Texas Tech vs Buffalo

Texas Tech vs Buffalo : The Buffalo Bulls meet the Texas Tech Red Raiders in a Field of 32 college basketball tilt.The Buffalo Bulls dominated the Arizona State Sun Devils 91-74 on Friday as a six point favorite to move on to the second round of the NCAA’s.The Bulls twosome of Jeremy Harris and Nick Perkins each netted 21 points and hauled in ten rebounds with CJ Masssinburg adding 18 points and six boards.

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March Madness has certainly lived up to its moniker again this year, as the opening days of the tourney had everything a fan could wish for. It may be best remembered as the year of the 12-5 upset, as Auburn was the only No. 5 seed to advance beyond the first round in 2019. The Tigers narrowly escaped an upset, needing New Mexico State’s game-winning buzzer-beating attempt to fall short in order to survive. Liberty, Oregon and Murray State—the trio of 12 seeds that did advance—will all try to become this year’s Cinderella story by dancing into the Sweet 16 with a victory this weekend.

Speaking of Cinderellas, UC-Irvine was the lowest seed to make it to the second round this year, as the 13-seeded Anteaters knocked off No. 4 Kansas State on Friday to pull the biggest seeding upset of the tourney thus far.There is potential for plenty more upsets in the Round of 32, especially with seven double-digit seeds in action over the next two days.

On paper, it’s one of the most lopsided second round slates in recent memory, as only two of the 16 games have a point spread of three or fewer points. In comparison, five contests have lines in the double digits, although anything could happen during the 2019 NCAA Tournament.The first Thursday of the NCAA tournament is always one of the best days on the sports calendar. When you have the opportunity to kick back and watch 12 hours of non-stop college basketball involving 32 of the best teams in the country, it’s impossible to have a bad time.

With that being said, if we’re viewing things relative to the ghosts of March Madness past, the opening Thursday of the 2019 NCAA tournament was … a little lacking. There were a couple of tremendous individual performances by a pair of mid-major stars, but not enough competitive games, not enough memorable moments, and really no terrific finishes.

And yet there’s still so much to talk about. How could there not be? We just rolled through 16 games without taking a breather.

Let’s examine all the best and the worst from the process of trimming 64 teams down to 48.Thursday’s most competitive game came in the East Region, where Maryland and Belmont went back-and-forth before one final defensive stop by the Terrapins ended the Bruins’ hopes of dancing deeper into the tournament.

Down one and with under 30 seconds to play, Belmont tried to run the same “Panic” backdoor play they used in the exact same situation to notch a win over UCLA earlier this season.Unfortunately for Rick Byrd’s team, Maryland appeared prepared. Eric Ayala deflected a pass intended for a cutting Dylan Windler, and the Terrapins were escape with their first win in the Big Dance.

2. (5) Auburn 78, (12) New Mexico State 77 (Midwest)

Though the score was close enough for most of the afternoon, this game was never a work of art, especially in the final minutes — but we’ll get into that more later in the post. Still, on a day where tight games were at a premium, this gets the nod for the No. 2 spot.

Both New Mexico State and Auburn entered the tournament ranking in the top 10 nationally in attempted three-pointers, but neither shot it particularly well on this day. The Tigers’ netting 12 treys to NMSU’s seven helped negate the litany of errors Bruce Pearl’s team made down the stretch and helped them avoid becoming the first major upset of the 2019 tournament.

3. (9) Baylor 78, (8) Syracuse 69 (West)

You know it wasn’t a particularly compelling opening Thursday when this score is occupying the No. 3 spot on the best games list. But for 36 minutes or so, Baylor and Syracuse played a highly entertaining game that most of America was ignoring while it watched Wofford and Seton Hall — who would have claimed this spot had the Terriers not pulled away so thoroughly at the end — shoot it out on CBS.

People talk about teams that play predominantly zone not liking to play against other teams that play predominantly zone, but there didn’t appear to be any truth to that old adage in this game. Syracuse buried 12-of-29 from three, only to be outgunned by a Baylor squad that was a scorching 16-of-34 from deep.

The game was tied at 57 with just under 10 minutes to go when Syracuse started a field goal drought that lasted nearly five minutes. That was more than enough of an opening for Baylor to seize control and ultimately cruise to its first tournament win over a single digit seed since 2014.

Duke vs UCF

Duke vs UCF Live: The UCF Knights and the Duke Blue Devils meet in an NCAA tournament second round matchup in college basketball action from the Colonial Life Arena on Sunday afternoon.Together, they make for one of the most unique and thrilling individual matchups of the 2019 NCAA Tournament when No. 1 seed Duke faces No. 9 seed UCF on Sunday afternoon in the second round.

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Nevada continued its season-long trend of listless starts, bizarre decision-making on offense, and overall underwhelming play in a 70-61 upset loss to Florida. Despite all that returning and new talent, a team that began the season ranked No. 7 and spent much of the year ranked in the top 10, ended its 2018-19 campaign without ever making any real impact on the season. They were just sort of “there,” and now that’s how they’ll always be remembered. At least by those who remember them at all.

A seemingly vulnerable Kansas team facing a 13-seed that takes 48 percent of its shots from beyond the arc and makes just under 40 percent of those triples made Northeastern something of a wise guy upset pick entering Thursday. The Huskies couldn’t come close to making that happen. They struggled all day to keep Kansas’ guards from getting into the lane, and clanged 22 of their 28 three-point attempts on the other end of the floor. The result was a 34-point stomping that was more reminiscent of some of Kansas’ recent 1 vs. 16 tilts.

They lost to Gonzaga by a billion points, but the real reason they’re here is just so I can make this joke one last time while I still have the chance.A double-digit seed coming within a shot of knocking off a power conference champion is supposed to provide the type of excitement that defines the tournament’s opening weekend. Anyone who watched the waning moments of Auburn’s 78-77 win over New Mexico State knows that particular game didn’t fit that narrative.

Auburn did everything possible down the stretch — missing free-throws, fouling wayyy too early, leaving three-point shooters wide open — to hand the game to New Mexico State, but the Aggies weren’t particularly interested in accepting.

The game ended with Auburn missing a free-throw to give New Mexico State a chance to tie or take the lead, Aggie guard A.J. Harris racing down the court and then inexplicably passing up a wide-open layup to kick the ball out to teammate Terrell Brown, Brown missing a game-winning three-pointer but getting fouled, Brown missing two of the three-free-throws but NMSU getting the ball back after Auburn lost the rebound out-of-bounds, and then finally, Trevelin Queen somehow getting a wide-open look for the potential game-winner, but badly air-balling it.In recent years we’ve seen Izzo make something of a transition from lovable “does things the right way” coach to a gruff, more abrasive leader who on multiple occasions has been forced to justify his actions. Maybe it’s just the memories of all the recent first weekend losses that had him seeming a little unhinged on Thursday.

Murray State toppling Marquette was the trendiest double-digit upset pick heading into the tournament, and the Racers made their strong contingent of believers look very, very smart on Thursday afternoon. Ja Morant (more on him coming) and company controlled the action from start to finish and ran away with an 83-64 win that never really felt in doubt.

The 19-point margin of victory by Murray State was the second-largest ever for a 12-seed over a 5. In 1991, Eastern Michigan defeated Mississippi State by 20.

Kansas is seeded worse than first or second in the tournament for the first time in over a decade. Maybe they should try it out more often. The Jayhawks shot 55.7 percent from the field and got monster games from Dedric Lawson (25 points, 11 rebounds) and Devon Dotson (18 points) on their way to a dominant 87-53 win over Northeastern.

The Golden Gophers entered the NCAA tournament as the worst three-point shooting team from a major conference, averaging just 5.2 made threes per game. Of the 353 teams in Division-I, only three got a fewer percentage of their points from the three-point shot. You wouldn’t have thought it if you’d watched Minnesota on Thursday. The Gophs dropped 11 three-pointers and shot 50.0 percent from the field in an 86-76 upset of 7-seed Louisville. The win had to feel especially sweet for Richard Pitino, who, according to various media reports, had a family member who used to be the head coach of the Cardinals.

We didn’t need three buzzer-beaters or anything to qualify this as a quality day, but come on, you’ve gotta give us something. The only two games on Thursday that came down to the final possession ended with a turnover and a wide-open three that was airballed by approximately 17 feet.

On one hand, it feels unfair to punish Nevada for being more or less the same team we’ve seen all season long. On the other, the tournament was the perfect opportunity for the Wolf Pack to finally wake up and play to their potential. That didn’t happen.

 

 

 

North Carolina vs Washington

North Carolina vs Washington : On one hand, it feels unfair to punish Nevada for being more or less the same team we’ve seen all season long. On the other, the tournament was the perfect opportunity for the Wolf Pack to finally wake up and play to their potential. That didn’t happen. Nevada continued its sea

The Washington Huskies and the North Carolina Tar Heels meet in an NCAA tournament second round matchup in college basketball action from the Nationwide Arena on Sunday.The North Carolina Tar Heels take on the Washington Huskies in a 2019 NCAA Tournament second-round game on Sunday at 2:40 p.m. ET. The Tar Heels are 11.5-point favorites, with the over-under set at 148 in the latest North Carolina vs. Washington odds.

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Murray State toppling Marquette was the trendiest double-digit upset pick heading into the tournament, and the Racers made their strong contingent of believers look very, very smart on Thursday afternoon. Ja Morant (more on him coming) and company controlled the action from start to finish and ran away with an 83-64 win that never really felt in doubt.

The 19-point margin of victory by Murray State was the second-largest ever for a 12-seed over a 5. In 1991, Eastern Michigan defeated Mississippi State by 20.

Kansas is seeded worse than first or second in the tournament for the first time in over a decade. Maybe they should try it out more often. The Jayhawks shot 55.7 percent from the field and got monster games from Dedric Lawson (25 points, 11 rebounds) and Devon Dotson (18 points) on their way to a dominant 87-53 win over Northeastern.

The Golden Gophers entered the NCAA tournament as the worst three-point shooting team from a major conference, averaging just 5.2 made threes per game. Of the 353 teams in Division-I, only three got a fewer percentage of their points from the three-point shot. You wouldn’t have thought it if you’d watched Minnesota on Thursday. The Gophs dropped 11 three-pointers and shot 50.0 percent from the field in an 86-76 upset of 7-seed Louisville. The win had to feel especially sweet for Richard Pitino, who, according to various media reports, had a family member who used to be the head coach of the Cardinals.

son-long trend of listless starts, bizarre decision-making on offense, and overall underwhelming play in a 70-61 upset loss to Florida. Despite all that returning and new talent, a team that began the season ranked No. 7 and spent much of the year ranked in the top 10, ended its 2018-19 campaign without ever making any real impact on the season. They were just sort of “there,” and now that’s how they’ll always be remembered. At least by those who remember them at all.

A seemingly vulnerable Kansas team facing a 13-seed that takes 48 percent of its shots from beyond the arc and makes just under 40 percent of those triples made Northeastern something of a wise guy upset pick entering Thursday. The Huskies couldn’t come close to making that happen. They struggled all day to keep Kansas’ guards from getting into the lane, and clanged 22 of their 28 three-point attempts on the other end of the floor. The result was a 34-point stomping that was more reminiscent of some of Kansas’ recent 1 vs. 16 tilts.

They lost to Gonzaga by a billion points, but the real reason they’re here is just so I can make this joke one last time while I still have the chance.A double-digit seed coming within a shot of knocking off a power conference champion is supposed to provide the type of excitement that defines the tournament’s opening weekend. Anyone who watched the waning moments of Auburn’s 78-77 win over New Mexico State knows that particular game didn’t fit that narrative.

Auburn did everything possible down the stretch — missing free-throws, fouling wayyy too early, leaving three-point shooters wide open — to hand the game to New Mexico State, but the Aggies weren’t particularly interested in accepting.

The game ended with Auburn missing a free-throw to give New Mexico State a chance to tie or take the lead, Aggie guard A.J. Harris racing down the court and then inexplicably passing up a wide-open layup to kick the ball out to teammate Terrell Brown, Brown missing a game-winning three-pointer but getting fouled, Brown missing two of the three-free-throws but NMSU getting the ball back after Auburn lost the rebound out-of-bounds, and then finally, Trevelin Queen somehow getting a wide-open look for the potential game-winner, but badly air-balling it.In recent years we’ve seen Izzo make something of a transition from lovable “does things the right way” coach to a gruff, more abrasive leader who on multiple occasions has been forced to justify his actions. Maybe it’s just the memories of all the recent first weekend losses that had him seeming a little unhinged on Thursday.

We didn’t need three buzzer-beaters or anything to qualify this as a quality day, but come on, you’ve gotta give us something. The only two games on Thursday that came down to the final possession ended with a turnover and a wide-open three that was airballed by approximately 17 feet.

 

Tennessee vs Iowa

Tennessee vs Iowa : The Tennessee Volunteers take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in a 2019 NCAA Tournament second-round game on Sunday at 12:10 p.m. ET. The Volunteers are eight-point favorites, with the over-under set at 156.5 in the latest Tennessee vs. Iowa odds. The Volunteers are coming off a 77-70 win over Colgate in the first round where they overcame 52 percent 3-point shooting by their opponents in an intense upset bid.

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The first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament is now in the rear-view, but there is little time to assess everything that happened during the thrilling two days that opened the event. The Round of 32 tips off shortly, jump-starting another exciting slate of March Madness action. Every team still in the field believes it can cut down the nets at the Final Four in Minneapolis this year, but the pretenders will be separated from the contenders over the first weekend. Once the second round concludes, the Sweet 16 for the 2019 NCAA Tournament will be revealed.

March Madness has certainly lived up to its moniker again this year, as the opening days of the tourney had everything a fan could wish for. It may be best remembered as the year of the 12-5 upset, as Auburn was the only No. 5 seed to advance beyond the first round in 2019. The Tigers narrowly escaped an upset, needing New Mexico State’s game-winning buzzer-beating attempt to fall short in order to survive. Liberty, Oregon and Murray State—the trio of 12 seeds that did advance—will all try to become this year’s Cinderella story by dancing into the Sweet 16 with a victory this weekend. Speaking of Cinderellas, UC-Irvine was the lowest seed to make it to the second round this year, as the 13-seeded Anteaters knocked off No. 4 Kansas State on Friday to pull the biggest seeding upset of the tourney thus far.There is potential for plenty more upsets in the Round of 32, especially with seven double-digit seeds in action over the next two days. On paper, it’s one of the most lopsided second round slates in recent memory, as only two of the 16 games have a point spread of three or fewer points. In comparison, five contests have lines in the double digits, although anything could happen during the 2019 NCAA Tournament.The first Thursday of the NCAA tournament is always one of the best days on the sports calendar. When you have the opportunity to kick back and watch 12 hours of non-stop college basketball involving 32 of the best teams in the country, it’s impossible to have a bad time.

With that being said, if we’re viewing things relative to the ghosts of March Madness past, the opening Thursday of the 2019 NCAA tournament was … a little lacking. There were a couple of tremendous individual performances by a pair of mid-major stars, but not enough competitive games, not enough memorable moments, and really no terrific finishes.

And yet there’s still so much to talk about. How could there not be? We just rolled through 16 games without taking a breather.

Let’s examine all the best and the worst from the process of trimming 64 teams down to 48.Thursday’s most competitive game came in the East Region, where Maryland and Belmont went back-and-forth before one final defensive stop by the Terrapins ended the Bruins’ hopes of dancing deeper into the tournament.

Down one and with under 30 seconds to play, Belmont tried to run the same “Panic” backdoor play they used in the exact same situation to notch a win over UCLA earlier this season.Unfortunately for Rick Byrd’s team, Maryland appeared prepared. Eric Ayala deflected a pass intended for a cutting Dylan Windler, and the Terrapins were escape with their first win in the Big Dance.

2. (5) Auburn 78, (12) New Mexico State 77 (Midwest)

Though the score was close enough for most of the afternoon, this game was never a work of art, especially in the final minutes — but we’ll get into that more later in the post. Still, on a day where tight games were at a premium, this gets the nod for the No. 2 spot.

Both New Mexico State and Auburn entered the tournament ranking in the top 10 nationally in attempted three-pointers, but neither shot it particularly well on this day. The Tigers’ netting 12 treys to NMSU’s seven helped negate the litany of errors Bruce Pearl’s team made down the stretch and helped them avoid becoming the first major upset of the 2019 tournament.

3. (9) Baylor 78, (8) Syracuse 69 (West)

You know it wasn’t a particularly compelling opening Thursday when this score is occupying the No. 3 spot on the best games list. But for 36 minutes or so, Baylor and Syracuse played a highly entertaining game that most of America was ignoring while it watched Wofford and Seton Hall — who would have claimed this spot had the Terriers not pulled away so thoroughly at the end — shoot it out on CBS.

People talk about teams that play predominantly zone not liking to play against other teams that play predominantly zone, but there didn’t appear to be any truth to that old adage in this game. Syracuse buried 12-of-29 from three, only to be outgunned by a Baylor squad that was a scorching 16-of-34 from deep.

The game was tied at 57 with just under 10 minutes to go when Syracuse started a field goal drought that lasted nearly five minutes. That was more than enough of an opening for Baylor to seize control and ultimately cruise to its first tournament win over a single digit seed since 2014.

 

Kansas vs Auburn

We’re on to Day 2 of the NCAA tournament. Find Friday’s coverage of the tournament’s scores, schedules, highlights and best moments here.

• Only four lower-seeded teams won on the tournament’s first day: No. 9 seed Baylor, No. 10 seeds Minnesota and Florida, and No. 12 seed Murray State, which dominated Marquette.

• Murray State sophomore guard Ja Morant was the day’s star, with 17 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds. It was the tournament’s first triple-double since Draymond Green for Michigan State in 2012.

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• There were no buzzer-beaters, and the day’s best endings came on missed shots. Maryland survived against Belmont, 79-77, and Auburn held off New Mexico State, 78-77.

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Ja Morant is your breakout performer, and then some

On an opening day of the NCAA tournament that mostly lacked the kind of last-second shots or bracket-destroying upsets that have come to define the event, it was left to Temetrius Jamel “Ja” Morant to do much of the heavy lifting. Murray State’s sophomore guard gave Thursday both its most unlikely result, at least in terms of seeding, and by far its greatest individual performance, with a triple-double of historic proportions.

By racking up 17 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds, Morant not only led the way for his No. 12 Racers to oust No. 5 Marquette — the only other double-digit teams to win on Thursday were a pair of major-conference 10 seeds in Florida and Minnesota — but notched just the eighth NCAA tournament triple-double since assists became an official statistic in 1983-84, and the first since Draymond Green had one for Michigan State in 2012.

Among Morant’s other noteworthy accomplishments Thursday were (via ESPN):

First player with 15 points and 15 assists in a tournament game since 2000 (UCLA’s Earl Watson).
Most points created (55) in a tournament game in the past 10 years.
Second-most assists in a tournament game (UNLV’s Mark Wade had 18 in 1987).
Second 15-point, 15-assist, 10-rebound performance in a regular or postseason game in the past years.
In other words: Your move, Zion Williamson. Duke’s superstar freshman, the talk of college basketball all season, makes his NCAA tournament debut Friday and has some catching up to do in the well-that-was-crazy department. Oh, and at this point, Williamson may be the only player we can still be sure will be selected ahead of Morant in June’s NBA draft.

Of course, Williamson’s Blue Devils teammate, RJ Barrett and others, including Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver, will also have some say in who makes the biggest early impression (and who goes where in the draft). But on Thursday, the stage belonged to Morant, and he took full advantage.

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No. 9 Baylor 78, No. 8 Syracuse 69

Syracuse’s zone normally gives opponents all sorts of problems, but you’d never know that from Baylor’s performance Thursday. The Bears strafed the Orange by making 53.8 percent of their shots from the field, including 16 of 34 from three-point range, and they’ll have every reason to bring confidence into an otherwise rough-looking matchup with the West Region’s top seed, Gonzaga.

Syracuse matched Baylor bomb-for-bomb in a first half that featured 19 combined threes and left the Orange trailing by just a point. Syracuse did what it could to hang around in the second frame, and it was only down by three with as many minutes left, but Baylor’s leading scorer, Makai Mason, had six of his 22 points down the stretch to help seal the win.

Syracuse’s Elijah Hughes scored a game-high 25 points for Syracuse, which was playing without senior point guard Frank Howard, who was suspended the day before. Baylor, which also benefited from a combined 27 points from Jared Butler and Mario Kegler, easily topped the previous school record of 11 three-pointers in a tournament game.

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No. 7 Wofford 84, No. 10 Seton Hall 68

A game that was nip-and-tuck took a turn with just over four minutes left, when Wofford went on a 17-0 run to leave Seton Hall behind. The Pirates scored on a dunk to halt the bleeding with 27 seconds left, but that did little to stop the celebration on the Terriers’ sideline of the first NCAA tournament win in program history.

Not surprisingly, senior sharpshooter Fletcher Magee, the Southern Conference player of the year, led the way with 24 points. He hit 7 of 12 three-point attempts and broke the Division 1 career record for makes from long range, while Seton Hall star Myles Powell was outstanding in the loss, scoring 27 points with no teammate joining him in double figures.

Purdue vs Villanova

Purdue vs Villanova : ​It’s going to be a little bit of deja vu in this first-round matchup between the Purdue vs Villanova and St. Mary’s Gaels in Hartford on Thursday March Madness 2019: Villanova vs Purdue After gutting out a nervy win over St. Mary’s, Purdue is waiting in the wings for Villanova on Saturday night in Hartford

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After gutting out a nervy win over St. Mary’s, Purdue is waiting in the wings for Villanova on Saturday night in Hartford, Connecticut. The team last met in 2016 when Villanova went in Mackey Arena and won a hard fought game behind the heroics of Josh Hart.

There’s been a lot of roster turnover on both sides, with just Phil Booth, Eric Paschall and Carsen Edwards remaining from that night’s action.

Those will be the starts when these two teams take the court at the XL Center, and it isn’t farfetched to suggest that whoever delivers the best performance may just lead their team to the Sweet 16.

Matchup: #6 Villanova Wildcats vs. #3 Purdue Boilermakers

Venue: XL Center (Hartford, Conn.)

Time: 8:40pm ET

TV: TNT

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Odds: Villanova +2

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Pregame Meetup(s) – 5:30pm

The Press – 187 (Allyn Street Hartford, CT 06103)
Hilton Garden Inn (Team Hotel) – Hartford South/Glastonbury (85 Glastonbury Blvd. Glastonbury, CT 06033 )
Team Sendoff- 6:15pm

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California

Los Angeles: The Garage, 3387 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles (Santa Barbara): The Garden at Public Market, 38 West Victoria (at Chapala), Santa Barbara, CA

Northern California (Palo Alto): The Patio, 412 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA

Northern California (San Francisco): Peter’s Tavern, 128 King St, San Francisco, CA

Colorado

Denver: Jackson’s, 1520 20th St, Denver, CO

Connecticut

Fairfield/Westchester: Bobby V’s Sports Cafe, 268 Atlantic St. Stamford, CT

Florida

Palm Beach: Duffy’s Sports Grill – North Palm Beach, 11588 US-1, North Palm Beach, FL

South Florida (Ft. Lauderdale): The Legendary Parrot Lounge, 911 Sunrise Ln, Fort Lauderdale, FL

South Florida (Miami): Batch Gastropub, 30 SW 12th St, Miami, FL

Tampa Bay (Tampa): Duffy’s Sports Grill – Tampa, 1580 N Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL

Tampa Bay (Sarasota): TBD

Illinois

Chicago: Derby, 1224 W. Webster Ave., Chicago, IL

Maryland

Baltimore: City Limits, 1700 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD

Michigan

Troy: Troy Bailey’s, 1965 W Maple Rd, Troy, MI

New Jersey

Central: Brickhouse Tavern + Tap, 3569 US-1, Princeton, NJ

Jersey Shore (Rumson): Surf BBQ, 132 E. River Rd, Rumson, NJ

Jersey Shore (Sea Girt): Rod’s Olde Irish Tavern, 507 Washington Blvd, Sea Girt, NJ

North Central: Horseshoe Tavern, 36 Speedwell Ave, Morristown, NJ

Note: the game watch will be upstairs

Northern (Hoboken): Mills Tavern, 125 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ

Northern (Ridgewood): The Office Tavern & Grill, 32 Chestnut St, Ridgewood, NJ

New York

New York City: Brazen Fox, 106 3rd Ave, New York, NY

New York City: Proper West, 54 W 39th St, New York, NY

New York City: The Australian NYC, 20 W 38th St, New York, NY

Pennsylvania

Main Line: PJ Whelihans’s, 4803 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA

Philadelphia: Field House, 1150 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA

South Carolina

Low Country: Dry Dock, 840 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC

Texas

Austin: Lustre Pearl East, 114 Linden St Austin, TX

Washington DC

Washington DC: Madhatter, 1319 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC

Michigan State vs Minnesota

Michigan State vs Minnesota : The No. 1 seeds in the 68-team tournament are Duke, Virginia, North Carolina and Gonzaga, with Duke securing the top overall seed.

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Michigan State vs Minnesota : Welcome to our game coverage of Michigan State basketball in the 2019 NCAA tournament.Michigan State vs Minnesota On Saturday in the East region, the No.The second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament begins Saturday with eight games as March Madness rolls on In the first NCAA tournament game of their, Duke’s Williamson and keep out of each other’s way, which is why it’ll be Michigan State vs. Minnesota Saturday. Michigan State, the team that hit 25 of 26 free throws hustling past Bradley
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No. 7 Louisville and No. 10 Minnesota face off on Thursday, March 21 in a first-round East region matchup of the 2019 NCAA tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

Louisville went 20–13, losing to UNC in the ACC tournamnet. It’s the Cardinals first back in the tourney missing the 2018 edition.

Minnesota went 21–13 this season, losing to Michigan in the Big Ten tournament.

On a personal level, Gophers coach Richard Pitino’s father, Rick Pitino, is suing Louisville for about $40 million after he was fired in October 2017. Richard, who was a former Louisville assistant, said the game won’t be about “revenge.”

The winner will face the victor of the No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 15 Bradley contest.

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Time: 12:15 p.m. ET

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Live Stream: You can stream the game on fuboTV. Sign up now for a free seven-day trial.Thirty-two teams remain in the 2019 NCAA Tournament with the second-round action set to tip off on Saturday afternoon. March Madness has been in full swing with multiple upsets and exciting finishes thus far, and with eight games on the college basketball schedule for Saturday, more should be on the way in matchups such as Auburn (-2) vs. Kansas, Villanova vs. Purdue (-4) and Gonzaga (-13) vs. Baylor. Even if your NCAA bracket is already busted, there are still plenty of potential college basketball picks to cash in on. So before evaluating the college basketball odds and locking anything in, first check out the 2019 NCAA Tournament picks and predictions from the proven model at SportsLine.

This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, has raked in the winnings for those following its picks. Over the past two years, the SportsLine Projection Model has returned over $4,000 to $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks. It also entered the postseason on a strong 11-5 run on all top-rated college basketball picks. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now the model has honed in on the 2019 NCAA Tournament bracket, studied the latest odds and revealed picks for every Saturday game.

One of the second-round NCAA Tournament predictions we’ll give away: The model loves 2-seed Michigan State (-10) to cover against 10-seed Minnesota in a 7:45 p.m. ET tip.

The model has factored in the impact of Michigan State guard Cassius Winston. The junior point guard is the only player in the country averaging 18.0 points, 7.0 assists and shooting at least 40.0 percent on 3-pointers. He’s joined by the strong inside duo of Nick Ward and Kenny Goins, giving the Spartans, who beat Minnesota by 24 in their last matchup, a big edge. The model is calling for almost 20 points for Winston as the Spartans cover nearly 70 percent of the time.

Another one of the 2019 NCAA tournament picks the model is backing: Kentucky (-5) wins and cover against Wofford in a 2:40 p.m. ET tip in Jacksonville, Fla.

Entering Saturday’s contest, the model knows that Kentucky will lean on its athleticism. The Wildcats have 10 top-100 recruits and Wofford simply doesn’t have an answer for the size and quality of players like Reid Travis, Nick Richards and E.J. Montgomery. With P.J. Washington expected to be out on Saturday, Montgomery should see an expanded role, and he’s been playing well of late.

The model is calling for Kentucky to cover the spread in well over 50 percent of simulations, while the over 139.5 hits over 70 percent of the time.

The model is also calling for a favorite to get stunned in a game that will shake up the 2019 NCAA Tournament bracket in a huge way. You can only see it over at SportsLine.

Gonzaga vs Baylor

Gonzaga vs Baylor : The Gonzaga Bulldogs are in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for a remarkable 11th straight season. Gonzaga vs Baylor Saturday, March 23. Time: 7:10

The higher seeds had a good day and the blueboods — Kentucky and Kansas — won big, but on the first day of the N.C.A.A. tournament, no one won bigger than Gonzaga.

The Zags, the No. 1 seed in the West Region, backed up their top billing with an 87-49 thrashing of Fairleigh Dickinson in Salt Lake City on Thursday. Rui Hachimura, one of five Zags players in double figures, led Gonzaga (31-3) with 21 points.

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Kentucky, a 35-point winner against Abilene Christian, and Kansas, which beat Northeastern by 34, were nearly as impressive, but then most of the higher seeds enjoyed the first round.

[Read our Day 2 coverage here.]

Of the 16 games played on the tournament’s first day, only four lower seeds — ninth-seeded Baylor, the No. 10s Minnesota and Florida and No. 12 Murray State — pulled anything close to an upset. Mostly it was a day of scares and teaching moments for coaches of favored teams; the biggest individual highlight was provided by Murray State’s sensational guard Ja Morant, who turned in a triple-double — 17 points, 11 rebounds, 16 assists — in an 83-64 win over Marquette.

Scores and schedule here.

Michigan Starts Fast and Never Looks Back
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Charles Matthews led Michigan to a halftime lead over Montana.CreditNati Harnik/Associated Press
Last year mid-major Montana gave Michigan a brief scare in the first round, scoring the game’s first 10 points before the Wolverines regrouped and advanced. Michigan Coach John Beilein reminded his players of that repeatedly after learning the Wolverines were paired again with the Big Sky Conference champion Grizzlies.

This time, Michigan jumped to a 10-2 lead never looked back in Des Moines. Charles Matthews had 22 points and 10 rebounds in his best performance since coming back from injury, and No. 2 Michigan put away Montana early in a 74-55 victory. Ignas Brazdeikis added 14 points and 7 rebounds, and Jon Teske had 11 points and 9 rebounds for the Wolverines, who led by as many as 27 points in the second half.

The Wolverines (29-6) are in the round of 32 for the third straight year. They will play Florida on Saturday.

Baylor Beats Syracuse in Battle of 3-Pointers
Taking advantage of gaps in each other’s zone defenses, Syracuse and Baylor combined to make 19 shots from beyond the 3-point line — of 25 total field goals — in the first half of their West Region matchup in Salt Lake City, and then kept up that pace in the second half. Baylor won the 3-point battle, with 16 3s to Syracuse’s 12, and that was most of the difference in the Bears’ 78-69 victory.

Villanova Advances
Villanova lost four critical members of its championship team to the N.B.A. draft after last season, but the inexperienced Wildcats managed not only to capture the Big East title but also their opening-round game Thursday, outlasting Saint Mary’s by 61-57 in the South Region. The No. 6 Wildcats endured the 11th-seeded Gaels’ slow pace, playing at a tempo Coach Jay Wright called “excruciating,” to win for the 14th time in 15 N.C.A.A. tournament games. Villanova anticipated a close game against St. Mary’s, and coming off the conference tournament, where the Wildcats won their final two games by a combined 6 points, they felt comfortable in those circumstances.

“St. Mary’s is one of the best in grinding out like that in close games,” said guard Phil Booth, who led Villanova with 20 points. “You saw what they did against Gonzaga in their conference tournament. So the Big East really helped us for that.”

Villanova will face Purdue, a 61-48 winner over Old Dominion, in the second round. Purdue’s win capped a 5-0 day for the Big Ten, which has three more teams playing on Friday.

Wofford Earns First N.C.A.A. Win
Fletcher Magee led Wofford to the first N.C.A.A. tournament victory in school history.

A senior guard, Magee made seven 3-pointers and scored 24 points to lead the Terriers to an 84-68 victory Seton Hall in the Midwest Region. Wofford trailed by 54-53 with just over 10 minutes remaining but outscored the Pirates, 31-14, from there.

In the process, Magee became the most prolific 3-point shooter in Division I history, going past the mark of 504 set by Oakland’s Travis Bader in 2014. Magee has now connected on 509 shots beyond the arc.

Wofford (30-4) was 0-4 in the N.C.A.A. tournament before its win over the Pirates (20-14). Its reward is a date with second-seeded Kentucky on Saturday.

Florida State vs Murray State

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It’s been a key all season. It was the key in Thursday’s first-round win over Northeastern. So why not keep it going?

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In Auburn, the Jayhawks are facing another team that shoots it extremely well from behind the arc and can get hot at any given moment.

After entering the tournament at 37.6 shooting from 3-point range for the season, the Tigers actually bumped that number up to 38.1 percent after their 12-for-31 shooting effort against New Mexico State in a 78-77 victory.

Several Jayhawks said the game plan for Auburn would be similar to the one they used — to great success — in limiting Northeastern (a 38.8 percent 3-point shooting team) to 21 percent from downtown in the opener.

But it comes with one small difference. Instead of closing out hard and not caring about what happens after that, the Jayhawks will have to be more aware of Auburn’s ability to put the ball on the floor and drive by them, using their speed and quickness to get into the paint and either score or draw fouls.

“Kind of the same game plan we had against Northeastern,” freshman guard Ochai Agbaji said. “Get out to shooters, make them put it on the floor, but, obviously, they’re a better attacking team than Northeastern, so it’s going to be a challenge.”

As for how he expected KU to handle that challenge,” Agbaji said it came down to each man doing his job in the heat of the moment.

“I think it’s more of a feel thing,” he said. “The momentum of the game, how it’s going, all of our guys just have to buy in and lock in to defending our man.”

Added freshman guard Quentin Grimes: “We know they are really good and like to play really fast, get a lot of threes (and) spread the court in different ways. So we have to be alert to the shooters.”

2. Next play mentality

One team won by a single point and dodged a couple of late shots and a monster meltdown down the stretch to advance to Saturday.

The other team rolled by 34 points, including a 50-28 margin in the second half.

While no one is expecting those trends to hold, it’s how each team moves past their most recent victories that might be key in this one.

New Mexico State’s near upset of Auburn clearly got the Tigers’ attention. All day on Friday, the Auburn players and coaches talked about their disappointment and frustration in how they finished their most recent win.

“The immediate aftermath was the guys were really down,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said Friday. But we still won and we’re still alive and we still advanced.”

If the Tigers are able to move forward with that kind of vibe, it could allow them to play free and with a nothing-to-lose mentality.

Ja Morant and 12-seed Murray State look to bust more brackets as the Racers take on 4-seed and 10th-ranked Florida State in a 2019 NCAA Tournament second-round matchup on Saturday. The Racers (28-4), who have won 12 in a row, knocked off 5-seed Marquette by 19 in the first round, while the Seminoles (28-7) beat 13-seed Vermont, 76-69. Saturday’s tipoff from the XL Center in Hartford is set for 6:10 p.m. ET. The winner advances to the West Regional semifinals of the NCAA bracket in Anaheim next week. The Seminoles are favored by five in the latest Florida State vs. Murray State odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 144.5. Before making any Florida State vs. Murray State picks of your own, read the 2019 NCAA Tournament predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, has raked in the winnings for those following its picks. Over the past two years, the SportsLine Projection Model has returned over $4,000 to $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks. It also entered the postseason on a strong 11-5 run on all top-rated college basketball picks. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now the model has dialed in on Florida State vs. Murray State. We can tell you it’s leaning over, and it has also generated a strong against-the-spread pick that cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations. That one is only available at SportsLine.

The model knows that FSU, which placed fourth in the ACC with a 13-5 conference mark, has been red hot. The Seminoles have won 15 of their last 17 overall and four of their last five NCAA Tournament games.

Florida State’s victory over Vermont marked a school record 28th win. A major part of the Seminoles’ success on Thursday was the play of redshirt sophomore forward Mfiondu Kabengele and senior guard Terrance Mann. Kabengele scored 21 points, while Mann added 19 as Florida State pulled away in the second half.

But just because the Seminoles are flying high does not mean they will cover the Florida State vs. Murray State spread on Saturday.

That’s because Murray State has been equally hot, winning 12 in a row and 20 of its last 22, including the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship. The Racers hold an edge in a number of statistical categories over the Seminoles, including field goal percentage and point differential. Murray State is sixth in the country in field goal percentage (49.7 percent) compared to Florida State, which is 190th (44.1). The Racers are eighth in point differential (plus-13.4) while the Seminoles are 37th at plus-7.8.

Murray State is led by Morant (24.1 ppg), who has been phenomenal. He scored 36 against Belmont in the OVC title game and had a triple-double against Marquette in the 2019 NCAA Tournament opener. He scored 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 16 assists.

 

Michigan vs Florida

Michigan vs Florida: Michigan Wolverines vs. Florida Gators The Detroit News’ James Hawkins breaks down Saturday’s Michigan-Florida NCAA Tournament second-round game at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines The Michigan Wolverines and the Florida Gators meet in NCAA tournament second round action in a college basketball matchup on Saturday.

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watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.

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Montana and Michigan met in the first round of last year’s NCAA Tournament. The Grizzlies took a 10-point lead four minutes into the matchup before the Wolverines roared back for a 61-47 victory.

“I thought we played well against them early last year, we just fell apart in the second half,” Montana senior Bobby Moorehead said in a press release, according to the Great Falls Tribune. “That’s encouraging. I know they have a lot of the same guys back, we have a lot of the same guys back, so I’m excited. I think it will be a good matchup.”

This year, the Grizzlies repeated as the Big Sky regular season champions and the conference tournament champions.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Montana head coach Travis DeCuire said in a press release, per the Great Falls Tribune. “We’re excited to be in the tournament two years in a row now. We talk about setting a precedent. We made it, now it’s just ‘Go play the best basketball you can play on the biggest stage.’”

The Grizzlies have one of the most efficient offenses in the country, ranking eighth out of 353 Division I teams in field goal percentage (49.7), ninth in 2-point field goal percentage (56.8), and 25th in 3-point field goal percentage (38.2).

Moorehead is one of four Montana seniors who played in last year’s clash with Michigan. A fifth, Donaven Dorsey, missed last season after undergoing hip surgery.