Thursday is Day 1 of the N.C.A.A. males’s basketball event. Follow right here for scores and stay evaluation of who wins, who loses and who broke your bracket.
How to look at: CBS, TNT, TBS and TruTV will broadcast the video games beginning at midday ET, and a livestream is obtainable at NCAA.com. (Don’t know the place to search out TruTV? CBS figured you didn’t, so that they made this useful information.)
New Mexico State, inbounding the ball underneath the Auburn basket with 1.1 seconds left, someway stumbles into an open Three-pointer within the nook. But Queen’s rushed shot is an airball, and that’s that.
Auburn lives, 78-77.
Whew. What a end. Best of the day up to now.
A Lifeline for the Aggies!
Auburn goes 1 for two on the line, and New Mexico State rushes the ball upcourt with six seconds left. Eschewing an open layup — and extra time — for a Terrell Brown Three-point try. Auburn, for some purpose, FOULS HIM!
Brown missed the primary try, made the second, missed the third on function — however the rebound goes out of bounds and New Mexico State will get one last probability!!
Auburn alum Charles Barkley, watching within the studio, will not be dealing with the strain nicely.
New Mexico State Is Throwing a Real Scare Into Auburn
New Mexico State is scaring the heck out of Auburn. After forcing a turnover, Trevelin Queen hit a deeeeeep Three-pointer from the left wing to chop the Tigers’ result in 1 within the last minute, however two Auburn free throws — and one N.M.S.U. miss on the different finish — gave the impression to be the cushion No. 5-seeded Auburn wanted to flee.
But New Mexico State simply hit one other Three to chop the lead again to 1 with 6.eight seconds left.
Nervous moments developing.
Michigan State Is Finding Its Footing
No one participant is doing all of it, however Michigan State has dragged itself out of an early gap in opposition to Bradley and now leads halfway by way of the primary half, 20-18.
In Jacksonville, Belmont and Maryland is underway.
Catamounts Nearly Perfect within the First Half
This is one thing just like the Super Bowl for Vermont followers, a pair thousand of whom appear to have poured into Hartford from the north like a lot maple syrup. They had trigger to be excited by way of one half.
Stef Smith, a sophomore guard from Ontario, led the Catamounts with 7 factors. Florida State’s first-half star was Mfiondu Kabengele, who additionally had 7 factors by way of some candy footwork down low.
The Seminoles entered on a sizzling streak, having gone 14-2 of their final 16 video games, with the one losses coming to the highest seeds North Carolina and Duke. But they’re with out Phil Cofer, a fireplug redshirt senior, who may very well be seen sitting on the bench with a strolling boot.
The draw back for Vermont, which defeated Maryland-Baltimore County within the America East last, is that it performed principally an ideal first half: Vermont made greater than half of their pictures from deep and even outrebounded the Seminoles, who’re one of many longest groups within the nation. MARC TRACY
Michigan State’s Injured List
Michigan State swingman Kyle Ahrens sometimes dribbled a basketball whereas watching the Spartans follow with out him Wednesday in Des Moines, his left ankle in a excessive grey strolling boot — or, extra precisely, a limping boot. Ahrens grotesquely turned his ankle coming down with a rebound Sunday in Michigan State’s 65-60 victory over Michigan within the Big Ten Conference Tournament championship. Ahrens, a reserve who performs about 19 minutes a recreation, more than likely is out for the N.C.A.A. Tournament.
“We’re adjusting without Kyle,” Coach Tom Izzo mentioned. “He’s with us, but he’s dragging a damn boot round instead of tennis shoes.”
Ahrens hobbled across the periphery on his personal, not like one other injured Spartan, Joshua Langford. Out for the season after left foot surgical procedure Jan. 30, Langford rolled himself on a four-wheeled, nonmotorized scooter whereas sporting the identical model boot on his left foot and ankle.
The Spartans fell behind Bradley within the opening minutes of their first-round recreation in opposition to Bradley, but it surely’s nonetheless very early. PAT BORZI
Yale Runs Out of Time, and L.S.U. Advances
The Bulldogs, who trailed by 9-Zero and by 16 factors at halftime, couldn’t come all the way in which again in opposition to L.S.U., which made sufficient free throws down the stretch to win, 79-74.
Skylar Mays led the Tigers with 19 factors, and Kavell Bigby-Williams (10 factors, 10 rebounds) and Naz Reid (14 factors, 10 rebounds) each had double-doubles.
What perceived to be a romp on this matchup of universities tainted by separate scandals in current weeks grew to become a taut affair within the waning minutes, because the 13th-seeded Bulldogs whittled an 18-point deficit to as few as Three factors earlier than the No. 5 Tigers escaped.
L.S.U. overcame the absence of its coach, Will Wade, who’s suspended after he was related to a recruiting scandal, with balanced scoring. Yale featured considered one of Division I’s higher offenses, rating ninth in field-goal proportion, however the Bulldogs’ poor taking pictures doomed them. They shot 37.5 p.c over all and, till drilling 4 within the last minute, made solely 4 of their first 30 Three-point makes an attempt.
Alex Copeland paced Yale, whose athletic division was drawn into an enormous admissions fraud scandal final week, with 24 factors. BEN SHPIGEL
Upset Alert: Vermont and Florida State Are Tied at Halftime
The Catamounts shot 7 for 13 on Three-pointers within the half and outrebounded the Seminoles, 20-18.
Minnesota Upsets Louisville, however Not The Usual Way
Amid all of the drama over Minnesota, Louisville and Pitino household enterprise, one telling statistic was simply ignored.
While Rick Pitino’s groups made their title with efficient Three-point taking pictures, his son Richard introduced a Gophers crew to the N.C.A.A. event that had struggled behind the arc all season. Minnesota took the courtroom Thursday ranked 291st within the nation in Three-point proportion.
And but, as issues unfolded, Minnesota gained in essentially the most Pitino means. The Gophers made 11 Three-pointers, together with 5 by the streaky-shooting freshman Gabe Kalscheur, in an 86-76 victory in Des Moines.
Kalscheur (24 factors) led 5 Gophers in double figures, and the junior guard Amir Coffey added 18 factors, three Three-pointers and 6 rebounds. Dupree McBrayer, Coffey and Kalscheur mixed for 5 Three-pointers in a single stretch of the primary half to place Minnesota in entrance for good.
Auburn Up Three at Halftime
Auburn Coach Bruce Pearl mentioned this week that the closest factor he’d seen all season to New Mexico State was … Auburn.
The Aggies, 30-Four within the unheralded Western Athletic Conference, get by with what is usually a 13-man rotation. But whereas they might use extra gamers than the Tigers, their m.o. is in any other case related: a smallish crew that depends on breaking down defenses off the dribble and attending to the rim or discovering attractiveness from behind the Three-point line.
At halftime, 13th-seeded New Mexico State is doing a commendable job of taking part in with the SEC event champion Tigers at their very own recreation, surviving a 15-2 run to tug inside 32-29 at halftime. Auburn may use extra manufacturing from considered one of their higher gamers: guard Bryce Brown is 1 for 7 from the ground; he has missed all 4 of his Three-point makes an attempt. BILLY WITZ
Louisville Isn’t Going Quietly
A banked Three-pointer and a layup pulled the Cardinals inside 7. Minnesota is hanging on by its finger nails, but it surely’s hanging on.
UPDATE: The Cardinals didn’t go quietly, however they went. Minnesota wins, 86-76.
Don’t Look Now …
… however Yale’s Alex Copeland (17 factors) has shot his crew again inside 9 factors of L.S.U.
Less than 12 minutes left.
UPDATE: The lead is right down to 7 factors with eight minutes left. L.S.U., which had 45 factors within the first half, has solely 16 because the break.
An Extremely Tall Order for Vermont
Christ Koumadje of Florida State is 7-foot-Four, and the type of participant Vermont probably has not seen earlier than. It will get an up-close take a look at him in a bit of bit.
Seth Berkman wrote about Koumadje and an excellent taller participant on this 12 months’s discipline, Central Florida’s 7-6 Tacko Fall, on Wednesday. Both have labored diligently to enhance their video games to prepare however will emerge into an N.B.A. draft panorama that — within the age of stretch-5s and Three-point-centered offenses — now not has a necessity for the merely huge.
Read Seth’s story here.
Next Up: New Mexico State Against Auburn
New Mexico State-Auburn just got underway in Salt Lake City.
New Mexico State Coach Chris Jans has what might best be described as a participation-trophy rotation: Everybody plays a little bit. The Aggies have 13 players who average at least 10 minutes a game, but it’s working: Jans’s team won 30 games. “Everybody is a player on our team, so I always have to have a chip on my shoulder, like it’s my last game playing or something,” guard Terrell Brown said. (Six minutes into Thursday’s game, New Mexico State already had used nine players. Five had scored.)
Auburn won 26 games and the Southeastern Conference tournament this season, but Bruce Pearl may face a lot of uncomfortable questions if the Tigers keep advancing in the postseason. Pearl, whose history includes trouble with the N.C.A.A., had an assistant (Chuck Person) indicted in 2017 for his role in the Adidas recruiting scandal, and he suspended a second coach (Ira Bowman) last week after he was implicated in a scheme to sell admission to the University of Pennsylvania when he worked there.
Halftime: L.S.U. 45, Yale 29
Too quick, too big, too good. That’s the story of the first half in Jacksonville, where L.S.U. has opened a 16-point lead on Yale.
Guard Tremont Waters has been the Tigers’ sparkplug; he has 13 points and 6 assists already. But it is forward Kavell Bigby-Williams who has been the real star with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Halftime: Minnesota 38, Louisville 33
Minnesota, one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the country, made six of them in the first half and leads Louisville, 38-33, in a matchup oozing with Pitino family drama.
The Richard Pitino-coached Gophers, ranked 291st nationally in 3-point shooting, got back-to-back 3s from Dupree McBrayer and Amir Coffey to take a four-point lead past the midpoint of the half. The freshman Gabe Kalscheur added consecutive 3s later for the Gophers, who shot 50 percent over all in the half and 40 percent from behind the arc. Coffey, a 6-8 junior guard, led all scorers with 13 points.
Louisville had been coached by Pitino’s father, Rick, until he was fired two years ago. While he was missing Thursday — he now coaches a pro team in Greece — the Cardinals had a celebrity fan behind the bench: the actor Bill Murray, whose son Luke is a Cardinals assistant coach. PAT BORZI
Gophers, Tigers Off and Running
After trading baskets early, Minnesota went on a 9-1 run to open a 21-17 lead on Louisville with six minutes left in the first half. Amir Coffey leads the Gophers with 10 points, and Minnesota is rebounding well, too.
Meanwhile, in Jacksonville, L.S.U. scored the first 9 points against Yale.
Today’s Top Story Lines
Gonzaga is the only No. 1 seed scheduled to play Thursday; the Zags will face Fairleigh Dickinson, which won a First Four game on Tuesday, to open the night session in Salt Lake City. The other three top seeds — Duke, Virginia and North Carolina — all play Friday.
Looking for some potential upsets? Marc Tracy of The Times made the case for (and against) six possible bracket-busting results, including a No. 15 seed that plays today.
Syracuse suspended one of its key players, guard Frank Howard, on the eve of the tournament for an unspecified violation of team rules. More on the news below from The Times’s Billy Witz.
A TV Tip Sheet
We’re under way. If you like college basketball and quick-cut highlight montages into and out of commercials, your day just got a LOT better.
The N.C.A.A. Squad That Just Can’t Win
What’s black and white and tread all over? An N.C.A.A. tournament referee.
The referees, in fact, are the only one team guaranteed to make the Final Four every year, but the job isn’t getting any easier. They, and officials in a variety of sports, have become leading characters in the passion play of American sports, from the N.F.L. to tennis to even the Little League World Series.
Few places can match the high-speed pressure cooker of a college basketball arena, where the abuse comes from well-paid college coaches who scream and shout and preen, and from fans who follow their lead.
Read John Branch’s article about the officials here.
Syracuse Suspends Guard Frank Howard
When Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim sat down to speak with reporters on Wednesday afternoon in Salt Lake City, he took a deep breath, let out a long exhale and squinted into the T.V. lights at the back of the interview room, as if to say, “not again.”
Syracuse had just announced that the senior point guard Frank Howard had been suspended “for an indefinite period of time” and would not play in Thursday’s first-round West Regional game against Baylor.
“Very difficult to make that change now,” Boeheim said.
Boeheim knows this from experience. In 2012, Fab Melo, then the No. 1-seeded Orange’s starting center, was declared academically ineligible just before the tournament. In 2005, two reserves were suspended for failing drug tests just before Syracuse’s first game; the Orange were upset by 13th-seeded Vermont that year.
Boeheim would not say if Howard could return on Saturday if eighth-seeded Syracuse advances. In his place, the Orange is likely to start freshman Buddy Boeheim, the coach’s son. BILLY WITZ
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