Here are three things we gleaned from No. 5 Saint Louis's overtime victory over 12th-seeded North Carolina State on Thursday -- a surreal classic that was equal parts exhilarating and frustrating ... for both cheering sections:
1. It was a tale of two (second) halves for an N.C. State club that had been enigmatic all season
With 8:13 left in the second half, sophomore star T.J. Warren (28 points on 11-of-22 shooting) converted a seemingly innocuous layup for N.C. State, boosting the club's lead to 16 points (55-39).
At the time, no one could have guessed that bucket would indirectly trigger a dispiriting downfall for the Wolfpack, the result of sloppy ball-handling and porous free-throw shooting (20 of 37 for the night).
Not that Saint Louis fared any better from the charity stripe, hitting only 12 of 26 free throws -- making the Billikens' comeback victory (or the Wolfpack's come-from-ahead defeat) all the more vexing:
To wit, even when Saint Louis trimmed its deficit to two or th...