NCAA Tournament Day 1 Provides Excitement

The NCAA Tournament's first day brought a bundle of upsets. Oklahoma State, Miami, Gonzaga, and Marquette all fell. However, none may be bigger than UNC-Wilmington's thrilling 93-89 win over Southern California. Who will be the 2002 Cinderella?

March 14 - One of the most anticipated days of this basketball season. Why? It is the start of the 2002 NCAA Tournament, the biggest tournament in all of basketball.

And, the millions of college basketball fans all around the world were not disappointed with this beginning of the NCAA Tournament. Several high seeds were upset and had their dreams of an NCAA Championship dashed Thursday.

In Greenville, South Carolina, Kent State's Demetric Shaw scored 21 points to lead the tenth seeded Golden Flashes to a 69-61 win over seventh seeded Oklahoma State. Next up for the Golden Flashes: Alabama.

Meanwhile, in St. Louis, another major upset went down. The twelth seeded Tulsa Golden Hurricane nipped fifth seeded Marquette 71-69. Antonio Reed scored 18 for Tulsa as they took out a tough Marquette squad. Next up for the Golden Hurricane: Kentucky.

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Cinderella lost her both her slippers in the first round as classic Cinderella team Gonzaga was kicked out of her own dance. Gonzaga, the #6 seed in West, fell to Wyoming in a shocker 73-66. Wyoming was led by Uche Nsonwu-Amadi with 14 points. Next up for the Cowboys: Arizona.

#12 Missouri picked up yet another upset Thursday afternoon when the Tigers devastated Big East power and #5 seed Miami of Florida. The Tigers took out Miami 93-80 Thursday behind Clarence Gilbert's 18 points. Next up for the Tigers: Ohio State.

Finally, in Sacramento, California, UNC-Wilmington turned up with what may be the biggest upset of the tournament as the #13 seed Seahawks took down #4 Southern California. Former WFU assistant coach Jerry Wainwright and his squad were led by Brett Blizzard who pitched in 18 points. Next up for the Seahawks: Indiana.

Overall, five major upsets took place Thursday's NCAA play. While Gonzaga has been the Cinderella the past few years, they are gone in the first round this year leaving a spot for the new Cinderella to jump in their place. And after Thursday's play, there are five key candidates in the field: Kent State, Tulsa, Wyoming, Missouri, and UNC-W.

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