Admiral Schofield scored 11 of those first 15 Tennessee points but didn't score again until a 3 almost 32 minutes later that started a rally from a 10-point deficit in the final 4 minutes by the SEC regular-season co-champions.
Richardson wasn't exactly surprised by Custer's game victor to sink Tennessee, a shot that used pretty much all of the rim. But Loyola still had enough to hold off the Volunteers until Williams' three-point play. "We've played fast all year.' Down the stretch we were able to get a few [better looks] here and there".
"It just hurts because we worked so hard and we weren't supposed to just finish here".
Schofield drained a 3-pointer for his first points in 31:45 to get the Volunteers back within 58-51 with 3:53 remaining.
"Some nights people get more shots than other nights", Custer said.
"To do it back-to-back, two games in a row, it's a feeling like out of a movie or something like that", said Krutwig, who finished with seven points, four assists, a steal and a blocked shot.
All five Duke starters scored in double figures, with the four freshmen and senior guard Grayson Allen steamrolling through the Rhode Island defense.
Next up for the Ramblers is the victor of No. 7 Nevada vs.
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The Lady Vols used an offensive outburst in the third quarter to win their NCAA opener for the ninth straight season and remain undefeated at home in NCAA play at 57-0.
"After seeing these last couple games, these last few days of basketball, seeing what can happen, we have an idea that this tournament anything can happen", Bagley said.
They will take on No. 6 seed Miami on Thursday in the first round of the Big Dance, and while they will enter the game as an underdog, Sister Jean's impact will be felt both on and off the court. He scored 22 points, one shy of a season high and most he'd scored since getting 23 against Monmouth on December 9. But Loyola dominated the last 15:37 of the first half, outscoring the Volunteers 23-10.
The Ramblers (30-5), who won the Missouri Valley tournament, broke the school record for wins set by the 1963 NCAA championship team.
Consider the South region officially up for grabs. Loyola-Chicago responded with a 23-10 swing after the timeout to take a 29-25 lead into halftime. She picked them to advance to the Sweet 16 in her personal bracket and told them in her pregame prayer they were destined to win. She showed a lot of faith in her Ramblers by picking them to reach the Sweet 16 of the tourney.
Gilgeous-Alexander shot 10 of 12 from the field in outdueling Buffalo guard Wes Clark, who led 13th-seeded Buffalo (27-9) with 26 points. It wasn't even that the final score was a mind-blowing 74-54 against a Cavaliers squad that stood 22-1 this season against the lordly ACC (America's Cockiest Conference). It was the first 20-20 game for anyone against a No. 1 seed since Hakeem Olajuwon (with his first name then spelled Akeem) did it for Houston in 1983.
Guard CJ Massinburg scored 18 points for the Bulls, who upset fourth-seeded Arizona in the first round.
After a tense first half in a round that has given the program fits, the Wildcats hit their first six 3s in the second and put on a thrashing up there among the most dominant under Wright.