16 Games Complete In NCAA Men's Tournament

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One of the biggest upsets on the first day of NCAA tournament play came from a Southwest regional game in Denver, where No. 13 seed Morehead State beat No. 4 seed Louisville 62-61.


Thirty-two NCAA men's basketball teams are in action today. Thirty-two played last night and yesterday. It can be hard to keep up with March Madness, especially with so many games going late into the night. Sportswriters call the tournament The Dance.

We don't know if he can dance, but NPR's Mike Pesca is a poet. He gives us a rhyming recap.

MIKE PESCA: Against Clemson, West Virginia proved itself an 8-point winner. The Aztecs handed the Bears their lunches.

Mr. STEVE FISHER (Coach, San Diego State): We're a good spurt team. We can get points in bunches.

PESCA: That's Steve Fisher, coach of San Diego State. His team won 50-68. Wofford lost to BYU, thanks to Jimmer Fredette's 32. St. Johns lost big to Gonzaga. As for Kentucky, it was Brandon Knight with the dagger.

(Soundbite of cheering)

Unidentified Man #1: Knight with three, with two, the (unintelligible) with two seconds to go! Kentucky, up by two...

PESCA: But as for dear old ODU, a buzzer beater sealed their fate.

Unidentified Man #2: And Butler beats Old Dominion at the buzzer, 50 to 58.

PESCA: Wisconsin shooting led to Belmont's ruin. The Badgers stuck it to the Bruins. But another Bruin of the UCLA distinction beat Michigan State to avoid extinction. Cincinnati beat Mizzou, thanks to center Yancy Gates. And, oh my gosh, did you see Morehead State? They had Rick Pitino singing a sad song.

Mr. RICK PITINO (Head Coach, University of Louisville): I've been coaching along time, and after tonight, maybe too long.

PESCA: UConn, Kansas State and Pittsburgh thrived.

(Soundbite of cheering)

Unidentified Man #3: And Temple has won. The Owls have survived.

PESCA: Richmond upset the Commodores. Today, there's 32 teams more. Half will survive. Half are one and done.

Mike Pesca, NPR News, Washington.

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