NCAA Tournament 2018: Updated results for the first round of Thursday’s madness in March

  LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 10: DeAndre Ayton # 13 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts after diving against the USC Trojans during the Pac-12 basketball tournament championship game at T-Mobile Arena on March 10. March 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Wildcats won 75-61. (Photo by Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

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The first round of the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament began on Thursday when 32 teams fired around the country during a frantic marathon of 12 hours of games.

Thursday's list features an interesting variety of contests that includes possible future NBA stars such as Marvin Bagley III of Duke and DeAndre Ayton of Arizona and a trio of contenders to the national championship (Kansas, Duke and Villanova).

You miss while you try to pay attention in clbad or you're actually working, we'll have covered it here. Stay tuned to all the shots, overturned, controversies and fans of the first day of the tournament.

Calendar and final scores

Final: No. 7 Rhode Island 83, No. 10 Oklahoma 78 (Overtime)

Final: No. 3 Tennessee 73, No. 14 Wright State 47

Final: No. 4 Gonzaga 68, No. 13 UNC Greensboro 64

Final: No. 1 Kansas 76, No. 16 Penn 60

2 : 45 pm ET (approx.): No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Iona, CBS (Pittsburgh)

3:10 p.m. ET (approx.) : No. 6 Miami (Florida) vs. No. 11 Loyola-Chicago, truTV ( Dallas)

4 p.m. ET (approx.) : No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 12 South Dakota State, TNT (Boise, Idaho)

4:30 pm ET (approx.) : No. 8 Seton Hall vs. No. 9 State of North Carolina, TBS (Wichita, Kansas)

6:50 p. M. ET: No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 16 Radford, TNT (Pittsburgh)

7:10 p. M. ET : No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 12 Davidson, CBS (Boise, Idaho)

7: 20 pm ET: No. 6 Houston vs. No. 11 San Diego State, TBS (Wichita, Kansas)

7: 27 pm ET: No. 3 Texas Tech vs. No. 14 Stephen F. Austin, truTV ( Dallas)

9:20 pm ET (approx.) : No. 8 Virginia Tech vs. No. 9 Alabama, TNT (Pittsburgh)

9:40 p. M. ET (approx.) : No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 13 Buffalo, CBS (Boise, Idaho) [19659004] 9:50 p. M. ET (approx.) : No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 14 Montana, TBS (Wichita, Kansas)

9:57 p.m. ET (approx.) : No. 6 Florida vs. No. 11 St. Bonaventure, truTV ( Dallas)

So close and yet …

According to OddsShark, the Spartans of UNC-Greensboro were disadvantaged by 12.5 points against the Gonzaga Bulldogs, who made the national championship last year.

However, the Spartans were left with all the games and even took a 64-62 advantage with 1: 46 remaining after a layup of second chance of the main forward Jordy Kuiper.

Gonzaga would not leave, however, since the Bulldogs responded with a long two-pronged Josh Perkins and a three-game winner of Zach Norvell Jr.:

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UNC Greensboro had two chances to tie, but the Spartans committed an offensive foul on their first attempt. After Gonzaga missed two free throws, UNC Greensboro striker Marvin Smith had a good look since three, but the shot was fair:

A Norvell free throw and the resulting Spartan rotation ended the game in favor of Gonzaga, 68-64.

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Rhode Island came close to achieving a buzzing victory in the opening game. With the score tied at 69 against Oklahoma, Rams guard Stanford Robinson took advantage of an offensive rebound and made a winning basket attempt just before the final horn sounded.

However, the ball danced around the hoop before falling to the side, and the game went to overtime:

Not all was lost for the Rams, as they finally won 83-78 in the extra session thanks in part to guard EC Matthews, who scored two triples. in the final minutes. Matthews finished with a leading team of 16 points:

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In the first half, Oklahoma was on the far right of a four swing point that helped the Sooners to take an advantage of 35-31 at halftime.

OU center Jamuni McNeace blocked a shot from Jared Terrell, prompting a fast-basket attempt by Christian James. The shot resonated on the board, but Jordan Shepherd was there to give Oklahoma City a 24-21 lead:

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What to expect: Thursday afternoon

Possible selection of the first draft of the NBA, DeAndre Ayton, and the fourth seed, Arizona Wildcats, will play the n. ° 13 Buffalo. Ayton averaged 20.3 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game this year, but his numbers since the February 15 victory against Arizona State are even more impressive (23.0 points, 14.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks). He will face a Bulls team that has four players averaging 14.6 or more points per game.

Alabama point guard Collin Sexton should also be a top pick in the NBA draft, and he showed why in the SEC tournament with 26.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 badists over the course of three games. He and Crimson Tide will face off against Virginia Tech, which could be a tough test for Alabama. The Hokies have achieved some notable surprises this year, including victories against Virginia, Duke and North Carolina.

Wildcats Davidson stole a March Madness bet when they ran the table at the Atlantic-10 tournament and beat Rhode Island in the final. The Wildcats are a dangerous team and have two dominant scorekeepers in senior forward Peyton Aldridge (21.5 points) and first-year guard Kellan Grady (18.0 points). They will face the Kentucky Wildcats, who won seven of their last eight games en route to an SEC championship.

Michigan won the Big Ten tournament for the second consecutive year after defeating the powerful congressmen of Michigan State and Purdue in the last two rounds. The Wolverines are a tough defensive team that only allows 63.5 points per game, which ranks ninth in Division I. They will play against the 26 Montana Grizzlies winners, who won 19 of their last 21 contests, including one victory in the Big Sky tournament over eastern Washington.

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