In the past, teams that lost in the first round were OK teams. This year, the teams who have lost in the first round are some great teams. Further, some teams that have survived have had some very close calls.
Signs of the growth of the game.
Maryland surged past New Mexico State, 75-57. The Aggies made it a close game into the second half, exceeding the expectations of many.
Pitt upset Chattanooga, 51-40.
Tennessee outlasted Boise State, 72-61.
Arizona State dominated Ohio, 74-55.
North Carolina held off Liberty, 71-65.
FGCU ousted Oklahoma State, 75-67.
Rutgers beat Seton Hall, 79-66.
South Florida stopped LSU, 73-64.
Louisville routed BYU, 86-53.
Oklahoma City sub-regional:
Stanford overcame CSUN, 73-60, with a second-half surge.
Oklahoma throttled Quinnipiac, 111-84.
More Tournament news:
Tennessee: NCAA diaries 2.
Even more news:
Minnesota’s new foundation is strong, coach Marlene Stollings says.