March 21, 2022 

Daily Briefing — March 21, 2022: PERFECT TENS — Creighton, South Dakota pull off 10-over-2 upsets to reach Sweet Sixteen

Louisville receives a Hailey Van Lift

It’s Monday, I’m sorry. Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the daily Watch List and Yesterday’s Recap. Day 129 of college basketball is here, following another day filled with upsets. Thanks to both Creighton and South Dakota beating Iowa and Baylor, respectively, we’ve tied the most wins in any NCAA tournament by double-digit seeds in the first two rounds. Plus, Stanford received outstanding games from a pair of Cardinal (not the pair you’re expecting!), and South Carolina and Miami made me sick to my stomach.

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But first, some daily upset* picks:

  • Spokane: #6 Ohio State over #3 LSU
  • Bridgeport: #11 Princeton over #3 Indiana, #7 UCF over #2 UConn

Watch List, Monday, March 21

(All times in Eastern, all rankings reflect tournament seeding)


#4 Oklahoma v. #5 Notre Dame, 6 p.m., ESPN2

#4 Arizona v. #5 North Carolina, 10 p.m., ESPN2

Good games

#4 Tennessee v. #12 Belmont, 7 p.m., ESPN

#3 LSU v. #6 Ohio State, 8 p.m., ESPN2

#3 Indiana v. #11 Princeton, 8 p.m., ESPNU

Also watchable

#2 UConn v. #7 UCF, 9 p.m., ESPN

Sunday, March 20 recap

(All rankings below reflect tournament seeding)


#1 South Carolina beat #8 Miami, 49-33. The Gamecocks led 23-10 after the first half and 31-15 after the third quarter. I’m feeling a little sick…

#3 Iowa State beat #6 Georgia, 67-44. The Cyclones won the first quarter 23-7. Combo guard Lexi Donarski led with 20 points on 4-for-9 from three (1-4 from two), three rebounds, and two turnovers.

#10 Creighton beat #2 Iowa, 64-62. The Bluejays led for 24 consecutive minutes, from the late-first through the early-fourth quarter; the Hawkeyes had a 92.2% win expectancy with a four-point lead and 1.5 minutes to go, before allowing six-straight Creighton points to close. Bluejay off-ball guard Lauren Jensen led with a team-high 19 points on 8-for-15 from the field and 3-for-7 from three and seven rebounds against three turnovers, including the game-winning three with four seconds left — oh, and did I mention she’s an Iowa transfer?

Hawkeye center Monika Czinano scored a game-high 27 points on 12-for-20 FG, six rebounds, and two assists; point guard Caitlin Clark had a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double on 4-for-19 shooting (3-10 3pt.), plus eight assists and two blocks.


#1 Stanford beat #8 Kansas, 91-65. Cardinal wing Lexie Hull led with a career-high 36 points on 14-for-21 from the field and 6-for-11 from three, six rebounds, three assists, and six steals against two turnovers; center Cameron Brink notched a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double on 5-for-11 FG (1-2 3pt.), four assists, two steals, two blocks, and two turnovers without fouling in 30 minutes.

Over her last six games, Brink is shooting 6-for-11 from three while committing “only” 3.5 fouls-per-40. Be afraid, be very afraid.

#2 Texas beat #7 Utah, 78-56. The Longhorns shot 63.6% from the field. Backup center Aaliyah Moore led with a career-high 21 points on 9-for-10 FG and five rebounds in 21 minutes.

#4 Maryland beat #12 FGCU, 89-65. The Eagles led by three in the mid-second quarter, then the Terps scored 19 unanswered points. Maryland big Angel Reese and wing Diamond Miller combined for 45 points (Reese 5-6 FG, 11-14 FT; Miller 9-17 FG, 3-8 3pt.), 18 rebounds, five assists, and six turnovers, with Miller adding three steals.


#1 Louisville beat #9 Gonzaga, 68-59. Combo guard Hailey Van Lith is averaging, through the first two rounds, 20.5 points, five rebounds, 1.5 steals, 0.5 turnovers, and one foul on 50.0% from the field and 50.0% from three (59.9% true-shooting) in 30.5 minutes. Big wing Emily Engstler had a quintessentially-Engstler statline of 12 points (3-13 FG, 0-3 3pt.), 11 rebounds (five offensive), three assists, five steals, two blocks, and four fouls.

#10 South Dakota beat #2 Baylor, 61-47. The Coyotes won the first quarter 16-4; the Bears assisted on 15 of their 17 buckets. South Dakota center Hannah Sjerven led with 16 points on 6-for-14 shooting (2-3 3pt.), four rebounds, and four steals against three turnovers while fouling-out in 34 minutes. The non-Queen Egbo Bears combined to shoot 23.4% from the field, and the non-Caitlin Bickle Bears shot 16.7% from three.

* I’m not saying these are going to happen, just that they’re worth monitoring. This is how I’m hedging, thank you.

Written by Em Adler

Em Adler (she/they) covers the WNBA at large and college basketball for The Next, with a focus on player development and the game behind the game.

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