Chaos: A look back at the NCAA Tournament first weekend

Chaos, madness, insanity, mayhem, anarchy.

Pick one. This weekend in college basketball was all of them.

Let’s recap.

Thursday, March 15

  • 12:15 PM ET: No. 10 Rhode Island downs No. 7 Oklahoma in overtime, 83-78. Trae Young’s breakout season comes to an end, despite his 28 points, five rebounds and seven assists.
  • 3:10 PM ET: No. 11 Loyola-Chicago becomes America’s sweetheart, downing No. 6 Miami on a Donte Ingram buzzer-beating triple, 64-62.

  • 7:20 PM ET: Rob Gray introduces himself to the world, with 39 points and a heroic game-winning layup in No. 6 Houston’s 67-65 defeat of No. 11 San Diego State.

  • 9:40 PM ET: Buffalo. Feels like that’s all that needs to be said.

Friday, March 16

  • 1:30 PM ET: Dan D’Antoni and No. 13 Marshall pull the day’s first upset and the tournament’s second example of a No. 13 seed toppling a No. 4, as the Thundering Herd downed Wichita State, 81-75.

  • 4:30 PM: No. 7 Nevada comes up with its first thrilling victory, picking off No. 10 Texas in overtime,
  • 9:20 PM ET: History.

  • 9:40 PM ET: Another No. 6 seed falls, as Jim Boeheim leads No. 11 Syracuse into the second round in another low-scoring affair, winning 57-52 over TCU and old foe Jamie Dixon.

Saturday, March 17

  • 12:10 PM ET: Villanova’s still rolling, by the way. The No. 1 seeded Wildcats roll past Collin Sexton and No. 9 Alabama, 81-58, behind 23 points from Mikal Bridges.
  • 2:40 PM ET: The same is true for No. 2 Duke; the Blue Devils blasted Rhode Island, 87-62 in a wire-to-wire performance.
  • 6:10 PM ET: Loyola-Chicago does it again. The Ramblers stun No. 3 Tennessee in Dallas, winning on another late basket, this time by Clayton Custer. Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt has officially become America’s favorite 98-year-old basketball fan.

  • 9:40 PM ET: Jordan Poole. Night-cap. Onions.

Sunday, March 18

  • 2:40 PM ET: Tom Izzo and No. 3 Michigan State become the latest victim of Boeheim’s 2-3 zone, shooting just 17-of-66 from the field and missing their last 14 field goal attempts in a 55-53 loss to No. 11 Syracuse. Walk-on Braedon Bayer makes his NCAA Tournament debut, spending six minutes on the floor after the fifth foul of starting point guard Frank Howard.

  • 5:15 PM ET: No. 7 Texas A&M looks like its mid-season self, picking apart the defending champions, No. 2 North Carolina, in an 86-65 rout in Charlotte.
  • 6:10 PM ET: No. 7 Nevada claws back from down by as many as 22 to stun No. 2 Cincinnati in Nashville. Cody Martin contributes 25 points, six rebounds and seven assists, but head coach Eric Musselman stole the hearts of twitter with his boisterous post-game celebration.

  • Sometime between 7 and 9 PM ET: We all realize that No. 5 Clemson is beating No. 4 Auburn by 40 points. The Tigers went on to win, 84-53.
  • 4:45 PM ET: Cinderella’s night comes to an end, as No. 9 Kansas State holds off No. 16 UMBC, 50-43, in a game that was absolutely disgusting to watch, but no one cared.

  • 8:40 PM ET: No. 9 Florida State knocks off No. 1 Xavier to cap off an insane weekend of NCAA Tournament basketball. The Seminoles win, 75-70, behind 15 points from Brian Angola.

That’s about it.

This weekend gave us more upsets, more buzzer-beaters and less bracket success than we’ve seen in years, and send two No. 7 seeds, two No. 9 seeds and two No. 11 seeds into the Sweet 16.

So, what’s next?


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