RAMBLERS OF LOYOLA CHICAGO SURVIVE AND ADVANCE-DUKE ROLLS

March Madness is underway: college athletes are competing in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament in hopes of being crowned national champions. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

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.

Donte Ingram, right, celebrates with Marques Townes after Ingram made a game-winning three pointer against Miami. Credit Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Sister Jean was in attendance at Loyola’s NCAA tournament game against Miami, and witnessed the most dramatic buzzer-beater of March Madness so far. (Getty)

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.

Oklahoma’s Jamuni McNeace (4) grabs a rebound in front of Rhode Island’s Stanford Robinson (13) during the first half in the first round of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Photo Credit: AP

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.

Duke’s Marvin Bagley III (35) makes a shot with Iona’s Deyshonee Much (15) defending during the first half of an NCAA men’s college basketball tournament first-round game, in Pittsburgh, Thursday, March 15, 2018.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Tennessee guard Jordan Bowden recaps UT’s win against Wright State Mike Wilson/News Sentinel

Ohio State to an 81-73 victory over South Dakota State in the West Region on Thursday writes John Marshall AP Sports.

Ohio State outlasts South Dakota State 81-73 in West Region
Ohio State guard Kam Williams (15) attempts a three-point basket as South Dakota State forward Mike Daum (24) looks on during the second half of a first-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

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.

Kansas 76, Penn 60: Quick observations on Quakers’ March Madness loss

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.

Wright State center Parker Ernsthausen (22) defends as Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield (5) positions for a shot in the first half of the first round of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Dallas, Thursday, March 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Kyle Bonagura writes that Arizona State has its best recruiting class ever!

Four-star Sun Devils signee Taeshon Cherry is the 10th-ranked power forward in the country. Provided by Jon Lopez/Nike

 

 

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