The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers put the madness into March on Thursday afternoon in a first round stunner, knocking off No. 6 seed Miami 64-62 with a 3-pointer in the final second from Donte Ingram writes Kyle Boone of CBSSports. Not only did 35.6 percent of brackets pick this upset, but more brackets picked No. 11 Loyola-Chicago (9.5 percent) to make the Sweet 16 than for all of the No. 7s, No. 8s, No. 9s and No. 10s except No. 8 Missouri and No. 10s Butler and Texas.
By GoRhody.com Seventh-seeded Rhode Island (26-7) came out victorious in a back-and-forth, overtime battle, defeating 10th-seeded Oklahoma 83-78. The Rams overcame a seven-point second-half deficit and hit six consecutive free throws in the final 1:03 to advance to the NCAA Round of 32. It marks the first time in program history that Rhody advances in the NCAA tournament in back-to-back seasons.
Will Graves from AP Sports writes Marvin Bagley III dominated in his NCAA Tournament debut, pouring in 22 points to go with seven rebounds as Duke rolled by Iona 89-67 on Thursday.
Ohio State to an 81-73 victory over South Dakota State in the West Region on Thursday writes John Marshall AP Sports.
Mike Jensen is a general assignment reporter for the Inquirer and Daily News writes Some quick observations on Penn’s 76-60 loss to Kansas in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Travis Hines of NBC Sports writes Eighth-seeded Seton Hall topped the No. 9 Wolfpack, 94-83, by staking itself to a lead and keeping NC State at bay throughout the day.
UNC Greensboro took a brief lead late, but the Gonzaga Bulldogs responded to survive the Spartans’ upset bid with a 68-64 victory in a first-round men’s NCAA Tournament game Thursday in Boise, Idaho. by OregonLive.com.
With the Tennessee coach back in familiar territory, Admiral Schofield had 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Volunteers opened their first NCAA under Rick Barnes with a 73-47 win over Wright State on Thursday.
Kyle Bonagura writes that Arizona State has its best recruiting class ever!