March Madness Day 4 Recap: 2nd seed Blues

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Via: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Not the ending Duke had in mind. Via: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Madness is in the air. 

The 4th day of March Madness provided excitement like it has the entire tournament, with its fair share of upsets and nail-biting games. The set of games on for day four had 6 out of the 8 games being decided by double-digits,  which tells you all you need to know about the games. 

As always if you missed the past couple of days of March Madness, you can check them out below: 

First Day Recap

Second Day Recap

Third Day Recap

Let’s get it started. 

South Region: 

DENOTES UPSET GAMES

(6) Cincinnati 67 vs. (3) UCLA 79 

(8) Arkansas 65 vs. (1) North Carolina 72 

(10) Wichita State 62 vs. (2) Kentucky 65 

Midwest Region: 

(9) Michigan State 70 vs. (1) Kansas 90

(11) Rhode Island 72 vs. (3) Oregon 75 

(7) Michigan 73 vs. (2) Louisville 69

East Region: 

(7) South Carolina 88 vs. (2) Duke 81

(11) USC 78 vs. (3) Baylor 82

Stars of Day 4

Lonzo Ball – G, UCLA

Statistics: 18 points/9 assists/7 rebounds

Via: Rick Scuteri/Associated Press
Lonzo showed us why he’s one of the nation’s best. Via: Rick Scuteri/Associated Press

The man of the tournament showed us why he’s as hyped as they come. With UCLA struggling against Cincinnati’s tough defense at the half, the star PG took matters into his own hands and controlled the tempo in the 2nd half. Lonzo, the son of the infamous LaVar Ball, finished with an all-around effort to lead UCLA to the Sweet 16. While the UCLA team is stacked, they will only go as far as Lonzo takes them and if this game was any indication, they could go all the way. 

Moritz Wagner – F, Michigan

Statistics: 26 points/3 rebounds/2 steals

Photo Credit: AP / Michael Conroy
Wagner provided the scoring in this game, helping the Wolverines upset Louisville. Photo Credit: AP / Michael Conroy

Moritz Wagner led all players in the game with 26 points to help the 7th seeded Michigan Wolverines upset the 2nd seeded Louisville Cardinals. Often reliant on their guards, Wagner provided timely scoring for the Wolverines finishing around the basket while the senior guard, Derrick Walton Jr. was struggling with his shot. Michigan seems to be riding high with their momentum and a deeper run is not out of the question especially if guys like Wagner provide extra scoring. 

Sindarius Thornwell – G, South Carolina

Statistics: 24 points/6 rebounds/5 assists

March Madness Via: Michael Reaves/Getty Images
Thornwell put the madness in March Madness, leading the way over Duke. Via: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Thornwell was a big part of South Carolina’s upset win over 2nd seeded Duke. He provided more than scoring, dishing out 5 assists along with 6 rebounds in an impressive 88-81 win over a powerhouse team like Duke. Like Michigan, South Carolina seems to be riding high with momentum now especially with an impressive win like this. South Carolina has a good blend of talent, but Thornwell is the key to their success. 

*Featued photo credits go to Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports* 

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