Catching up with the Madness: Day 3


Tommy Yarrish

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2019 marks the year with the longest perfect bracket run, as 2 people have predicted all 40 of the games played thus far correctly. Who’s going to be standing at the end of the fourth day? Time will tell. Miss any of the day three action? Here’s what you need to know.

Carsen Edwards’ 42 points leads Purdue over reigning-champions Villanova

In what was the worst loss in Villanova’s tournament history, #3 Purdue absolutely demolished the #6 Wildcats 87-61.  

The Boilermakers simply just couldn’t miss, shooting 53.7% from the field, plus 53.3% from beyond the arc.

The shooting was led by junior guard Carsen Edwards. The Atascocita native dropped a tournament high 42 points, only turning the ball over four times. Edwards knocked down nine three pointers on 57.1% shooting, not to mention going nine-for-nine from the free throw line.

With back to back 40+ point halves, the Boilermakers were just too much for the Wildcats, even with three of their starters, led by Eric Paschall’s 19, in double figure scoring.

Purdue heads into the sweet 16 to take on the winner of #2 Tennessee and #10 Iowa, who’re just off an upset of #7 Cincinnati.

LSU puts a halt to Maryland’s second half comeback with go-ahead lay-up to advance

Tremont Waters proved to be the hero for the #3 Tigers Saturday night, as his drive past three Maryland defenders for a layup sealed the deal for the victory over the #6 Terrapins 69-67.

Maryland was down 38-29 at the end of the first half, and even while bouncing back with a 38 point performance in the second half and a big three pointer to tie the game late, it just wasn’t their night.

Junior guard Skylar Mays led the Tigers in scoring with 16 points, and also had three other players in double digits, including Darius Days’ 10 point-5 rebound performance off of the bench.

The Terrapins had five players in double digits, led by Jalen Smith’s incredible 15 point, 8 rebound, 5 block night. Forward Bruno Fernando also chipped in with a 10 point-15 rebound double-double.

The Tigers will advance to the next round and take on #2 Michigan State, who cruised through a 70-50 win over #10 Minnesota in the second round.

Games to Watch on Day 3

#1 Duke vs #9 UCF

#12 Oregon vs #13 UC Irvine

#4 Virginia Tech vs #12 Liberty