NCAA Tournament: Georgetown Hoyas Crash Out
The Georgetown Hoyas were outplayed from all angles by an Ohio Bobcats team that had not won an NCAA Tournament game since 1983, typifying the upset theme that dominated the opening round at the Big East. The Bobcats leaned on the splendid game of Indiana transfer Armon Bassett to hand the third-seeded Hoyas a sound beating, 97-83.
Bassett collected 32 points while rookie sensation D.J. Cooper chipped in 23 points for Ohio, which was a long shot to make the tournament after a dismal 7-9 in the Mid-American Conference. The Bobcats took control late in the first half behind an array of three-point shots, which were often unchallenged by a lethargic Georgetown defense. The Bobcats hit 13 of their 23 shots from behind the arc.
The Bobcats will try to make it a second-consecutive upset when they take on the sixth-seeds Tennessee Volunteers, who survived a gritty San Diego State University, 62-59.
In other matches: No. 11 Old Dominion nipped No. 6 Notre Dame (51-50), eleventh-seed Washington upset sixth-seed Marquette (70-68), while No. 2 Villanova survived No. 15 Robert Morris (73-70).