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NCAA: MARCH MADNESS UPDATES–Day 1

'07 Fightin' Texas Aggie Men's Basketball! A-Whoop! by sarowen.Game #1: 8 LSU def. 9 Butler 75-71

–LSU had a 9-0 run to start the game, which they used to create a huge lead over Butler. Butler came back in the second half, but they just didn’t have enough to match the Bayou Bengals.

Game #2: 9 Texas A&M def. 8 BYU 79-66

–This one was a blowout from the beginning. Texas A&M dominated BYU throughout the course of the game.

Game #3: 2 Memphis def. 15 CSU: Northridge 81-70

–Memphis did not look like the a number two seed against the Matadors, who pressured them throughout the game. CSU: Northridge were able to match Memphis shot-for-shot and they were even in the lead in the middle of the second half. So, the Tigers should be happy that they made it through this game, which was much closer than the final score suggests

Game #4:  5 Purdue def. 12 Northern Iowa 61-5

–Northern Iowa challenged early, but they never had enough to contend with the Boilermakers.

Game #5: 1 North Carolina def. 16 Radford 101-58

–No contest! UNC cruised to a ridiculously easy first round victory.

Game #6: 1 Connecticut def. 16 Chattanooga 103-47

–Another blowout of a sixteenth seed, as the Huskies easily defeated the Mocs even though Jim Calhoun wasn’t present at the game.

Game #7: 10 Maryland def. 7 California 84-71

–The first big upset of the day was the Maryland Terrapins defeat of the Cal Golden Bears. It looks like Maryland’s tough ACC schedule has helped to prepare them for big games because they definitely looked like the more seasoned team in this game.

Game #8: 4 Washington def. 13 Mississippi State 71-58

–Washington took the lead midway through the first and they never looked back.

Game #9: 7 Texas def. 10 Minnesota 76-62

–The Longhorns led this one from the get-go. Texas had a balanced attack, as they had three players in double figures. They also made 55% of their three-point shots (11-20). Texas was just too good for the Golden Gophers.

Game #10: 10 Michigan def. 7 Clemson 62-59

–Michigan had a commanding lead in the second half, but Clemson fought back to make this a close one. Michigan, however, was able to hold on and they will play the winner of OU-Morgan St. in the second round.

Game #11: 3 Villanova def. 14 American U 80-67

–American U looked like they were going to take this one, as they had a double figure lead for much of the game. The Wildcats, however, were able to storm back near the end of the 2nd half to take the win.

Game #12: 4 Gonzaga def. 13 Akron 77-64

–Akron led for much of this game and they were able to keep it close until midway through the second half. Gonzaga was able to play better defense in the second half and they were able to effectively take the three-point shot away from Akron. Near the end of the second half, it was clear that the ‘Zags were much more seasoned and fit than their opponents.

Game #13: 2 Duke def. 15 Binghamton 86-62

–Duke showed exactly why thy are a number 2 seed in this game. They took control from the beginning and never looked back.

Game #14: 2 Oklahoma def. 15 Morgan State 82-54

–No surprises here, as the Sooners showed their final four potential by pummeling the Bears.

Game #15: 6 UCLA def. 11 Virginia Commonwealth 65-64

–This one was a nailbiter, as VCU had a chance to win the game in the final seconds. The Rams, however, were unable to make the winning shot. The Bruins were lucky to make it through that one.

Game #16: 12 Western Kentucky vs. 5 Illinois

–By the end of the first half, WKU had a commanding lead and they seemed poised for victory, but the Illini roared back late in the second half. The Hilltoppers, however, were able to hold on for the upset.

(Photo by sarowen)

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