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Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

The best of Day 1 of the NCAA Tournament

The best of Day 1 of the NCAA Tournament

"Press" Virginia survived a tough matchup against Bucknell on Thursday and face off against a Fighting Irish team that looked sluggish and nervous against Princeton. Bookies in Las Vegas like the Tar Heels' chances, too, making them one of the top picks for the title. "They're going to be well supported". The Tigers hoped to finally improve their 0-6 tournament record but got disappointed after the final selection was revealed. "I actually came up here and went fishing".

The Wolverines won the Big Ten tournament in an upset, and they are 8-2 ATS in their past 10 games against Big 12 opponents. This will be the Razorback 31 Final tournament appearance. From there, it was Seton Hall that had to answer for Villanova's shots. Prior to the loss, the Pirates were on a 6-game winning streak, defeating the #13 ranked Butler Bulldogs. "Every team in the ACC, it's going to be battle".

On the season Duke is 13-6 SU, 9-9-1 ATS versus teams that made the NCAA tournament.

►Make it easy to keep up to date with more stories like this. "Win, lose or draw, coach always tells us that we just leave our hearts out there, and everything else will be fine". However, in the opening round of the Big East conference tournament, the Wildcats suffered a 57-62 blow to Xavier and will look to gain some momentum against the Eagles in their third straight trip to the Final tournament.

In one of the great turnarounds in college basketball this season, the Troy Trojans won four games in five days in the Sun Belt Conference tournament to earn the program's second berth into the NCAA Tournament.

A win would earn Duke one final home game in Monday's second round against the victor of Saturday night's 6:30 p.m. game between Temple and OR at Cameron. This NCAA Tournament may be the biggest stage the senior plays on for the rest of his career.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Jeff Dowtin scored a career-high 23 points with a ideal day at the free-throw line, upstart Rhode Island answered every threat and the Rams ran right into the next round of the NCAA Tournament by stunning cold-shooting No. 6 seed Creighton 84-72 on Friday in an opener of the Midwest Region.

Freshman Miles Wilson scored 22 points as the Mountaineers (20-16), who edged New Orleans in a First Four matchup on Tuesday, gave the defending champions all they could handle for 20 minutes.

March Madness is upon us and trying to break down the the 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket was as maddening as ever. Butler is a really good four, and Minnesota has plenty of talent to do damage even though it was over-seeded. They will certainly have much to prove and live up to the expectations, especially after being put to ground by Arizona in the semifinals of the Pac 12 conference tournament.

All in all though it was really good to see Kennard struggle and not have it affect Duke's overall play.

The #7 Dayton Flyers (24-7) will dance for the 4th consecutive year.

Notre Dame will need Bonzie Colson to get healthy - he suffered an ankle injury in the ACC Tournament championship game against Duke - after looking a little tight at times against Princeton. They have a pretty solid unit that is capable of upsetting some strong opposition. Remember they have a couple of seniors that know how to win in Jenkins and Hart. Still not impressed? Well, check this...

Villanova coach Jay Wright anxious all season about his team being satisfied after winning last season's title.

The #2 Kentucky Wildcats (29-5) are once again being mishandled by the selection committee, so do many think. They'll play the University of Miami in the first round.

The freshman clearly came to play. It's not Wichita State as a No. 10 seed. The Norse are entering this contest as the underdogs but still claiming the Horizon League Championship title which gives them a lot of confidence facing the mighty Cats.

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