I just wonder if Arizona State's two best wins, over projected top seeds Xavier and Kansas, will hold up, as their struggles in in a below-average Pac-12 indicated serious inconsistency, not the excellence those victories displayed.
No. 25 Rhode Island needed a second-half rally to finish off Saint Joseph's in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament semifinals Saturday. The sophomore point guard didn't commit a turnover in 32 minutes, his ninth error-free game of the season. Defensively, Rhode Island yields 68.2 points per game against the opposing teams.
Coach Dan Hurley talked to CBS about slowing Trae Young: "Just got to be able to mix up your ball screen coverages, throw different types of defenders at him, throw different types of looks". Saint Joseph's appeared poised to deliver another upset while trying to extend its season, building an 11-point lead early in the second half. The Rams are making their 10th tournament appearance and are in the field for back-to-back seasons for only the second time.
"Coach drew up an awesome play", Dowtin said.
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The Rams never trailed in the final 5:42, jumping ahead for good when Russell knocked down a 3-pointer from the left corner to make it 76-73.
The Hawks missed out on a chance to tie when Taylor Funk traveled near midcourt with 0.5 seconds left.
Rhode Island went cold down the stretch, losing three of its final five games, including the A-10 tournament championship against Davidson.
Saint Joseph's: The Hawks won seven of eight before Saturday's loss and started only one senior in the conference tournament.
Over on the Kentucky side, they're sitting at 24-10 on the year. This time it was Saint Joseph's with feelings of postgame disappointment. While both offenses are hot, Rhode Island isn't playing much defense at the moment.