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After shooting a blistering 15 of 23 from the field in the first half of its game Friday against Kansas State, Cincinnati could hardly have expected to stay that hot. In the final stretch of the season, touted freshman Jayson Tatum came into his own, and his improvement turned Duke from a midseason disappointment into a favorite to win the NCAA tournament.
Tatum and the Blue Devils looked the part in their opening game Friday, easily handling Troy, Tatum finished with four blocks, while adding 18 points and 12 rebounds. In the first half, Dayton frustrated Wichita St. But the Shockers solved both problems in the second half and advanced with a win in a game that was at times ugly but competitive throughout. Dayton hung in there in the final minute, mostly from the free throw line.
But the Shockers, who found their scoring touch after halftime, had created too much of a cushion. Normally, the final moments of a point victory, even in the tournament, would be fairly insignificant for the winning team. Senior guard Frank Mason III led the way with 22 points, while four other players scored in double figures.
Rhode Island, a No. The win meant Rhode Island advanced to face No. The Rams earned the victory with the same smash-mouth style that powered them to wins over St. Bonaventure, Virginia Commonwealth and Richmond in Pittsburgh last week to claim the Atlantic 10 tournament championship.
And, as usual, that effort was led by senior forward Hassan Martin. In what was pretty much just a formality, North Carolina advanced to the second round of the South Region by walloping No. Berry left the game temporarily but came back after having simply turned his ankle. UNC hardly needed him. Even when the Trojans tied the game, the Mustangs found a way to pull ahead. The victory also snapped the Mustangs game win streak.
Louisville may have started off its tournament on shaky ground with four missed layups in a row , but by the middle of the first half, the Cardinals were back to their normal, No. Third-seeded Oregon used a run to end the first half to blow open what had been a competitive game and went on to claim a victory over No.
Tyler Dorsey had 24 points to lead the Ducks , while Dillon Brooks had 18, Jordan Bell had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Payton Pritchard had 16 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals as the Ducks comfortably won the first game of their tournament run, which they will have to make without injured senior big man Chris Boucher. After Iona briefly had an injury scare when Washington went down grabbing at his right leg at the end of the first half, the Gaels tried to get back into it behind hot shooting from forward Deyshonee Much, who buried five three-pointers in the second half to help Iona get back within 13 on multiple occasions.
But Oregon got timely buckets from Brooks and Dorsey whenever Iona threatened to make the deficit any smaller. Barford sunk both free throws and eighth-seeded Arkansas went on to win a tightly contested game, , over No.
After leading by just two at halftime, Baylor pulled itself out of a jam to avoid losing back-to-back first-round games to huge underdogs, Seventh-seeded Michigan hit 11 of 16 three-point field goal attempts in the second half after a cold-shooting first to score a win over No.
The Big Ten champion Wolverines will play either No. There are tons of options available to follow the Madness on TV and online. North Dakota scored more points, 82, than 10 teams who won opening-round games Thursday. That year also marked the last time Arizona made it to the Final Four; in fact, the school went all the way to the championship game before falling to Duke.
Nevada showed a lot of heart in its second-half comeback attempt but in the end, it was the Iowa State Cyclones who advanced. Guards Monte Morris and Deonte Burton provided just the right amount of scoring punch for Iowa State, which moves on to meet Purdue on Saturday on the heels of an win over the 12th-seeded Wolf Pack.
The Wolf Pack scored 46 points after halftime after struggling to just 27 before the break. Sophomore forward Cameron Oliver led Nevada with 22 points and seven rebounds. Eighth-seeded Wisconsin made the plays it needed to in the closing moments of a game against No. The experienced Badgers had felt slighted by receiving such a relatively low seed by the selection committee, but they had their hands full with the Hokies, who were making their first tournament appearance since and just their third since Only bad part of Oklahoma State-Michigan?
Having to say good-bye to one of them. Jawun Evans pushed the pace at warp speed and got to the rim whenever the mood struck. Coach Brad Underwood asked only one thing of his offense, and it was to go faster.
Jeffrey Carroll forgot how to miss shots. Collectively, they stuck to their general defensive philosophy of conscientious objection, which enabled Michigan to unleash its own barrage. A rush for vasectomies during the NCAA tournament. Every March, away from the basketball court, a different kind of madness begins. And you thought only the nets got cut this time of year. This is far from the first close shave the Irish have survived over their last three NCAA tournament appearances.
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