March Madness recap: round one

The first round of the NCAA Tournament was 10 upsets in 32 games over two days.

1- seed, Kentucky, beat in-state rival and 16-seed, Western Kentucky, 81-66 in the South Region.  The 9-seed, defending National Champions, University of Connecticut Huskies, fell to the 8-seed, Iowa State, 77-64.  12-seed, VCU, is now 5-1 in the NCAA tournament over the last two seasons.  They upset 5-seed, Wichita State, 62-59.  A lane violation, intentional foul, and shot-over-the-backboard violation held off a Fighting Irish rally early on St. Patrick’s Day.  10-seed, Xavier, upset 7-seed Notre Dame 67-63.  C.J. McCollum scored 30 points in 15-seed, Lehigh’s, 75-70 upset victory over  2-seed, Duke.

In the East Region, 1-seed, Syracuse, narrowly escaped 16-seed, NC-Ashville, 72-65.  4-seed, Wisconsin, beat 13-seed, Montana, 73-49.  The East was the only region to go chalk.

1-seed, Michigan State, beat 16-seed, Long Island, 89-67 in the West Region.  15-seed, Norfolk State, earned the biggest victory in program history when they upset 2-seed, Missouri, 86-84.  9-seed, St. Louis, upset 8-seed, Memphis, 61-54

1- seed, North Carolina, beat 16-seed, Vermont, 77-58 in the Midwest Region.  Then, seeds 4-7 fell.  Michigan lost to Ohio 65-60; South Florida knocked out Temple 58-44; San Diego State went out courtesy of North Carolina State 79-65; and St. Mary’s let one get away to Purdue 72-69.

2-seeds fell in the South and West.  16-seed overall, Baylor, is now the second highest remaining seed in 1-seed overall, Kentucky’s, region.  12-seed overall, Marquette, is now the second highest remaining seed in 4-seed overall, Michigan State’s region.  Kentucky and Michigan State would play in the Final Four.

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