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March Madness Day One Recap

Full recap to the first real day of the tournament.

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We saw 16 games today and it was amazing. Here’s a recap of what happened just incase you missed it!

#10 Minnesota: 86 vs #7 Louisville: 76

What a way to get the day underway. The Golden Gophers were lead by surprise star Gabe Kalscheur and his huge 24 points. In another surprising turn of events, a team coached by Chris Mack was knocked out of the tournament very early. Oh, wait, that always happens.

#3 LSU: 79 vs #14 Yale: 74

LSU was the favorite in this one by 6.5 points. They managed to take an 18 point lead early in the second half, and it seemed like they were going to cover with ease. They didn’t. In the wise words of Forrest Gump: “That’s all I’ll say about that”.

#5 Auburn: 78 vs #12 New Mexico State: 77

For about 39 minutes of game time, Auburn seemed to be in control. Then all of sudden the Aggies fought their way back into this one. Even more stunning, Auburn fouled on a three-point attempt and gave the Aggies a handful of free throws to take the lead. New Mexico State’s Terrell Brown missed two out of three from the line and the Tigers escaped with a one-point win.

#4 Florida State: 76 vs #13 Vermont: 69

The Catamounts have been a very solid team for the past three years or so. When I saw that Florida State was matched up with them in the first round, I became a little hesitant to move them too far in my bracket. This second half was an amazing performance for the Seminoles. They really took this game over but did choke by not covering (-8.5).

#2 Michigan State: 76 vs #15 Bradley: 65

Did somebody say Middle Tennessee State? The Braves almost pulled off another miracle 2 versus 15 upset; however, the Spartans rallied late in the second half to barely hang on.

#6 Maryland: 79 vs #11 Belmont: 77

Belmont was a sleeper pick in a lot of peoples brackets, and they looked good. They had shooters all over the floor and played Maryland to the bitter end. Their half-court game-winning three came up just short, and they go home without a real win in the tournament. No Belmont your win over Maryland does not count. Also, if the Terrapins want a shot at beating LSU, they’ll need to get Bruno Fernando some more touches. He dominated whenever he had the ball.

#4 Kansas: 87 vs #13 Northeastern: 53

Wow, Kansas actually looked pretty good. On the other hand, Northeastern looked pretty bad. If Dedric Lawson can play like this against Auburn this Saturday, they might actually prove me wrong and be a decent basketball team for a change.

#12 Murray State: 83 vs #5 Marquette: 64

If you didn’t know who Ja Morant was before tonight, you do now. Morant dominated to the tune of  17 PTS, 11 REB, and 16 AST. This is the first triple-double in the NCAA Tournament since Draymond Green played at Michigan State. This was definitely the most underwhelming game of the night as nobody from Marquette was able to help out Markus Howard. Also, Morant played very well tonight, but he did turn the ball over 7 times, and that will be a problem against a Florida State team that capitalizes on your mistakes.

#10 Florida: 70 vs #7 Nevada: 61

You can never count out Nevada in the tournament. They started to come back in this one and it felt like shades of last years crazy comeback teams. however the comeback fell short, and now the Gators will look to do what their football team did this postseason. Upset a heavily favored Michigan team.

#2 Kentucky: 79 vs #15 Abilene Christian: 44

Congratulations Abilene Christian, hope you had fun in the tourney.

#6 Villanova: 61 #11 Saint Mary’s: 57

The Big East has been bad this year. They needed this one, and Phil Booth was not going to let Nova go home in round one. His 20 points carried them into the Round of 32.

#1 Gonzaga: 87 vs #16 Fairleigh Dickinson: 49

See Kentucky vs Abilene Christian

#2 Michigan: 74 #15 Montana: 55

See Gonzaga vs Fairleigh Dickinson

#7 Wofford: 84 vs #10 Seton Hall: 68

Fletcher McGee is not human. He couldn’t miss a three all night. This is a regular thing for Fletcher as he was able to break the NCAA career three-point record in this game as well. His 24 points were way too much for the Pirates to handle. Also, Myles Powell had an off night, really putting the nail in the coffin for Seton Hall.

#6 Purdue: 61 vs #14 Old Dominion: 48

The final game of the night went just as expected. Purdue dominated with their defense and their offense did just enough to move them along. Carsen Edwards was terrific once again scoring 26 points, almost half of the Boilermakers offense. They’ll need a full team effort to knock off the defending champions in Villanova.

#9 Baylor: 78 vs #8 Syracuse: 69

Baylor shot the ball surprisingly well. Each team went shot for shot most of the second half, but the Orange just went cold. The Bears just seemed to keep finding ways to put the ball in the basket and pick apart Syracuse’s 2-3 zone. I think Baylor is in for a rude awakening to their next matchup with Gonzaga.

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