NCAA Men’s Elite 8 wraps up

North Carolina shattered any hopes of a March Madness miracle early Sunday, taking 20 points and 22 rebounds from Armando Bacot with a 69-49 run from 15th Saint Peter’s. 28-9) set their record in the 21st Final Four and next on their list is none other than the ancient rival Duke and his soon-to-be retired coach, Mike Krzyzewski.

Next Saturday in New Orleans will mark the first meeting of the Final Four – the first meeting of the NCAA tournament, in fact – between Tobacco Road’s ancient rivals whose campuses are 11 miles away.

While Coach K’s winding road to retirement has been wonderful to watch this March, nothing has captured the imagination more than Saint Peter’s underdog running. The entire basketball budget for this miserable group from Jersey City, New Jersey, is $ 1.6 million – or about $ 400,000 less than what Tar Heels first coach Hubert Davis, who cried as his players made, they wrapped him after the buzzer, in a year.

Two nights earlier, the Peacocks (21-12) had beaten Purdue to become the first 15 seed to qualify for the Elite Eight. It is hardly the first group to see big plans overturned by one of the country’s top energy projects. It became ugly early.

After Carolina’s Leaky Black missed a free kick 2 1/2 minutes in, Bacot stepped forward for the offensive rebound and an easy rebound. He gave Carolina a 7-0 lead. In his three tournament victories over Kentucky, Murray State and Purdue, Saint Peter’s had never lost by more than six.

The Peacocks, whose 10-game winning streak ended, moved the ball well and had many good performances in the first 10 minutes. Some shots were fired in half and fell out. Others bounced twice on the iron but did not fall. They were left behind with 21-7 after losing their first six shots and 16 of the first 19.

At the end of the first half, Daryl Banks III rushed for something that looked like a windmill jam. Rejected – from the front of the rim. He made the Peacocks 5 for 27 at night, and when Bacot sank into the next possession, North Carolina led 36-15.

Fousseyni Drame led Saint Peter’s by 12 points and KC Ndefo had 10. The weekend before, North Carolina had a 25-point lead over Baylor only to see them all disband before withdrawing from extra time. The turning point came when Brady Manek was thrown for throwing an involuntary elbow. Manek also finished this game on the side – watching the rubbish time from the bench after scoring 19 points.

It was an emotional night for Davis, who replaced Roy Williams, the coach who led the Pissas to five Final Fours for 18 years. Now the 51-year-old Davis joins Ray Meyer, Steve Fisher and Danny Kram as rookies to reach the biggest stage of the sport.

Were it not for Saint Peter’s, North Carolina might have been the underdog of this tournament. Far back when, in 1985, another 8 seeds shook the world. It was Rollie Massimino’s Villanova team in 1985.

Again, these are tar heels. They play as well as everyone for more than a month. When they beat Duke 94-81 at the Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 5, it dropped a cloud over what was supposed to be a celebration for Coach K’s last home game. On Sunday, they destroyed another of these so-called “perfect” stories.

But that’s more than just a consolation prize for college wreaths: Then UNC and Duke meet for the 258th time – and never with such high stakes.

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