Soon, No. 9 seed Florida State had a 75-70 win, the West Region had matched the South in losing its No. 1 seed, and another set of Cincinnatians had the dour four-hour drive home.
Florida State gets a Gonzaga squad that is has been a consistent national threat and tournament tested for years. Florida State advanced by stunning top-seeded Xavier 75-70 Sunday night in their second round matchup.
With the game tied in the closing seconds, Hall got a rebound off a missed shot by Cody Martin.
Senior guard Stephanie Reid scored 18 points and sophomore forward Summer Hemphill recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls (29-5), who have recorded their first two NCAA tournament victories over the past three days.
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The Wildcats (24-11) move on to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2010 when they lost in the Elite Eight to Butler.
Florida State: It is the first time that in eight games that the Seminoles have dropped an NCAA Tournament contest when it has been the host.
The Seminoles will take on Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 in Los Angeles on Thursday.
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Friday's slate is more standard with two No. 1 seeds (Kansas and Villanova), two No. 2 seeds (Duke and Purdue) and No. 3 Texas Tech.
During their last five games, the Bulldogs have scored an average of 80.6 points per game (3.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.2 points per game (1.3 below their season average). "Just because maybe they might not be in one particular conference or maybe they're not considered to be one of the more traditional rich schools, people are playing basketball". With the Musketeers' high octane offense and Florida State's struggling defense, a win in favor of the Seminoles seemed way too out of reach.
Xavier built on FSU's poor finish to the first half with a 17-4 run to start the second half. Mfiondu Kabengele scored his second straight bucket tying it up at 68 with 2:32 to go.
Ajdin Penava led the Herd (25-11) with 18 points. Angola's 3 on the other end was off and Christ Koumadje was called for an offensive foul on Bluiett - the replay didn't show much contact at all - and the Xavier senior made both free throws on the other end to give Xavier a 34-32 lead at the break. During one sequence, Forrest made a layup with 5:04 left to cut the lead to 66-61, then made a steal and went coast-to-coast for another layup.
On spot-up attempts, Savoy has a sizzling effective shooting rate of 58.1 percent this season - good for 1.13 points per possession.
Gonzaga is a 5-point favorite on the opening line, while the game's Over/Under (O/U) opened at 154 points.
This is the 16th NCAA Tournament appearance for the Seminoles, and they are seeking their 19th win in school history.