NCAA Tournament notes: Arizona’s Rawle Alkins coming of age

First Published      Last Updated Mar 18 2017 09:50 pm

New piccolo girl

In the tradition of the crying Villanova piccolo player from the 2015 NCAA Tournament, the internet found a new "March Sadness" star in a young Northwestern fan.

With 7:36 left in the game and Gonzaga leading 63-52, the camera singled out the sobbing fan flailing his arms and mouthing "Oh my God" and "so bad."

The video quickly went viral on Twitter, and the broadcast repeatedly went back to the fan.

— Brennan Smith

So much for hosility

Northwestern fans flocked to Salt Lake City this week for the school's first ever taste of March Madness. That had Gonzaga bracing for what it thought would feel like a road game Saturday at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

To that end, it seems, the Zags were let down.

"No, I didn't feel it at all," coach Mark Few said when asked if the atmosphere presented a challenge. "I thought Gonzaga had a crowd. I thought Northwestern had a crowd. You need to come to BYU with us sometime with a No. 1 ranking, that's all 20,000 of them against you. So I thought this was split pretty evenly."

— Aaron Falk

The game that wouldn't end

The Gonzaga-Northwestern game started 10 minutes late due to a television backlog and lasted 2 hours, 22 minutes. The second half was especially long, partly because of a sequence of three timeouts in 16 seconds — in the first five minutes. Gonzaga called a timeout during a Wildcat run at 16:01, then came the under-16 media timeout, followed by a Northwestern stoppage during a fight for the ball.

— Kurt Kragthorpe

Center of attention

Two of the top five centers in college basketball took center stage this weekend. Gonzaga's 7-foot-1 redshirt senior Prezemek Karnowski and Saint Mary's 6-foot-11 junior Jock Landale were among the finalists for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award as the nation's best center.

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