2010 NCAA Tournament: Day Two Early Games Halfway Through; Madness Continues on

Sam BlumCorrespondent IMarch 19, 2010

BOISE, ID - MARCH 20:  The mascot of the Cornell Big Red is seen on the court during the game against the Missouri Tigers in the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Taco Bell Arena on March 20, 2009 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Just about 11 hours after the first day of the tournament ended, the second one started.

Once again, it didn't start as expected.

West Virginia (No. 2 seed) started play against MEAC champion Morgan State. Morgan State would race out to an early 10-0 lead, but West Virginia would quickly close the gap. They lead by 11 at the half.

West Virginia is coming in off a Big East Tournament run where they had to defeat Cincinnati, Notre Dame, and Georgetown to get the crown. Morgan State had a great conference season; however, West Virginia still has the huge edge going into the second half.Β 

Cornell dominated the first half with their shooting and ability to force turnovers. They went on to score 37 in the first half, eight points ahead of No. 5 seed Temple. It is the first ever meeting between the two schools. However, Temple coach Fran Dunphy is one of the best former Ivy League coaches in history.Β 

In the other matchup, No. 11 seed Minnesota is tied 26-26 with No. 6 seed Xavier at halftime. The game has been close all the way through with the Musketeers unable to break away at all.

Both these teams come in after finishing off their conference seasons on a strong note. Minnesota wasn't expected to be in this year after losing a slew of heartbreakers, but a 27-point blowout over No. 4 seed Purdue is what pushed them in. Β 


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