The first full day of the NCAA Tournament here, and we're going to keep you up to date on all the latest upsets and happenings from all over the bracket on Chat Sports. Here are all of the final scores, highlight plays and game summaries that will be updated throughout the day!
(5) Notre Dame holds on to beat (12) Princeton, 60-58
The first game of the day gave us the first really close game of the tournament. While the game was close in the first half, Notre dame held the lead and appeared to start to pull away early in the second half.
Of course, as these things tend to go in March, Princeton fought all the way back and had a chance to win it right at the end.
Notre Dame will now play the winner of WVU vs Bucknell on Saturday.
(5) Virginia comes back to beat (12) UNC Wilmington, 76-71
Early on, it looked like this was going to be an upset - and that is wasn't going to be close. UNCW used a big run to take a 23-11 lead in the first half, highlighted by Devontae Cacok's monster slam.
However, Virginia responded with a run of their own, and took a one-point lead into halftime.
UVA controlled the second half as well, and held off a late rally for clinch the win.
(4) Butler dominates (13) Winthrop for 76-64 win
This game was not as close as the score indicated. Butler built a 19-point lead in the first half and never looked back. Winthrop did manage to cut the deficit to seven early in the second half, but the Bulldogs promptly reeled off a 14-2 run of their own to put the game away for good.
Butler was led by 18 points from Avery Woodson in a well balanced attack (six players had at least seven points), while Xavier Cooks had 23 points to lead Winthrop.
Big 2nd half pushes (1) Gonzaga to 66-46 win over (16) South Dakota State
For a while, it looked like this one may have been headed for an upset. South Dakota State actually led for the first 17 minutes of this game, but the Zags went on a 22-9 run at the start of the second half to finally create a comfortable lead for themselves.
Jordan Matthews had 16 points to lead Gonzaga, while the Jackrabbits got 17 points and seven rebounds from star big man Mike Daum. However, he was South Dakota State's only player in double figures, while the Bulldogs had a total of four that scored at least 10 points.
(4) West Virginia holds on for 86-80 win over (13) Bucknell
West Virginia built double digit leads in both the first and second halves of this game, squandered both, and still held on late to pick up the narrow victory over a game Bucknell team. The Bison were led by 23 points from Kimbal Mackenzie, but Bucknell only got five points from their bench. Meanwhile, WVU got 37 from their bench as their depth gave them the boost they needed.
(4) Florida pulls away late for 80-65 win over (13) East Tennessee State
This game was much closer than the final score indicated. Florida only led 33-32 at halftime and East Tennessee State held a lead early in the second half, but the Gators ripped off a 24-8 run in the second half to break this game open.
(12) Middle Tennessee gets convincing 81-72 upset win over (5) Minnesota
Minnesota jumped out quickly to a 7-0 lead, but that advantage would not last long. After the opening spurt, Middle Tennessee outscored the Gophers 55-33 stretching into the start of the second half, where they were able to build a 15-point advantage. Of course, as is usually the case in March, Minnesota wasn't done. They reeled off an 18-7 run of their own, cutting the deficit to just four points. That made the game tight in the closing minutes, but Reggie Upshaw stepped up and hit a couple of big shots late and Arkansas transfer JaCorey Williams hit this key and-1 to preserve the victory for the Blue Raiders.
Upshaw finished the game with 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the Blue Raiders in both categories. Williams added 13 points and six rebounds, while Giddy Potts added 15 points and five assists. Minnesota was led by freshman Amir Coffey (17 points) and sophomore Jordan Murphy (15 points, nine rebounds).
Late blunder gives (8) Northwestern a 68-66 win over (9) Vanderbilt
In their first NCAA Tournament game in program history, Northwestern got out to a quick start and looked like they were going to blow out Vandy, building a 15 point lead in the second half.
However, Vanderbilt pulled off a big comeback and actually took the lead in the closing seconds - until one of the all-time epic blunders sent Northwestern to the line for what turned out to be the game-winning free throws.
(1) Villanova Wildcats vs. (16) Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers - 7:10 pm ET, CBS
(7) Saint Mary's Gaels vs. (10) VCU Rams - 7:20 pm ET, TBS
(4) Purdue Boilermakers vs. (13) Vermont Catamounts - 7:27 pm ET, truTV
(3) Florida State Seminoles vs. (14) Florida Gulf Coast Eagles - 9:20 pm ET, TNT
(2) Arizona Wildcats vs. (15) North Dakota Fighting Hawks - 9:50 pm ET, TBSBack to the NCAA Newsfeed