With apologies to the "First Four," the true Day 1 of the 2012 NCAA Tournament is in the books. VCU busted some brackets again, the defending champs were eliminated and the neon Baylor Bears nearly made headlines without their uniforms. But there weren't many upsets. Unless, of course, you count upset fans of UNC-Asheville.
Will that change during the second full day of tournament action? The first four games feature Texas-Cincinnati, San Diego State-N.C. State, Alabama-Creighton and Virginia-Florida.
Can N.C. State, the last team announced on Selection Sunday, pull off an upset? Will the sharp shooters of Creighton be able to get by Alabama's defense?
Patric Young's layup gives Florida a 21-point lead. The Cavaliers are just no match for Florida's spcacing/guard play. They're able to get in the paint and penetrate, create open looks for the big guys.
CREIGHTON BEATS ALABAMA 58-57 AFTER RELEFORD MISSES THE STEP BACK 3 POINTER.
|@ RTCWestRegion : A sure dunk by Mike Scott fumbled out of bounds. Virginia making too many mistakes right now #NCAAOmaha|
Refs are looking at how much time should be on the clock. They put 2.4 seconds on the clock and Creighton calls a timeout.
Alabama calls a timeout after inbounding the ball so now they have 2.2 seconds left. Will this be our first buzzer beater??
Josh Jones MISSES the second. They foul with 4.7 seconds left. They had one to give.
Josh Jones misses the first free throw. Alabama calls another timeout and will have a chance to tie/win.
McDermott misses the second...Refs miss an Alabama travel and the Crimson Tide gets a 2. But Creighton is able to waste at least 10 seconds with great ball movement!
McDermott hits the first free throw. Alabama calls a timeout. 30 seconds left.
Echenique misses the first one but McDermott gets the offensive rebound and gets fouled!
Echenique posts up and gets fouled down low. That's a good foul for Alabama. He's not the best free throw shooter. 69%. 0 for 2 today.
Alabama cuts it to two with under a minute left after Jacobs' tip in
|@ RTCWestRegion : Florida's success has been their ability to score on drives to the basket. Virginia now the ones settling for jumpers #NCAAOmaha|
|@ RTCMWRegion : Alabama takes a timeout with 1:44 left, down 4. This possession is hugely important. #NCAAGreensboro|
|@ SethDavisHoops : Steele's bucket breaks long offensive drought for Bama. Creighton leads 57-53 with 2:04 to play.|
|@ RTCWestRegion : Florida is still up, but with Patric Young on the bench with 3 fouls, that could hurt the Gators with this much time left #NCAAOmaha|
Just as I scream "WHY ARE YOU SHOOTING ANOTHER THR-"... Jones makes another 3-pointer.
But Alabama answers fast with a quick 2.
(Clearly I picked Creighton)
Belmont 8, G-Town 9
Nevermind. Florida comes right back with a flurry of shots and an AMAZING drive by Kenny Boynton, hanging in the air and hitting the right-handed layup.
Zeglinski bringing Virginia back with two straight 3s!
McDermott hits a layup FINALLY and gives CReighton the lead!
Jones hits a 3 from the corner to cut the Alabama lead to ONE. 6:30 left. Alabama air balls a 3 on the other end. Creighton gets the ball back.
Florida opens the second half with a jumper from Young. 32-22 Gators.
Great defensive play by Gibbs, drawing the charge and giving Creighton the ball back. Green helped out of course, lowering the shoulder and barreling into him.
They're not getting stops, but they are hitting 3s. Wragge nails a 24-footer to cut it to four.
Gibbs makes another running layup to cut the lead to five. They need to get some stops.