Tennessee 86 - Massachusetts 67
NARRATIVE ALERT: Since Tennessee won, they clearly benefited from playing a First Four game to get their feet wet. Other First Four alum NC State's abysmal finish yesterday will be ignored as it does not fit the narrative of the day.
In reality, Tennessee is just a better balanced team than UMass. When UMass couldn't generate turnovers early on with their pressure (Tennessee only had 3 turnovers in the first half), their mediocre offense was exposed and they could not keep up with the Volunteers.
Creighton 76 - Louisiana Lafayette 67
Yes, Doug McDermott led the way, with 30 points. But his teammates did have to show up too, as McDermott was held scoreless for a 14 minute stretch inf the second half.
Kansas 80 - Eastern Kentucky 69
In a development that should shock no one who's been paying attention, a Bill Self-coached team let an undermanned, unworthy opponent to hang around at least 20 game-minutes longer than one would have expected, based on Kansas' record and high seed. In the end, Kansas finally asserted themselves down low, and ended up with a comfortable, double-digit win.
Gonzaga 85 - Oklahoma State 77
There were 51 field goals made in this game. There were 61 fouls, 33 of them called on Oklahoma State. The Cowboys hit the foul trifecta, as they were hit with a flagrant, a technical, and an intentional foul in this game. To call it sloppy would be too kind.