NCAA Basketball Scores 2014: Early Results Quickly Usher in Madness

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NCAA Basketball Scores 2014: Early Results Quickly Usher in Madness
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By the end of the first group of games in the round of 64, perfect brackets were already narrowed down to a select few. 

Of the first four games, two of them were considerable upsets as a No. 11 and No. 12 seed were victorious. 

No. 12 Harvard beat No. 5 Cincinnati, 61-57. Now, I'm sure there were plenty of brackets that had Harvard advancing. Although Cincinnati is an outstanding defensive team, Harvard, as it showed, has the shooters and disciplined offense to beat that defense.

Also, it was just last year when the Crimson won in the round of 64 as a No. 14 seed.

How many brackets, however, had Harvard and Dayton both winning?

No. 11 Dayton wasn't garnering a lot of pre-tournament buzz and was taking on a battle-tested Ohio State team. No matter, Dayton pulled off the upset, 60-59.

I'll have more on these two games below, but first take a look at the day's scores.

Thursday's Round of 64 Scores
Region Time (ET) Team Team TV Result
South 12:15 p.m. No. 6 Ohio State No. 11 Dayton CBS Dayton 60-59
South 30 min after Ohio State vs. Dayton No. 3 Syracuse No. 14 Western Michigan CBS Syracuse 77-53
South 1:40 p.m. No. 8 Colorado No. 9 Pittsburgh TBS Pittsburgh 77-48
South 30 min. after Colorado vs. Pittsburgh No. 1 Florida No. 16 Albany TBS Florida 67-55
Region Time (ET) Team Team TV Result
East 2:10 p.m. No. 5 Cincinnati No. 12 Harvard TNT Harvard 61-57
East 30 min after Cincinnati vs. Harvard No. 4 Michigan State No. 13 Delaware TNT Michigan State 93-78
East 6:55 p.m. No. 7 Connecticut No. 10 Saint Joseph's TBS
East 30 min after Connecticut vs. Saint Joseph's No. 2 Villanova No. 15 Milwaukee TBS
Region Time (ET) Team Team TV Result
Midwest 7:10 p.m. No. 2 Michigan No. 15 Wofford CBS Michigan, 57-40
Midwest 30 min after Michigan vs. Wofford No. 7 Texas No. 10 Arizona State CBS
Midwest 7:20 p.m. No. 5 Saint Louis No. 12 NC State TNT
Midwest 30 min after Saint Louis vs. NC State No. 4 Louisville No. 13 Manhattan TNT
Region Time (ET) Team Team TV Result
West 12:40 p.m. No. 2 Wisconsin No. 15 American truTV Wisconsin 75-35
West 30 min after Wisconsin vs. BYU No. 7 Oregon No. 10 BYU truTV Oregon 87-68
West 7:27 p.m. No. 5 Oklahoma No. 12 North Dakota State truTV
West 30 min after Oklahoma vs. North Dakota State No. 4 San Diego State No. 13 New Mexico State truTV

Source: NCAA.com

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(12) Harvard 61, (5) Cincinnati 57

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The mystical 12-5 matchup produced another upset. This one came in the East Region, and SportsCenter helped celebrate the moment: 

Wesley Saunders led the way for Tommy Amaker's Ivy League champions with 12 points, but it was a balanced offensive effort. The Crimson had five players score at least nine points.

The defense deserves the majority of the credit for this one. Harvard was forcing the Bearcats into tough looks on almost every possession and held them to 36.8 percent shooting from the floor.

Senior guard Sean Kilpatrick scored 18 points to lead the Bearcats, and his effort helped keep the game close. CBS analyst Seth Davis was impressed: 

Despite finishing 17-of-28 on free throws, Harvard was able to keep Kilpatrick and Cincinnati at bay to earn the win. 

Next up is No. 4 Michigan State, which took care of business against No. 13 Delaware.

Harvard must increase its shooting percentage if it wants to pile up more upsets. On Thursday, it shot just 43.2 percent from the field. The Bearcats, however, feature the fifth-best scoring defense in the nation.

 

(11) Dayton 60, (6) Ohio State 59

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As the first game in the round of 64, this in-state rivalry did not disappoint. This was a sloppy game, but it was exciting. 

The lead went back and forth, with 15 lead changes in all right up until the final whistle. 

Ohio State took the lead with just less than 16 seconds left when Aaron Craft found room to hit a reverse layup.

Moments later, it was Craft who was getting beaten. Vee Sanford got into the lane and converted a close shot with six seconds left. Craft missed a final attempt for Ohio State to end the Buckeyes' season.

The two schools are separated by less than 100 miles, and the victory was sweet for the Flyers. 

"I guess they called us the little brother, or whatever," Flyers guard Jordan Sibert said in a quote captured by The Associated Press, via ESPN. "We can't be called that anymore."

Dayton advances to take on Syracuse in the round of 32. Syracuse beat Western Michigan 77-53 to advance. 

Syracuse will bring its traditional zone defense to try and stop Dayton. The Flyers will have to shoot much better than they did on Thursday, especially from distance, to survive. Dayton shot 44.9 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from beyond the arc. 

 

(9) Pittsburgh 77, (8) Colorado 48

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We won't find many matchups between the eighth and ninth seeds that are this lopsided. This game was never in doubt.

Center Talib Zanna overwhelmed the Buffaloes from the opening whistle. He scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half, making six of his seven shots. His performance helped Pitt take a 46-18 lead into halftime.

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In all, the Panthers shot 51 percent from the floor and dominated on defense as well. Colorado shot just 35.7 percent. 

The reason I'm highlighting this game is because of how good Pitt looked, and Pitt advances to take on No. 1 seed Florida. 

The Gators advanced past Albany 67-55, but they trailed for stretches in that game and looked less than dominant. Now, this doesn't mean Florida is doomed. There is no reason to overreact to a slow start. 

With as great as Pitt looked, however, if the Gators are sluggish at all in that matchup, the Panthers will bury them and not let them back up for air. 

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