Gonzaga dodges upset-minded UNC Greensboro, advances to second round

Gonzaga dodges upset-minded UNC Greensboro, advances to second round

UNCG was playing in the tournament for the first time since 2001. Even as an auditorium full of athletic department staffers and fans cheered the program's first berth since 2003, players remained seated.

Texas Southern University will play North Carolina Central on Wednesday at 6:40 p.m. on TruTV.

The Musketeers finished their season at 28-5 and were first in the Big East, just ahead of fellow No. 1 seed Villanova. The Wildcats lost four straight games in early February, but roll in to the NCAA Tournament having won seven on their last eight games.

For the Bulldogs, the season has been one of growth and maturation.

Arizona is one of the more polorizing teams in the country, for more reasons than one. For a mid-major team they have a solid defense and good height inside.

It's somewhat hard to call MI a dark horse, but the Wolverines are fourth in terms of short odds in this region.

No. 7 Rhode Island recorded the first win of the NCAA Tournament's first round, needing overtime to beat No. 10 Oklahoma 83-78 on Thursday afternoon in the Midwest Regional in Pittsburgh.

Two college basketball teams are now tied with the best shot at winning the latest "Big Dance". Earning a 4 seed might be the key to Gonzaga's success this season; without the pressure of being a top-seed off, they can focus on working their way to the top.

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, North Carolina is the favorite in the region, as the Tar Heels are getting odds of +275 to win.

ROLLING WOLVERINES: Michigan earned the No. 3 seed in the West Region after five straight wins to cap the regular season and four wins in four days to win a second straight Big Ten Tournament title. Houston, a defensive-minded team, could upset MI in the second round to become the Tar Heels' Sweet 16 opponent.

"We're a spread team", said UNC-Greensboro Coach Wes Miller, a 35-year-old who is already in his seventh season, and who will likely be a hot name on the coaching carousel this spring.

Kentucky wrapped up the SEC Tournament with a 77-72 victory in the championship game against 13th-ranked Tennessee, on Sunday.

The Midwest looks like the bracket of death with No. 1 seed Kansas opening up in Wichita.

The first four teams out of the field were Baylor, Saint Mary's, USC and Notre Dame, while the Fighting Irish and Bonzie Colson were left out when Davidson won its conference tournament and forced Rhode Island into taking an at-large bid. They lost to Virginia on Saturday night and the Cavaliers are No. 1 in the latest poll.

Next up for the Jayhawks will be the victor of Thursday's matchup between No. 8 Seton Hall and No. 9 North Carolina State.

"The only people who thought we could win this game", senior Jordy Kuiper said in a hushed and husky voice, "were in this locker room".

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