PIRATES 4, Rays 0: Trevor Williams tossed five scoreless innings, striking out four for Pittsburgh.
"I thought we were the best", he said.
The magical Final Four runs came under boy wonder coach Brad Stevens, who left for the NBA's Boston Celtics in the summer of 2013.
DID YOU KNOW? The Atlantic Coast Conference received a record nine bids to this year's NCAA tourney, but North Carolina was the only ACC team that made it out of the opening weekend.
And by unusual, he means fantastic. "They just out-toughed us", UNC point guard Nate Britt recalled. UCLA players crammed into a closet-sized locker room, separated by a four-foot hallway from the North Carolina headquarters.
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"It's a little different shooting the ball and not really feeling like, 'We're not going to get an offensive rebound, '" Jackson said. But they are hitting 52.9 percent (18 of 34) and have a 22-11 edge on the boards over the smaller Bulldogs.
Malik Monk's 47-point explosion in Kentucky's scintillating 103-100 win over the Tar Heels Dec. 17 in Las Vegas did not stay in Vegas, though, either. Hamilton said she's been passing on advice to fellow North Carolina fans from out of town about where to spend their time in Memphis. If UCLA is to get over the hump in Memphis, it will have to play much better defense than it has played so far in the tournament and for much of the season. UCLA and North Carolina have played 11 times. One big reason why was their perimeter game. It's as if the selection committee made a decision to channel its inner Every Fan and make up a fantasy bracket.
Sin City had trouble deciding on favorites for the tournament after Selection Sunday, with some initially listing No. 2 seed Duke as the top team and others picking Kansas and North Carolina.
Not that Williams is planning his watch party yet.
The Bulldogs will have a familiar face to UNC fans in former NC State point guard Tyler Lewis, who is finishing up his career after transferring to Butler. But for the Tar Heels to make their way to Phoenix and win the national title, they have to play with cool resolve. Fun fact about those runs? Oh, sorry, No. 4 Butler - promises to deliver more historical heft, more star power and more coaching eminence than whatever the national semifinals produce in Glendale, Ariz. "So yeah, we have to come with the same mindset, just make it start to finish as sloppy as possible".
ISLANDERS 4, Penguins 3 (SO): John Tavares and Anthony Beauvillier scored in the shootout to lead NY over Pittsburgh.
"People are going to watch this game not because I'm coaching and not because Steve (Alford) is coaching", Calipari said.