Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer
Tremont Waters hit the shot of his life to send LSU to the Sweet 16, as the Tigers furiously held off Maryland and the Terrapins' comeback from a 15-point deficit in what amounted to the best, wildest game of the tournament so far. LSU players piled on each other on the court after clinching the win.
Maryland switched to a zone defense, and that has slowed down LSU significantly and allowed the Terrapins to get back in the game -- setting up what should be a fun finish for a spot in the Sweet 16.
Tremont Waters is such a difference maker for LSU, from the way he sees the floor to the way he works his own shot. The Tigers have looked impressive not only in the way they are dominating inside, but in the way Waters is running the team.
Maryland is on pace for its worst shooting game of the season, but here is one additional reason the Terrapins are trailing at the half: The LSU bench has outscored them 20-11.
LSU opened up a double-digit lead thanks to is defense. The Tigers shut down Yale's best shooter in the first round, and so far has held Maryland's Anthony Cowan Jr. to three points. Maryland is just 5-of-23 to start the game.
The talk going into the Maryland-LSU game focused on the big men on both teams. So far, the Tigers have done a better job defending the paint and making the Terps rely on their outside shooting. Maryland has gotten good looks, but hasn't been able to knock down the shots.
LSU guard Skylar Mays writes messages on his shoes — one in memory of his late teammate Wayde Sims, the other for his grandfather, with whom he was close.
With Ohio State's thrilling victory over Iowa State, the Big Ten has advanced seven teams into the Round of 32. That ties the Big East ('08, '11) for most by any conference in NCAA Tournament history, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Iowa State has no answer for Ohio State's Kaleb Wesson on the block right now. The Buckeyes, who have taken command in Tulsa off his post game, should be throwing it inside to the 6-foot-9, 270-pound forward on every possession.