NCAA Scores 2012: Ranking Friday's Best Early Matchups

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NCAA Scores 2012: Ranking Friday's Best Early Matchups
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That's one happy man.

Four of the afternoon games Friday were blowouts. The other four NCAA Tournament games were won by an average margin of three points. Cincinnati, Creighton, Florida State and Norfolk State—yes, the Norfolk State Spartans—won in dramatic fashion.

Games like those make March Madness exactly what it is—the best tournament on the planet.

I expected Virginia to beat Florida—or at least give them a hard time. The Cavaliers have one of the best defenses in the country. It wasn't even close. Florida won 71-45.

Belmont started to make a run at Georgetown late in the second half, but the Hoyas would just pull away and win 74-59. NC State and San Diego State played it close at times, but the Wolfpack would also pull away and move on to the next round with their 79-65 win.

North Carolina was without John Henson's services, but still put it on Vermont 77-58.

Yes, the second and third rounds can sometimes be dull and uncompetitive. But it is always laced with some pretty intense games—and the ever-exciting upset.

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