Busting Brackets

NCAA Basketball: 10 biggest takeaways from Saturday’s historic action-packed slate

Duke v North Carolina
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North Carolina rebounds

After a shocking 74-73 loss to Georgia Tech on Tuesday, the Tar Heels rebounded with a convincing 93-84 win over Duke in Chapel Hill.

Led by two double-double efforts from Armando Bacot and Harrison Ingram, North Carolina held Tyrese Proctor to just two points and overwhelmed the Blue Devils offensively by moving the ball quickly up the floor and limiting turnovers.

All in all, it was a big win for Hubert Davis’ group as the Heels remain one of the more complete teams in college basketball.

Max Abmas late-game flurry propels the Longhorns

Texas picked up a much-needed 77-66 road win at TCU yesterday thanks to Max Abmas scoring the final 13 points for the Longhorns in under four minutes.

Abmas was held in check for most of the game but delivered when it mattered most. In classic Abmas fashion, a step-back three as the shot clock expired along with a deep three from the logo in the final minutes gave the Longhorns the edge to give them their fourth Q4 victory and catapult themselves on the right side of the NCAA Tournament picture.

Memphis survives….for now

It’s not Memphis basketball without a nail-biting, teeth-scratching finish.

Snapping a four-game losing streak, the Tigers prevailed over a slumping Wichita State squad, erasing an 11-point deficit in the final five minutes thanks to a game-winning jumper from David Jones.

A loss would have surely sent Memphis on the outside looking in of the NCAA Tournament but the Tigers survived and stopped the bleeding…for now.

The jury is still out on Penny Hardaway’s group but the win last night saved the Tigers from facing an utter disaster. Last night was a must-win and Penny’s group found a way to get it done.