March Madness 2017: Top Social Media Highlights from Friday's Round 1

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2017

GREENVILLE, SC - MARCH 17:  Luke Maye #32, Theo Pinson #1, Justin Jackson #44, Nate Britt #0 of the North Carolina Tar Heels and teammate celebrate from the bench in the second half against the Texas Southern Tigers during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 17, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. North Carolina Tar Heels won 103-64.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Day 2 of the 2017 NCAA tournament is in the books. Friday's action gave us highlights aplenty from all over the country.

Michigan and Oklahoma State kicked things off in Indianapolis, Indiana, while Kent State and UCLA wrapped things up at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.

Some of the top plays from all of Friday's 16 games can be found below.

Oklahoma State vs. Michigan

The Michigan Wolverines escaped a close call against the Oklahoma State Cowboys behind a 16-of-29 three-point barrage.

March Madness shared video of the 11 treys Michigan nailed in the second half:

If the Wolverines can maintain this kind of hot shooting, they could last through the weekend.

New Mexico State vs. Baylor

Baylor cruised to a 91-73 victory over New Mexico behind a balanced scoring effort. Five Bears scored in double figures, including Al Freeman and Terry Maston off the bench.

Timely defense helped, too, as seen in this highlight from CBS Sports:

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Seton Hall vs. Arkansas

Controversy surrounded the end of Arkansas' 77-71 victory over Seton Hall. A flagrant foul, as seen on CBS Sports, called in the waning seconds had major implications:

Arkansas was up 72-71 with 18 seconds left when the fated call was made. The Pirates weren't able to score for the rest of the game.

Iona vs. Oregon

The Oregon Ducks met little resistance in their 3-14 matchup against Iona, cruising to a 93-77 victory.

Breakaways like this one shared by March Madness were fairly common:

Jacksonville State vs. Louisville

The Louisville Cardinals had their way with the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, winning 78-63 and flashing firepower like what is seen in this clip from March Madness:


While most tournament teams have only played one game so far, the USC Trojans have already won two. After getting through a play-in game earlier in the week, USC upset SMU on Friday.

As shown by March Madness, getting through the Mustangs was no easy task:

Texas Southern vs. North Carolina

North Carolina overwhelmed Texas Southern in their 1-16 matchup, winning 103-64.

When shots like this one from Joel Berry were going down, you knew it was going to be a long night for the Tigers. CBS Sports shared the video:

Rhode Island vs. Creighton

Rhode Island was a trendy upset pick when the brackets were announced on Sunday. And on Friday, the Rams didn't disappoint those who put faith in them.

As shown by March Madness, it didn't take long for Rhode Island to take a double-digit lead:

It controlled most of the rest of the game, despite coming in as the lower seed.

UC Davis vs. Kansas

The 1-16 matchup between UC Davis and Kansas got so out of hand that Bill Self's son, Tyler, who's played a total of 26 minutes this season, hit a three. As shown by March Madness, the bench was pleased:

Earlier in the game, fabulous freshman Josh Jackson dominated. He finished with 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting. CBS Sports shared some of his best plays:

Wichita State vs. Dayton

It wasn't easy, but the Wichita State Shockers pulled off the 10-7 upset in what was often a chaotic affair against the Dayton Flyers.

CBS Sports shared a taste of the madness:

Troy vs. Duke

Despite an off night from leading scorer Luke Kennard, the Duke Blue Devils made easy work of No. 15 Troy.

Hot shooting from Grayson Allen, as shown by CBS Sports, certainly helped:

Allen finished with 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting off the bench.

Kansas State vs. Cincinnati

Bears topped Wilds in a battle of cats in this 6-11 matchup, as Cincinnati had little trouble with Kansas State.

The Bearcats attacked the rim early and often, as seen on CBS Sports:

Michigan State vs. Miami

After falling into an early double-digit hole in the first half, Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans dominated Miami for about three quarters of Friday's game.

March Madness shared video of the mild upset in the 8-9 matchup:

Northern Kentucky vs. Kentucky

The Norse of Northern Kentucky gave Kentucky all they could, but the Wildcats held on thanks in part to explosive plays like this one from De'Aaron Fox (via March Madness):

Marquette vs. South Carolina

It was close for most of the game, but South Carolina pulled away from Marquette in the final minutes of their 7-10 matchup.

Throwdowns like this one shared by CBS Sports gave the Gamecocks fans plenty to cheer about:

Kent State vs. UCLA

Kent State fought hard all night, but the Flashes were eventually overwhelmed by the high-powered attack of UCLA and its leader Lonzo Ball.

The future NBA lottery pick put up an efficient 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting. CBS Sports posted video of what might have been his easiest shot of the night:

As long as the Bruins offense is clicking like it did in the second half on Friday, they're going to be a tough out.