Writer: Andy Staples
Game: San Diego-Western Kentucky
Post Time: 4:38 p.m., Sunday
TAMPA, Fla. -- Usually, upset magic wears off in the second round and lower-seeded teams can advance only by playing near-perfect basketball. Here in Tampa, where No. 12 seeds are the heavyweights, the underdogs keep killing themselves at the free-throw line.
Siena made only 26 of 39 free throws, and the Saints lost, 84-72, to Villanova. Even a few more makes could have caused the Wildcats to tighten, but the misses allowed 'Nova to enjoy a comfortable lead.
Now, with 9:16 remaining in the Western Kentucky-San Diego game, the Toreros trail by eight, but they've missed 10 of their 22 free throws. If they want to go to the Sweet 16, they'll have to make those free throws down the stretch.