03/21/2013 09:03 pm ET

NCAA Tournament LIVE UPDATES, SCORES: Syracuse, VCU, New Mexico In Action Thursday Night

Following an afternoon punctuated by almost upsets, the high seeds in action on Thursday night have good reason to be nervous.

In Salt Lake City, No. 1 seed Gonzaga barely avoided a historic upset at the hands of No. 16 Southern. No. 3 Marquette needed a last-second bucket and a furious rally to hold off Davidson in Lexington.

No. 13 Montana and No. 14 Harvard will aim to finish what those would-be Cinderellas started when they take on No. 4 Syracuse and No. 3 New Mexico.

Earlier, No. 12 Oregon dispatched No. 5 Oklahoma State to provide the seemingly annual 5-12 upset of the tournament. Can No. 12 Akron topple No. 5 VCU to add another? Or does VCU and its Havoc defense have another deep run ahead?

Rounding out the final four games of the night, No. 8 Colorado State and No. 9 Missouri tangle in Lexington.


03/22/2013 12:42 AM EDT

@ GaryParrishCBS :

All the tip times for Saturday can be found here:

03/22/2013 12:42 AM EDT


Syracuse wins 81-34. Triche has a game-high 20 points.

03/22/2013 12:41 AM EDT


Syracuse was just leading by 50 but Montana hit a 3 to make it 81-34. 30 seconds left.

03/22/2013 12:38 AM EDT

@ ESPNAndyKatz :

Well, the play of the day was here at Rupp by Vander Blue. But there is no second place to the stunner as Harvard beats UNM. Amazing.

03/22/2013 12:37 AM EDT

@ GaryParrishCBS :

Michigan-VCU will be the first game Saturday. It tips at 12:15 pm EDT. Memphis-Michigan State follows, around 2:45 EDT.

03/22/2013 12:37 AM EDT


Syracuse has a 78-31 lead over Montana now. Will they win by 50??

03/22/2013 12:33 AM EDT

30s For Montana!

Montana gets a layup on a 3-on-1 fast break and now they have 31 points.

03/22/2013 12:32 AM EDT

Montana Has 29

@ jppalmCBS :

Modern era low score in the tournament, Miss Valley St 29 in 70-29 loss to UCLA in 2008.

03/22/2013 12:32 AM EDT

@ ESPNStatsInfo :

Only 1,339 of the 8.15 million brackets in the Tournament Challenge are still perfect. Just 5.6 pct picked Harvard.

03/22/2013 12:30 AM EDT

Failed Alley-Oop

Montana just tried an alley-oop from half court and the ball went sailing out of bounds and now a few Montana players are even smiling on the bench. 76-28 Syracuse. 5:525 left in the game.