The madness officially begins this day with a slate of 16 games within the boys’s NCAA Tournament first round and two more First Four games within the women folks’s field tonight.
The foremost game of the day delivered. No. 11 Michigan, most well-liked within the Vegas odds, “upset” Colorado Insist by overcoming a 15-point deficit for its have contented victory, 75-63.
Amongst the featured matchups later within the day on the boys’s aspect: No. 1 overall seed Gonzaga begins its quest for an elusive championship as it takes on No. 16 Georgia Insist.
One more No. 1 seed, the Baylor Bears, dominated Norfolk Insist in an East Role matchup, 85-49. The defending NCAA champions jam a program file for margin of victory (36). And within the Midwest Role, the Jayhawks play within the day’s most up-to-date tipoff as they entertain Texas Southern, which won its First Four game in opposition to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
No. 9 Memphis and No. 8 Boise Insist are at original struggling with within the West Role.
On the women folks’s aspect, Longwood battles Mount Saint Marry’s in a battle for the No. 16 seed (7 p.m.) while Missouri Insist takes on Florida Insist for the No. 11 seed.
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Baylor dominates Norfolk St.; Iowa down at half of
Matthew Mayer finished with a occupation-excessive 22 facets (4-for7 from 3-point fluctuate) to guide all scorers as No. 1 seed Baylor throttled Norfolk Insist 85-49. It changed into the greatest margin of victory in a match for Baylor and the 24 assists are a crew-excessive in a March Insanity contest.
In the meantime, drama brews within the Midwest Role. Fifth-seeded Iowa, a most well-liked “sleeper” Final Four take cling of, enters halftime of its first-round matchup in opposition to No. 12 Richmond down 29-28.
Memphis fends off Boise Insist
Boise Insist fought help from a 19-point deficit and had Memphis on its heels within the closing minutes however couldn’t do all of it together for a wide comeback. The Tigers misplaced momentum gradual within the game however did barely ample to interrupt out Boise Insist 64-53 within the NCAA Tournament’s first round in Portland, Oregon.
A considerable defensive play by dilapidated point guard Alex Lomax prompted a take cling of and lay-in for Jalen Duren with 47 seconds left. That proved to be the play of the game for the Tigers, stopping the Broncos’ momentum.
Memphis attracts a 2nd-round matchup with the winner of No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 16 Georgia Insist.
Coach Leon Rice’s crew, the usual-season champion within the Mountain West, began slack and trailed 38-19 at halftime. Nonetheless Boise Insist kept clawing help play by play earlier than the workforce in Portland sensed a ability March Insanity 2nd. That 2nd by no formulation materialized.
Abu Kigab paced Boise Insist with 20 facets within the loss and Memphis overcame 15 turnovers within the take.
The Mountain West hasn’t won a match game since 2018 and the convention is off to an 0-3 starting up this March – and it be no longer even Chuffed Hour of the first round.
— Scott Gleeson
Extraordinary halftime leads; Tennessee underway
In what seemed to beget the entire substances of a titillating matchup, No. 9 Memphis is trouncing No. 8 Boise Insist 38-19 at halftime. In the meantime, No. 1 seed Baylor is caring for enterprise over 16-seed Norfolk Insist, 43-27.
No. 3 Tennessee and No. 14 Longwood beget tipped off.
Providence handles South Dakota Insist
A in vogue upset take cling of, because the “knowledgeable” brackets trickled out, changed into No. 13 South Dakota Insist over Providence. The No. 4 Friars – the Extraordinary East usual season champions – took care of enterprise over the Jackrabbits, despite the truth that, winning 66-57 in Buffalo. They’ll face the winner of Iowa-Richmond within the Midwest Role’s 2nd round.
The Jackrabbits’ 21-game take inch came to an slay and their season ended with a 30-5 file. Providence’s protection held the Jackrabbits to 29 facets below their season moderate in scoring.
“I idea our gamers had been sure … our will to take,” Providence coach Ed Cooley said after the game. “We always heard about ‘how correct they (South Dakota) had been, how correct they had been.’”
No. 11 Michigan upsets No. 6 Colorado Insist
It didn’t take prolonged for the first upset of March Insanity. The Wolverines topped Colorado Insist 75-63 after a slack starting up that saw them path by 15 facets. They scored 46 facets within the 2nd half of to pull away. Next up for Michigan: Tennessee or Longwood.
Jalen Rose pumped about Michigan
As Michigan battles Colorado Insist in a prime-round matchup, someone is having stress-free.
That’s dilapidated Wolverine, NBA participant and “Fab 5” wide name Jalen Rose getting hyped within the stands.
Popular upset take cling of trails at half of
The 13-4 matchup is in most cases ripe for an upset, and the public settled on South Dakota Insist over Extraordinary East champ Providence this year. Nonetheless the Friars lead the Jackrabbits 31-23 at halftime (truTV).
Memphis vs. Boise Insist a ‘most watchable’ matchup
Essentially based utterly on our unofficial “watchability rankings,” the upcoming Memphis-Boise Insist 8-seed vs. 9-seed game (1: 45 p.m. ET, TNT) is at the tip of the checklist.
Michigan without top point guard in opener vs. Colorado Insist
Michigan’s top point guard DeVante’ Jones didn’t lag with the crew to Indianapolis attributable to a concussion. Jones averaged 10.7 facets, 4.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this season. Eli Brooks, Frankie Collins and Kobe Bufkin are anticipated to determine a majority of the ball-facing obligations.
– Detroit Free Press
Darkish horses and overrated teams
When filling out your bracket, set up in mind there are certain to be many upsets, so keep in mind to listen to those teams, equivalent to Iowa, which is a in vogue take cling of to construct the Final Four. Also, gaze out for UCLA, which is trying to repeat its Final Four magic from a year within the past. The Bruins are starting to determine up wholesome at the factual time and would possibly maybe per chance properly be misfortune a declare for teams that fail to see them.
Whereas there are sleepers within the sector, there are also teams that either beget no enterprise within the match or would possibly maybe per chance win their formulation help dwelling earlier than the first weekend is long gone.
Groups like Houston, Texas, Iowa Insist, Saint Mary’s and Ohio Insist earned at-titanic bids while navigating their usual-season time desk, however have not confirmed why it’s essential to silent pencil them in in terms of advancing during the match.
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Dick Vitale vs. most cancers
College basketball Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Vitale in most cases is pumped up for this time of year, however after being identified with most cancers and recuperating from surgery on his vocal cords to treat lymphoma, Vitale hasn’t been in a position to focus on and show his enthusiasm for the game he loves.
“No longer being in a position to focus on has me crying my eyes out,” Vitale, 82, knowledgeable USA TODAY Sports actions through textual drawl messages. “I love speaking with other folk – at lunch or dinner, with my essential other and family, and especially with other folk in public once they arrive as much as me for a dialog.”
Vitale changed into jam to beget an outline to take a look at his bid on March 16 – the day earlier than the first round of the boys’s NCAA Tournament.
Invoice Self tops checklist of very top-paid in faculty basketball
Kansas coach Invoice Self has guided the Jayhawks to success on the court and is handsomely rewarded for his effort to the flip of being likely the most very top-paid coaches in faculty basketball. Self is making $10.2 million this season because the Jayhawks beget one other crew able to constructing a title bustle.
Every of the tip five coaches who execute essentially the most beget won no longer no longer as much as one national championship.
On the women folks’s aspect, South Carolina’s Sunrise Staley sets the usual as she is making as regards to $3 million per season.
Notre Dame outlasts Rutgers in double extra time
Notre Dame ahead Paul Atkinson Jr.’s made a putback layup with 1.4 seconds ultimate within the 2nd extra time lifting the Combating Irish to a 89-87 absorb the final word First Four game in Dayton. The Irish now lag to San Diego in a West Role contest to face No. 6 seed Alabama.
Indiana’s plane points
After Indiana beat Wyoming in a First Four matchup, the Hoosiers had points leaving Dayton. The crew didn’t leave the city except 4 a.m. because it had to interchange planes because the one which changed into looking ahead to them changed into too tiny to accommodate everybody.
The plane ended up landing five hours later in Portland, giving Indiana no longer as much as 36 hours earlier than they address Saint Mary’s in Thursday’s NCAA match first round.
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