Getting back to the drawing board is no simple matter, as the Eastern Washington defensive coaches and players are learning this spring.
Two down, four to go for the Kentucky Wildcats as they try to become the first unbeaten national champion since Indiana in 1976. Villanova became the first top seed out as it lost to North Carolina State, while UCLA came up with a second win in the tournament, not bad for a team that many said didn't even belong in the field of 68.
There were no big upsets in the first half of Friday’s action in the NCAA Tournament. There will be, however, some good matchups in the round of 32, including one the state of Kansas has been anticipating for almost 20 years.
Ognjen Miljkovic and Parker Kelly combined for 31 points, hitting 11 of 17 3-pointers and Eastern Washington held on to defeat Sacramento State 64-61 on Thursday in a showdown for first place in the Big Sky Conference.
Quinn Cook, Tyus Jones and No. 4 Duke got their biggest shots to start falling just in time.
Braxton Tucker and DaShaun Wiggins had 19 points each on Saturday night, and Portland State pulled away late to beat Idaho 85-73.
Cody Demps scored 14 of his career-high 22 in the final 7:31 to help Sacramento State take over sole possession of first place in the Big Sky Conference with a 90-77 win over Eastern Washington on Saturday night.
Tyler Harvey hit 8 of 10 3-pointers to set the program mark for career treys and scored 34 points to lead Eastern Washington to an 87-81 win over Lewis-Clark State on Monday.
Igor Hadziomerovic stole the ball at midcourt and drove for a layup with 45 seconds left to secure a 75-73 overtime victory over Houston in the Las Vegas Classic on Monday night.
EWU junior QB Vernon Adams Jr. finishes behind Villanova’s John Robertson for the Walter Payton Award.