The first round of the 2023 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament certainly lived up to the name “March Madness.”
College hoops fans can prepare for an exciting start to Round 2 as the final 32 teams battle it out for a spot in the Sweet 16.
Saturday began with No. 5 San Diego State making the Sweet 16 in a dominant win over then-No. 13 Furman in the South Region. Meanwhile, No. 5 Duke’s is looking for its 11th straight win against No. 4 Tennessee.
The evening schedule is packed with exciting matchups, starting with No. 1 Kansas taking on No. 8 Arkansas, before No. 15 Princeton faces No. 7 Missouri.
Later in the evening, No. 1 Houston will have to survive No. 9 Auburn with its star running back Marcus Sasser playing through a groin injury that he re-aggravated in the win over No. 16. Northern Kentucky.
A trio of exciting games round out the night as No. 2 Texas takes on No. 10 Penn State at 7:45 PM in the Midwest, No. 2 UCLA takes on No. 7. Northwestern at 8:40 p.m. in the West Region, and No. 1 Alabama takes on No. 8 Maryland at 9:40 PM ET.
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Here are the highlights!
no. 4 Tennessee v. No. 5 Duke
This game was fast-paced from the jump, but no play shined in the first few minutes like this great street-oop by the Vols.
Nothing but the net
Despite the deficit, Duke found a way with a 7-0 run to take the lead nine minutes into the first half.
The Volunteers went on a big run of their own to end the half, closing on a 14-2 run to take a six-point lead into halftime.
no. 5 San Diego State 75, no. 13 Furman 52
WHAT. A. LOB.
San Diego State’s Darrion Trammell threw a beautiful lob to Keshad Johnson, who threw down a two-handed dunk down the lane.
The Aztecs turned a tight game into a dominant first half, using solid defense and a fast-paced offense to go on an 18-1 run.
The Aztecs led 39-25 at halftime.
San Diego State took a 19-point lead thanks to this beautiful pass from Johnson to Lamont Butler.
Not in my house!
Just look at the time Aguek Arop got while skiing to wipe out the Furman dunk attempt!
no. 1 Kansas vs. no. 8 Arkansas | 5:15 p.m. (CBS)
no. 7 Missouri vs. no. 15 Princeton | 18:10 (TNT)
no. 1 Houston vs. no. 9 Auburn | 19:10 (TBS)
Houston star guard Marcus Sasser will play without restrictions today. He was previously questionable after suffering a groin injury in the team’s first-round game.
no. 2 Texas v. No. 10 Penn State | 7:45 p.m. (CBS)
no. 2 UCLA vs. no. 7 Northwestern | 20:40 (TNT)
no. 1 Alabama vs. no. 8 Maryland | 21:40 (TBS)
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