They made good plays when they had to. Leave it to the NCAA to fix that issue, even if the timing doesn't feel quite right.

IN (27-7) will return to the regional semifinals for the first time since 2013, despite losing starting guard Robert Johnson to an apparent left ankle injury late in the first half. "Against a good team like UConn, we have to have more emphasis on defense and then to finish with a rebound".

In one of the wildest days in tournament history, Friday saw six more lower seeded teams advance to the second round. To hear Calipari tell it, the committee doesn't pay attention to anything.

"We can't let them shoot, for a majority of the game they were over 45 percent (shooting), we can't let that happen", junior forward Landen Lucas said. Unfortunately, what they did with those bids wasn't so wonderful. I wish it was later down the road.

College basketball is awesome, even if Vanderbilt's season is over.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nobody wants an NCAA Tournament mulligan more than Michigan State. Little Rock was not to be ignored.

Beard shut off the phone shortly before the Trojans went to the Pepsi Center in Denver to play Purdue on Thursday.

He missed the second, Shayok pushed Virginia's lead back out to four with a free throw with 28.3 seconds left and Kellen Dunham's 3-pointer with 12 seconds to go bounced off the iron.

"I was just hoping it was going in", Jesperson said. "So, Big Monday, at midnight, is no longer Big Monday, it's Tuesday morning", he said.

There were also 13 upsets in the first round of the 2001 tournament, including 15-seed Hampton's victory over Iowa State.

Two themes from yesterday carried over, with another No. 1 seed picking up an easy win and the Pac-12 continuing to struggle. "Obviously, a lot of factors - you can say this or that, but they won the game". They came in as a 2-seed and in their first game faced off against the 15-seed Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. But for one day, Izzo wasn't the coach who shined brightest while coaching in the field of 68.

Start with the Mountaineers, who looked like a Final Four contender in giving overall No. 1 Kansas all it could handle in the Big 12 Tournament.

Middle Tennessee's Kermit Davis, a grinder's grinder and a lifer in the business, had his team playing with supreme confidence from the opening tip.

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No league benefited from all those first round upsets quite like the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Virginia takes on Butler in a Midwest Regional game, then North Carolina faces Providence in the East. That year, the Tar Heels held off an underdog Friar team in a 79-77 barnburner.

And finally, a story about smart guys.

Duke 71, Yale 64: Grayson Allen had 29 points, including five 3-pointers, to help Duke (25-10) fend off a furious rally by Yale (23-7) and advance to the Sweet 16 with a 71-64 victory.

One of those teams also happens to be the defending national champion.

The Virginia coach gave everyone a scare in the first round of the tournament after he sank to the ground due to dehydration and light-headedness.

Quick quiz: Which team is which? The two teams combined had just 14 free throws.

Yale coach James Jones said the difference between his school and the rest of the world isn't as stark as some might believe.

"To watch him do what he did, I thought that helped us", Prohm said.

"In the first half, I think we had four turnovers, yet I didn't feel like we took advantage of attacking the press like we need to", Kruger said.

Deondre Parks fumbled a pass from Keaton Moffitt for the 12th-seeded Jackrabbits (26-8) and Rasheed Sulaimon picked up the ball and stuffed it for the final score.

Northern Iowa's Klint Carlson, Wes Washpun, and Bennett Koch celebrate with teammates after a 75-72 win over Texas in a college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA men's tournament Friday, March 18, 2016, in Oklahoma City. IN rolled past Chattanooga in the first round Thursday, but the Hoosiers will be tested by Kentucky's backcourt of Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray. IN plays Kentucky on Saturday.

NEW YORK (AP) - Villanova got 17 points from Daniel Ochefu and 14 more from Ryan Arcidiacono (ahr-chee-dee-ah-KOH'-noh) in an 86-56 rout of UNC Asheville in first round NCAA Tournament action.

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