Photo Story: NCAA Day 1

SACRAMENT0-- March Madness is alive and well here and luckily for Vanderbilt and Washington State there wasn't too much madness. The Commodores and Cougars both won handily and will meet on Saturday.

Walking around Arco Arena was a chore. I asked the security, "I'm here for media will-call, where do I go?" I went in the direction they told me and they kept pointing me in the same direction until finally I had almost done a 360 degree circle around the arena!

Walking up to Arco Arena it was evident that this wasn't going to be any normal college basketball game. T.V. trucks were everywhere and security was tight.

This sub regional was sold out but hundreds of fans, including many from Washington State, lined the sidewalks in hopes of getting tickets.

Washington State's game was a little tougher than Vanderbilt's. The Cougars trailed most of the first half before putting Oral Roberts away in the second half.

Cougar fans filled probably 10 complete sections of the arena.

Here a Coug makes a nice block of an Oral Roberts shot.

Washington State's pep band members smile as their team takes control in the second half.

Washington State head coach Tony Bennett was pleased with the way his team took control of the game.

Finally, the boys in Black and Gold showed up.

Commodore fans had a look of concern during the warm-ups. The George Washington Colonials looked very athletic and physical.

A very polite George Washington mascot did not wear his head gear indoors. It was about the only thing that George Washington University could do right all day long.

The Commodore mascot kept his hat on and kept the fans fired up.

Washington State's Tony Bennett was spotted on the sidelines scouting Vanderbilt and George Washington.

As the Commodore lead grew the Commodore pep band grew louder and louder.

Vanderbilt had a huge lead with 11:53 to go in the game.

Perhaps the loudest roar during the Vanderbilt-George Washington game was when walk-on David Rodriguez scored the first point of his Commodore career.

The Vanderbilt starters got ample time to relax in the second half.

George Drake made 2 of 2 three-point shots and another jumper to score 8 points during a critical early period of the game that helped Vanderbilt pull away. After the game Drake spoke with Joe Fisher.

Meanwhile, Shan Foster, who scored 18 points, had a chat with the television commentators from CBS. Most of Foster's points came at the beginning of the first and second half. Top Stories