NCAA Tournament 2019: Friday's 1st-Round Scores, Updated Bracket and ScheduleMarch 22, 2019
It's Day 2 of the NCAA tournament, and some of the top teams were in action on Friday, including Zion Williamson and Duke as well as fellow ACC top seeds North Carolina and Virginia.
By the night's end, a whopping eight teams had pulled off upsets over higher seeds.
Below, we've broken down all of the day's scores and recaps and provide the updated bracket and schedule. Buckle up, folks, it was another day of March Madness.
Friday Matchup and Scores
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
For the updated weekend schedule, be sure to check out NCAA.com.
Virginia Tech def. Saint Louis, 66-52
While upsets owned the second day of the NCAA tournament, the Hokies never let Saint Louis think about it, jumping out to an 18-point lead in the first 12 minutes.
Virginia Tech sophomore guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker led the team in scoring—as he's done all season—and all scorers with 20 points. Junior forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. had 15 points for the Hokies.
Up next for Virginia Tech will be No. 12 Liberty in the second round of the East Region on Sunday.
Iowa State def. Iowa State, 62-59
The No. 6 Iowa State Cyclones kept it close to the bitter end on Friday night.
A three-pointer from sophomore guard Lindell Wigginton cut Ohio State's lead to 60-59 with 20.8 seconds left.
The Cyclones still had a chance down three after senior guard Nick Weiler-Babb grabbed a defensive board, but he couldn't convert from three-point land on the other end, sealing the win for the Buckeyes.
Iowa State senior guard Marial Shayok led all scorers with 23 points, while sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson paced Ohio State with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Now, No. 3 Houston awaits Ohio State in the second round of the Midwest Region on Sunday.
UCF def. VCU, 73-58
The No. 9 UCF Knights won their first NCAA tournament game in program history.
The No. 8 VCU Rams couldn't measure up to 7'6" Tacko Fall and UCF. Fall, a senior center, made his presence known on Friday night with 13 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks.
Even as he was falling to the floor, Fall made VCU pay, and when Fall couldn't punctuate, junior guard Aubrey Dawkins was there to throw down a powerful dunk:
UCF senior guard BJ Taylor led all scorers with 15 points.
The Knights' next game will be against top-seeded Duke in the second round of the East Region on Sunday. Fall and Zion Williamson on the same court? Yes, please.
North Carolina def. Iona, 88-73
Iona led by as many as eight in the first half, but the Tar Heels affirmed why they are a No. 1 seed in the second half.
Iona senior guard Rickey McGill led all scorers with 26 points, while senior guard Cameron Johnson led all Tar Heels with 21 points, including a pretty three-pointer to put UNC up 56-45 with 13:08 to go:
UNC freshman forward Nassir Little contributed 19 points off the bench, which is encouraging for the Tar Heels moving forward as they face tougher competition in this tournament.
The Tar Heels will next play No. 9 Washington in the second round of the Midwest Region on Sunday.
Liberty def. Mississippi State, 80-76
The No. 12 seeds cleaned up Friday, as Liberty joined Oregon on the upset trail by beating Mississippi State 80-76.
Mississippi State and its fans will have nightmares about Caleb Homesley during the offseason. The junior guard showed out Friday, scoring 30 points on 5-of-11 shooting from deep. It just isn't March until a veteran guard from an underdog team goes off in an upset win.
Liberty awaits the winner of Virginia Tech vs. Saint Louis.
Houston def. Georgia State, 84-55
Houston cruised into the round of 32, and Corey Davis Jr. led the charge.
Davis was awesome against the overmatched Panthers, scoring 26 points while adding seven rebounds and six assists. He was scorching from beyond the arc, finishing 7-of-17 from three.
Up next for Houston is the winner of Iowa State vs. Ohio State.
Duke def. North Dakota State, 85-62
Duke took just a four-point lead into halftime, and the specter of a potential upset loomed. But then Duke did Duke things, rolling North Dakota State in the second half and winning convincingly, 85-62.
The team's superstar pair of Zion Williamson (25 points) and RJ Barrett (26 points, 14 rebounds) led the way, while Cam Reddish chipped in with 12 points. Vinnie Shahid notched 20 points for the Bison, but it wasn't enough to slow down the talent-laden Blue Devils.
Williamson, Barrett and the Dukies will next face either UCF or VCU.
Washington def. Utah State, 78-61
Noah Dickerson, Jaylen Nowell and the Washington Huskies were just too strong for Utah State on Friday.
Dickerson posted 20 points and 12 boards, Nowell added 19 points and five assists and the Huskies forced the Aggies into just 35.2 percent shooting from the field.
Next up for Washington is either North Carolina or Iona.
Oregon def. Wisconsin, 72-54
Kenny Wooten blocked everything on Friday evening. Four shots. Wisconsin's chance at advancing in the NCAA tournament. Probably some haters on Instagram.
Maybe not the last one. Definitely the first two, though.
While Wooten (nine points, six rebounds) dominated down low, Payton Pritchard (19 points, eight assists) and Louis King (17 points) handled the rest as the Ducks pulled away from the Badgers in the second half.
Up next for Oregon is fellow upset artist UC Irvine.
Buffalo def. Arizona State, 91-74
Buffalo is for real.
The Bulls handled Arizona State, 91-74, behind Jeremy Harris' 21 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Arizona State shot just 3-of-22 from beyond the arc, meanwhile, shooting themselves out of any chance of pulling off the upset.
Buffalo's prize for beating the Sun Devils is a date with Texas Tech and Jarrett Culver on Sunday.
Virginia def. Gardner-Webb, 71-56
For one half, it looked like Virginia might be upset by a No. 16 seed for the second straight NCAA tournament. But then the Cavaliers remembered how to play like an elite team.
The result was a 71-56 final score that doesn't fully represent just how shaky the Cavaliers looked in a first half that saw them trail by as many as 14 points. But DeAndre Hunter (23 points, six boards) wasn't interested in seeing Virginia choke again, and the Cavaliers tightened up the defense significantly in the second half, giving up just 20 points.
Up next for Virginia is Oklahoma.
Tennessee def. Colgate, 77-70
Colgate gave Tennessee everything it could handle on Friday. But the Volunteers found a way.
Admiral Schofield led the way with 19 points for Tennessee, while Jordan Burns absolutely balled out for the Raiders, scoring 32 points.
Rapolas Ivanauskas, meanwhile, didn't play in the second half after suffering an eye issue, a huge loss for a Colgate team that perhaps would have pulled off the upset with the Patriot League Player of the Year.
Instead, it's Tennessee that will be moving on, next facing Iowa on Sunday.
UC Irvine def. Kansas State, 70-64
There's nothing like a great upset. And this was one of them.
The Anteaters shocked the Wildcats on Friday, led by Max Hazzard (19 points on 5-of-11 shooting from three) and Evan Leonard (19 points, four steals). Kamau Stokes tried to stave off the upset with 18 points, but he and the Wildcats fell short.
Up next for the Anteaters is a date with Oregon.
Texas Tech def. Northern Kentucky, 72-57
Jarrett Culver is the man.
The star sophomore carved Northern Kentucky to shreds, scoring 29 points while adding eight boards and seven assists in Texas Tech's first-round win on Friday. Northern Kentucky's Tyler Sharpe tried to keep pace, scoring 23 points of his own, but it wasn't enough.
Texas Tech will next face Buffalo.
Oklahoma def. Ole Miss, 95-72
This one was never really in doubt.
The Sooners rolled over the Rebels on Friday, led by excellent showings from Rashard Odomes (20 points), Christian James (20 points), Kristian Doolittle (19 points, 15 rebounds, five assists) and Brady Manek (18 points, three steals).
Up next for Oklahoma is Virginia.
Iowa def. Cincinnati, 79-72
Iowa's Tyler Cook—the team's leading scorer this season—found himself in foul trouble on Friday against Cincinnati and played limited minutes.
No matter. His teammates Luke Garza (20 points, seven boards) and Joe Wieskamp (19 points) picked up the slack, leading Iowa to a 79-72 victory. That spoiled solid performances from Justin Jenifer (19 points) and Jarron Cumberland (18 points).
Iowa now faces Tennessee on Sunday.