NCAA Tournament: A Look Back at Day One's Early Action
Seven games done and one game currently taking place in (3) Stanford vs. (14) Cornell, with Stanford up 38-17 at the half.
Let's take a look at the seven games that took place this morning before the final eight games take place this evening of day one—an already exciting day.
(1) Kansas vs. (16) Portland St.
The day started with No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region Kansas taking care of No. 16 Portland St. 85-61.
This one was close for the first four min but then the Jayhawks blew the doors wide open in this game.
Last two times Kansas was a No. 1 seed in the tourney and won their games by +20 points they went onto lose in the second round, 1992—UNLV, 1998—Rhode Island.
Brandon Rush led both teams in scoring with 18, four players in total scored in double figures for Kansas. Jeremiah Dominguez led Portland St. in scoring with 11.
(8) UNLV vs. (9) Kent St.
In what was anticipated as a very good matchup it was anything but.
Kent St. tied a tournament record by scoring just 10 points in the first half as a team.
UNLV led 31-10 at the half and never looked back.
Joe Darger led the Runnin' Rebels with 18 points while Mike Scott had 14 for Kent St.
Kent St. made it a game in the second half but UNLV advances to face No. 1 seed Kansas in the second round with a 71-58 win.
(5) Michigan St. vs. (12) Temple
Michigan St. wins this one 72-61 in game that really was a lot closer then it was if you watched it on tv.
Michigan St. led by nine at the half and extended the lead by two in the second half.
Raymar Morgan led the Spartans in scoring with 15 points. Drew Neitzel only had five points on 2-11 shooting and 1-8 from the three-point line.
Michigan St. could be a scary team especially if they are capable of playing this well when Neitzel shoots poorly from the field like he did today.
The Spartans down the Owls and move onto the second round of the tournament.
(6) Marquette vs. (11) Kentucky
In what was a very good game Marquette survives a late second half surge by Kentucky and escapes with a 74-66 win.
Kentucky definitely could've used Freshman phenom Patrick Patterson in todays game, had he not been injured Kentucky might have actually pulled this one out.
Joe Crawford's stellar game of 35 points for the Wildcats wasn't enough to get them past the Golden Eagles as Marquette advances to the second round.
(4) Pittsburgh vs. (13) Oral Roberts
Pitt looked as if they had not lost a step since winning the Big East Conference Tournament less than a week ago in todays game.
Pitt got out to a huge first half lead ultimately leading by 23 at the half and never looked back in a 82-63 win over Oral Roberts.
Levance Fields of Pitt led all scorers in the game with 23 points also going 4-7 from the 3pt arch. He also had 7 assists.
Pitt looks extremely strong as they head into a good looking matchup with Tom Izzo and his number four seed Michigan St. Spartans in the second round.
(3) Xavier vs. (14) Georgia
In what was almost the first huge upset of the NCAA Tournament Georgia led the Musketeers by 9 at the half 35-26.
Xavier came out in the second half as if they were on a team on a mission and outscored Georgia 47-26 and winning the game 73-61.
Georgia seemed to finally run out of energy since their cinderella run in the SEC Tournament.
Josh Duncan of Xavier led all scorers with 20 points while Derrick Brown of Xavier collected a double-double going for 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Xavier advances to the second round with a great second half surge.
(6) Purdue vs. (11) Baylor
Purdue much like Pitt and UNLV started the game off building up a huge lead 46-27.
Thiis proved to be too much for the Baylor Bears even though they cut into the lead in the second half. The Boilermakers won this one 90-79.
Purdue had five players score in double figures, Curtis Jerrells of Baylor led all players with 27 points.
Purdue proved that they shouldn't have been on upset alert as they advance to the second round and will meet number three seed Xavier on Saturday.
The afternoon games had no major upsets as every matchup came up chalk, Stanford is currently up by 30 points so I think its safe to say if you have Stanford moving on in your bracket to go ahead and mark them down as a win.
Tonights games should be a little more exciting with games like (6) USC vs. (11) Kansas St. and (7) West Virginia vs. (10) Arizona on the slate.
I'll be back later for my full assessment of the Stanford vs. Cornell game as well as all the evening games with results and players who shined in day one of the NCAA Tournament.
Day 1 Afternoon Winners
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