Easily the best moment from Day One came from Hartford, Connecticut. No. 12 Murray State thumped No. 5 Marquette, 83-64.
MSU’s Ja Morant messed around and finished with a triple double. The 17th triple-double in the history of the NCAA Tournament, and the first since Draymond Green in 2012. Morant finished with 17 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds. If he declares for the NBA Draft, Morant is projected as the number two pick only behind Duke’s Zion Williamson.
Here’s how it sounded on Westwood One:
Before Morant stole the day, No. 5 Auburn was nearly bounced by No. 12 New Mexico State. However, the Aggies blew it late, 78-77. Auburn alum, Charles Barkley, went through all the emotions in the CBS Sports Studio.
Charles Barkley after Auburn’s foul vs. Charles Barkley after Auburn won pic.twitter.com/FUSORdRmUk
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 21, 2019
In the upset category, No. 10 in the East Region Minnesota got things started with an 86-76 upset over No. 7 Louisville.
FINAL: Number 10 Minnesota upsets 7-seed Louisville 86-76. Did that hurt your bracket?
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That wouldn’t be the only No. 10 vs. No. 7 upset on the day. Florida knocked out 2018 Sweet 16 team, Nevada, 70-61. Dontay Bassett put the Gators up six late, here’s how that sounded on Westwood One:
The only No. 1 seed in action Thursday, the West Region’s Gonzaga, was not messing around and thumped No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson, 87-49.
There were three No. 2 seeds starting their NCAA run. In the Midwest region, Kentucky took a page out of Gonzaga’s book and crushed No. 15 Abilene Christian, 79-44. The East Region’s No. 2 Michigan State got a fight from No. 15 Bradley, but Sparty came out on top, 76-65.
The final No. 2 to play was Michigan out of West Region. The Wolverines took No. 15 Montana seriously, and sent the Big Sky champ packing, 74-55.
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