewski.