Arizona suffered a stunning blowout loss to the little-known University at Buffalo in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, sending the Internet into an absolute frenzy.
Buffalo, who was a 9.5-point underdog to Arizona, will face No. 5 seed Kentucky on Saturday.
No. 13 Buffalo dominated No. 4 Arizona in the second half of their first round March Madness matchup to secure their first win in tournament history. The Wildcats were twice entangled in a federal investigation into nefarious recruiting practices and lost one of their best players twice to injury.
Now, after two years of junior college at Gulf Coast State in Florida, he does the same things for Buffalo.More news: UK's Boris Johnson says corrupt Putin allies may be targeted
It was the worst Pac-12 performance in the tournament since that golden year for the Big East, 1985, when the Pac-10 went 0-4 in first-round games. Buffalo consistently put a ton of pressure on the Wildcats' guard play and fronted Ayton at the basket to keep this offense from ever finding its rhythm through their world-class big man.
The Bulls are fast, play up-tempo and shoot the 3 - areas the Wildcats have struggled against.
Buffalo (27-8) shredded Arizona's defense with its quickness, getting to the lane for shots at the rim and kickouts to shooters.
Kentucky 78, Davidson 73 • Kentucky topped Davidson in Boise despite failing to make a single 3-pointer, snapping a nation-best streak of 1,047 games with a 3 that began in 1988. DeAndre Ayton and Allonzo Trier should've been too much for them, but that was far from the truth. The Big 12 got seven teams.
Knox finished 8 for 16 from the floor, including a pair of baseline jumpers from the 15-to-17-foot range that helped Kentucky pull away. Buffalo was lights out from beyond the arc (15-30; 50.0 percent). U.C.L.A. won the title this season.More news: Eddie Jones apologises for calling Wales a 's*** little place'
Loyola 64, Miami 62 • Donte Ingram picked the ideal spot for this game-winning shot.
The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers staged one of two other upsets on the first day of Round of 64 action. It happened after Lonnie Walker IV missed a free throw with a chance to give Miami a three-point lead with nine seconds remaining.
The Crimson Tide gained its first NCAA Tournament win in a dozen years as Collin Sexton scored 21 of his team-high 24 points after halftime of an 86-83 squeaker against Virginia Tech. Buffalo isn't almost as good defending inside the arc as they are at defending the perimeter so Kentucky should get points in the paint. We were up all night, thinking about the game, watching film, and thinking about what we had to do to get a W. Clark shot 3/5 from distance, and went 2-2 at the line.
"I've arrived, I am on 'The Scott Van Pelt Show, '" said UB's quotable coach. "Because we looked at this team, and they play hard. They're that good", Oats said.More news: Encounter on btw SF-militants after attack on BJP leader, PSO injured