NCAA Tournament 2012: Live Scores, Highlights, and Analysis for the South Region
With March Madness already underway across the nation, the excitement that encompasses Day One in the NCAA Tournament is still on the rise. The country's top region, the South, makes their stake in the action with six huge games during prime time television.
With some major story lines just beginning to take shape, including the possibility of a Kentucky-Indiana rematch and Wichita State proving their worth, these match-ups are some of the most thrilling of the Second Round.
The lowest team in the tournament, Western Kentucky, faces off against the overall No. 1 seed Kentucky to start off the South's action today at 6:50 EST on TBS.
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South Regional Recap of the Day:
1) 1 Kentucky over 16 Western Kentucky
2) 8 Iowa State over 9 UConn
3) 12 VCU over 5 Wichita State
4) 4 Indiana over 13 New Mexico State
5) 11 Colorado over 6 UNLV
6) 3 Baylor over 14 South Dakota State
Overall, a solid day for the region. Look for 2 Duke vs. 15 Lehigh as well as 7 Notre Dame vs. 10 Xavier.
Colorado takes home the win and heads off to play the Baylor in the next round. A gigantic victory that will bust many a bracket, the Buffaloes proved their worth in the tournament by taking down the UNLV Rebels in a stunning fashion.
Final Score: 68-64 Colorado
The Buffaloes have, after a major scare, managed to subdue the comeback Rebels. Up by six points with just a minute to go, it doesn't seem likely Colorado will allow UNLV to pull this off.
The Rebels are surging back in an epic fashion, pulling within five points with just five minutes left. UNLV is proving why they are the six seed with this amazing comeback late in the second half.
All of a sudden, UNLV is starting to formulate some kind of comeback. A giant three pointer might be the inspiration for a couple more over the course of the last quarter of the game.
On the brink of pulling off the second biggest upset of the day, Colorado has remained vigilant by continuing to play at a high level. They've held down this talented UNLV squad to a minimum of points, pointing up a strong amount themselves. Extremely impressive by the Buffs.
Indiana pummels the Aggies of New Mexico State en route to their second round matchup against the upset minded VCU Rams. Keep an eye out for this Hoosiers squad and their strong play on the hardwood.
Final Score: 79-66 Indiana
Just a few minutes into the second half, the last game of the South Region for the day is still very much controlled by Colorado. The Buffaloes are running over the Rebels in an impressive display of shooting and defense, holding a usually strong three point team to just 4-18 from beyond the arc.
With just about two minutes left in the game, IU is still up over NMSU. Leading by 14 points, the Hooisers have the game pretty much in hand. You can feel the energy in the arena as Indiana fans see their team a minute away from advancing.
The underrated Cyclones take home the victory over the defending champs in a brilliant win. Solid play by Royce White as they move on to play the Wildcats this weekend.
Change the channel to either Indiana blowing out New Mexico State or Colorado owning UNLV.
With just around two minutes left, ISU is up by 11 and holding onto their lead with ease. The Huskies look finished unless they somehow pull off a fantastically amazing comeback. Winner plays the overall No. 1 seed Kentucky.
As the first half comes to a close, UNLV still remains a sturdy 10 points or so behind. Poor shooting and a lack of respect for Colorado may be their downfall early in this year's Dance.
ISU just owned the boards over UConn, grabbing a huge one on offense to put the Cyclones up by 11. Expect them to knock off the defending champs in a stunning win, heading off to face UK in the Second Round.
The Hoosiers are hanging onto a double-digit lead with a good amount of the second half left. Zeller and the rest of Indiana is playing solid defense against a better-than-decent New Mexico State squad. Keep and eye out for the Aggies to possibly surge for the big upset.
UNLV has made a slight comeback, but Colorado still remains a big-time threat with their lead. Their Pac-12 Tournament title may turn out to be a much bigger impact on the Dance than anyone every imagined.
The Calhoun factor may be the difference in this game if UConn continues to rally. The Huskies knocking down a three pointer more than assists them in a possible comeback.
Iowa State is still looking really solid under the coaching of Fred Hoiberg and play of Royce White. While many may claim that UConn is falling apart here against the Cyclones, I more or less believe that it's the play of ISU that is forcing the Huskies into a losing situation.
The Buffs are pushing the ball and owning UNLV in a surprise upset bid. Tune in to check out the Buffs gunning for the Second Round.
Iowa State is starting to pull away from the Huskies in a stunning display by Royce White. UConn is seemingly falling apart against this solid ISU squad. Despicable.
Colorado surges out to at 7-2 lead on the heavily favored Rebels in a fast-paced matchup. The Buffs are looking to prove to everyone that they belong in the Dance, and so are doing a great job.
Soon up, the Colorado Buffaloes up against the UNLV Rebels. Check it out on TruTV
Indiana is pushing the Aggies to the edge right now with a solid nine point lead. Some solid play by the postman for the Hoosiers has them on top and looking to secure the win soon with a couple more dry spells by NMSU.
The Cyclones go unto halftime with a solid ten point lead. Stay tuned for a superb second half for a shot at UK.
ISU is playing some solid basketball right now, but UConn is certainly en route to possibly come out on top. Back to around a 10 point game, the Huskies are certainly looking a lot better than they did earlier this game.
The Hoosiers are owning the Aggies right now, shooting well and sticking it out for a shot at the Final Four big-shot VCU.
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