NCAA tournament 2017: Today’s live blog, bracket, schedule, scores, and news

Posted by    |    March 18th, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Providing live updates throughout the day on all of Saturday’s second-round NCAA tournament action.

The first two days of the NCAA tournament have been almost historically chalky, which has left some viewers a little restless. The good news? All those better seeds advancing means we’re set up for some really, really entertaining second-round matchups over the next 48 hours.

You can see Saturday’s full schedule here.

Refresh this page throughout the day for live updates and commentary on all of Saturday’s tournament action.

2:14 — Jevon Carter just hit what looks like a backbreaking three-pointer. The junior guard has been fantastic all day and has 21 points. Mountaineers just a couple of minutes away from being the first team to punch their ticket to week two.

2:12 — If there’s something you don’t like about yourself and you think you can’t change it, just remember Nathan Adrian and his hair.

Everyone should be as dedicated to their New Year’s Resolutions as Nathan Adrian was to improving his hair.

— SB Nation CBB (@SBNationCBB) January 11, 2017

2:07 — Bonzie Colson single-handedly trying to keep Notre Dame alive. He’s got 24 points, but he’s also playing with four fouls. Mountaineers by nine.

2:03 — Vasturia misses a wide-open three. These guys just cannot buy one today.

2:02 — Notre Dame is in the bonus, which is a huge deal since they’re the best free-throw shooting team in the country. WVU lead is down to seven. Need stops, some whistles, and someone to knock down an open shot or two and we should have a great finish.

1:56 — Notre Dame finally gets a little bit of momentum and freshman Temple Gibbs gets T’d up for slapping the ball out of a West Virginia player’s hands. Dumb move by a young player, but man, you don’t have to call that. Just warn the kid and play on.

1:52 — I’ve been saying since the bracket came out that you can’t trust a team like West Virginia who relies so heavily on the mistakes of their opponents. I’ve also been saying that this was the worst possible draw for the Mountaineers, because they’d have to play two highly efficient teams that don’t turn the ball over with any sort of regularity.

I’m wrong about everything and you should probably stop reading this live blog.

1:44 — If you’re just now starting to watch this game and are looking for some form of recap, this clip should suffice:

1:35 — Still stunning that West Virginia seems to be making this extremely efficient and effective Notre Dame offense do whatever it wants them to do. Mountaineers lead by 10 and the Irish look like they’re not going to find the answers.

1:32 — Second half is underway and Bonzie Colson has three fouls. Huge moment there. Looks like Brey is going to roll the dice and let him stay on the floor.

1:15 — I can never see Mike Brey anymore without thinking about this incredible lede from Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post from last year’s tournament.

These days, Mike Brey looks like a day trader who has endured a particularly aggressive happy hour. Notre Dame’s head coach has traded ski lodge chic for businessman-on-a-bender. He ditched trademark turtlenecks for open collars, unfastened buttons, slicked-back hair and slept-in-a-ditch stubble. He dresses like a lost soul on his fourth martini and down to his last Marlboro Light. He looks primed to view a Vegas sunrise. He looks, to be honest, kind of awesome.

“I love that,” Notre Dame point guard Matt Farrell said. “Who cares? Just let it ride.”

“I like the look,” forward Bonzie Colson said. “I think he’s the smoothest coach in the league.”

“I guess he’s past the midlife crisis,” longtime assistant Rod Balanis said, laughing.

1:04 — When halftime comes on the first Saturday of the tournament and you have the realization that there isn’t another game to flip to

1:02 — Halftime: West Virginia 42, Notre Dame 35. Irish started turning the ball over again right after I said that thing.

12:59 — This is anti-American.

Verne’s a gamer though. Playing right through it.

12:58 — I don’t know how the rest of this tournament is going to play out, but I feel quite confident in saying that there won’t be another matchup featuring two coaches you’d more like to have a postgame drink with than Huggins and Brey.

12:53 — The Irish have collected themselves a bit here and this is turning into more of the game we thought it would be. West Virginia leads by three with three to play.

12:43 — One of the most surprising things I’ve seen this tournament is Notre Dame looking like it has no answer for West Virginia’s pressure. The Irish are second in the country in turnovers per game (9.4) and turnover percentage (12.2% of possessions), which would seemingly make them the worst matchup possible for Press Virginia. Instead, ND keeps inexplicably getting trapped in the corner and has already turned the ball over six times. The result is an 8-point lead for the Mountaineers.

12:32 — Notre Dame is alive. A quick run spearheaded by point guard Matt Farrell has tripped West Virginia’s lead to 15-11.

12:29 — The first Saturday of the tournament is always sort of like Christmas night. Yeah, there’s still a whole lot of cool stuff going on here, and I’m appropriately entertained, I’m just not flooded with entertainment anymore like I’d gotten used to and now it feels weird.

12:15 — West Virginia has roared out to a 10-0 lead. I think I speak for all of America when I say that we’re going to need Notre Dame to wake up here. Not necessarily because we want the Fighting Irish to win, but because for the first time in what feels like an eternity there are no other games to flip to, and we’re sort of freaking out about it right now.