Day 2 of the madness is upon us.
The 2019 NCAA Tournament tipped off Thursday with a slew of nail-biters. Half of the day’s games, which included six top-three seeds, were decided by 10 points or less. The final day of the Round of 64 is sure to include more unforgettable matchups. Keep it locked here on NESN.com for updates, highlights, and analysis of Friday’s action.
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Ohio State leads Iowa State 49-46 halfway through the second half.
No. 1 UNC tops No. 16 Iona 88-73.
Virginia Tech leads St. Louis 40-18 at halftime.
UNC holds a 69-52 lead on Iona halfway through the second half.
No. 4 Virginia Tech leads No. 13 St. Louis 26-12 halfway through the first half.
No. 11 Ohio State leads No. 6 Iowa State 26-24 at halftime.
UCF leads VCU 34-24 at halftime. Aubrey Dawkins leads UCF with 8 points.
UNC jumps out to a quick 44-41 lead in the second half after Iona led the Tar Heels by 5 at halftime.
No. 9 UCF leads No. 8 VCU 22-18 halfway through the first half.
No. 16 Iona leads No. 1 UNC 38-33 at halftime.
UCF goes on a 9-0 run early in the first half, leading VCU 11-7.
No. 12 Liberty defeats No. 5 Mississippi State 80-76 in a nail-biting finish.
No. 3 Houston defeats No. 14 Georgia State 84-55.
No. 1 Duke defeats No. 16 North Dakota State 85-62.
Duke maintains a 29-point lead over North Dakota State with 4:09 left in the game.
Washington defeats Utah State 78-61.
Washington holds a 76-61 lead on Utah State with less than a minute left in the game.
No. 1 Duke leads No. 16 North Dakota State 71-31 at halftime.
No. 5 Mississippi State leads No. 12 Liberty 37-35 at halftime.
No. 3 Houston leads No. 14 Georgia State 40-31 at halftime.
No. 9 Washington leads No. 8 Utah State 40-28 at halftime.
Buffalo’s lead over Arizona State is now 20. The Sun Devils are 1-for-13 from deep.
The Sun Devils are having a much easier time getting inside than they did in the first half. Buffalo needs their interior defense to improve if they want to hold off ASU.
The Sun Devils still trail 53 – 37 with 15:58 left in regulation.
Wisconsin uses a 9 – 0 run to take a one-point lead over Oregon with six minutes left in the first half.
No. 1 seed UVA avoids another upset. They beat No. 16 Gardner-Webb 71 – 56.
Buffalo is holding on to its double-digit lead over Arizona St. It’s 44 – 31 with one minute remaining in the half.
No. 12 Oregon has an early 13 – 9 lead on No. 5 Wisconsin as they near the midway point of the first half.
Virginia is well on their way to the Round of 32. The Cavaliers lead by 19 with 3:45 left. They’ve held Gardner-Webb to 14 second-half points.
The Volunteers hold off Colgate and advance to the Round of 32.
Buffalo looks sharp early with an 11-point lead over Arizona State.
The chalk is starting to rise to the top. Back-to-back Tennessee 3-pointers put them up six with under four minutes left.
Virginia is beginning to pull away from Gardner-Webb. The Cavaliers now lead by 11.
Tennessee is 6 – 3 this season in games decided by single digits. The Vols lead Colgate by two with five minutes remaining.
Buffalo leads Arizona St. 24 – 16 midway through the first half.
Virginia takes a four-point lead over Gardner-Webb with 14:38 left in regulation.
Tennessee is shooting just 26.7 percent in the second half, but the Volunteers lead by 4 with 8:40 left.
Tennessee and Colgate are knotted at 55 at the halfway point of the second half.
Virginia ties the game at 38 with 16 minutes left in regulation. They’ve begun to take advantage of their length and size in the paint.
Colgate has its first lead of the game with 12 left!
A 9 – 1 run capped by a 3-pointer gets Colgate within one! They trail Tennessee 48 – 47 with 12:38 left in regulation.
No. 11 seed Arizona St. and No. 6 seed Buffalo are underway in Tulsa. The Sun Devils have an early 8 – 5 lead.
Colgate begins the second half with some good energy and an 8 – 0 run. The Raiders trail by eight three minutes into the frame.
No. 13 seed UC Irvine upsets No. 4 seed Kansas State for their first ever NCAA Tournament win!
UC Irvine hits a few free throws to extend their lead to six with seven seconds left. The upset is all but cemented in San Jose!
The Anteaters’ Max Hazzard is trying to shoot his team into the Round of 32! Another 3 puts UC Irvine ahead 66 – 61.
Gardner-Webb leads No. 1 seed Virginia 36 – 30 at halftime. Could history repeat itself?
Kansas State now trails UC Irvine by four with 3:35 left in regulation.
UVA uses a 7 – 0 run to make it 30 – 23, before a Gardner-Webb 3 pushes their lead back to 10.
A 14 – 2 Anteater run has stretched their lead over Kansas St. to eight.
Tennessee leads Colgate by 12 at the half.
UC Irvine’s latest 3 puts them up five over Kansas St. with under seven minutes left. They’re on an 8 – 2 run.
No. 1 seed Virginia currently trails by 14 to Gardner-Webb with seven minutes left in the first half.
UC Irvine still leads Kansas State by two.
UC Irvine and Kansas St. are battling in San Jose right now. It’s 53 – 51 Anteaters with 8:24 left!
It’s now 26 – 14 Gardner-Webb. Shades of last year’s loss are beginning to creep in for UVA.
UC Irving – Kansas State looks like it might come down to the wire. It’s 47 – 44 Wildcats with 11:54 left in regulation. KSU has 14 team fouls, so the Anteaters will be in the bonus for the rest of the remainder of this one.
No. 1 seed Virginia still trails Gardner-Webb with 9:15 left in the first half. They’re down 22 – 14.
Tennessee leads Colgate 31 – 20 with five minutes left in the first half.
UC Irvine leads Kansas St. 42 – 41 with 13:35 left.
UVA goes scoreless for three minutes with five early turnovers. It’s 10 – 6 Gardner – Webb with 13 minutes left in the half.
UVA trails Gardner-Webb 6 – 4, which has triggered plenty of UMBC-related jokes on social media. As long as this game is close, those jokes will stick around.
Texas Tech’s lead is now 17. Northern Kentucky is struggling to find any space on the offensive end due to the length of the Red Raiders.
No. 1 seed Virginia and No. 16 seed Gardner-Webb have tipped off in Columbia. They’re tied at two after two minutes.
Colgate is hanging in with Tennessee early. The Raiders are a much smaller team, but they’ve managed to get inside and draw fouls against the Volunteers. It’s 16 – 10 Tennessee after seven minutes of action.
Red Raiders now lead 53 – 48 with 10 minutes left.
Texas Tech is starting to pull away now. It’s 49 – 38 with 13 minutes left in regulation.
Tennesse vs. Colgate is now underway. The Vols take a quick 9 – 0 lead.
Texas Tech’s lead over Northern Kentucky is now up to eight with 15 minutes left in regulation. The Red Raiders have really controlled the most recent stretch, especially on the defensive end, getting all the stops they need to start pulling away.
UC Irvine hits a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie this one at 30 heading into halftime!
Nine straight points for the Anteaters cuts the deficit to one with one minute left in the first half. UC Irvine trails 28 – 27.
The second half of Texas Tech – Northern Kentucky has begun in Tulsa. The Red Raiders lead 34 – 30.
No. 2 seed Tennessee Volunteers are getting set to take on No. 15 seed Colgate in the second game of the day from Columbus. That game is set to tip-off in 10 minutes.
Oklahoma blows out Ole Miss by 23 to move onto the Round of 32. Pure domination from the Sooners.
No. 4 seed Kansas St. leads No. 13 seed UC Irvine by a score of 28 – 18 with 5:35 left in the first half. The Wildcats are controlling the pace so far, but the Anteaters are doing their best to keep the game within reach.
Oklahoma is up to 93 points on the day. They lead by 29 over Ole Miss with three minutes left.
No. 10 Iowa takes down No. 7 Cincinnati 79 – 72. The Hawkeyes are on to the Round of 32.
Oklahoma has 38 points in the paint and sits at 16-for-20 from the free throw line. The Rebels have gotten to the line just four times. Sooners lead 85 – 57 with 5:50 left in regulation.
Cincinnati trails by five with 18.3 seconds left in regulation.
14 turnovers now for the Hawkeyes. They give the ball right back to Cincinnati, who now trails by six with 51 seconds left.
Cincinnati responds with a quick 3-pointer to cut the deficit to six.
Iowa is closing strong! A bucket and the foul puts the Hawkeyes up 73 – 64 with one minute left. They’re currently on an 18 – 5 run.
A Hawkeye 3 gives Iowa their largest lead of the game! They’re up 70 – 64 with 1:39 left.
It’s coming down to the wire in Columbus. Iowa leads Cincinnati 67 – 64 with two minutes left in regulation.
No. 4 seed Kansas State and No. 13 seed UC Irvine are underway in San Jose. The Wildcats lead the Anteaters 9 – 6 after five minutes of play.
Texas Tech is up 25 – 17 on Northern Kentucky with 3:44 left in the first half.
Cincinnati big man Nysier Brooks fouls out with four minutes left in regulation. Big loss for the Bearcats. They trail 64 – 63 with 3:44 left.
Oklahoma leads Ole Miss 68 – 48 with 12 minutes left in regulation.
Iowa is on a 7 – 0 run over the last two minutes. They lead by three.
Iowa vs Cincinnati looks like it’ll be the first tight finish of the day. It’s 59 – 59 with 6:36 left.
Oklahoma is still shooting a ridiculous 60 percent from the field with 16:50 left in the game. They lead 58 – 45.
Texas Tech and Northern Kentucky are tied at 10 with 11:49 left in the first half.
Oklahoma and Ole Miss are back in action in Columbia. The Sooners lead 50 – 38.
Jordan Bohannon has been solid for the Hawkeyes. He has seven points and five rebounds. His last bucket puts Iowa within two.
Back-to-back 3-pointers put the Hawkeyes up for the first time in nine minutes. They lead 53 – 52 with 10:25 left.
The Bearcats answer with a bucket at the rim to regain the lead 54 – 52.
Texas Tech leads Northern Kentucky 8 – 6 at the first media timeout in Tulsa.
Cincinnati and Iowa are trading buckets right now. It’s 52 – 47 Bearcats at the under-12 media timeout.
No. 7 seed Cincinnati has extended their lead over No. 10 seed Iowa to seven thanks to an 8 – 0 run over the last two minutes.
No. 3 seed Texas Tech and No. 14 seed Northern Kentucky are underway in Tulsa. The Red Raiders lead 6 – 0 early on.
Oklahoma puts up a 50-point first half against Ole Miss. The Sooners lead 50 – 33 at the break.
The Hawkeyes have taken the lead over Cincinnati early in the second half, 40 – 39. The Bearcats immediately respond with a 3 to take the lead right back. This should be a good one heading down the stretch.
Ole Miss is shooting 50 percent from the field, but the Rebels trail by 17 points with one minute left in the first half.
The Sooners lead 48 -27 with two minutes left in the first half.
Ole Miss is shooting 50 percent from the field, but can’t keep up with Oklahoma’s rapid scoring. They trail the Sooners by 20, thanks to OU’s 65 percent shooting clip.
Oklahoma is showing no signs of slowing down. The Sooners are 15-for-21 from the field and have zero turnovers. They lead 36 – 21 with 7:07 left before the half.
The Sooners have 16 points in the paint. The Rebels are struggling to handle their physicality. Pushing them to the perimeter won’t do Ole Miss any favors. Oklahoma is 4-for-4 from deep.
A Hawkeye buzzer-beater brings the deficit to five. Cincinnati leads 36 – 31 at the half.
Oklahoma is still rolling on the offensive end. Sooners lead Ole Miss 27-14 with 12 minutes remaining in the half. They’re 12-for-15 from the floor.
The Bearcats have control of the glass right now. They have seven offensive rebounds in the game’s first 17 minutes.
The Sooners have yet to cool off. They’re 9-for-11 from the floor and lead 22-11 after seven minutes of action.
The Bearcats are establishing themselves inside, but are having some problems in transition. They lead by eight with 4:30 left in the half.
Quick start for the Sooners, who are 5-for-6 from the field. Oklahoma leads 12 – 2.
Iowa is now up to five turnovers, while Cincinnati just picked up their second. The Bearcats lead 24 – 16 with 6:46 left in the first half.
No. 8 seed Ole Miss and No. 9 seed Oklahoma are underway in Columbia. The Sooners hold an early 4 – 0 lead.
The Bearcats are all over Iowa early. It’s 16 – 5 Cincinnati with 12 minutes left in the half. They’ve forced three Iowa turnovers.
Cincinnati uses a quick 8-0 run to take a 12 – 5 led with 14:28 remaining in the half.
The Bearcats lead the Hawkeyes 8 – 5 at the first media timeout. Both teams look sharp on the defensive end.
Less than 10 minutes away from tip off! No. 10 seed Iowa takes on No. 7 seed Cincinnati in Columbus at 12:15 in the first game of day two.