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116dRachel Marcus

Top student section moments of March

A half-court shot. Court stormings. And goodbye kisses. We rank the best student section moments of March.

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Coach sorry for 'queen' remark to Ducks' King

UC Irvine coach Russell Turner apologized to Oregon freshman forward Louis King for calling him "queen" during their NCAA tournament game on Sunday.

Oregon's defense key in matchup with UC Irvine (1:56)
119d

No. 13 seed UC Irvine upsets Kansas State 70-64

UC Irvine got back-to-back 3-pointers from Evan Leonard to spark the deciding run in a 70-64 upset over Kansas State that marked the Anteaters' first NCAA Tournament victory in school history.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

UC Irvine coach Russell Turner on what his program's breakthrough win means for the school: “UC Irvine folks live in the shadows. Live like little brothers to UCLA and SC and maybe some others -- Cal, Stanford, San Diego State. “Well, little brother has been in the weight room, getting better, getting ready for a chance like this. So I'm really happy for these players to be able to work so hard for something everybody can see and then accomplish it. But I'm also really excited for the fans of our program who also seem to have endured feeling like little brothers. You know, we need to stick our chests out a little bit right now, I believe.”

Joel Anderson ESPN 

UC Irvine's victory over Kansas State today was the first for the Big West conference in the round of 64 since Hawai'i beat California as a 13 seed in 2016. The Anteaters, in only their second-ever NCAA tournament, also extended their winning streak to 17 games and their school record for wins in a season to 31.

Joel Anderson ESPN 

Kansas State star Barry Brown is going to want to forget the final game of his college career for a number of reasons, but he suffered through an absolutely disastrous stretch in the final 1:38 of this upset loss to UC Irvine. Brown first clanged a long 3 early in the shot clock, threw the ball away on another possession, and then missed another 3 with 14 seconds left, capping an afternoon where he finished with 5 points on 2-of-9 shooting. His struggles typified the Wildcats' poor offensive performance (37.3 percent shooting overall, 29.6 from 3) in their defeat.

Joel Anderson ESPN 

We've got a little more than 8 minutes left in San Jose and UC Irvine has a 2-point lead, no fear, and a virtual home-court advantage here in the SAP Center. Kansas State simply can't find anyone who can reliably get to the basket, a continuation of a season-long trend. The Wildcats, already one of the nation's worst-shooting (248th) and scoring teams,(321st) is currently shooting 39.1 percent against the 13th-seeded Anteaters.

Joel Anderson ESPN 

Here's how much Kansas State misses injured senior forward Dean Wade so far: The Wildcats scored just 6 points in the paint in the first half and attempted as many threes (14) as twos (14), which isn't a good sign for a team that ranked 224th in the nation in 3-point shooting percentage (33.6).

Joel Anderson ESPN 

Not only did Max Hazzard's buzzer-beating 3 tie the game up at halftime for the first time since tipoff, but UC Irvine also held Kansas State without a field goal for the final 6:18 of the first half. It was quite the momentum change for the underdog Anteaters, who trailed throughout despite holding the fourth-seeded Wildcats to 35.7 percent shooting.

Joel Anderson ESPN 

We're early into the first game at San Jose today but it's pretty clear UC Irvine, which is located 385 miles south of the SAP Center, has a decided home-court advantage over No. 4-seeded Kansas State. UC Irvine's fans had the "Let's go Eaters!" chants going even before tipoff.

Joel Anderson ESPN 

At this point it seems clear All-Big 12 forward Dean Wade will miss Kansas State's NCAA Tournament opener against UC-Irvine today. Wade, who's missed the conference tournament with a lingering foot injury, remained in his warmups and was wearing a boot on his foot minutes before tipoff. Yesterday, Wildcats coach Bruce Weber told reporters that "we can't take a chance" in playing Wade, who is the team's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer.

Virginia, Tennessee headline South Region (4:45)
125d

UC Irvine routs Cal State Fullerton to win Big West title

Max Hazzard and Collin Welp each scored 23 points, UC Irvine made 61.8 percent of its shots from the field and the Anteaters won their second Big West Tournament title in five years with a 92-64 rout of Cal State Fullerton in Saturday night's...

UC Irvine punches ticket to NCAA tournament (1:27)
Welp knocks down tough fade away (0:29)
Welp throws in the left handed floater at the buzzer (0:27)
126d

Cartwright leads UC Irvine past Long Beach St. 75-67

Robert Cartwright had 17 points to lead five UC Irvine players in double figures as the Anteaters defeated Long Beach State 75-67 in the semifinals of the Big West Conference Tourney on Friday night. Max Hazzard added 14 points for the Anteaters. Evan...

Team Stats

Points Per Game72.3
Rebounds Per Game39.9
Assists Per Game12.9
Points Allowed63.621st

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record0-1
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances1