NCAA Basketball Scores 2012: Teams Who Will Ride Monster Wins to Sweet 16

Bob BajekAnalyst IIIMarch 15, 2012

The 2012 NCAA tournament has opened with a bang, and there have been some huge wins in the opening games.

Which teams will ride monster wins to the Sweet 16? Read on to find out.



The No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers were all business in their convincing 73-49 win over the No. 13 Montana Grizzlies in the East Region.

The Badgers were comfortably in control for the entire game and have improved to 10-1 under head coach Bo Ryan in NCAA-tournament openers.

Junior forward Ryan Evans scored 18 points and senior guard Jordan Taylor added 17 points and six assists for the Badgers. Wisconsin also asserted its dominance on the glass, having a 32-19 rebounding edge.

The Badgers' next opponent will be the winner of the Vanderbilt/Harvard game. Wisconsin is clearly better than both teams and should have the confidence after easily disposing of the Grizzlies.


Murray State

No. 6 Murray State showed they belonged with the big boys as they stomped the No. 11 Colorado State Golden Rams 58-41 in the West Region.

Despite having a national ranking of 12 in the AP poll, Murray State had just a No. 6 seeding instead of the expected No. 3 or 4.

The Racers used their signature stifling defense to overwhelm the Golden Rams into 21 turnovers and 16-of-48 shooting (33 percent).

Star junior guard Isaiah Canaan had 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists, while senior guard Donte Poole had 13 points and two rebounds.

The next victim for the Racers will be the winner of No. 3 Marquette in the West Regional on Saturday. The Racers have the offensive and defensive firepower to blow away Marquette.



The No. 4 Louisville Cardinals of the West Region surprised everyone as they won their second Big East tournament championship against Cincinnati.

Now, the Cardinals rolled by No. 13 Davidson in a 69-62 win and are primed to face No. 5 New Mexico or No. 12 Long Island in the next round.

Peyton Siva, Kyle Kuric and Chane Behanan combined for 44 points and 16 rebounds, while the Cardinals' defense held Davidson to 21-of-64 shooting (32.8 percent).

Louisville will win its next game and should continue rolling in this tourney.