(15) Florida Gulf Coast 78 (2) Georgetown 68 - A number of expert college hoops handicappers called this one, and the Eagles, in their first ever NCAA tournament appearance, were good to the word. Georgetown trailed by double digits most of the game, but made it close late, only to watch Florida Gulf Coast's Sherwood Brown knock don his free throws to ice the game.
Brown finished with a game-high 24 points, followed by teammates Bernard Thompson - who had 23 - and Brett Comer, with a 12-point, 10-assist double-double. The biggest upset of the tournament was also one of the most entertaining games of the opening weekend. If you missed it, find a replay on the web. You will not be disappointed.
(8) North Carolina 78 (9) Villanova 71 - After taking a 12-point lead into the break, North Carolina held on against the Wildcats. The ACC-Big East match-up was a turnover festival, the two teams combining for 34 mistakes.
PJ Hairston was sharp for the Tar Heels, making five threes within 7-for-11 shooting for a game-high 23 points.
(3) Florida 79 (14) Northwestern State 47 - Regular season champions of the SEC, the Gators easily dispatched Northwestern State, holding the Demons to 36% from the floor. Erik Murphy led four Gators in double figures with 18 points. The Gators held a 38-20 edge on the boards.
(7) San Diego State 70 (10) Oklahoma 55
(1) Kansas 64 (16) Western Kentucky 57 - Top-seed kansas pushed to the limit by 16 seed Hilltoppers.
(11) Minnesota 83 (6) UCLA 63 - Tubby Smith's Golden Gophers took the measure of the Bruins in a big way. UCLA, the highest-seeded of the PAC-12 teams, is the first to go down. Andre Hollins led Minnesota with 28 points and nine rebounds.
(2) Ohio State 95 (15) Iona 70 - The Gaels wanted to play an up-tempo game, and the Buckeyes were more than willing to comply, putting up the highest total by any team thus far in the tourney. Deshaun Thomas led the way with 24 points, followed by sophomore Sam Thompson, who dazzled with 20 points and 10 boards.
(10) Iowa State 76 (7) Notre Dame 58 - Niang: 19 points.
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