Capping a typically frantic first Thursday in the NCAA Tournament, the last quartet of games feature some of the top programs in the nation.
The defending champion UConn Huskies take on the Iowa State Cyclones while the No. 2 seed (East) Buckeyes of the Ohio State University begin a planned march toward New Orleans with a game against No. 15 Loyola. Another midwestern power, the Indiana Hoosiers, will open their tournament in the South Region against the New Mexico State. The latest scheduled start of the night belongs to UNLV and Colorado, a pair of western clubs duking it out at the Pit in Albuquerque.
Stay tuned for live updates from all four games:
Wallace takes a deep 3-pointer and misses. Colorado is heading back to the line and this one should be over.
Hawkins his a long 3-pointer and then UNLV fouls immediately. 63-59 CO with 38 seconds left.
Another bad look for UNLV. Moser fouls out. This one might be over. 51.6 seconds left and UNLV down six.
Booker inexplicably steps on the line and gives the Rebels the ball back with 1:08 left.
Now UNLV is just taking terrible shots. No reason for this. Colorado was out of gas and the Rebels had them on the ropes.
Moser misses a short shot and then commits a foul afterward. Bad play by Moser. Colorado leading 60-56 and going to the line with 1:54. One and One
Smart play by UNLV, going inside and getting fouled, stopping the clock and shooting free throws. 2:16 left, UNLV has the ball after making a free throw and the second missing and going out of bounds OFF COLORADO.
Wow. UNLV misses a 3 from the corner and Colorado immediately turns it into a transition monster dunk. Five point swing right there.
|@ SethDavisHoops : This is a 22-4 run by the Rebs.|
|@ RTCSouthRegion : Oh, now we find out there are actually UNLV fans here. They been quiet. #NCAAABQ|
|@ SethDavisHoops : Justin Hawkins three makes it a two-point game. Somewhere @Georgedohrmann is going wild.|
It's a two-point game folks! UNLV nails a 3-pointer in the corner. 4 minutes to go. Gotta love the madness.
CHARGE. Colorado commits another turnover. Definitely a good call, he lowered his shoulder. Can't do that.
|@ ESPNAndyKatz : UNLV is ballin' right now. Cut the deficit to five at 57-52. Game on with 5:28 left.|
Goaltending called on the Buffs. Five-point game. Questionable call by the refs. It didn't look like the ball was on its way down. Either way, we're in for a great finish.
|@ RTCSouthRegion : It's hard to get the energy back once you've packed it in. Buffs in trouble now. #NCAAABQ|
|@ RTCSouthRegion : Buffs still gotta finish strong here. Seems like they've quit hustling, and Rebs have a chance to get back w/in 10 on these FTs. #NCAAABQ|
UNLV putting up somewhat of a fight. It's a 12-point lead for Colorado with seven minutes left in the game.
|@ ryanmgreene : If this holds, this will also be the first time in program history that #UNLV has lost four straight NCAA tournament games|