March Madness Results 2013: Recapping Best Day 1 Games

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIIMarch 22, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 21:  Head coach Tommy Amaker of the Harvard Crimson and Jonah Travis #24 react in the second half while taking on the New Mexico Lobos during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at EnergySolutions Arena on March 21, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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March is always mad and this year is no different. 

March Madness Results 2013 featured some amazing Day 1 games, filled with upsets and dramatic finishes.

The games had everyone glued to their TV or wasting time watching at work.

Which were the best Day 1 games? A full recap is below. 


Harvard over New Mexico

New Mexico was a popular pick to go far in the tournament, but after Harvard took care of business in the upset, brackets were busted all over the country.

The Crimson hit eight three-pointers and were in control for most of the game. A three-pointer by Laurent Rivard with 6:16 left gave the Crimson the lead for good.

New Mexico dominated in the Mountain West Conference Tournament, and the MWC produced a number of tournament teams. Harvard was not fazed by that and used strong three-point shooting and defense to hold down New Mexico. Star Tony Snell was held to just nine points.

The upset surprised just about everybody, except famous Harvard alum Jeremy Lin:

YYYYYEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!! HARVARD winssss!!! hahahahhah i told you.... #threepointgoggles #bracketbusters…

— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) March 22, 2013

Harvard will take on Arizona in the round of 32 and will look to continue their hot shooting to reach sweetness.


Marquette over Davidson

Davidson was up by nine points with less than seven minutes to go, and looked like they would pull off the upset.

It didn't happen that way.

Marquette went on a run and brought it to within one with 11 seconds left. Davidson needed to just inbound the ball and hit the free throws. 

Their long inbounds pass, however, went out of bounds and Marquette had the ball with 5.5 seconds left. Vander Blue did the rest:

"All I was thinking was, "if I get to the rim, I have to finish,''' said Blue, who scored seven of Marquette's final 10 points including a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left. "I'm not ready to go home, I know our team's not ready to go home.

His layup sealed the deal for a Golden Eagle team that shot 35 percent from the field and four of 15 from three-point land. 

The game left Charles Barkley incredulous:

"This game is a perfect example of why I would never coach," Barkley said. "Because there is no way in the world Davidson should have lost that game. You take your hat off to (coach) Buzz (Williams) and his guys. But Davidson’s got to feel like – sometimes you have to say to yourself did they win or did we lose it? Davidson lost that game."

Marquette survived the upset alert, and Davidson goes home trying to figure out what went wrong. This was some of the most exciting basketball played all season and was a heart-pounding, jaw-dropping finish.


Gonzaga over Southern

Gonzaga was supposed to roll over Southern and cruise to the round of 32. Not so fast. The Jaguars proved to be quite the pesky No. 16 seed.

The Jaguars stayed in the game by hitting 10-of-23 three-pointers and blocking eight shots.

With the game tied at 56 with 3:45 left, it was Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos who hit a clutch three to put the No.1 seed on top.

The Jaguars had a few chances to tie it back up, but missed a few open looks. They ended up missing five open shots down the stretch.

Gonzaga took this one by a score of 64-58 and will try to move on from this near-catastrophe. Southern showed that no 16 seed should be taken lightly.

This was an exciting game, with fans rooting for the Jaguars to pull off the dramatic upset. It didn't happen that way, but it had fans scrambling to find this potential bracket buster on television.



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