Notre Dame, North Carolina win Sweet 16 Games
- Updated: March 26, 2016
Philadelphia PA: The 4 best teams in the East regional come to the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on Friday night for the Sweet 16 to see Notre Dame, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Indiana to see who will represent the east in the final four next week in Houston. The games were broadcast on TBS with Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, Dana Jacobson calling the action.
The first sweet 16 was number 6 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish taking on the 7th seed Wisconsin Badgers, Notre Dame booked their trip to Philadelphia by defeating Stephen F. Austin at the buzzer in the 2nd round while the Badgers make their trip to Philly with a lot of drama as they would hit a walk off shot to beat Xavier in the second round. Wisconsin won the tip to start the game and games first points came from Bronson Koening for 2-0 lead, Notre Dame gets on the board with basket from Matt Farrell. The first half was a very ugly as both teams struggled shoot and making plays as the Badgers took at 23-19 lead into halftime. The 2nd half was very exciting as both teams woke up and made big plays. The Irish went on a run and they would that the lead on foul shots by Demetrius Jackson for a 38-37 lead with 8:50 left. Badgers and Irish would each exchange taking big shots and the Badgers had a 56-55 lead and Irish Demetrius Jackson would steal the ball and score the game winning layup with 13 seconds as the Irish went on a 8-0 run to end the game as Notre Dame would rally behind and take down Wisconsin 61-56. Ethan Happ lead the Badgers with 14 points and V J Beachem had 19 for Notre Dame
The second game featured a very high marquee match up as the 5th seed Indiana Hoosiers took on the number 1 seed in the east region which was North Carolina Tar Heels, Indiana secured their trip to the City of Brotherly Love by taking down their rivals Kentucky Wildcats in 2nd round while top seed North Carolina arrived in Philadelphia by taking down Providence in the 2nd round. This was the first time in 35 years that North Carolina would play Indiana in the NCAA Tournament here in Philadelphia as the last time was in 1981 when Indiana defeated North Carolina to win the National Championship and earlier in the day was very historic as assassination attempt that took place on President Ronald Reagan. The Tar Heel came out on fire to start the game lead my Marcus Paige has he would score North Carolina’s 12 of their first 14 points all from 3pt range and Indiana did not have no answer to the shooting by the Tar Heel in the first half. The Tar Heel would take a 52-41 lead into halftime. In the 2nd Half Indiana would try to get back into the game but Tar Heel shooting would just take over again and hit some big and that is all she wrote as the North Carolina Tar Heel would knockout Indiana 101-86. Marcus Paige lead North Carolina with 21 points and Yogi Ferrell lead Indiana with 25 points.
The Elite 8 now features top seeded North Carolina Tar Heels taking on 6th seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Sunday night at 8:49 PM on TBS, winner will represent the East in the Final Four next week in Houston.