Upsets, close games mark first day of NCAA Tournament

Hoosier players celebrate their upset win over Texas as the final buzzer sounds. Craig Bisacre, IU Athletics photo.
Hoosier players celebrate their upset win over Texas as the final buzzer sounds. Craig Bisacre, IU Athletics photo.

The NCAA Tournament kicked off Friday with plenty of heart-stopping games – some of which ended in upsets.

Two No. 10 seeds in Buffalo and Indiana toppled seventh-seeded Rutgers and Texas, respectively. The Bulls ran away from the Scarlet Knights, 82-71 in the Albany regional bracket, and the Hoosiers outlasted the Longhorns, 69-65 on the Portland regional side. Also in that region, No. 9 seed Clemson handled eight-seeded South Dakota, 79-66.

Two overtime games almost resulted in upsets. In the Chicago regional bracket, Marquette held off Rice, 58-54. In first-round Greensboro regional action, Missouri edged Drake on a free throw, 77-76.

No. 2 Iowa was challenged by No. 15 Mercer, 66-61, while No. 5 Florida State slipped past No. 12 Bucknell, 70-67. Fourth-seeded Miami survived a challenge from 13-seed FGCU, 69-61.

Also advancing to the second round were top seeds Mississippi State and Louisville, Oregon, Connecticut, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Arizona State and Michigan.

The first round wraps up today, with 16 more games on tap.