Only one big upset yesterday as Duke was eliminated in the first round. The rest of the games went pretty much as expected. Gonzaga went out after a loss to Indiana and frankly didn't play very well yesterday. Would Heytvelt have made a difference? He could have, but they were not a Final Four contender with him despite what the local newspapers say. For some reason this edition of Gonzaga was not as cohesive as in past years.
The Cougars are going to be facing a very potent Vanderbilt team on Saturday. Vanderbilt just took apart George Washington in dominating fashion last night. I think the Coug's can get by Vandy, but it is going to be close.
Virginia is crushing Albany 32-14 early in the first half. It is now up to 43-21 with Virginia heading into to cruise mode. 45-25 Virginia at the half. 70-49 Virginia with around five minutes left. Virginia wins 84-57.
UNLV leads Georgia Tech 11-8 in the early going. UNLV is really taking it to Georgia Tech 21-10 with 7:51 left. Georgia Tech is in serious trouble, they aren't playing well today. The guy's doing the seeds know what they are doing, quite a bit of difference between #7 UNLV, and #11 GTU. 33-26 at the half. It is tied at 46 with ten to go. Tech is the second team from the ACC to get bounced early this year. UNLV advances 67-63.
North Texas is surprising Memphis 17-11 in the early going. Memphis holds a 23-22 lead with 8:09 left in the first. You would expect Memphis to break out against these guys soon, but NTU leads by one with six minutes left. Memphis's top player was called for a double foul earlier in the game, and that has really evened things up as he sat on the bench with three. 28-28 with four minutes left in the half. 37-28 Memphis at the half. 46-38 with 13 minutes to go. 67-56 Memphis with 3 minutes left. Memphis advances with a 73-58 win.
Irish Eyes Aren't Smiling
Wow.... welcome to the NBA....Tennessee put away Long Beach State 121-86. The point total matched the most in a first-round game, set by UNLV in 1977 against San Francisco.
Winthrop upset Notre Dame at Spokane today 74-64 to win their first game in NCAA tournament play.
Wisconsin put away Texas A&M Corpus Christi 76-73.
Nevada beats Creighton in overtime 77-71.
Duck's Sneak By Miami
The Duck's have been slowed down by Miami of Ohio but hold a 25-22 lead at the half. 48-40 Oregon with around eight minutes left in the game. Oregon is about ready to put this one away in the next couple of minutes. 54-46 Oregon with 4:24 left, and Miami still has a little life in them if they can hit some three's. Crunch time with 41 ticks left and Oregon is only up by one, and Miami is going to get a chance at the end for a three to tie it. 21.1 seconds left and Miami has the ball down by three after a couple of Brooks foul shots. Duck's go on to win after Miami misses a three. Ducks get the rebound, Miami fouls, and this one is over 58-56 as Miami hits a three from midcourt to close out the game. Duck's are going to need to play better to beat Winthrop.
No Surprises in Early Evening Games
Kansas is pounding Niagra 52-27 at the half. they end up winning big 107-67.
Illinois leads Virginia Tech 29-21 at the half. The Illini can't put it together in the second half and lose by two 54-52.
Purdue leads Arizona 29-25 at the half. Arizona is the second Pac Ten team to fall in the first round losing 72-63. Lute Olson, Bob Knight and Mike Krzyzewski are already in the Basketball Hall of Fame. What else do they have in common? They're all out of the NCAA tournament.
New Mexico St trails Texas 29-23 at the half. Texas goes on to win 79-67.
USC advances in the nightcap
Villanova falls to Kentucky 67-58.
Southern Illinois had little problem with Holy Cross winning 61-51.
Jackson State is humbled by Florida 112-69.
Southern California is one of four Pac Ten teams to advance to the next round beating Arkansas 77-67. Taj Gibson finished with 18 points and eight rebounds to lead the Trojans.