After a thrilling opening night, the 2012 NCAA Tournament continues with the second night of the "First Four" play-in games. In the first game of the doubleheader, a pair of unheralded clubs battle for the right to advance to face No. 1 UNC.
No. 16 Lamar
No. 16 Vermont
6:40 PM ET
In late February, Lamar coach Pat Knight (son of Bob Knight) lashed out at his own players -- specifically his seniors -- calling their mentality and attitude "awful" in an epic postgame rant after a loss to Stephen F. Austin.
They seem to have got the message. The Cardinals won six straight after that rant and won the Southland Conference tournament championship.
Click HERE for Printable 2012 NCAA Tournament Bracket.
Vermont on the other hand, has been very consistent since the beginning of 2012. The Catamounts went on a 10-game winning streak in the second half of the season and have won 14 of their last 15.
Both teams have plenty of momentum. But which team will come out on top and get a chance to play No. 1 seed North Carolina on Friday?
Stay tuned for LIVE UPDATES throughout the game. Tweet @HuffPostSports to get involved in the conversation.
03/14/2012 8:44 PM EDT
@ funkid6666 :
#UVM #lamar #MMLive this game is over congrats to Vermont on their win
03/14/2012 8:44 PM EDT
@ johncoonsports :
Most stunning First Four development: A team who led early is leading late too. #Vermont beating #Lamar by double digits in final 2 minutes.
03/14/2012 8:43 PM EDT
VERMONT WINS 71-59
03/14/2012 8:41 PM EDT
Lamar just turned it over again and Apfeld made an easy bucket. That should do it folks..
03/14/2012 8:40 PM EDT
Crazy play. Miles looked for Brown on the alley-oop but he didn't put a shot up. Instead he landed, then went up for a shot as Apfeld came flying in and landed on top of him. No foul was called but Lamb got the loose ball and drew a foul of his own. He made both free throws and now it's an 11-point lead.
03/14/2012 8:38 PM EDT
Carissimo somehow splits the D and gets into the lane on the right side and makes a running layup with the left hand. Lamar is using too much time and now they just turned it over. 2:43 left to go and Vermont leads 68-55.
03/14/2012 8:37 PM EDT
Lamb misses the first free throw but makes the second. 11-point lead for Vermont. Lamar is pressing full court.
03/14/2012 8:33 PM EDT
Carissimo gets an open look and knocks down a 3. Lamb tries to answer back but gets fouled. Free throws coming up for Lamb. Vermont leads by 12. TV timeout.
03/14/2012 8:32 PM EDT
Lamb convert the 3-point play. 63-54 Vermont. Timeout Lamar.
03/14/2012 8:31 PM EDT
Lamb drives on the right side and makes a lefty layup and draws the foul. And one.
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