Texas 76, Minnesota 62.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - A.J. Abrams hit eight 3-pointers and
scored 26 points to help Texas beat Minnesota 76-62 in the first
round of the NCAA tournament.
Damion James added 18 points and nine rebounds for the
seventh-seeded Longhorns (23-11), who hit 11 of 20 3s overall to
win their tournament opener for the fifth time in six seasons.
Texas had lost seven of its last 14 games dating to late
January, but now heads into the second round of the East Region to
face Duke Saturday.
Lawrence Westbrook scored 19 points for the 10th-seeded Golden
Gophers (22-11), who were making their first tournament appearance
since 2005. It was also Minnesota's first NCAA bid under Tubby
Smith, who left Kentucky two seasons ago to rebuild the struggling
Big Ten program.
Minnesota got off to its best start in more than 30 years at
16-1, but closed the year by losing 10 of 16.
Duke 86, Binghamton 62.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Jon Scheyer and Duke weren't about to
let another one of college basketball's little guys scare them
Scheyer scored 15 points to lead six players in double figures,
and the Blue Devils made Binghamton's first appearance in the NCAA
tournament a quick one by routing the Bearcats 86-62 in the first
round of the East Regional.
Lance Thomas added 14 points and Gerald Henderson and Nolan
Smith added 13 apiece for the Blue Devils (29-6), the No. 2 seed.
They shot 49 percent, put the game away with a huge run to open the
second half and advanced to a second-round matchup with
seventh-seeded Texas on Saturday.
D.J. Rivera scored 20 points for Binghamton (23-9). The program
from upstate New York that jumped to Division I in 2001 and won the
America East tournament ultimately was no match for one of the
NCAA's most decorated programs.
Villanova 80, American 67.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Dwayne Anderson and Dante Cunningham each
scored 25 points, and Villanova rallied back from a 14-point hole
to beat upset-minded American 80-67 in the first round of the NCAA
The third-seeded Wildcats (27-7) lost their home-court advantage
and nearly lost the game, needing a late 19-2 run in the East
Regional to fend off the Patriot League champions.
The 14th-seeded Eagles (24-8) sizzled from 3-point range early
and pushed Villanova to the brink of a monumental upset. They just
didn't have enough left in their tired legs down the stretch,
something the Wildcats exploited in their game-changing spurt.
The loss ended the Eagles' 13-game winning streak, the
second-longest in the country.
The Wildcats play the UCLA on Saturday.
UCLA 65, VCU 64.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A long way from home, UCLA barely kept alive
its quest for a fourth straight trip to the Final Four.
VCU's Eric Maynor missed a contested 17-footer at the buzzer and
the sixth-seeded Bruins held on for a 65-64 victory over the Rams
in the opening round of the East Regional.
UCLA (26-8) advances to play Villanova (27-7) on Saturday.
Josh Shipp scored 16, Jrue Holiday had 13 and three other Bruins
scored in double figures.
Maynor led Virginia Commonwealth with 21. The Rams (24-10) were
a popular pick to pull off a 6-11 upset - even President Barack
Obama circled VCU in his bracket.
But UCLA wasn't ready to go home.
LSU 75, Butler 71
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Marcus Thornton scored 30 points and LSU
held off a late rally to beat Butler 75-71 in the first round of
the NCAA tournament.
Tasmin Mitchell had 14 points and Chris Johnson added 12 points
for the Tigers (27-7), seeded eighth in the South Regional. They
advanced to Saturday's second round against North Carolina.
Matt Howard scored 22 points before fouling out with 35.7
seconds left for No. 9 seed Butler.
The Bulldogs (26-6) made things interesting by twice pulling
within three in the final minute. The last came when Willie Veasley
tipped in Gordon Hayward's missed 3 with 5.4 seconds left made it
74-71, before Johnson hit one of two free throws with 4.5 seconds
left to seal it.
Hayward, Butler's top 3-point shooter, finished with 12 points
for the Bulldogs, who lost in the first round for the first time
North Carolina 101, Radford 58.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Tyler Hansbrough set the Atlantic Coast
Conference career scoring record and finished with 22 points to
help North Carolina beat Radford 101-58 in the first round of the
Wayne Ellington scored 25 points to lead the Tar Heels (29-4),
the top seed in the South Region. North Carolina played without
injured point guard Ty Lawson for a third straight game, but had no
trouble advancing to Saturday's second round against LSU.
Hansbrough needed three points to pass Duke's J.J. Redick for
the ACC mark. He tied it on a layup about 3½ minutes in, then broke
the record on a free throw with 15:43 left in the half.
North Carolina led by 19 points at the break, then steadily
increased the margin against the 16th-seeded Highlanders (21-12).
Amir Johnson and Joey Lynch-Flohr each scored 12 points to lead
Michigan 62, Clemson 59.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Shot after shot clanged off the rim, if
they hit anything at all. Jumpers, 3-pointers, layups - didn't
matter. Clemson just couldn't figure out Michigan's zone defense.
Michigan stymied Clemson with its 1-3-1 defense and survived a
late scare in its first NCAA tournament game in 11 years, beating
the Tigers 62-59 in the first round of South Regional.
The Wolverines (21-13) showed little sign of nerves in their
first NCAA game since a booster scandal rocked the program in the
1990s, handling - for the most part - Clemson's frenetic press to
move onto the second round. Manny Harris scored 21 points and Stu
Douglass added 12 for the Wolverines, who will face Oklahoma on
Clemson (23-9) had to dust off its zone offense after facing
mostly man coverage during the ACC season.
Oklahoma 82, Morgan St 54.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A dominant Blake Griffin had 28 points
and 13 rebounds and survived an ugly incident that got another
player ejected as Oklahoma rolled past Morgan State 82-54 in the
first round of South Regional Thursday night.
Griffin missed most of two games because of a concussion he
sustained on Feb. 21. The second-seeded Sooners lost those two
games and stumbled into the NCAA tournament.
The player of the year favorite took another hard tumble when
Morgan State's Ameer Ali flipped him over his back and on to the
court in the second half after the two became entangled.
Ali was immediately ejected.
Griffin stayed in the game and finished 11 of 12 from the field.
Oklahoma (28-5), which had lost four of its last six, was never
threatened by the No. 15 Bears (23-12), who were making their first
Gonzaga 77, Akron 64.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Josh Heytvelt scored 22 points and Gonzaga
rallied to get past determined but ultimately overwhelmed Akron
Micah Downs added 15 points for fourth-seeded Gonzaga (27-5),
which won for the 19th time in 20 games. The Bulldogs are in their
11th consecutive NCAA tournaments but had lost in the first round
of the last two.
Getting zapped in the first round by the 13th-seeded Zips seemed
possible for a while. Akron (23-13) was up six at half.
Nate Linhart scored 13 points in the first half, but had no
field goals after halftime for the Zips, who won the Mid-American
Conference tournament to get in to its first NCAA tournament in 23
years. Gonzaga plays Western Kentucky next.
Western Kentucky 76, Illinois 72.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Western Kentucky is at it again.
The 12th-seeded Hilltoppers, who made an unexpected run in the
NCAA tournament last year, pulled off a first-round upset of
fifth-seeded Illinois, 76-72 in the South Regional.
Steffphon Pettigrew had 17 points to lead Western Kentucky
(25-8) which led by as many as 17 points but had to hold off a late
charge by the Illini (24-10). It was the 19th time in the last 21
years that a 12 seed has beaten a No. 5.
Illinois made a late run to close to make it a one-possession
game in the final minute.
Meacham had a season-high 24 points for the Illini, who were
without senior defensive specialist Chester Frazier, who had
surgery on his right hand last week.
Western Kentucky will face Gonzaga (27-5) in the second round.
Memphis 81, Cal State-Northridge 70.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Roburt Sallie had the game of his life
with 35 points, and second-seeded Memphis beat Cal State-Northridge
81-70 to avoid what would have been one of the biggest upsets in
NCAA tournament history.
Sallie, who was averaging barely 4 points for the Tigers (32-3),
sank 10 of 15 3-pointers, a first-round tournament record.
The Matadors (17-14), 19-point underdogs who overcame a sequence
of tragedy and off-the-court problems just to reach the tourney,
took advantage of miserable shooting by most of the other Tigers
and led by six points with 10:08 to play.
But a few minutes later, Antonio Anderson led the Tigers on a
9-0 run and last year's NCAA national runners-up finally took
Since the NCAA went to a 64-team format in 1985, only four No. 2
seeds have lost to a No. 15 in the first round.
UConn 103, Chattanooga 47,.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - This dominating Connecticut win just might
have made an ailing Jim Calhoun feel better.
A.J. Price scored 20 from the outside and Hasheem Thabeet added
20 inside to lift top-seeded Connecticut to its first postseason
win in three years, 103-47 over Chattanooga in the first round of
the NCAA tournament.
Calhoun had not been feeling well the past few days and was not
at the Wachovia Center for the opening tip-off. UConn did not say
what was wrong with Calhoun or if he'll be on the bench for
Saturday's second-round game against Texas A&M in the West
Regional. Calhoun spent Thursday night at a Philadelphia hospital
Associate head coach George Blaney coached the Huskies (28-4) in
Calhoun's absence. Stanley Robinson topped the Huskies with 24
The Southern Conference champion Mocs (18-17) were pumped for
their shot at becoming the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 in the
tournament. They had a nice start, but were simply overmatched by
one of the best teams in basketball.
Texas A&M 79, BYU 66.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - With Bryan Davis leading the way, Texas A&M
beat Brigham Young 79-66 in the first round of the West Regional.
Davis scored 21. Donald Sloan had 14 and the ninth-seeded Aggies
handed the Cougars their seventh straight opening-round loss in a
rematch from last year. Both teams drew the same seeds last March
when A&M won 67-62.
The Aggies (24-9) will meet Connecticut Saturday.
Jimmer Fredette scored 18 and Lee Cummard added 17 for BYU
Maryland 84, California 71.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Maryland never let California get going
from long range. Now the Terps are back in the second round of the
Grievis Vasquez had 27 points and Maryland shut down the
nation's best 3-point shooting team in an 84-71 victory over Cal in
the first round of the West Regional.
Tenth-seeded Maryland (21-13) disrupted Cal with its pressure
defense, rarely giving the Bears a good look from the perimeter.
Vasquez controlled the offense and Dave Neal chipped in 15 points,
helping the Terps advance past the first round in their ninth
straight NCAA appearance.
Maryland will face No. 2 seed Memphis on Saturday.
Cal (22-11), which shot a nation-best 43 percent from 3-point
range during the regular season, was 7-for-24 in this one. Theo
Robertson led the Bears with 22 points and Jerome Randle had 14,
but took just three shots in the second half.
Purdue 61, Northern Iowa 56.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - E'Twaun Moore had 17 points and
fifth-seeded Purdue held off a late charge by 12th-seeded Northern
Iowa for a 61-56 victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
JaJuan Johnson added 14 points for the Boilermakers (26-9), who
led by as many as 14 in the West Regional at the Rose Garden Arena.
Kwadzo Ahelegbe had 11 points for the Panthers (23-11), who
closed to within 56-54 on Kerwin Dunham's 3-pointer with 17.4
seconds left. But Chris Kramer made a pair of free throws and
Ahelegbe missed a layup on the rim with 7.7 seconds left for
Lewis Jackson made one of two free throws on the other end to
help seal it.
The Boilermakers play Washington next.
Washington 71, Mississippi State 58.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Thanks to Quincy Pondexter, even the
supposedly vulnerable Washington Huskies didn't go out early.
Pondexter scored a season-high 23 points and fourth-seeded
Washington took advantage of early foul trouble to Mississippi
State's menacing Jarvis Varnado to race past the 13th-seeded
Bulldogs 71-58 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Jon Brockman had 14 rebounds and 10 points for the Huskies
(26-8), who looked far better than the last time they played in
this city, losing to Portland of the West Coast Conference to begin
Barry Stewart had 11 points but was able to get off just five
shots for Mississippi State (23-13).