And so Begins the Madness...
Local standout Luis Flores continued to provide highlight-reel performances as his 26 point effort led to the bracket-busting wipeout of #5 Florida. Manhattan's much maligned smaller front line, played anything but small, using their quickness and athleticism to out-hustle the Gators from the opening tip.
Fresh off their dramatic showdown against Duke in the ACC Championship, Maryland struggled against an underrated UTEP squad that took them to their limit. Led by Senior Guard John Gilchrist, whose one-man performance will live long in Duke lore, the Terrapins hung on to defeat the Miners.
Bob Knight sent Texas Tech to its first NCAA Tournament win since the mid 1970's as the Red Raiders held off a late Charlotte charge to advance. Texas Tech will next play against the St. Joe's/Liberty winner.
Gerry McNamara ensured the defending National Champions from the Big East Conference advanced to the second round by netting the game of his life. Shooting a whopping 11-17 from the field Gerry scored 43 points to lead the Orange.
Wake Forest advanced to the second round for the 3rd year in a row as freshman sensation Chris Paul hit the go-ahead basket with a minute left to avoid the upset bid by Va. Commonwealth.
Antoine Pettway hit the game winning field goal to lift Auburn over Southern Illinois. The Missouri Valley Conference team came into the game ranked #23 in the nation and had reeled off 17 straight victories before 'bama pulled off the thriller with just 5 ticks left.
St.Joe's, perhaps still upset at recent remarks regarding their #1 seeding, ensured there would be no doubting them today. The Hawks led from start to finish behind Jameer Nelson's 33 points. The Hawks will play 8th-seeded Texas Tech on Saturday.
There would be no deja vu in Seattle this go around as Stanford won its first round game for the 10th straight year by overcoming Texas-San Antonio.
Duke wasted no time in setting up its up-tempo style. Bad news for Alabama St. as Duke ran off to a 21 point halftime lead and cruised as Shavlik Randolph scored a team-high 20 points and grabbed a team-high 8 rebounds.
Down 9 at the half and most of the second half was not enough to overwhelm Nevada. Kirk Snyder hit a trey that finally put the Wolfpack up with 2:52 left in the second half as Nevada defeated the Spartans of Michigan State.
Emeka Okafor showed no ill effects from his late season back spasms as he guided the Big East Tournament Champions to a workman-like 17 point win.
Brandon Mouton helped Texas rally from an 8-point first half deficit against the Princeton Tigers. Texas shot a whopping 60% from the field as the Longhorns overcame a 3 point halftime deficit to rally.
Seton Hall vs Arizona
Dayton vs DePaul
North Carolina vs Air Force
Valporaiso vs Gonzaga
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