Friday’s Den: Wrapping up the first day of March Madness

Survive and advance, that’s the theme for this month. 

Saint Peter’s 85, Kentucky 79, OT
— Kentucky led by 6 with 3:16 left in regulation.
— Wildcats were 1-6 on foul line in overtime.
— First tourney win for MAAC since Siena beat Ohio State in 2OT’s in 2009.

New Mexico State 70, UConn 63:
— Teddy Allen scored 37 of Aggies’ 70 points.
— New Mexico State made 11-17 on arc.
— UConn gave up 1.21 points/possession. Not good.

Providence 66, South Dakota State 57:
— Jackrabbits were only 7-23 on arc; they were 44.2% coming in.
— No one on Providence scored more than 13 points.
— Since 2012, Jackrabbits are 0-6 SU in first round games (2-4 ATS).

Michigan 75, Colorado State 63:
— Michigan outscored Rams 46-27 in second half.
— Wolverines shot 64.7% inside arc.
— Michigan won 11 of last 14 NCAA tourney games.

Memphis 64, Boise State 53:
— Broncos shot 31.5% from the floor.
— Memphis won 13 of its last 15 games.
— Mountain West teams are 3-14 SU in last 17 NCAA tourney games.

Baylor 85, Norfolk State 49:
— When the better team goes 11-27 on the arc, things get ugly.
— Baylor led 43-27 at half, had stress-free game.
— Since 2009, MEAC teams are 2-8 ATS in this round.

Tennessee 88, Longwood 56:
— Tennessee has won 13 of its last 14 games.
— Vols made 14-24 on the arc.
— Last seven years, Big South teams are 1-6 ATS in this round.

Richmond 67, Iowa 63:
— 10.5-point underdog Spiders post first big upset of the tournament.
— Richmond held seven of last eight opponents to 66 or less points.
— Last six tournaments, underdogs are 14-9 ATS in 5-12 games.

Gonzaga 93, Georgia State 72:
— Zags outscored Georgia State 58-39 in second half.
— Gonzaga made only 16 of 30 foul shots.
— Georgia State shouldn’t have been a #16-seed; they’re better than that.

North Carolina 95, Marquette 63:
— Tar Heels ran out to a 53-25 halftime lead.
— UNC was 13-35 on arc, Marquette 8-31.
— Carolina plays #1-seed Baylor Saturday.

Creighton 72, San Diego State 69, OT
— Aztecs led by 14 with 4:01 left in first half.
— Bluejays were 20-24 on foul line, San Diego State 10-17.
— Mountain West went 0-4 in this year’s tourney, is 3-15 in last 18 tourney games.

Saint Mary’s 82, Indiana 53:
— Gaels outscored Indiana 42-25 in second half.
— Hoosiers shot 34% from the floor.
— Saint Mary’s outrebounded Indiana 39-28. 

Arkansas 75, Vermont 71:
— Davis scored 14 points off bench for Arkansas.
— Razorbacks outscored Vermont 20-10 on foul line.
— Last 11 years, America East teams are 7-4 ATS in this round.

Murray State 92, San Francisco 87, OT:
— Great ballgame; Racers play 15-seed Saint Peter’s next.
— San Francisco made only 9-35 on the arc.
— Skipper-Brown had 12 points, 10 boards off bench for Murray.

UCLA 57, Akron 53:
— Bruins closed game on a 15-4 run.
— UCLA shot only 35.2% from the floor.
— MAC teams covered their last six first round games.

Kansas 83, Texas Southern 56:
— Jayhawks led 47-19 at halftime, coasted home from there.
— Kansas is 4-1-1 ATS in last six first round games.
— Tougher game Saturday; Kansas plays Creighton. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

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