OU 78-URI 83: The tournament started with Trae Young taking on Rhode Island in what turned out to be a pretty electric game. Young started hot, faded away for awhile, and then began to do what Trae Young does best late in the game. Despite Young's best effort to win a tournament game by himself it just wasn't enough to steal the game in OT. That and his poor shot selection of shooting from the logo near half court up by 1 with a couple minutes to play. Young gave us great college memories, but now it's time for him to move on to the NBA while Rhode Island moves onto the next round.
Wright State 47- Tennessee 73: Tennessee handled business like a power 5 conference should against a mid major school. They dominated this one from start to finish never leaving any doubt that they were going to lose to a 14 seed. Tennessee moves on after a dominate first round performance.
UNCG 64-Gonzaga 68: The Zags were nearly the first upset of the day. This one was ugly, a lot of people were sweating bullets as they thought 3 games into the day their brackets were about to be busted. UNCG had late leads and even when the Zags came back and took a lead, UNCG kept on fighting to keep it close. This one came down to the wire, ultimately the Zags held on, and they live to fight another day.
Penn 60-Kansas 76: You can't tell by the score but the Kansas Jayhawks were in troubled waters for awhile in this game. Penn came out guns blazing and was taking it to the #1 seed Kansas Jayhawks. Every sports outlet was warning social media that a 16 seed was beating a 1 seed. In the second half Kansas finally woke and ran away with this game, proving why they were the 1 seed and Penn was the 16 seed. Not the prettiest of wins, however style points mean nothing in this tournament. Kansas avoids being the laughing stock of the nation.
Iona 67-Duke 89: Iona is another team that came out hot punched a top seed in the mouth and then proceeded to get blown the fuck out. Duke's size was too much for Iona inside. Once Iona stopped hitting every shot they were taking, Duke ran away with the game. Duke avoids the classic being upset by a 15 seed in the first round that we've come so accustomed to seeing with them.
Miami 62-Loyola Chicago 64: One of the more exhilarating games of the day. Loyola Chicago and Miami were battling it out for 40 straight minutes. Back and forth basketball for 40 straight minutes. Loyola jumped out to an early lead then Miami came roaring back to take a sizable lead, only for them to blow the lead, and then give up a 28 foot buzzer beater to Loyola Chicago. The first of what we hope is many buzzer beaters in this tournament and also the first upset of the day. Loyola Chicago is moving on as our first Cinderella team.
South Dakota St 73-OSU 81: This game was the battle of the 3 pointer with each team shooting more 3 pointers than shots inside the arc. It was neck and neck for awhile in this one, eventually Ohio State began to pull away, then SDSU brought it close, only to come up short. OSU's ridiculous 3 point shooting lead them to a victory over the feisty 12 seed. Setting up a date with the Zags in the next round.
NC State 83-Seton Hall 94: Seton Hall led this game from start to finish and it was never really close or in doubt. A pure showcase of domination by Seton Hall as they advance to the next round.
Radford 61-Villanova 87: Villanova showed what should happen when a 1 seed takes on a 16 seed. Nova slaughtered Radford and kept them at a distance of 30 points or more throughout most of the game. This was a nice scrimmage for them to get ready for the next round.
Davidson 73-Kentucky 78: The battle of the wildcats was a great game. I thought Davidson would just get blown out and the only reason they were given a chance was because Steph Curry used to play there, however that was not the case. Davidson gave Kentucky a run for their money and made John Calipari a little nervous. Ultimately, Kentucky was able to hold and Davidson could've used Steph Curry, but all in all it was a pretty exciting game.
SFA 60-Texas Tech 70: SF Austin was in the drivers seat late in this one. With only 10 minutes to play SFA had a 7 point lead over Texas Tech. Honestly, they were looking like the stronger team, and then everything changed very quickly. Texas Tech got hot, finally took the lead with about 4 minutes left, and never looked back. Texas Tech survives a first round scare.
SDSU 65-Houston 67: San Diego State put up a helluva a fight. The downfall for them in this game was that they couldn't stop the dude with the man bun, Rob Gray. San Diego State had tied the game up late after battling back, it looked as if they were headed to OT. Houston had the ball with the shot clock turned off, the ball in Gray's hands, and he took it to the rack somehow maneuvering his way through 3 defenders converting a filthy acrobatic layup. Houston lead by 2 with 1 second left. SDSU launched the ball down the court trying to convert a Christian Laetner type play, unfortunately Christian Laetner hasn't played college basketball in 30 years. Houston survives and advances thanks to Rob Gray and his career high 39 points.
VT 83-Alabama 86: Colin Sexton was nowhere to be found in the first half of this game. His team was able to keep Bama within striking distance, though. After halftime Colin Sexton woke up and began to do what he does best, take over games. Sexton would score 22 points in the second half to take down Virginia Tech. Bama moves on from the first round for the first time in over a decade.
Arizona 68-Buffalo 89: The game that busted everyone's bracket. Arizona didn't just get upset by Buffalo, they got absolutely manhandled. It was quite embarassing. Deandre Ayton was shut the fuck down, guess his payments didn't transfer over into the tournament, so he was mentally checked out. Not much to really say other than Buffalo was the better team. They 21 clipped Arizona, the only team to make it from the conference of champions got waxed in the first round by a 13 seed. Buffalo is our second Cinderella of the tournament and our first bracket buster.
St.Bonaventure 62- Florida 77: Despite Florida's best effort to let the Bonnies hang around they just couldn't. Bonnies didn't want to win this game at all. Florida played like crap and was still able to win by 15 because the Bonnies just didn't show up to play whatsoever. Disappointing showing from the Bonnies.
Montana 47-Michigan 61: This was my big upset pick heading into the tourney. It looked good 5 minutes into the game when Montana jumped out to a 10-0 lead. That didn't last very long as Michigan fought back and by the end of the first half it was 31-28 Michigan on top. The second half was all Michigan even though it was maybe the worst basketball game I ever watched. At one point Montana didn't have a field goal made for 10 straight minutes. It's a game I never want to remember so I'll leave it at that.
That wraps up day one of March Madness. The beauty of it all, we get to do it again today. Buckle up, grab some brews, call the boss and tell him your sick because we have another 12 hours of March Madness ahead of us.