Quick Recap of Day One of the NCAAB National Tournament
Upsets and early exits for star players headlined Day 1 of March Madness, as the NCAA DI Men’s Basketball Tournament got underway on Thursday.
A pair of college superstars’ seasons came to an end, as Deandre Ayton and Trae Young’s teams suffered tough losses. Despite 28-points, Young was unable to lead his tenth-seeded Oklahoma Sooners to victory over seventh-seeded Rhode Island, losing 83-78 in overtime. Meanwhile, Ayton’s fourth-seeded Arizona Wildcats were upset by thirteenth-seeded Buffalo, losing 89-68. Both freshmen are expected to enter the NBA draft, where they figure to be lottery picks.
High drama could be found elsewhere on Thursday.
Donte Ingram’s buzzer-beater lifted eleventh-seeded Loyola-Chicago to a thrilling 64-62 upset over sixth-seeded Miami. Sixth-seeded Houston narrowly avoided the same fate, edging San Diego State on Rob Gray’s layup with 1.1 seconds remaining.
Other notable teams in action included tournament favourites such as top seeds Kansas and Villanova, and second-seeded Duke. All three advanced to the round of 32, dispatching Penn, Radford, and Iona, respectively.
The Madness continues tomorrow. Top seeds Xavier and Virginia are in action, as well as 10th-seeded Texas, led by star freshman, and top NBA prospect, Mohamed Bamba.