The real first day of March Madness is back after a two-year hiatus, and there’s no doubt that the first round of the NCAA Men’s Championship delivers the excitement associated with its title.
Whether that 15th-ranked Oral Roberts Stunning No. 2 Ohio State On overtime or North Texas collides Bordeaux in the OTThe madness is back in full swing while we await some more crossbows. Even if it’s in Calculate the top ten.
The No. 1 seed Illinois and Baylor appeared to be competing for the national title against lesser rivals, while No. 11 Syracuse looked like the seeded best in beating sixth in San Diego and No. 12 seed Oregon continuing the winning momentum. In surprise on No. 5 Tennessee. Here’s a look at some of the key points from Friday’s first leg:
Villanova. Among the surprising modern options at this year’s NCAA Championship was Winthrop on the at-risk Villanova who had just lost this year’s Big East player Colin Gillespie to injury before the tournament began. Well, Wildcats (17-6) silenced the skeptics and all those who chose Winthrop as Cinderella against them by rocking the Eagles 73-63. Villanova still had a dominant player in Jeremiah Robinson Earl (22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists) to give coach Jay Wright a chance to score the 17th goal for Sweet 16.
Oklahoma State. The best game for Cade Cunningham was not expected to be chosen in the NBA draft, but the Cowboys did enough collectively to end Liberty’s annoying bid in a 69-60 win. Cunningham finished on 15 points in a 3-to-14 throw but threw a free clutch and dagger 3-pointers in the closing minutes. Third Anthony Anderson scored 21 points, seven rebounds and four shots in OSU.
Syracuse. Orange (17-9) Make the seeds look inverted at Nuisance San Diego 78-62. This blast was propelled by Buddy Boeheim’s 30 points for a 7 to 10 shot from a range of three. Coach Jim Boeheim has a team capable of reaching Sweet 16, a team unlike the one that was on the wrong side of the NCAA Championship bubble several weeks ago.
Loyola Chicago. The Ramblers, ranked # 8 (25-4), took advantage of the 9th-ranked Georgia Tech’s best player, Moses Wright, who was knocked out due to COVID-19. Loyola Chicago used a balanced effort, following in the footsteps of 21-point Lucas Williamson, to bring out the yellow jackets. Loyola is no longer considered a Cinderella given what coach Porter Moser has done In the show’s arrival at the Final Four in 2018. Additionally, the Ramblers are leading the nation in defense this season.
Baylor. The Bears (23-2) beat Hartford 79-55 to win the first round one would have expected given Baylor’s hard-fought top seed this year as the second best team in the tournament behind Gonzaga. Masio Teague paved the way in this match with 22 points, and Coach Scott Drew has three of the best goalkeepers in the entire tournament in Jared Butler, Devion Mitchell and Teague.
Illinois. The Illinois Midwest No. 1 seed played her best basketball brand in a Drexel 78-49 dispatch with ease. Ayo Dosunmu, USA TODAY Sports Player of the YearFighting Ilene scored (24-6) with 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Coach Brad Underwood made his peak in this team at just the right time, winning Illinois 15 out of 16.
Houston. The Cougars (25-3) took control of the No. 15 seed in Cleveland to avoid disruption in Ohio. Houston is ranked # 2 and she is one of the Final Four’s black horses in the Midwest, but she didn’t get much love in expert parentheses. Perhaps his 31 point defeat could change that narrative, but only slightly. AAC’s best player, Quentin Grimes, finished 18 points in the win.
Florida. No. 7-seeded Gators trailed by six at the end of the first half and then failed to delay the game as it forced No. 10-seed Virginia Tech into overtime. But coach Mike White’s team maintained their composure, winning 75-70 and advancing to the second round. Tri-Man scored 3 points 25 seconds before the match ended to clinch the victory, while senior player Colin Castleton added 19 UF points to the win.
The entire first four are on Thursday. While Drake wins 53-52 Over Wichita and UC Los Angeles’ 86-80 victory over Michigan State provided early excitement among the No.11 in play matches, even the clashes between the 16th seeders were impressive, as Texas Southern beat Mont St. Mary 60-52 in Norfolk Outperforms Appalachia 54-53. This equates to the nearest pip margin – 16 – in the top four.
Bordeaux. The Boilermakers (18-10) won five out of six and were one of the hottest teams in the nation’s best convention (according to a NET score). It does not matter At a 78-69 loss from overtime For the North Texas team who barely plays like the leading average. The USA Conference winner dominated the rhythm in nearly all of the matches, making Bordeaux seem like an underdog. By the time Boilermakers scored their first bucket in the OT, it was too late.
Ohio State. Buckeyes (10-21) was considering getting the first seed in the bows, and how they would have preferred the 16th seed on Friday when they became the best seed to drop as Oral Roberts staged the Cinderella race Against them. EJ Liddell played his heart, finishing 23 points and taking 13 rebounds, but that match was headed for the Golden Eagles’ Road. OSU was a contender for the national title and the No. 2 seeded team, holding the national title like this one has not lost since Michigan in 2016 when central Tennessee played the spoiler.
North Carolina. Got tar heels (18-11) Obliterated Wisconsin 85-62 In the Battle of the No. 8 seed against the No. 9 seed, in which he was the favorite to draw with Baylor in the second round. They weren’t even close to the downward-trending Big Ten team, having lost seven of 10. It had been a bad year for the Blue Bloods, with Duke and Kentucky completely absent from the NCAA Championship. Now, UNC will be back home after just one match.
Tennessee. Volunteers (9-18) I fell victim to the Oregon hot team This hardly seemed to be a part of the No.12 seed after his surprise victory in the Pac-12 Tournament of the Automatic League Show. As much as this finding was about beavers’ thriving, it was also totally about the Tennessee cold. The volunteers scored 56 points and shot 19% of the 3-point range.
Morehead State. The Eagles (23-7) had put West Virginia on the ropes early on, but couldn’t raise enough offense to take a defeat by the under-rated No. 3 seed. WVU coach Bob Huggins doesn’t have as solid defense as he has in years past, but his team’s attack is excellent this year. Morehead State paid the price, ceding 30 points to Miles McBride.
Clemson. The 7-ranked Tigers (16-8) got off to a strong start early on, but were unable to find an attacking tempo late in the match, as the former bubble team Rutgers stuck to a 60-56 win. Clemson had won six of the seven post-season entrants but lost the ACC Championship to leaders Miami (Florida).
Colgate. Ranked Raiders # 14 (14-2) It was surpassed by Arkansas No. 3, Failed to come as a big surprise and awarded the NCAA Championship her first true Cinderella in two years. But the score of 85-68 does not indicate how close Colgate has done so, with a 14-point lead in the first half when Jordan Burns’ top scorer (13 points in the second half) was goalless. Arkansas coach Eric Musselman smartly kept his sports team in pressure to change tempo any time Colgate kicked in. Justin Smith didn’t hurt 29 points and 13 rebounds for the Razorbacks, either.
Utah. The # 11 seeded seed (20-8), who barely squeezed into Field 68 as a large-scale bid from Mountain West, gave Texas Tech everything it could handle early on but ultimately couldn’t achieve success. Upset because Coach Chris Bird is too disciplined on a defensive team. The USU decreased 65-53, largely as a result of shooting 17% (4 versus 19) from a three-point range and 22 turns.
National Collegiate Athletic Association. On Monday, six officials were sent home because they left the hotel grounds for dinner, something that is clearly defined by the epidemiological restrictions set by the NCAA. On Thursday, images emerged of a contrast between men’s and women’s weight room facilities and gift bags. After a major backlash, NCAA He issued a statement acknowledging the differences In amenities in Indianapolis, where the men’s tournament is located, and San Antonio, where the women’s tournament is located.
On Friday, things got worse. UConn’s women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma told reporters that his team is getting a different approach to testing for COVID-19 compared to the men’s team. Mark Emert, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, confirmed that men’s teams get PCR tests daily, while women’s teams get antigen tests. Emert said There are no different risks from either test at USA TODAY Sports, The Athletic, and The New York Times, Although antigen tests are described by the FDA as taking a quick time to get results but a “greater chance of losing an active infection.”
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