Friday, March 20, 2015

NCAA Tournament: Round of 64 Early Friday Results and Highlights; Fred Van Vleet's 27 Points Paces Wichita State

NCAA Tournament: Round of 64 (Friday early games) Results and 
Player of the Day for Friday, March 20, 2015

(2) Kansas 75, (15) New Mexico St 56 - Frank Mason III paced the Jayhawks to a cakewalk win over New Mexico State, scoring 17 points with nine boards. Mason played 31 minutes, which was the most of any Kansas starter, as the Jayhawks established an early lead and cruised, leading by 23 points on multiple occasions in the second half. Starters got plenty of rest for Sunday's third round game.

(7) Michigan St. 70, (10) Georgia 63 - The Spartans got off to a slow start, but took the lead near the midpoint of the first half and never looked back. Georgia closed to within two points in the second half but could never tie or overtake Michigan State. Spartan defense was key, holding the Bulldogs to 33.3% shooting (19-57).

(5) Northern Iowa 71, (12) Wyoming 54 - Champions of the Missouri Valley conference, Northern Iowa put a whipping on Wyoming, hitting half of their three-point attempts (9-18) and going 16-18 from the foul line.

(5) West Virginia 68, (12) Buffalo 62 - This one was predicted to be close, and though the score shows a six-point win for the Mountaineers, it was only tied once, at 62-all with just over two minutes left to play. West Virginia raced off to a 7-0 lead and cruised ahead for almost the entire game, then scored the final six points of the game for the win.

(7) Wichita State 81, (10) Indiana 76 - This game was tight throughout, but the Shockers took the advantage just past the middle of the second half and held off Indiana the rest of the way. Fred VanVleet scored a game-high 27 points and contributed two boards, four assists and two steals.

(2) Virginia 79, (15) Belmont 67 - Belmont's Craig Bradshaw kept the Bruins in the game with 25 points, but the Cavaliers clamped down on defense and pulled away late for the win. Belmont shot 47% from the field - quite an accomplishment against Virginia - but the Cavaliers forced 12 turnovers and out-rebounded Belmont, 35-29.

(4) Louisville 57, (13) UC Irvine 55 - The Anteaters put a serious scare into the Cardinals, actually taking a two-point lead with 1:08 to play, but Wayne Blackshear's layup and two free throws by Quentin Snyder got Louisville out of danger and into the round of 32.

(4) Maryland 65, (13) Valparaiso 62 - Tight throughout, Maryland took control late and held the Crusaders without a shot in the waning seconds to capture the win, joining Michigan State and Ohio State as winners out of the Big Ten.

Conference Power Scoreboard
Conference W-L Winners (# of Ws)
ACC 6-0 Notre Dame (1), NC State (1), North Carolina (1), Arkansas (1), Virginia (1). Louisville (1)
Big East 4-0 Butler (1), Xavier (1), Villanova (1), Georgetown
Big Ten 3-2 Ohio State (1), Michigan St. (1), Maryland (1)
Big 12 2-3 Kansas (1), West Virginia (1)
Pac-12 3-0 UCLA (1), Arizona (1), Utah (1)
SEC 2-3 Ole Miss (1), Kentucky (1)
All Others 8-19 Hampton(1), Robert Morris (1), Dayton (1), UAB (1), Georgia St. (1), Cincinnati (1), N. Iowa (1), Wichita St. (1)

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