After limited upsets in Day 1 of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, the underdogs will look for more success in Day 2.
No. 12 Murray State was a big story Thursday as Ja Morant and Co. moved on with a big win over No. 5 Marquette, but most of the other top seeds were able to survive and advance. The favorites will hope for the same story Friday but there is a reason this event is called March Madness.
With top teams like Duke, Virginia and North Carolina in action, it could be an exciting day around the country.
Follow along here for the latest scores and updates from the rest of the first round.
Matchups and Results
No. 10 Iowa def. No. 7 Cincinnati 79-72
No. 9 Oklahoma def. No. 8 Ole Miss 95-72
No. 3 Texas Tech def. No. 14 Northern Kentucky 72-57
No. 13 UC Irvine def. No. 4 Kansas State 70-64
No. 2 Tennessee def. No. 15 Colgate 77-70
No. 1 Virginia def. No. 16 Gardner-Webb 71-56
No. 6 Buffalo def. No. 11 Arizona State 91-74
No. 12 Oregon def. No. 5 Wisconsin 72-54
No. 9 Washington def. No. 8 Utah State 78-61
No. 1 Duke def. No. 16 North Dakota State 85-62
No. 3 Houston def. No. 14 Georgia State 84-55
No. 12 Liberty def. No. 5 Mississippi State 80-76
No. 1 North Carolina def. No. 16 Iona 88-73
No. 9 UCF def. No. 8 VCU 73-58
No. 11 Ohio State def. No. 6 Iowa State 62-59
No. 4 Virginia Tech def. No. 13 Saint Louis 66-52
Iowa 79, Cincinnati 72
After trailing by as many as 13 points in the first half, Iowa slowly fought back and pulled away in the second half to earn the first upset of the day.
The difference was simply the Hawkeyes shot-making down the stretch, including this three-pointer from Joe Wieskamp to give them some breathing room in the closing minutes:
Wieskamp finished 4-of-6 from three-point range in the game while Iowa finished 11-of-22 as a team. Luka Garza also came up big with 20 points and seven rebounds.
Cincinnati looked dominant at times in the game, but it's defense was nowhere to be found in the second half while allowing 48 points. The Hawkeyes finished shooting 54.7 percent from the field.
Iowa will try to keep things going in the second round against No. 2 Tennessee.
Oklahoma 95, Ole Miss 72
This was a dominant effort from start to finish for Oklahoma, which scored the first 12 points and never really looked back in a 23-point victory.
Four different Sooners players scored at least 18 points in the win, including Rashard Odomes with his season-high 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting. The guard was nearly unstoppable inside from the start of the day:
The rest of the team also made it look easily offensively, shooting 57.6 percent from the field while committing only four turnovers.
Terence Davis had 17 points, six assists and five rebounds for Ole Miss, but his team was never really in the hunt in a disappointing effort for the SEC squad.
Oklahoma will move on to face No. 1 Virginia.
Texas Tech 72, Northern Kentucky 57
Just like they have all season long, the Red Raiders rode Jarrett Culver and a suffocating defense to victory.
Culver finished with 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the opening-round win while showing he was a mismatch everywhere on the court.
On the other hand, Northern Kentucky was held to 36.7 shooting while committing 17 turnovers. Tariq Owens had five blocks for Texas Tech while Matt Mooney ended up with five steals in an impressive defensive showing from the No. 3 seed.
While the Norse hung around for much of the day, they were never able to keep it close enough to pull the upset.
Texas Tech will face the winner of Buffalo and Arizona State in Round 2.
UC Irvine 70, Kansas State 64
No. 13 UC Irvine became the lowest seed to win a game so far in 2019 as the Anteaters outlasted Kansas State for a close win.
Max Hazzard scored 19 points with some big shots along the way, although none more clutch than this three-pointer with just over a minute remaining:
Kansas State was forced to play catch up and never was able to regain control of the action.
The Wildcats were playing without second-leading scorer Dean Wade, while leading scorer Barry Brown Jr. finished with just five points on 2-of-9 shooting in the disappointing loss for the five seed.
UC Irvine will try to keep the momentum against Oregon in the second round.
Tennessee 77, Colgate 70
Colgate seemingly couldn't miss from the outside but it wasn't enough to topple Tennessee.
The No. 15 seed finished 15-of-29 from three-point range to keep things close with just a three-point deficit with two minutes remaining. However, the Volunteers stepped up down the stretch, including back-to-back Admiral Schofield threes to help seal the narrow win.
Schofield finished with 19 points to help overcame the poor performance from Grant Williams, who had just nine points in the win.
Jordan Burns did everything he could for Colgate with 32 points on eight made three-pointers, helping the underdogs take the second-half lead. Still, the Patriot League squad just couldn't keep up on the scoreboard.
Tennessee will face No. 10 Iowa in the Round of 32.
Virginia 71, Gardner-Webb 56
For the first half of this game, it seemed like Virginia was going to suffer the same fate as last season: losing to a No. 16 seed in the first round. Gardner-Webb jumped out to a 28-14 lead before holding a six-point advantage at the half.
Things were much different in the second half, however, as the Cavaliers seemed to finally remember they were the better team.
The No. 1 seed began the second half on a 25-5 run to take the lead and pull away. The defense was smothering, preventing open looks, while the offense was more efficient.
Gardner-Webb managed just 20 second-half points and totaled 16 turnovers in the game after giving it away just four times in the first half.
De'Andre Hunter was the key offensively for Virginia, scoring 23 to lead all players. The No. 1 seed will advance to face Oklahoma on Sunday.
Buffalo 91, Arizona State 74
Buffalo showed its impressive season was not a fluke, cruising to a 17-point first-round win over Arizona State.
Jeremy Harris filled up the stat sheet for the Bulls, finishing with 21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals. Nick Perkins also added 21 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
Meanwhile, Arizona State couldn't get anything going offensively especially from the outside. The squad missed 18 of its first 19 three-point attempts before finishing 3-of-22 from beyond the arc.
The Sun Devils ended up scoring 43 points in the second half but it wasn't enough to keep up with Buffalo's red-hot offense.
The 32-3 Bulls will try to keep the season alive against Texas Tech next round.
Oregon 72, Wisconsin 54
Wisconsin simply couldn't match up with Oregon's athleticism as the No. 12 Ducks pulled off an upset that many saw coming.
The Badgers kept it within striking distance most of the day, trailing by just five points with a little more than six minutes remaining. However, Oregon ended on a 20-7 run to close out the impressive win.
Kenny Wooten was the star of the day, throwing down some ferocious dunks during the game:
The sophomore only had nine points but added six rebounds and four blocks while bringing his team a lot of energy.
Payton Prichard also had 19 points and nine assists in the win.
Wisconsin star Ethan Happ only had 12 points in his final game while the Badgers ended 6-of-30 from three-point range.
Washington 78, Utah State 61
Although Washington shot 10-of-17 from three-point range in this one, the defense was the most impressive part of the team's 17-point win.
Matisse Thybulle had five steals and three blocks in an impressive individual day to limit Utah State:
Overall, the Aggies finished with 21 turnovers while shooting 35.2 percent from the field.
On the other end, Noah Dickerson led Washington with 20 points and 12 rebounds to help turn a usually close 8-9 game into a blowout.
Washington will hope this type of defensive effort will be enough to get into the Sweet 16.
Duke 85, North Dakota State 62
North Dakota State showed a lot of heart in the first half of this game, playing excellent defense while keeping the score within four points at intermission.
Unfortunately for the underdogs, the other team had Zion Williamson.
Williamson took over in the second half with some plays that are still surprising even after seeing him do it all year long.
He finished with 25 points on 12-of-16 shooting while teammate RJ Barrett tallied 26 points and 14 rebounds.
This duo was enough to pull away in the second half and send the Bison home with only some fond memories of the first few minutes.
Duke will now face the winner of VCU and UCF in the second round.
Houston 84, Georgia State 55
Corey Davis Jr. had 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the Cougars had little problem cruising to an opening-round victory.
Every time Georgia State came close, Davis or someone else on Houston would step up with confidence to keep the No. 3 seed in control.
Even without great shooting from the perimeter, the squad still made 51.6 percent of its attempts from the field while preventing the Panthers from getting into any sort of rhythm throughout the day.
Things will be tougher in Round 2 for Houston, which will face the winner of Ohio State and Iowa State. However, the squad showed its gaudy 32-3 record should not be discounted.
Liberty 80, Mississippi State 76
Mississippi State led by 10 points with seven minutes left, but the 12th-seeded Liberty refused to give up.
A 10-0 run from the six-minute mark to the three-minute mark in the second half helped shift the game in favor of the Flames. Lovell Cabbil Jr. then put the team up for good with just over a minute remaining with this clutch three-pointer:
Cabbil had 18 points while Caleb Homesley led all scorers with 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting.
Quinndary Weatherspoon and Lamar Peters combined for 48 points for Mississippi State, but it wasn't enough to hold off the A-Sun tournament winners.
Liberty became the third of four No. 12 seeds to beat a No. 5 seed in the first round.
North Carolina 88, Iona 73
One year after UMBC became the first No. 16 seed to ever upset a top-seeded team, the Ioan Gaels gave the North Carolina Tar Heels all they could handle early on.
Iona—which entered on a 10-game winning streak—was in control for much of the first 20 minutes, using a prolific three-point attack to go up by as many as eight in the opening half. The Gaels, led by Rickey McGill (4-for-4) and Asante Gist (3-for-5), shot an incredible 10-of-21 from downtown in the first half.
Up 38-33, Iona became the second No. 16 seed to take a lead into halftime Friday, joining Gardner-Webb.
North Carolina came out of the locker room ready to play, regaining the lead by scoring nine of the first 12 points of the half. And from that point on, the Tar Heels began to assert their dominance.
After putting up 33 in the entire first half, the Tar Heels exploded for 30 in the opening eight minutes and 36 seconds. The Gaels had just nine during that span—and that was the game.
Iona shot 5-of-20 from behind the arc in the second half.
Luke Maye finished the night with 16 points and nine rebounds, and Cameron Johnson added 21 points and seven rebounds. McGill had 26 points, going 7-of-9 from three-point range, in the loss.
Ohio State 62, Iowa State 59
In a tournament that has lacked the typical drama, this matchup provided fans with a taste of March Madness.
Ohio State started the night with an 11-2 run before Iowa State answered with a 15-2 run of its own. The Cyclones would then go more than 11 minutes without a field goal, enduring a four-minute scoreless drought in the process.
Through all of that, the Buckeyes held just a two-point lead at the half.
Ohio State was never able to pull away in the second half, but it did remain in control for the majority of the night.
The two teams battled down the stretch, with Iowa State even moving out in front late. And when the Buckeyes threatened to put the game away in the closing minutes, the Cyclones continued to fight to the finish:
Iowa State senior Nick Weiler-Babb—a 36.5-percent three-point shooter this season—had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but the shot did not go in.
Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Marial Shayok posted 23 points in a losing effort.
UCF 73, VCU 58
VCU drew first blood, but it is UCF that will be moving on.
The Rams jumped out in front by scoring the first five points of the game and managed to keep pace for the majority of the opening half. But a late 10-0 run sent the Knights into the break with a double-digit lead.
Couple that with a 6-0 run coming out of the locker rooms, and UCF was in complete control throughout the final 20 minutes.
Of course, the Rams had their hands full trying to guard 7’6” Tacko Fall:
Fall finished the game with 13 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks.
Virginia Tech 66, St. Louis 52
After Kansas State went down earlier in the day, Virginia Tech made it clear early on that it would not allow another 13th-seeded team to pull off an opening-round upset.
Using a balanced attack, the Hokies jumped all over the Billikens by racing out to a 23-8 lead. And they kept adding on.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker led Virginia Tech with 20 points, with Kerry Blackshear Jr. adding 15 points. Javon Bess had 14 points and 11 rebounds for St. Louis in the loss.