Biggest Winners and Losers of 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament | Bleacher report

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    The 2022 NCAA Tournament ended in an exciting way Monday night, with Kansas overcoming a 15-point break deficit en route to a 72-69 victory over North Carolina.

    From an opening weekend filled with disruption to No. 15 from Saint Peter’s unlikely Cinderella race to Elite Eight, it was a March madness to remember.

    Now it’s time to strike a bow over this year’s festivities with a final round of winners and losers spanning the entire of this year’s tournament, from the first four matches on March 15 and 16 to the national championship game.

    It’s been a wild ride. Thank you for reading with us!

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    As the dust settled on a wild opening day of the 2022 NCAA Tournament that saw No. 15 Saint Peter’s rebel No. 2, Kentucky, along with rebellious victories of No. 12 seeds from New Mexico State (over UConn) and Richmond (over Iowa) ), there were only 192 perfect parentheses left across the pools of NCAA.com, ESPN, CBS and Yahoo parentheses.

    When No. 11 seed Iowa State disrupted No. 6 LSU Friday night, that number was officially reduced to zero.

    It was the second year in a row that no bracket survived the opening round, and as the distance continues to close between blue bloods and mid-major upstarts, it becomes less and less likely that we will ever see anyone hit the perfect bracket.

    However, we will all be filled with the same hope when the first game hits Thursday morning next year and that is the beauty of March Madness.

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    Duke Vs. The North Carolina game in the Final Four will likely be the game everyone remembers from the 2022 NCAA Tournament, but the best game in this year’s tournament took place during the First Four in Dayton, Ohio.

    In the final play-in match Wednesday night, Rutgers and Notre Dame faced the chance for an opening-round matchup with No. 6 seed Alabama.

    It took two overtime to decide a winner, with Notre Dame’s Paul Atkinson Jr. put the game-winning setback with two seconds left to give Fighting Irish an 89-87 victory.

    Rutgers had a chance to win it at the end of the regulation, scoring 10 points in the final minute of the first overtime, and Ron Harper Jr. hit a huge matching three-pointer with 23 seconds left in the second overtime. before Notre Dame came with the victory.

    Fighting Irish continued to upset Alabama in the opening round before falling to Texas Tech in the second round, proving they belonged in the field from the start.

    Watch the play-in games, guys!

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    Jabari Smith has all the tools to be an NBA-level star with an athletic 6’10 “frame, an offensive game that extends to the perimeter, where he shot 42.0 percent from three-point range, and the length to be an effect player at the defensive end.

    But his unique first-year season ended with a bang as he was held to 10 points on 3-of-16 shots in the Tigers’ second-round loss to No. 10 seed Miami. The annoying Hurricanes defense kept him uncomfortable from the opening tip.

    “I had some looks that just didn’t fall, but the credit to those who just made them tough,” Smith told reporters. “Keeps body on me, is physically with me, sends two people. They defended well as a team.”

    There is still consensus that Smith will be a top-three pick in the 2022 NBA draft alongside Duke’s Paolo Banchero and Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren, but he could have locked in No. 1 spot with a strong March Madness race.

    Instead, his college career is likely to end with a sour taste in his mouth as the Tigers failed to survive the opening weekend.

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    Each year, there are at least a few medium-sized stars who take full advantage of the bright lights and put on a show during March Madness.

    This year it was Wright State guard Tanner Holden and New Mexico State striker Teddy Allen.

    The team was a pick in the All-Horizon League and averaged 20.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. fight during his junior season for a Wright State team that sneaked into the NCAA Tournament as No. 4 in the Horizon League Tournament.

    He outscored Bryant’s Peter Kiss, the nation’s leading goal scorer, in one of his first four games as he scored 37 points on 11-of-15 shots. He followed that up by 12 points against No. 1 seed Arizona in the opening round, and after entering the transfer portal, he has landed in Ohio State, where he is likely to step into a starting role with the Buckeyes.

    Allen was no stranger to the transfer portal itself, but began his college career in West Virginia before spending time at Western Nebraska Community College, Nebraska, and eventually New Mexico State.

    The 6’6 “junior won the WAC Player of the Year behind 19.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for a 27-7 Aggies team.

    He scored 37 points in an upset victory over No. 5 seed UConn in the opening round to make his mark on the 2022 tournament, and he added 12 points, four rebounds and a theft in the team’s second-round loss to Arkansas. He has already declared himself the 2022 NBA draft.

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    The Big Ten crashed and burned in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, with No. 2 seed Ohio State and No. 4 seed Purdue both losing in the opening round, while No. 1 seed Illinois and No. 2 seed Iowa did not survive their second-round opponent.

    It was more of the same this year.

    Despite leading all conferences with nine NCAA tournament bids, only No. 3 seed Purdue and No. 11 seed Michigan managed to reach Sweet 16, and they were both immediately sent for packing before the field was brought to Elite Eight.

    The bigger black eye this year, however, may belong to the SEC.

    While No. 4 seed Arkansas reached Elite Eight, No. 2 seed Kentucky, No. 6 seed LSU and No. 6 seed Alabama were all disrupted in the first round. It was followed by No. 2 Auburn and No. 3 Tennessee, both losing in the second round, which blew up lots of parentheses along the way.

    Throughout the year, the teams struggled to win away from home in the SEC, and quite rightly, that narrative kept true during March Madness.

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    We’ve never seen a Cinderella run quite like Saint Peter’s Peacocks.

    From the start of their opening game against No. 2 seed Kentucky, they seemed completely untouched by facing one of the sport’s blue bloods, and their relentless defensive intensity that earned them No. 25 in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency this year showed. to be their golden ticket.

    After shocking the Wildcats in overtime, they beat No. 7 seeded Murray State by 10 points to advance to Sweet 16 and then became the first No. 15 seeded ever to reach the Elite Eight when they got a 67-64 victory against No. 3 seed Purdue.

    The Cinderella race ended with a loss of 20 points to North Carolina in the Elite Eight, but their race will not soon be forgotten.

    Three-point shooter Doug Edert and his glorious mustache got a NIL deal from the Buffalo Wild Wings, head coach Shaheen Holloway got the head coach job at his alma mater Seton Hall, and now everyone knows that Saint Peter’s University is located in New Jersey.

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    No one wants to see a blowout in the Final Four.

    Once the NCAA Tournament field is trimmed down to four teams, college basketball fans want a battle back and forth for a spot in the national title game.

    The Villanova Wildcats were simply overmatched by No. 1 seed Kansas.

    In a game that had a spread of four points, the Jayhawks led lead to lead, scoring the first 10 points and building a 26-11 lead midway through the first half.

    Ochai Agbaji (21 points, 6/7 3PT) finally looked like a first-team All-American, and David McCormack (25 points, 10/12 FG) was a man among boys in the paint as Kansas triumphed to an 81-65 victory and struck his ticket to the championship match.

    Tip of the cap for Villanova fifth-year senior guard Collin Gillespie, who scored a team-high 17 points in his last college game. The Big East Player of the Year had to watch from the sidelines with an injury in March last year after the 2020 tournament was canceled, so it was nice to see him enjoy one last NCAA tournament.

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    Duke Vs. North Carolina in the Final Four for the first time in the history of rivalry.

    There was simply no way the game would live up to the hype.

    And so it did.

    The match saw 18 lead changes, neither team led by more than seven points at any point, and it was only when Caleb Love hit a dagger three to bring North Carolina up 78-74 with 28 seconds left that it finally began to become clear who was going to win the match.

    Even then, it required Love to knock three out of four penalty throws down to secure the win as the second half of the guard finished with a game-high 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting, counting 22 of his points in the second half.

    It may not have been the history book ending that Duke fans had in mind for legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski when he retired, but it was the pinnacle of college basketball’s biggest rivalry, and it will be the game that people remember from these tournament years. from now.

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    The first half of Monday’s national championship game was all of North Carolina.

    Tar Heels ripped off a 26-7 run to close out the first half and take a 40-25 lead into the break, collecting 18 second-chance points and dominating the board with a 27-18 lead.

    Meanwhile, Kansas shot a lousy 6-of-21 in the paint as it settled for bad looks early in the shot clock time and time again as they tried to climb the pace.

    The 15-point lead that North Carolina built was a draw for the fourth-largest lead of the break in the history of the championship game, but it took just over five minutes for the Jayhawks to reduce the deficit to six points that came out of the break and a corner. three-pointer from Remy Martin with 10:23 to play brought the Jayhawks up 53-50 as the momentum was completely shifted.

    Suddenly, it was North Carolina that settled for a bad look and lacked inside, while Kansas patiently set up its offensive and found easy curves over and over again.

    The same Tar Heels who hosted a 25-point lead against Baylor – which would have equaled the NCAA tournament record for the biggest broken lead if they had lost – but survived to win in overtime, could not cope with the storm another time, and now they own the biggest blasted lead in the title game’s history.

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    Throughout the tournament, as long as we rolled out the “Winners and Losers” articles, the best comment for snarky readers was always something along the lines of the winners being the teams that won and the losers being the teams that lost.

    So now, folks.

    The Kansas Jayhawks are the biggest winners of the 2022 NCAA Tournament because they won the 2022 NCAA Tournament and they did so with a record-breaking comeback and an overall team effort.

    Sixth man Remy Martin was the star at the start with a 20-point game against Creighton in the second round and a 23-point game against Providence in Sweet 16. He hit four three-pointers Monday night and finished with 14 points in 21 minutes.

    Center David McCormack had a season-high 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting against Villanova in the Final Four, and he came back big with 15 points and 10 rebounds while overcoming some early foul problems.

    Christian Braun had a hard time in the first half, but came out aggressively to start the second half to kick-start the comeback. He eventually finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds while playing all 40 minutes. Jalen Wilson added 15 points and Dajuan Harris Jr. played his usual star defense.

    In the end, it was Big 12 Player of the Year and first-team All-American Ochai Agbaji who took the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors, with his 21-point show against Villanova on 6-of-7 from beyond the arc as his signature performance .

    Congratulations to the Kansas Jayhawks 2021-22 on navigating a wild tournament field to walk away as national champions!

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