March Madness 2022 – Best of the upsets, action and moments from NCAA tournament Sunday games


March Madness 2022 has been an entertaining ride, and it’s just getting started.

Saturday’s slate of NCAA tournament games saw 8-seed North Carolina upset the defending champion Baylor Bears. Michigan took down No. 3 Tennessee, adding to the hoops drama.

That wasn’t all. Creighton played tough against No. 1 Kansas, but the Jayhawks escaped with a 79-72 victory.

Buckle up for more hardwood theatrics as the second round continues Sunday.

Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo went head-to-head for the final time. Krzyzewski is retiring after 42 seasons with the Blue Devils, but with Duke’s win over Michigan State, he has at least one more game to coach in the Sweet 16. It was the sixth meeting between Coach K and Izzo in the NCAA tournament, a record for the most common matchups between head coaches, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

Auburn guard Jabari Smith takes the court after his exceptional performance against Jacksonville State in the first round. Arizona and Auburn are a pair of other top-two squads in action.

NCAA tournament schedule (all times ET)

6:10 p.m.: 11 Iowa State Cyclones vs. 3 Wisconsin Badgers

7:10 p.m.: 11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. 3 Texas Tech Red Raiders

7:45 p.m.: 10 Miami Hurricanes vs. 2 Auburn Tigers

8:40 p.m.: 6 Texas Longhorns vs. 3 Purdue Boilermakers

9:40 p.m.: 9 TCU Horned Frogs vs. 1 Arizona Wildcats

Were you not entertained?

Make that 99 NCAA tournament wins for Coach K.

Duke vs. Michigan State was everything a fan of quality hoops could have hoped for — this jam from Mark Williams was no exception.

This 3 wasn’t too shabby either …

Per ESPN Stats & Information research, with Sunday’s win, Coach K’s team has knocked Michigan State out of the NCAA tournament five times. That’s the most times one coach has defeated a single program in NCAA tournament history.

Villanova is on to the next one

The Villanova Wildcats are dancing to the Sweet 16 (again) after thwarting the Ohio State Buckeyes’ second-half comeback attempt to win 71-61.

The Wildcats appear to be getting hot at the right time, having won seven in a row.

Next up? Jay Wright & Co. will meet the Michigan Wolverines in San Antonio, the same city where Villanova defeated Michigan in the 2018 national championship game. We’re not saying it’s a good omen for Nova, but it’s certainly not a bad one.

Sweet victory for Houston

After knocking out Illinois 68-53, Houston will make its third straight Sweet 16 appearance. The Coogs’ streak is the third-longest active one behind Gonzaga (seven) and Michigan (five). It’s safe to say Coach Kelvin Sampson liked what he saw out of his guys.

Teddy or Timmy Buckets?

MILWAUKEE — When New Mexico State stunned UConn in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday, America was introduced to “Teddy Buckets.”

Aggies guard Teddy Allen scored 37 of his team’s 70 points, the most ever by a New Mexico State player in the tournament. After the game, Allen went viral by staring into a TNT camera and saying, “Bye, bye, blue bloods!”

“The interview after the game, that’s exactly who he is all the time,” said Allen’s younger brother, Timmy, a forward for Texas. “But I don’t know, I’m definitely a fun guy.”

Not only does Timmy Allen also have some personality, he’s the rightful owner of the “Buckets” nickname, at least until big brother stepped in.

“I was the original ‘Timmy Buckets,'” Teddy said Saturday, as Texas prepared for its second-round matchup against Purdue. “It’s been my Twitter handle since the seventh grade or something like that. And then he started going crazy and it went to Teddy Buckets. So either or, but we both get to the basket for sure.”

New Mexico State is Teddy Allen’s fourth school in five years, while Timmy transferred from Utah to Texas following the 2020-21 season. Longhorns coach Chris Beard said the team delayed several film sessions Thursday so Timmy could watch Teddy’s game against UConn. Beard is close with New Mexico State coach Chris Jans.

“I think Timmy was the original ‘Buckets,'” Beard said. “It’s my understanding that Teddy took it. I love Teddy, but I’m a Timmy guy.”

While Teddy might be the more brazen and outgoing brother, Timmy has his own swagger.

“Timmy has his own dance,” Texas guard Courtney Ramey said. “You should see it someday. Big fun guy over here. Big fun guy.”

If Texas keeps dancing in the NCAA tournament, the moves are sure to come out. — Adam Rittenberg