NCAA Tournament 2018: Updated Results for Thursday's March Madness First Round

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMarch 15, 2018

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 15:  Donte Ingram #0 and Marques Townes #5 of the Loyola Ramblers celebrate after Ingram makes a game-winning three pointer against the Miami Hurricanes in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at American Airlines Center on March 15, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The first round of the 2018 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament saved the most shocking upset for the late-night crowd. But there was no shortage of action to keep us captivated throughout the 16-game, 12-hour marathon.

With 16 more on tap for Friday, let’s take a look at all the clutch shots, dunks, tight finishes and top players you may have missed while you were in class or at work during the tourney’s first day.


Upset of the Day

The South Region gave us the biggest upset of the day, as the No. 13 seed Buffalo Bulls smashed Deandre Ayton and the No. 4 seed Arizona Wildcats, 89-68.

For Ayton, the potential top pick in this summer's NBA draft, it was his last collegiate game, as he told reporters afterward that he is declaring. And for the Pac-12, it was a historically bad showing to March Madness, per the AP:

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Pac-done. Buffalo's upset of Arizona means it's the first time since 1986 that the Pac-12 went winless in NCAA Tournament. #MarchMadness https://t.co/jd9sXw9euJ

Ayton's 14 points and 13 rebounds were part of a solid individual performance, but he and his teammates had no answer for the Bulls' onslaught from downtown. Buffalo's Wes Clark, Jeremy Harris and C.J. Massinburg combined for 67 points and 11 threes. The entire Wildcats roster had just two threes.

The Bulls will now move on to the round of 32 to take on some more Wildcats: fifth-seeded Kentucky.


Buzzer-Beaters and Game-Winners

Loyola-Chicago senior guard Donte Ingram drilled a deep three-pointer with three-tenths of a second left as the No. 11 seed Ramblers upset the sixth-seeded Miami Hurricanes 64-62:

Ingram gave the Ramblers their first NCAA tournament win since 1985.

The next game-winner came from man-bun-sporting Rob Gray, who capped a 39-point performance for Houston with this driving deuce to send San Diego State home, 67-65:


So Close and Yet...

According to OddsShark, the UNC Greensboro Spartans were massive 12.5-point underdogs to the Gonzaga Bulldogs, who made the national championship last year.

However, the Spartans hung around all game and even took a 64-62 lead with 1:46 remaining. Gonzaga responded with a long Josh Perkins two-pointer and a game-winning three from Zach Norvell Jr.

UNC Greensboro had two chances to tie, but the Spartans committed an offensive foul on their first attempt. After Gonzaga missed two free throws, UNC Greensboro forward Marvin Smith had a good look from three, but the shot was just off:

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So close, UNCG 👏 #MarchMadness https://t.co/LvJDVFlBNF

South Dakota State nearly pulled off a big comeback over favorite Ohio State in what was a trendy No. 12 seed vs. No. 5 seed pick, but the Jackrabbits fell just short en route to a 81-73 loss.

A Kam Williams layup put Ohio State up 70-60, but the Jackrabbits rolled off 10 straight points.

However, Williams took over down the stretch, converting on a four-point play and then hitting three straight free throws to give Ohio State a 77-70 advantage with 1:04 left:

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Four-point play during crunch time! #MarchMadness https://t.co/mUDoDe6DDF

Later, in a battle of Wildcats, No. 5 Kentucky outlasted No. 12 Davidson, 78-73. Davidson managed to tie the game late, but 11 points over the final 8:06 from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander sealed it for Kentucky.


Did You See This?

Rhode Island nearly pulled off a buzzer-beating win in the opening first-round game. With the score tied at 69 against Oklahoma, Rams guard Stanford Robinson grabbed an offensive rebound and put up a game-winning layup attempt right before the final horn sounded.

However, the ball danced around the rim before falling to the side, and the game went to overtime:

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WE'RE GOING TO OT! #MarchMadness https://t.co/s7FgJH6cfC

All was not lost for the Rams, though, as they eventually won 83-78 in the extra session thanks in part to senior guard E.C. Matthews, who nailed two three-pointers in the closing minutes. Matthews finished with a team-leading 16 points.

In the evening slate of games, Texas Tech guard Zhaire Smith put down one of the best March Madness dunks you'll ever see: the ultra-rare 360 alley-oop.

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360 ALLEY OOP 😮 https://t.co/gwgf0AMVX9


Stars of the Day

Houston's Gray didn't just provide the game-winner seen above. He carried the Cougars all night, dropping 39 points on 12-of-25 shooting. No other Houston player reached double figures.

Kansas senior guard Devonte' Graham posted 29 points, six assists, six rebounds and three steals in a 76-60 win over Penn—helping the Jayhawks overcome a sluggish start to pull away.

Oklahoma freshman guard Trae Young performed well in a loss to Rhode Island, as he amassed 28 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Young scored 11 points in the final five minutes to force OT.

South Dakota State big man Mike Daum kept the Jackrabbits within striking distance in their game against Ohio State—accumulating 27 points and six rebounds.

Daum also brought the 1990s “raise the roof” celebration into the 21st century for a moment:

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Mike Daum shows why he's nicknamed "The Dauminator" 😳 https://t.co/aqXtqOqFgJ

In the final game of the early slate, NC State's Allerik Freeman became the first player to top 30 points in the tournament. He went off for 36 on 12-of-19 shooting in the Wolfpack's loss to the Seton Hall Pirates.


What To Watch For on Friday

The North Carolina Tar Heels will begin defense of their 2017 title as the West Region's No. 2 seed. And with Luke Maye bringing his championship experience with him from last season, there's little chance No. 15 Lipscomb can score an upset in CBS' 2:45 p.m. ET game.

Later, No. 3 Michigan State will take on No. 14 Bucknell on CBS at 7:10 p.m. ET. The Spartans bring bona fide NBA talent with them to this year's tournament in Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson Jr. Bridges, who may have been a lottery pick had he declared for last summer's draft, returned to East Lansing to average 16.9 points, sixth among Big Ten players. Jackson, meanwhile, led the conference in both defensive box plus-minus and overall box plus-minus, per Sports Reference, and averaged a whopping 18.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per 36 minutes.

Two hours after MSU begins its run, the South's No. 1 seed, Virginia, will tip off against Maryland-Baltimore County at 9:20 p.m. ET on TNT. The Cavaliers will be without ACC Sixth Man of the Year DeAndre Hunter, who suffered a broken wrist in the conference tournament and is out for the season.

Finally, No. 8 Missouri will face No. 9 Florida State in the West Region at 9:50 p.m. ET on TBS. All eyes will be on Michael Porter Jr. in that one. Coming into the season, Porter was expected to compete with the likes of Marvin Bagley III and Deandre Ayton for a shot at the 2018 No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. A back injury derailed his hopes for that. A huge run in the tournament could restore his draft stock a bit.


Thursday's Final Scores

No. 7 Rhode Island 83, No. 10 Oklahoma 78 (Overtime)

No. 3 Tennessee 73, No. 14 Wright State 47

No. 4 Gonzaga 68, No. 13 UNC Greensboro 64

No. 1 Kansas 76, No. 16 Penn 60

No. 2 Duke 89, No. 15 Iona 67

No. 11 Loyola-Chicago 64, No. 6 Miami 62

No. 5 Ohio State 81, No. 12 South Dakota State 73

No. 8 Seton Hall 94, No. 9 North Carolina State 83

No. 1 Villanova 87, No. 16 Radford 61

No. 5 Kentucky 78, No. 12 Davidson 73

No. 3 Texas Tech 70, No. 14 Stephen F. Austin 60

No. 6 Houston 67, No. 11 San Diego State 65

No. 9 Alabama 86, No. 8 Virginia Tech 83

No. 13 Buffalo 89, No. 4 Arizona 68

No. 6 Florida 77, No. 11 St. Bonaventure 62

No. 3 Michigan 61, No. 14 Montana 47

Andy Bailey contributed to this article.


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