So, lots of upsets on this day, including the Wichita State Shockers shocking Gonzaga. In any case, that’s it for us today from this live blog, but thanks for tuning in, and we’ll be back at it tomorrow.
11:20 p.m.: Yet another upset, folks. No. 9 Wichita State takes down No. 1 Gonzaga by the score of 76-70. The Shockers went up early on Gonzaga, but saw that lead erased late in the second half. However, after a crazy back-and-forth of three-point shots, Wichita State holds on for the surprise victory. The bench ends up being huge for the Shockers, with both Ron Baker and Cleanthony Early coming off the pine to score 16 apiece.
In the other (and last) ongoing game, Syracuse maintains a 44-30 lead over Cal Berkeley with about 11 minutes to go in the second half.
10: 35 p.m.: So, upsets are looking less and less likely as the night finishes out.
Marquette ultimately closed out Butler 74-72 after some possession musical chairs to end the game. However, after leading for most of the contest, Wichita State has allowed Gonzaga to come all the way back, and now the No. 1 seed looks poised to move on in the tournament. That one’s at 54-49 with about nine minutes to go in the second half.
In the last game on the slate for Saturday’s action, Syracuse holds an eight-point lead over Cal (or, as they say everywhere in California that isn’t Cal, Berkeley) at the half.
10:10 p.m.: California and Syracuse are just getting under way, but two other games to report on.
Butler is trailing Marquette by just two points with about four minutes to go in that game. It’s a No. 3 seed versus a No. 6, but still an exciting contest.
In the other current game, Wichita State is holding its ground against Gonzaga, up by three with about 16 minutes to go in the second half. Suffice it to say, if the Shockers can hold on it would absolutely be a huge shock to Gonzaga and the rest of the tournament.
Sorry for the bad pun, folks.
9:20 p.m.: Just to make it official, Harvard did indeed fall to Arizona, but it was certainly a nice story while it lasted.
However, Oregon becomes the latest tournament upset, taking down No. 4-seed Saint Louis as the No. 12 seed 74-57.
There are two games currently in action. Butler is ahead of Marquette 35-29 at halftime, and Wichita State is up by eight points on Gonzaga late in the first half, in what could be another upset in the making. Likewise, California is set to tip off against Syracuse in about 20 or so minutes.
8:15 p.m.: So, sorry folks, but it looks like Harvard’s run is done. They had a historical win against New Mexico, but as we speak they’re down 23 to Arizona with about two minutes remaining in the game.
In other action, Oregon is up big early on Saint Louis, with the No. 12-seed fixing to upset No. 4. The Ducks lead by 16 at halftime behind an all-around team effort that’s featured 10 points from Carlos Emory off the bench.
Likewise, Butler and Marquette have just gotten underway, while Wichita State and Gonzaga will tip off in about half an hour.
7:20 p.m.: So, with just under five minutes to go, Louisville has taken a commanding 73-51 lead over Colorado State, so no upset in that game is likely to happen after Colorado State was able to hang around early.
In the Harvard game, the Wildcats are taking it to the Crimson, up 40-22 at halftime. It’s not like this wasn’t expected, but still, it would have been pretty incredible to see Harvard steal another one — especially against a perennially solid team like Arizona.
In other games, No. 1-seed Oregon and No.4 Saint Louis are just getting off the ground, with Butler and Marquette coming up in about half an hour.
6:20 p.m.: So Colorado State managed to stick around with Louisville for a while, but before the half the No.1-seed managed to pull away, and currently lead the No. 8 team 45-31 at halftime. Russ Smith leads the Cardinals with 18 points.
In the Harvard game, Arizona has the lead early, up 12-2 with just under 15 minutes to go in the first half. So, it seems that Cinderella story may be over, but, hey, at least Harvard can now say they’ve tasted a win in the NCAA tournament.
5:00 p.m.: So, we have two finals in the books. And, since you all must be wondering, the Harvard-Arizona game is set to tip off at 6:10 p.m. EST.
In the two contests already finished, Michigan State knocked off Memphis 70-48, led by 23 points from Gary Harris. In the other contest, No. 4-seed Michigan defeats No. 5 VCU behind a monster performance (21 points and 14 rebounds) by Mitch McGary.
Still ahead are Harvard and five other games, including No. 1-seed Louisville taking on No. 8 Colorado State, which will tip off in about 15 minutes.
3:43 p.m.: Memphis went on an incredible 16-6 run to end the half and now Michigan State leads just 32-29. The Tigers are showing off some impressive hops with four blocks on the half. Check out D.J. Stephens rising up to block a Keith Appling shot here.
Gary Harris is leading the way with 16 points on the half for the Spartans.
3:12 p.m.: The Memphis-Michigan State matchup looks like it may follow in VCU-Michigan’s footsteps of being a blowout. The Spartans are up 26-13 with eight minutes remaining in the first half.
Gary Harris of Michigan State has 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
2:14 p.m.: This game might have started out close, though, Michigan started to run away with it right around the 10 minute mark in the first half. After that, the Wolverines couldn’t be stopped.
Michigan’s bench warmers even got a shot in the NCAA tournament. Caris LeVert, Jon Horford, Corey Person, Blake McLimans and Matt Vogrich all got minutes for the Wolverines. None of them got trillions, though. Sorry, Mark Titus.
Mitch McGary was the star of the game. He had 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting with 14 rebounds. Trey Burke scored 18 with seven assists, while Glenn Robinson II scored 14 with nine rebounds. Robinson even had to wear a namless No. 12 jersey after a VCU player tore his usual No. 1.
1:49 p.m.: Michigan is running away with this one. Forward Mitch McGary is leading the way for the Wolverines with 15 points and 11 boards.
VCU has had no answer for Michigan. If you have Michigan in the Sweet 16 in your bracket, you’re looking pretty good.
1:13 p.m.: VCU’s full-court press was working for a while against Michigan, but the Wolverines’ high-powered offense became too much for the Rams. Michigan leads 38-23 at the half.
Trey Burke, the top prospect on Michigan, leads the game with 11 points so far. He’s just 1-for-4 on three-pointers, but 4-for-9 overall from the field.
Glenn Robinson III has 10 points and five rebounds. Mitch McGary leads the way with nine rebounds. On VCU, Treveon Graham leads with nine points. Michigan already has six turnovers.
12:38 p.m.: VCU is keeping up with Michigan so far with help from its full-court press. Michigan’s an athletic team, though, so VCU’s tricks may not work on the Wolverines.
For fans of ’90s NBA action, you may recognize some names on Michigan’s squad. Do the names Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III ring a bell? Hardaway, a junior, and Robinson, a freshmen, could follow their fathers’ paths to the NBA. Hardaway is currently the No. 49 ranked prospect on CBSSports.com, while Robinson is No. 23.
12:22 p.m.: VCU-Michigan will kick off the day’s action. VCU comes in as a No. 5 seed, while the Wolverines entered the tournament as a No. 4 seed.
Michigan toppled South Dakota State 71-56, while VCU annihilated Akron 88-42. Michigan has taken the early 9-5 lead over the Rams.
8 a.m. ET: People want to see upsets and March Madness has given the people what they want so far. Thursday’s matchups showed that this year’s field has no clear-cut dominant team, as No. 1 seeded Gonzaga barely survived Southern and California shocked fifth-seeded UNLV. From 40-point blowouts to last-second heroics to history being made, the first couple of days of the NCAA tournament delivered.
Harvard has played the role of the underdog all season long. After losing two of their top players for the entire 2012-2013 campaign, nobody expected them to compete in the Ivy League, let alone go home with the title. Their impressive ride continued Thursday and, for the first time in school history, Harvard won an NCAA tournament game, stunning No.3 seed New Mexico — and the rest of America.
Saint Mary’s also almost pulled off the unbelievable as they stormed back against No. 6 Memphis, but ultimately fell short, losing 54-52. Meanwhile, Louisville, Syracuse and VCU never let their opponents even think of attempting an upset as the No. 1, No. 4 and No. 5 seeds respectively, all came away with massive wins.
Friday’s 16 games also lived up to the hype as brackets everywhere went up in flames. The upsets began with Ole Miss defeating Wisconsin, as the Rebels recorded their first NCAA win in 11 years, led in large part by Marshall Henderson. No. 13 La Salle continued the surprises knocking off No. 4 Kansas State, but the biggest news of the night came when No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast shocked second-seeded Georgetown. The Hoyas threatened a comeback late in the second half, but FGCU was able to escape any danger and come away with the astonishing win.
To the dismay of many, but to the surprise of few, Duke pulled out a win over Albany avoiding another Lehigh fiasco, while ninth-seeded Temple bested North Carolina State, 76-72 and Creighton, led by 27 points from All-American Doug McDermott, held on to beat Cincinnati.
Saturday’s games promise to ruin some more brackets — if they aren’t already destroyed — and provide hours of entertainment as the tournament heats up with eight matchups. VCU and Michigan get things started when they tip off at 12:15, Harvard hopes to keep their Cinderella story going as they take on No. 6 Arizona and Gonzaga will be tested by Wichita State in the last game of the night.
Check back here throughout the day to see how the games unfold. We’ll provide news and updates as the day goes on.
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