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NCAA Tournament bracket 2017: Virginia, Notre Dame survive tough first round tests

NCAA Tournament bracket 2017: Virginia, Notre Dame survive tough first round tests

Juniors Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell led the way with 18 and 16 points, respectively.

With 8:35 left in the game, Cannady nailed a three in the corner and was fouled by Farrell.

Funnily enough-and fitting for the opener to the madness-Notre Dame missed a free throw while up one, only for Princeton to miss a game-winning try from deep.

Down as many as 11 points in the second half of the first game of the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Tigers had staged an admirable late-game rally to lift the crowd at Key Bank Center from its seats for the moment everyone came to see: A March Madness buzzer-beater that would presumably cue the pandemonium of the bracket's first big upset.

"Our defensive intelligence can really help us against a group like this and it has all year", Brey said. "We got to advance and play again". He scored 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. It was the opportunity that Princeton needed to sneak back into it. This will be the opening game of the NCAA Men's basketball tournament proper following the First Four Round earlier this week, and will spark dozens of games to take place throughout the coming days.

For the Tigers, the star was Spencer Weisz, who was 6-for-11 from the field, scoring 15 points. But Devin Cannady's three-point attempt with three seconds left was wide and the Irish are alive on St. Patrick's Day. The Fighting Irish regained the lead two minutes later when Colson scored from the right post.

"It would have been sweet if he hit it that's for sure", Ravotto said. And while they're a bit weak on the offensive boards, Notre Dame is a team that will not be able to punish them there. "They've done that a lot, so I'm a lot calmer with this group because they've been poised in endgame situations".

Farrell received the inbound pass and was fouled. As the clocked ticked under a minute, Princeton brought the game within one possession after a tip in by Pete Miller.

The Tigers dribbled down the court with eight seconds left. Then, on the inbound play, Princeton forced Notre Dame to call a timeout. "Especially after me missing a free throw". The class of 2016 got to go out swinging, playing the style of ball they love best with the people they love best.

"I grew up a Notre Dame fan", Jake Whitfield, a former teammate of Cannady said. He truly makes you want to be a better person when you're around him. I've been on teams where that doesn't happen. We were really poised.

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It had the feeling of another 5-12 upset before Princeton's bid for a game-winner clanked off the rim with two seconds left. It's a lot to take in, and if you made a decision to just settle on one primary game to set your television to, you wouldn't have been disappointed if it was Princeton-Notre Dame.

"It was something we've been through", forward Bonzie Colson said. "We even blocked a couple". He wasn't hitting it all game so I thought that one shot he was going to hit. It was a good feeling to get the win.

Notre Dame mixed its 2-3 zone and man-to-man defense during the three-game ACC Tournament, finding a groove its players believe can carry into NCAAs.

On the afternoon, Princeton shot a regrettable 8-for-31 from three. Now, after a 60-58 loss, some Tigers were headed back to campus to write the exams they'd rescheduled in the name of the tournament.

A critical juncture of the game came in midway portion of the first half.

The arena started to turn on the Irish with six minutes remaining as two Myles Stephens free throws got Princeton within three.

"I'm 100 percent. I'm ready to go", Colson said afterward. He is scoring 17.5 points a game and ranks 15th in the nation in averaging 10.2 rebounds. "Let's get it to one and done and get on down the floor and make them play us".

Notre Dame improved to 26-9 and advanced to the second round, where it will play either No. 4 West Virginia or No 13 Bucknell.

After it ended Brey said this to his team: "Defense did it. Defense did it".

"This feels like beating MI, we've got guys that beat Northeastern", Brey said.


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