12 full hours of college basketball down, and we’ve only just begun this journey that is the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The first day was admittedly underwhelming for the most part, at least until Harvard stunned the basketball world, but there was still plenty to talk about.
Here’s a quick recap of what happened…
First, the results.
No. 3 Michigan State 65, No. 14 Valparaiso 54 – Midwest Region
No. 6 Butler 68, No. 11 Bucknell 56 – East Region
No. 9 Wichita State 73, Pittsburgh 55 – West Region
No. 4 Saint Louis 64, No. 13 New Mexico State 44 – Midwest Region
No. 6 Memphis 54, No. 11 St. Mary’s 52 – Midwest Region
No. 3 Marquette 59, No. 14 Davidson 58 – East Region
No. 1 Gonzaga 64, No. 16 Southern 58 - West Region
No. 12 Oregon 68, No. 5 Oklahoma State 55 – Midwest Region
No. 1 Louisville 79, No. 16 North Carolina A&T 48 – Midwest Region
No. 4 Michigan 71, No. 13 South Dakota State 56 – South Region
No. 6 Arizona 81, No. 11 Belmont 64 – West Region
No. 12 California 64, No. 5 UNLV 61 – East Region
No. 8 Colorado State 84, No. 9 Missouri 72 – Midwest Region
No. 5 VCU 88, No. 12 Akron 42 – South Region
No. 14 Harvard 68, New Mexico 62 - West Region
No. 4 Syracuse 81, No. 13 Montana 34 – East Region
- The upset of the day, and the only real shocker, was obviously Harvard earning its first ever NCAA Tournament game win
- I mentioned how underwhelming the day of games was in general. 11 of the 16 games finished in double-digit victories, including five games that were decided by at least 20 points, three games that were decided by at least 30 points and two games that were decided by 46 points or more.
- The most impressive performances of the day belonged to Syracuse, VCU and Louisville, who won their three games by a combined 124 points.
Syracuse’s 47-point win is largest ever by 3-seed or lower in NCAA Tournament since seeding began, breaking VCU’s record from an hour ago.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 22, 2013
- I also can’t overstate how impressive Wichita State’s 18-point rout of Pittsburgh was, and on that note, the Panthers were one of my most disappointing teams of the day, along with New Mexico and UNLV. I didn’t have any of the three going past the Sweet 16, but Pitt and New Mexico were both seen as contenders to win the West Region and the Runnin’ Rebels were a 5-seed.
- Player of the day goes to Michigan State’s Derrick Nix, who had 23 points, 15 rebounds, one assist and two steals in a win over Valparaiso
- Memphis’ D.J. Stephens had eight blocks against St. Mary’s. He also converted this thunderous alley-oop jam and got a pretty hilarious reaction out of a clearly excited Bill Raftery…
- We didn’t get any buzzer-beaters today, but we did get a Marquette comeback that was sealed with a game-winning shot in the final second by Vander Blue. Here’s what the Rally of the Day looked like:
Alright, that’s one day down and plenty more to go. We’ll be back at it later this morning with a Friday viewing guide.