Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

South Florida: NCAA women's basketball breakdown and prediction

South Florida: NCAA women's basketball breakdown and prediction

Today they face a Buffalo team that has won five straight and is making its third NCAA Tournament in four years.

Buffalo pulled off the first big upset of the NCAA Tournament with a 89-68 rout of Arizona Thursday night. The loss by the Wildcats also means that the PAC-12, as a conference, did not win a game in the NCAA Tournament this year.

Buffalo largely used a three-man effort as Wes Clark (25 points and seven assists), Jeremy Harris (23 points and seven rebounds) and CJ Massinburg (19 points and six boards) were far too much for the Wildcats.

On the women's side, Obama has the unbeaten Huskies, the overall No. 1 seed, defeating Saint Francis, Quinnipiac, Duke, and SC to reach the Final Four along with Louisville, Notre Dame and Mississippi State. Myles Powell added 19 points and Angel Delgado scored 13 to help Seton Hall stay in front the entire game.

As anxious as the Wildcat faithful were, many undoubtedly still felt Arizona would go on a major run in the second half, and overpower the Bulls with U of A's group of 5 and 4 star players. 0 Final Fours in 9 years, while landing DeAndre Ayton, Lauri Markannen, Stanley Johnson, etc, etc, for an eight to ten month stop-over before heading on to the National Basketball Association.

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Give Buffalo a lot of credit for just pummeling Arizona, but the major story is just poor Arizona looked after a strong finish to the season. An unexpected nine points from the bench steadied Arizona and led to a 3-point lead with just over four minutes to go in the first half.

The Wildcats ended the season under a cloud of suspicion as coach Sean Miller denied allegations that he paid $100,000 to make sure Ayton would enroll at Arizona.

"We're a team that plays very hard".

Rob Gray capped his 39-point eruption by hitting a scooping layup with 1.1 seconds left to send the sixth-seeded Cougars to a 67-65 triumph over San Diego State. They've got more guards and more perimeter-based team. This team fouls more than any other opponent Kentucky will have faced this season minus West Virginia. He still finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds, but the Bulls prevented him from dominating, as he had most of the season. All lost their first round games, and only the Beavers were competitive.

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