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03/16/2012 12:21 pm ET | Updated Mar 16, 2012

NCAA Tournament Scores, Live Updates: 2012 March Madness Begins With Full Friday Schedule

On any given Thursday (or Friday) in March, is it more important to be the best team on the floor or merely the team that is playing the best?

In the 2012 NCAA Tournament, the answer depends on who you ask. Your feelings on the relative importance of lane violations may also be a factor in determining a response.

According to UNC-Asheville head coach Eddie Biedenbach, being the team that played better during the duration of a single game wasn't quite enough. After the Bulldogs narrowly missed out on making history by upsetting Syracuse, the top seed in the East Region, Biedenbach defiantly touted his team's performance.

“Tonight, we were better than Syracuse,” Biedenbach said. “These guys played their tail off for 40 minutes and played better than Syracuse. This is the better team tonight.”

With the exception of Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, it was difficult to find many in Pittsburgh (the site of the game) who disagreed with Biedenbach's assessment. However, a few decisions by the officiating crew, including a crucial call on an out-of-bounds play, went against UNC-Asheville as Syracuse did just enough to escape.

In the other 1 vs. 16 matchup during the first full day of the tournament, Kentucky leveled the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky. How will top seeds UNC and Michigan State fare on Friday?

Along with the Heels and Spartans each taking on 16 seeds, Friday's tournament schedule includes contests between Georgetown and Belmont as well as Ohio and Michigan. In addition, Duke, Kansas and Missouri will attempt to avoid being on the wrong end of any marquee upsets.

Stay tuned for updates on all the action also be sure to follow our partners from Rush The Court, who have correspondents out in the field at the @RTCEastRegion, @RTCSouthRegion, @RTCMWRegion and @RTCWestRegion. Tweet @HuffPostSports to join in the conversation.

03/17/2012 12:23 AM EDT

KANSAS WINS 65-50

03/17/2012 12:23 AM EDT

@ RTCSouthRegion :

And now the same official calls a flagrant foul against Notre Dame for fouling before the ball is inbounded. #NCAAGreensboro

03/17/2012 12:23 AM EDT

@ RTCSouthRegion :

Obviously, officials got a memo from the NCAA last week that said "call more lane violations, you guys." #NCAAGreensboro

03/17/2012 12:22 AM EDT

XAVIER WINS 67-63. THAT'S THE MUSKETEERS SIXTH DOUBLE-DIGIT COMEBACK WIN OF THE YEAR

03/17/2012 12:22 AM EDT

Wells gets intentionally fouled, makes both of them and Xavier is going to win the game.

03/17/2012 12:21 AM EDT

LANE VIOLATION

Atkins makes the first one but the ref calls a LANE VIOLATION on Notre Dame's Jerian Grant. Unbelievable call. Same call as the Syracuse game. Way too many lane violations in the tournament so far.

03/17/2012 12:19 AM EDT

Wells misses the second and Atkins gets the ball, drives the length of the court and draws a blocking foul. He's going to the line for one-and-one, down by two with 2.8 seconds left.

03/17/2012 12:18 AM EDT

Wells makes the first one. 65-63 Xavier.

03/17/2012 12:17 AM EDT

Grant takes a long 3-pointer for ND but misses off the rim and Wells gets the rebound. He gets fouled with eight seconds left in the game.

03/17/2012 12:14 AM EDT

HALLOWAY DRIVES RIGHT AND MAKES A RUNNING FLOATER OFF THE GLASS. XAVIER HAS THE 64-64-63 LEAD WITH 12 SECONDS LEFT.

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