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The HuffPost NCAA Tournament Results page will give you updated tourney scores, schedules, recaps, photos, and video. For each day of action, you will find news briefs from the AP on the day's games along with the best video highlights from all over the Web. Here are all the scores, recaps and highlights from the first round of the tournament. If you're looking for more than what happened in the games, visit HuffPost's March Madness Big News page for more tournament news and blogs. And of course, leave your tourney-related comments at the bottom.

 

Friday, March 20th

 

SIENA 74, OHIO STATE 72

Siena strikes again. Ronald Moore hit a 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds left in the second overtime _ from the identical spot he made one at the end of the first OT _ as the Saints beat eighth-seeded Ohio State 74-72 on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

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WISCONSIN 61, FLORIDA ST. 59

Trevon Hughes banked in a spinning shot over two defenders for a three-point play with 2 seconds left in overtime to lift Wisconsin to a 61-59 upset over Florida State in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Hughes, who had his hands full covering Seminoles star Toney Douglas all game, then capped Friday night's game by batting away Florida State's desperation pass at the end and the Badgers (20-12) mobbed him at halfcourt to celebrate the victory.

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CLEVELAND ST. 84, WAKE FOREST 69

Some 23 years later, Cleveland State still has a knack for first-round shockers in the NCAA tournament. The Vikings raced to an early 17-point lead Friday night and stunned one-time No. 1-ranked Wake Forest 84-69. The win was reminiscent of the Vikings' only other appearance in the tournament in 1986, when they upset Indiana in the opening round.

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MICHIGAN ST. 77, ROBERT MORRIS 62

Raymar Morgan scored 16 points and Goran Suton had 11 points and 17 rebounds as Michigan State bullied 15th-seeded Robert Morris in a 77-62 victory in the first round of the Midwest Regional on Friday night. Michigan State will play 10th-seeded USC on Saturday.

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XAVIER 77, PORTLAND ST. 59

C.J. Anderson scored 14 points and Xavier shot 54 percent from the field, beating Portland State 77-59 Friday night to reach the second round of the NCAA tournament for the third straight year. The Musketeers (26-7) stifled Portland State's usual barrage of 3-pointers and showed they could shoot from the outside, too, making eight of 19 tries and going 29-for-54 overall in their East Regional opener.

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LOUISVILLE 74, MOREHEAD ST. 54

The NCAA tournament's top team had a few early missteps Friday, but uncoiled its full-court press in the second half and rolled to a 74-54 victory over Morehead State that completed 25 years of perfection by No. 1 seeds.

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USC 72, BOSTON COLLEGE 55

Taj Gibson was a perfect 10 for Southern California, and way out of Boston College's league. Gibson had 24 points on 10-for-10 shooting from the field, sending the 10th-seeded Trojans to a 69-55 victory over Boston College in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday night.

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ARIZONA 84, UTAH 71

So much for the notion Arizona might not have belonged in the NCAA tournament. Nic Wise scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half, Chase Budinger added 20 and the 12th-seeded Wildcats one of the last teams into the field of 65 knocked off fifth-seeded Utah 84-71 Friday night in the first round of the Midwest Regional.

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MISSOURI 78, CORNELL 59
Once Missouri started moving, the buckets started falling for DeMarre Carroll and the rest of the Tigers. Carroll, the coach's nephew, scored all but two of his 13 points in the second half Friday to help Missouri pull away from Cornell for a 78-59 victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Leo Lyons finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers (29-6), who returned to the tournament for the first time in six years and will face Marquette in the second round Sunday. Highlights from CBS Sports:

 

DAYTON 68, WEST VIRGINIA 60

Chris Wright scored a career-high 27 points to lead the 11th-seeded Flyers to a 68-60 win over sixth-seeded West Virginia on Friday in the first round of the Midwest Regional. Charles Little added 18 points for Dayton (27-7), which had been 1-13 against the Mountaineers coach, dating to Huggins' days storming up and down the Cincinnati sideline. The Flyers will play third-seeded Kansas in the second round Sunday. The Jayhawks defeated North Dakota State 84-74 earlier in the day.

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PITTSBURGH 72, E. TENNESSEE ST. 62

Pittsburgh had an ugly and scary first game as a No. 1. Pitt's massive center DeJuan Blair bullied his way inside for 27 points and 16 rebounds as the Panthers, playing their first game as a top seed in the NCAA tournament, survived a frightful 40 minutes from No. 16 seed East Tennessee State and advanced with a 72-62 win on Friday in the East Regional.

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ARIZONA ST. 66, TEMPLE 57

James Harden made only one field goal Friday for Arizona State, and it was a big one. The Sun Devils' scoring leader struggled most of the game but sank a 3-pointer with 4:02 left to help hold off Temple, and Arizona State won 66-57 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

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MARQUETTE 58, UTAH ST. 57

Lazar Hayward scored 26 points and the Golden Eagles made 10 straight free throws down the stretch to hold off Utah State 58-57 Friday in the first round of the West Regional. Marquette blew a 14-point lead, then rallied from a six-point deficit to win.

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OKLAHOMA ST. 77, TENNESSEE 75

After 40 minutes of give-no-ground basketball, everything opened up for Byron Eaton. Oklahoma State's barrel-chested point guard found a clear path to the basket for a three-point play with 7.2 seconds left Friday, sending the Cowboys to a breakthrough 77-75 victory over Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Oklahoma State (23-11) will play either East Tennessee State or Pittsburgh, the top seed in the East Regional.

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KANSAS 84, NORTH DAKOTA ST. 74

Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich kept Kansas from being bumped off early by the North Dakota State Bison. Collins scored a season-high 32 points and went basket for basket with NDSU star Ben Woodside, and Aldrich had 23 points to help the defending NCAA champions hold off the 14th-seeded Bison 84-74 in the first round Friday.

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SYRACUSE 59, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 44

Exactly five years after its last NCAA tournament win, Syracuse took a dominant route back to the second round. Jonny Flynn scored 16 points, Rick Jackson and Arinze Onuaku each added 12 and the third-seeded Orange cruised past NCAA first-timer Stephen F. Austin 59-44 Friday in a South regional matchup.

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Thursday, March 19th

WESTERN KENTUCKY 76, ILLINOIS 72

The 12th-seeded Hilltoppers, who made an unexpected run in the NCAA tournament last year, pulled off a first-round upset of fifth-seeded Illinois, 76-72 on Thursday night in the South Regional. Steffphon Pettigrew had 17 points to lead Western Kentucky (25-8) which led by as many as 17 points but had to hold off a late charge by the Illini (24-10). It was the 19th time in the last 21 years that a 12 seed has beaten a No. 5. Western Kentucky will face Gonzaga (27-5) in the second round.

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UCLA 65, VCU 64

A long way from home, UCLA barely kept alive its quest for a fourth straight trip to the Final Four. VCU's Eric Maynor missed a contested 17-footer at the buzzer and the sixth-seeded Bruins held on for a 65-64 victory over the Rams on Thursday night in the opening round of the East Regional. UCLA (26-8) advances to play Villanova (27-7) on Saturday. Josh Shipp scored 16, Jrue Holiday had 13 and three other Bruins scored in double figures.

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OKLAHOMA 82, MORGAN ST. 54

A dominant Blake Griffin had 28 points and 13 rebounds and survived an ugly incident that got another player ejected Thursday night as Oklahoma rolled past Morgan State 82-54 in the first round of South Regional Thursday night. Oklahoma (28-5), which had lost four of its last six, was never threatened by the No. 15 Bears (23-12), who were making their first NCAA appearance.

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DUKE 86, BINGHAMTON 62

Jon Scheyer and Duke weren't about to let another one of college basketball's little guys scare them again. Scheyer scored 15 points to lead six players in double figures, and the Blue Devils made Binghamton's first appearance in the NCAA tournament a quick one by routing the Bearcats 86-62 Thursday night in the first round of the East Regional.

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GONZAGA 77, AKRON 64

Josh Heytvelt scored 22 points -- seven during a decisive, late run -- and Gonzaga rallied to get past determined but ultimately overwhelmed Akron 77-64 on Thursday night. Micah Downs added 15 points for fourth-seeded Gonzaga (27-5), which won for the 19th time in 20 games. The Bulldogs are in their 11th consecutive NCAA tournaments but had lost in the first round of the last two.

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VILLANOVA 80, AMERICAN 67

Dwayne Anderson and Dante Cunningham each scored 25 points, and Villanova rallied back from a 14-point hole to beat upset-minded American 80-67 in the first round of the NCAA tournament Thursday night. The third-seeded Wildcats (27-7) lost their home-court advantage and nearly lost the game, needing a late 19-2 run in the East Regional to fend off the Patriot League champions.

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MICHIGAN 62, CLEMSON 59

Shot after shot clanged off the rim, if they hit anything at all. Jumpers, 3-pointers, layups--didn't matter. Clemson just couldn't figure out Michigan's zone defense. Michigan stymied Clemson with its 1-3-1 defense and survived a late scare in its first NCAA tournament game in 11 years, beating the Tigers 62-59 in the first round of South Regional Thursday night.

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TEXAS 76, MINNESOTA 62

A.J. Abrams hit eight 3-pointers and scored 26 points to help Texas beat Minnesota 76-62 in the first round of the NCAA tournament Thursday night. Damion James added 18 points and nine rebounds for the seventh-seeded Longhorns (23-11), who hit 11 of 20 3s overall to win their tournament opener for the fifth time in six seasons.

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WASHINGTON 71, MISSISSIPPI STATE 58

Thanks to Quincy Pondexter, even the supposedly vulnerable Washington Huskies didn't go out early. Pondexter scored a season-high 23 points and fourth-seeded Washington took advantage of early foul trouble to Mississippi State's menacing Jarvis Varnado to race past the 13th-seeded Bulldogs 71-58 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.

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UCONN 103, CHATTANOOGA 47

This dominating Connecticut win just might have made an ailing Jim Calhoun feel better. A.J. Price scored 20 from the outside and Hasheem Thabeet added 20 inside to lift top-seeded Connecticut to its first postseason win in three years, 103-47 over Chattanooga on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

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MARYLAND 84, CAL 71

Maryland never let California get going from long range. Now the Terps are back in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Grievis Vasquez had 27 points and Maryland shut down the nation's best 3-point shooting team in an 84-71 victory over Cal in the first round of the West Regional on Thursday.

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NORTH CAROLINA 101, RADFORD 58

Tyler Hansbrough set the Atlantic Coast Conference career scoring record and finished with 22 points to help North Carolina beat Radford 101-58 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday. Wayne Ellington scored 25 points to lead the Tar Heels (29-4), the top seed in the South Region. North Carolina played without injured point guard Ty Lawson for a third straight game, but had no trouble advancing to Saturday's second round against LSU.

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PURDUE 61, NORTHERN IOWA 56

E'Twaun Moore had 17 points and fifth-seeded Purdue held off a late charge by 12th-seeded Northern Iowa for a 61-56 victory Thursday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. JaJuan Johnson added 14 points for the Boilermakers (26-9), who led by as many as 14 in the West Regional at the Rose Garden Arena.

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MEMPHIS 81, CAL STATE-NORTHRIDGE 70

Roburt Sallie had the game of his life with 35 points, and second-seeded Memphis beat Cal State-Northridge 81-70 Thursday to avoid what would have been one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history. Since the NCAA went to a 64-team format in 1985, only four No. 2 seeds have lost to a No. 15 in the first round.

 

TEXAS A&M 79, BYU 66

With Bryan Davis leading the way, Texas A&M beat Brigham Young 79-66 in the first round of the West Regional on Thursday. Davis scored 21, Donald Sloan had 14 and the ninth-seeded Aggies handed the Cougars their seventh straight opening-round loss in a rematch from last year. Both teams drew the same seeds last March when A&M won 67-62. The Aggies (24-9) will meet the Connecticut-Chattanooga winner Saturday.

 

LSU 75, BUTLER 71

Marcus Thornton scored 30 points and LSU held off a late rally to beat Butler 75-71 on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Tasmin Mitchell had 14 points and Chris Johnson added 12 points for the Tigers (27-7), seeded eighth in the South Regional. They advanced to Saturday's second round against the North Carolina-Radford winner.

 

 

Full Schedule of the First Round of the Tournament :

Thursday, March 19th

Louisiana State (26-7) vs. Butler (26-5), 12:20 p.m

Memphis (31-3) vs. Cal State-Northridge (17-13), 12:25 p.m.

Brigham Young (25-7) vs. Texas A&M (23-9), 12:30 p.m

Purdue (25-9) vs. Northern Iowa (23-10), 2:30 p.m.

North Carolina (28-4) vs. Radford (21-11), 2:50 p.m.

Cal (22-10) vs. Maryland (20-13), 2:55 p.m.

Connecticut (27-4) vs. Chattanooga (18-16), 3:00p.m.

Washington (25-8) vs. Mississippi State (23-12), 4:55 p.m.

Clemson (23-8) vs. Michigan (20-13), 7:10 p.m

Texas (22-11) vs. Minnesota (22-10), 7:10 p.m.

Villanova (26-7) vs. American (24-7), 7:20 p.m

Gonzaga (26-5) vs. Akron (23-12), 7:25 p.m

Oklahoma (27-5) vs. Morgan State (23-11), 9:40 p.m.

Duke (28-6) vs. Binghamton (23-8), 9:40 p.m.

UCLA (25-8) vs. Virginia Commonwealth (24-9), 9:50 p.m.

Illinois (24-9) vs. Western Kentucky (24-8), 9:55 p.m.

 

Friday, March 20th

Syracuse (26-9) vs. Stephen F. Austin (24-7), 12:15 p.m.

Oklahoma State (22-11) vs. Tennessee (21-12), 12:25 p.m.

Marquette (24-9) vs. Utah State (30-4), 12:30 p.m.

Kansas (25-7) vs. North Dakota State (26-6), 12:30 p.m.

Arizona State (24-9) vs. Temple (22-11), 2:45 p.m.

Pittsburgh (28-4) vs. East Tennessee State (23-10), 2:55 p.m.

Missouri (28-6) vs. Cornell (21-9), 3:00 p.m.

West Virginia (23-11) vs. Dayton (26-7), 3:00 p.m.

Louisville (28-5) vs. Alabama State or Morehead State, 7:10 p.m

Utah (24-9) vs. Arizona (19-13), 7:10 p.m.

Boston College (22-11) vs. USC (21-12), 7:20 p.m.

Xavier (25-7) vs. Portland State (23-9), 7:25 p.m.

Wake Forest (24-6) vs. Cleveland State (25-10), 9:40 p.m.

Ohio State (22-10) vs. Siena (26-7), 9:40 p.m.

Michigan State (26-6) vs. Robert Morris (24-10), 9:50 p.m.

Florida State (25-9) vs. Wisconsin (19-12), 9:55 p.m.

All times in Eastern Standard Time

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