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.