The first round of the NCAA Tournament is over, capping the most excited two days in all of sports. There were not the plethora of major upsets we've seen in previous years, as just five double-digit seeds are advancing to the second round - and only three of those (Middle Tennessee, Rhode Island, Wichita State) are mid-major programs. Still, there was plenty of exciting action on a crazy Friday. Here is everything you may have missed and/or need to know:
(11) USC stuns (6) SMU with late comeback, wins 66-65
SMU led for the first 38+ minutes of this game, and star forward Semi Ojeleye (24 points, 10 rebounds) appeared ready to lead them to lead the Mustangs to a victory. The Trojans had other ideas, and Elijah Stewart hit the eventual game-winner just less than a minute to play. It is now the seventh straight year in which a First Four team has advanced to the Round of 32.
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(11) Rhode Island cruises for 84-72 win over (6) Creighton
Even though they were the lower seed, the Rams never trailed in this one and held a double-digit lead for most of the half. All five Rhode Island starters scored at least 12 points, while they limited Creighton to just 39.1 percent shooting. The Rams are looking like the dangerous 11-seed they were expected to be and may have a long run ahead of them.
Dunk of the tournament?
Even though SMU lost, Semi Ojeleye had the highlight of the night with this huge putback dunk.
The Miles Bridges show
Michigan State's Miles Bridges is usually good for a highlight dunk or two a game, and today's win over Miami was no different.
UCLA's offensive showcase
The Bruins were not able to put Kent State away until late in the second half, but star freshmen Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf provided us with a bunch of highlights.
Some points are more important than others
With just a handful of seconds left and the game already decided, Jawun Evans' buzzer-beating three didn't have an impact on the outcome - but it did have a major impact on those out in Vegas.
Rejection at the rim!
There was some controversy in Arkansas' win over Seton Hall (we'll get to that later), but there was no debating this amazing defensive play from Moses Kingsley.
Lob City, Kansas?
The Jayhawks showed off their high-flying attack in a blowout win over UC Davis, as Frank Mason III threw perfect lobs to Josh Jackson and Lagerald Vick.
Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. came off the bench to have a huge impact for Baylor, showcasing his skills on both ends of the court.
Michigan hits 11 three-points in the 2nd half in 92-91 win
The Wolverines trailed Oklahoma State for most of the game, and after an 8-0 gave the Cowboys a six-point lead early in the second half, Michigan got hot from distance, making 11 three-pointers in the final 16 minutes of the game to pull out the victory..
Michigan finished the game with 16 made three-pointers. They will now face Louisville in the second round on Sunday.
Flagrant foul costs Seton Hall game vs. Arkansas
Arkansas and Seton Hall traded the lead back and forth throughout the entire game, so it's no surprise that the game wasn't decided until the closing seconds. However, that came when Seton Hall's Khadeem Carrington was called for a heavily criticized flagrant foul. Arkansas hit their free throws from that foul call and won the game, 77-71.
An atrocious late game flagrant foul call on Seton Hall's Khadeem Carrington ended their comeback attempt and clinched a win for Arkansas. pic.twitter.com/oj4DXeroSM— Chat Sports NCAA (@ChatNCAA) March 17, 2017
Arkansas advances to face North Carolina on Sunday in Greenville, SC.
1-seeds limping out of the gate
One-seeds held their ground and still have not lost to a 16-seed yet in NCAA Tournament history, but three of the top seeds struggled to put away their opponents. Gonzaga trailed South Dakota State for most of the first half before gradually pulling away in the second half, Villanova actually trailed Mount St. Mary's early in the second half before pulling away and Kansas didn't get a double-digit lead over UC Davis until late in the first half.
All of those teams won by at least 20 points, but they were not cakewalks by any stretch of the imagination.Back to the NCAA Newsfeed