Welcome to the Madness!
The 2023 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament kicks into higher gear Thursday in what is the most thrilling day of the year on the college basketball calander.
The action kicked off with an eight vs. 9 matchup in the South Area, as Jahmir Young and the Maryland Terrapins pulled off a monster comeback to take down West Virginia, and No. 13 Furman stunned No. four Virginia with a final-second bucket.
Elsewhere, South Area action continues with No. 1 Alabama is in action against No. 16 Texas A&M-CC on CBS, and No. 12 Charleston battling No. five San Diego State on TruTV.
Meanwhile, on TNT, two-seed Arizona faces 15-seed Princeton, whilst the West Area requires center stage on TBS with an additional eight vs. 9 matchup, as Arkansas requires on Illinois.
Only six.45% of official NCAA brackets stay great following the day’s very first 4 games.
We’ve got you covered with all the best highlights from an action-packed day of college hoops!
two. Arizona vs. 15. Princeton
Getting a rhythm
Arizona stars Oumar Ballo and Azuolas Tubelis got issues began against Princeton, which kept issues close early.
1. Alabama vs. 16. Texas A&M-CC
All gas, no brakes
Alabama jumped out to a 9- lead more than Texas A&M-CC in the very first half, setting the tone early. The Tide continued to pour it on as the very first half winded down, grabbing a 20-point lead, 54-34, at halftime.
five. San Diego State vs. 12. Charleston
Not so quick!
Issues in between Charleston and San Diego State started as a defensive standoff, as each teams kept issues close. SDSU was very first to strike, but Charleston roared back late in the frame to knot issues up, 24-24, with four:20 to play prior to halftime.
The Aztecs took a three-point lead, 32-29, into the break.
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1. Kansas 96, 16. Howard 68
Generating a statement
It was a back-and-forth battle in between these two teams to commence, to the surprise of several. Howard did not let Kansas get a lot more than six points ahead in the very first half prior to tying issues up at 24-24.
Jayhawks star forward KJ Adams Jr. set the tone for his group later in the frame, coming down with a jaw-dropping dunk.
Kansas led 50-37 at the break and continued to dominate in the second half en route to a double-digit victory, 96-68. With the win, their 16th straight, the Jayhawks enhanced to 35-two all-time in the Round of 64.
7. Missouri 76, ten. Utah State 65
Each squads have been firing on all cylinders early, but it was Missouri that kept a tiny benefit from the jump.
As well smooth
Missouri commanded the court with one particular smooth basket following an additional, extending its lead at the very first half winded down.
The Tigers led 35-31 at halftime.
Complete speed ahead
Missouri got the quick bucket to retake the lead more than Utah State early in the second half prior to the Tigers’ lead has ballooned to nine points, 62-53, as the final handful of minutes approached.
Missouri continued to build on its lead all the way till the finish, operating away with a 76-65 win and cashing in for its very first NCAA tournament win due to the fact 2010, obtaining lost in the Round of 64 in 5 straight preceding appearances.
Missouri’s win left significantly less than 7% of official NCAA brackets intact.
13. Furman 68, four. Virginia 67
Virginia’s defense settled into a rhythm early against Furman, which fell into an eight- hole early in the very first half.
As issues continued, Furman forward Jalen Slawson came up large for the Paladins, which gradually started closing the gap.
The Cavaliers had a handful of tricks up their sleeve, as Reece Beekman came up with one particular large play following an additional to preserve Furman at arm’s length. Virginia carried a 5-point lead, 32-27, into the half.
Neck and neck
To commence the second half, Virginia opened the largest lead of the game, 38-27, but Furman did not let it final extended.
The Paladins pulled inside 4 points midway by way of the frame prior to going on to tie issues up with a monster 3-pointer from Slawson with five:42 to play. Then, Slawson added a layup and no cost throw to place Furman ahead by 3 points, 57-54.
Furman got a steal and sophomore JP Pegus drilled a three-pointer with two.two seconds remaining as the Paladins stunned the Cavaliers with a 68-67 win in the opening round of the tournament.
It was just the ninth time in the final 13 tournaments that a 13-seed defeated a four-seed. With that upset, just ten.67% of official NCAA brackets remained great.
eight. Maryland 67, 9. West Virginia 65
And we’re off!
WVU was the very first to strike in this one particular, which sparked an early 14-0 run for the Mountaineers.
Midway by way of the very first half, Maryland broke its scoring drought, but that did not faze West Virginia considerably. Exhibit A:
West Virginia squandered a 13-point lead late in the very first half following letting Maryland pull inside a handful of points following a 16-2 run en route to taking the lead, 22-21, with six:ten to play prior to halftime.
Each teams went back and forth and traded the lead two a lot more occasions prior to the break, which ended with Maryland ahead by two points, 32-30.
The second half was a wild ride for each squads. WVU jumped out to a nine-point lead, 47-38, in the very first handful of minutes …
… but Maryland went on a clutch run to knot issues up, as soon as once more.
In the finish, Maryland came up with one particular big-time sequence following an additional to safe the two-point win, 67-65. It marked Maryland’s third consecutive win when appearing in the Round of 64 (2023, 2021, 2019).
eight. Iowa vs. 9. Auburn
five. Duke vs. 12. Oral Roberts
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles
Duke Blue Devils
two. Texas vs. 15. Colgate
7. Northwestern vs. ten. Boise State
Boise State Broncos
1. Houston vs. 16. Northern Kentucky
Northern Kentucky Norse
four. Tennessee vs. 13. Louisiana
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns
7. Texas A&M vs. ten. Penn State
Penn State Nittany Lions
Texas A&M Aggies
two. UCLA vs. 15. UNC Asheville
UNC Asheville Bulldogs
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