We're one day in, and millions of fans have seen their brackets go up in flames. What's the worst that could happen on Day 2?
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After No. 6 Ohio State lost to No. 11 Dayton and No. 12 Harvard upset No. 5 Cincinnati, only 5.7% of the brackets on ESPN.com remained perfect, per SportsCenter:
While few fans will likely have had either the Buckeyes or Bearcats going too far, those defeats still hurt, especially Ohio State's, since OSU-Dayton was the first game on the day. Those who picked the Buckeyes couldn't even get a single win before their brackets were blemished.
You know to only expect more of the same on Day 2 of the second round.
|12:15 p.m.||No. 3 Duke||No. 14 Mercer||CBS||Duke -12.5||Duke|
|12:40 p.m.||No. 6 Baylor||No. 11 Nebraska||TruTV||BAY -3.5||Baylor|
|1:40 p.m.||No. 7 New Mexico||No. 10 Stanford||TBS||NM -3||New Mexico|
|2:10 p.m.||No. 1 Arizona||No. 16 Weber State||TNT||ZONA -20||Arizona|
|2:45 p.m.||No. 6 UMass||No. 11 Tennessee||CBS||TENN -4.5||Tennessee|
|3:10 p.m.||No. 3 Creighton||No. 14 UL-Lafayette||TruTV||CREI -14||Creighton|
|4:10 p.m.||No. 2 Kansas||No. 15 Eastern Kentucky||TBS||KAN -14||Kansas|
|4:40 p.m.||No. 8 Gonzaga||No. 9 Oklahoma State||TNT||OKST -3||Oklahoma State|
|6:55 p.m.||No. 8 Memphis||No. 9 George Washington||TBS||MEM -3||Memphis|
|7:10 p.m.||No. 1 Wichita State||No. 16 Cal Poly||CBS||WICH -16||Wichita State|
|7:20 p.m.||No. 6 North Carolina||No. 11 Providence||TNT||UNC -4||Providence|
|7:27 p.m.||No. 5 Virginia Commonwealth||No. 12 Stephen F. Austin||TruTV||VCU -6.5||VCU|
|9:20 p.m.||No. 1 Virginia||No. 16 Coastal Carolina||TBS||VIRG -21||Virginia|
|9:45 p.m.||No. 8 Kentucky||No. 9 Kansas state||CBS||UK -6.5||Kentucky|
|9:50 p.m.||No. 3 Iowa State||No. 14 N.C. Central||TNT||ISU -8||Iowa State|
|9:57 p.m.||No. 4 UCLA||No. 13 Tulsa||TruTV||UCLA -8.5||Tulsa|
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Games to Watch
No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 Coastal Carolina
As every college basketball fan knows, a No. 16 seed has ever beaten a No. 1.
In 1989, Princeton and East Tennessee State got as close as any No. 16 has, when they lost by one point to Georgetown and Oklahoma, respectively.
So, will it happen here?
Almost certainly not, but of all the No. 1 seeds, Virginia is the most vulnerable. The Cavaliers are the weakest top seed in the tournament, and their slow tempo may keep Coastal Carolina in the game. The longer the Chanticleers hang around, the more their belief will grow and the more the pressure will weigh on UVA.
You'll be kicking yourself if Coastal Carolina does win and you missed it.
No. 8 Kentucky vs. No. 9 Kansas State
Nobody's made the argument that Kentucky has struggled this season for a lack of talent. The Wildcats, on paper, have a championship-caliber team. Their performance has demonstrated, though, that pure talent doesn't always win the day.
Listening to Willie Cauley-Stein and Andrew Harrison, you'd think the Wildcats were some plucky upstart fighting for respect, per Kyle Tucker of The Courier-Journal:
Cauley-Stein: "A lot of people think we’re not going to make it past the first round, so winning the first game would shock the world."— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) March 20, 2014
Andrew Harrison: "A lot of people don't even think we'll win this game. That makes it sweeter."— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) March 20, 2014
We can all hope that this starved fanbase can finally taste some success after over a year without a national title.
No. 6 North Carolina vs. No. 11 Providence
North Carolina is in the same class with Kentucky in that it has played below expectations this season, but on their best day, the Tar Heels are capable of beating anyone.
The health of Marcus Paige will be an ongoing storyline. The sophomore has emerged as a star this year and helped carry the Heels through the second-half run that saw them win 12 games in a row between the end of January and beginning of March.
Paige's thigh has been giving him problems, though, and Inside Carolina reported that he'll probably be forced to wear padding against Providence on Friday:
Marcus Paige said his left leg (thigh) is close to 100 percent. Will likely wear padding to protect his thigh tomorrow vs. Providence.— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) March 20, 2014
If Paige is off his game, the Friars are more than capable of stealing this one.
No. 3 Creighton vs. No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette
Cherish every moment you have left of Doug McDermott. Forget about whether he's the next (insert star white player). McDermott scores in buckets and has almost single-handedly carried Creighton to a No. 3 seed this year.
The Bluejays are a good team, but McDermott makes them a great one. They certainly have a chance to win it all, but against the really good teams, you'd expect them to come undone as a result of their over-reliance on their biggest star.
This could be the last time you see McDermott in his pomp at the college level, where he's hitting everything in sight and dropping 20-plus points in the first half.
Plus, who knows if he's gonna break Pete Maravich's scoring record?
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