The first round of the tourney is over and there was no shortage of excitement. Ten lower seeded teams won their first round games. The biggest upset coming in the Ohio-Georgetown game. Ohio outplayed Georgetown, a team that had come off of a strong Big East Tournament, and just seemed to want to be in the tourney more. Ohio wound up winning the game 97-83 in a game that was never really close. Murray State showed up to play upsetting Vanderbilt on a last second buzzer beater to advance. Cornell won their opening round game against the Temple Owls to give the Ivy League their first tourney win since Princeton in 1998. Cornell, with the 7 foot Jeff Foote and the quick Louis Dale, were too big and fast for the Owls and were able to shoot the three very effectively against one of the best three point defenses in the country. As for other buzzer beaters, Northern Iowa won their game, Wake Forest sank one in overtime, Washington was able to make one. As for the teams that could not make that last second shot were New Mexico State, Notre Dame, and San Diego State did not have the players or the plays to help them win in the final seconds of their games.
The number one seeds were able to take care of their business rather easily as Duke, Kansas, Syracuse, and Kentucky all won by double digits. Other than Villanova, every two seed won by at least 17. The second day of the tournament lacked the same excitement as day one, but the games have still been close, as Michigan State squeaked one out by three last night.
If the games continue to be as exciting as the first two days of games, this may be one of the best tournaments we have seen in a while and may also be considered the tournament of the underdog.
- Villanova trails St. Mary's at halftime, 38-31