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2014 March Madness Recap: Day One of the Round of 64

2014 March Madness Recap: The first full day of action lived up to the ‘Madness’ moniker with a day of upsets, overtime periods, and buzzer beaters. Dayton’s win over Ohio State knocked over 80 percent of brackets out of contention for the $1 billion prize, but there is still personal glory to be had in winning our personal brackets!

In case you missed any of the action here is a quick recap of the first day of the Round of 64.

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SOUTH Region

No. 1 Florida vs.  No. 16 Albany

Albany gave the Gators a run for their money in the first half, but once Florida woke up and started playing in the second half Albany didn’t stand a chance. Final Score: Florida 67 Albany 55

No. 8 Colorado vs. No. 9 Pittsburgh

The Panthers never allowed the Buffaloes the opportunity to dream about being in this game. After getting out to a 46-18 halftime lead Pitt coasted the rest of the way. Final Score: Pitt 77 Colorado 48

No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Dayton

Aaron Craft had the chance to win it for the Buckeyes with the final shot of the game, but was unable to connect effectively securing the first upset of the tournament for Dayton. Final Score: Dayton 60 Ohio State 59

No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 14 Western Michigan

Western Michigan needed the version of the Orange that lost a handful of games down the stretch to show up if they were going to have a chance. Instead they faced off with the team that was at one time the No. 1 team in the nation—easy one for Syracuse. Final Score: Syracuse 77 Western Michigan

EAST Region

No. 5 Cincinnati vs. No. 12 Harvard

Harvard pretty much controlled this one from beginning to end. With the win they earned just their second NCAA Tournament win. Final Score: Harvard 61 Cincinnati 57

No. 4 Michigan State vs. No. 13 Delaware

When many people have the expectation that you are going to win it all you better make quick work of your first opponent. Adriene Payne had a lot to do with that. The seniors scored a career high 41-points to lead the way. Mission accomplished. Final Score: MSU 93 Delaware

No. 7 UConn vs. No. 10 St. Josephs

Amida Brimah hit a key three for the Huskies to send the game in to overtime where UConn promptly ran away with it outscoring St. Joseph’s 19-11. Final Score: UConn 89 St. Joseph’s 81

No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 15 Milwaukee

Milwaukee gave Villanova a good game, but the Panthers just couldn’t keep up with the better Wildcats team down the stretch. Final Score: Villanova 73 Milwaukee 53

WEST Region

No. 5 Oklahoma vs. No. 12 North Dakota State

When you shoot 34.7 percent from the field—like the Sooners did—and your opponent shoots 52.9—like the Bisons did—you should lose. Thanks to a decent night from behind the arc (12-30) the Sooners were able to make this one look good, but they seemed to run out of gas in the overtime period. Final Score: Oklahoma 75 North Dakota State 75

No. 4 San Diego State vs. No. 13 New Mexico State

San Diego State appeared to have this one in hand with a 32-20 lead at the half, but New Mexico State flipped the scrip in the second half and outscored them by 12. The Aggies were unable to keep in going in overtime though and ended up dropping this one. Final Score: San Diego State 73 New Mexico State 69

No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 BYU

The Ducks made a statement in this game behind a strong performance from Elgin Cook. His 23-points led the way for Oregon in a win that was never really in doubt. Final Score: Oregon 87 BYU 68

No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 15 American

Every year there is at least one blow out of epic proportions. This one was it. Final Score: Wisconsin 75 American U 35

MIDWEST Region

No. 5 Saint Louis vs. No. 12 NC State

This one had the look of another No. 12 upset, but the Wolf Pack was not able to finish off the Billikins in overtime. Saint Louis had to overcome a 14-point deficit late in the game to force OT, where they were able to edge NC State for the win. Final Score: Saint Louis 83 NC State 80

No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 Manhattan

The Manhattan Jaspers did their best to prove a point—no matter who you are and what conference you came come Tournament time it is anyone’s game. Rick Pitino was reminded of that when the Jaspers were beating his team 58-55 late in the game, but in the end the championship pedigree pulled through for the Cardinals. Final Score: Louisville 71 Manhattan 64

No. 7 Texas vs. No. 10 Arizona State

The Longhorns saw a 12-point second half lead fade down the stretch, but with the game tied at 85-85 Cameron Ridley pulled in the rebound from Jonathan Holmes’ long three-point attempt and laid it in for the win. Final Score: Texas 87 Arizona State 85

No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 15 Wofford

This game could either mean an early exit for the Wolverines or serve as a wakeup call. Michigan gave Wofford a chance to close the gap in the second half when they missed 15 of their first 18 shots, but in the end the Wolverines still had little trouble with the Terriers. Final Score: Michigan 54 Wofford 40

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