NCAA Action: The First Round

See the peak action from this year's NCAA tournament.

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Ohio State's P.J. Hill (4) gets clobbered by Siena's Kenny Hasbrouck, left, and Ryan Rossiter in the first half of a first-round NCAA men's college basketball tournament game Friday, March 20, 2009, in Dayton, Ohio. Siena won 74-72 in double overtime.
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Siena's Alex Franklin, left, and Ryan Rossiter, right, go for a loose ball in front of Ohio State's B.J. Mullens in the first half of a first-round NCAA men's college basketball tournament game Friday, March 20, 2009, in Dayton, Ohio.
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Michigan State's Travis Walton, bottom, and Robert Morris' Bateko Francisco go after a loose ball during a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game Friday, March 20, 2009, in Minneapolis. Michigan State advances to the second round by winning 77-62.
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Michigan State's Durrell Summers (15) drives around Robert Morris' Mezie Nwigwe during a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game Friday, March 20, 2009, in Minneapolis.
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Wisconsin guard Trevon Hughes (3) shoots the winning basket as he is covered by Florida State forward Ryan Reid (42) in a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Boise, Idaho, Friday, March 20, 2009. Wisconsin upset Florida State 61-59 in overtime.
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Florida State forward Chris Singleton, left, and forward Uche Echefu battle with Wisconsin's Tim Jarmusz for the ball during a first-round NCAA men's college basketball tournament game Friday, March 20, 2009, in Boise, Idaho.
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Tyler Smith #1 of the Tennessee Volunteers drives to the hoop against James Anderson #23 and Marshall Moses #33 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the University of Dayton Arena on March 20. Oklahoma State won 77 to 75.
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Marshall Moses #33 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys dunks the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the University of Dayton Arena on March 20.
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Oklahoma State's Terrel Harris, center, passes from between Tennessee's Wayne Chism, left, and Cameron Tatum during the first half of a first-round NCAA men's college basketball tournament game Friday, March 20.
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Tennessee's Bobby Maze, center, passes away from Oklahoma State's Keiton Page (12) and Nick Sidorakis in the first half of a first-round NCAA men's college basketball tournament game Friday, March 20.
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Arizona's Jordan Hill, center and Utah's Shaun Green, right and Kim Tillie, left, go after a loose ball during the first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Miami, Fla., Friday, March 20. Arizona won 84 to 71.
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Utah's Tyler Kepkay, front, looks to pass as Arizona's Jordan Hill defends during a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Miami, Friday, March 20.
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Utah's Kim Tillie, right, blocks Arizona's Nic Wise's run to the basket during a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Miami, Friday, March 20.
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Southern California's Taj Gibson (22) slam-dunks during a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game against Boston College, Friday, March 20. Southern Cal won 72 to 55.
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Boston College's Corey Raji (11) and Cortney Dunn (55) go after a rebound with Southern California's Taj Gibson, RIGHT, during a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game Friday, March 20.
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Southern California's DeMar DeRozan (10) shoots between Boston College's Corey Raji (11) and Josh Southern (52) during a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game Friday, March 20.
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Louisville's Samardo Samuels shoots in the first half of the first-round NCAA men's college basketball tournament game against Morehead State Friday, March 20. Louisville won 74 to 54.
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Morehead State's Kenneth Faried grabs a rebound in the second half of a first-round NCAA men's college basketball tournament game against Louisville Friday, March 20.
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Morehead State's Brandon Shingles, right, grabs Louisville's Andre McGee in the second half of the first-round NCAA men's college basketball tournament game Friday, March 20.
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Portland State guard Andre Murray goes over the top of Xavier guard B.J. Raymond (11) during the first half of a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Boise, Idaho, Friday, March 20. Xavier won 77 to 59.
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Xavier guard C.J. Anderson (20) gets a rebound against Portland State in the second half of a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Boise, Idaho, Friday, March 20. Xavier defeated Portland State 77-59.
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Xavier forward B.J. Raymond, center, Portland State guard Andre Murray, left, and forward Jamie Jones, top, go for loose ball in the first half of a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Boise, Idaho, Friday, March 20.
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Sherron Collins #4 of the Kansas Jayhawks drives the ball in the second half against Josh Vaughn #32 of the North Dakota State Bison during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on March 20. Kansas won 84 - 74.
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North Dakota State's Brett Winkelman (22) shoots over Kansas' Tyrel Reed (14) during a first-round men's NCAA college basketball game Friday, March 20 in Minneapolis. Kansas won 84-74.
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Tyshawn Taylor #15 of the Kansas Jayhawks dunks in the second half against the North Dakota State Bison during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on March 20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Kansas' Cole Aldrich (45) dunks during a first-round men's NCAA college basketball game against North Dakota State Friday, March 20 in Minneapolis.
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Guard J.T. Tiller #4 of the Missouri Tigers takes a shot against the Cornell Big Red in the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Taco Bell Arena on March 20. Missouri won 78 to 59.
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Forward DeMarre Carroll #1 of the Missouri Tigers drives with the ball during the game against the Cornell Big Red in the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Taco Bell Arena on March 20.
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Cornell forward Ryan Wittman (20) tries to get rid of the ball as Missouri guard Marcus Denmon (12) defends during the second half of a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Boise, Idaho, Friday, March 20.
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Charles Little #15 of the Dayton Flyers looks to pass the ball against Da'Sean Jackson #1 and Darryl Bryant #25 of the West Virginia Moutaineers during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on March 20. Dayton won 68 to 60.
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Dayton's Marcus Johnson (32) shoots over West Virginia's Alex Ruoff during a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game, Friday, March 20.
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Devin Ebanks #3 of the West Virginia Moutaineers grabs a rebound against the Dayton Flyers during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on March 20.
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Levance Fields #2 of the Pittsburgh Panthers drives to the hoop against Mike Smith #1 and Greg Hamlin #34 of the East Tennessee State Buccaneers during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the University of Dayton Arena on March 20. Pittsburgh won 72 to 62.
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East Tennessee State's Kevin Tiggs, bottom, Pittsburgh's Tyrell Biggs (5) and East Tennessee State's Greg Hamlin, right, scramble for a loose ball in the first half of a first-round NCAA men's college basketball tournament game Friday, March 20.
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Pittsburgh's Gilbert Brown, left, has the ball knocked away by East Tennessee State's Greg Hamlin in the second half of a first-round NCAA men's college basketball tournament game, Friday, March 20.
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Temple's Sergio Olmos (41) scores over Arizona State's Jeff Pendergraph (4) during the second half of first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Miami, Friday, March 20. Arizona State won 66 to 57.
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Arizona State's Jeff Pendergraph, right, goes for the basket as Temple's Sergio Olmos defends during a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Miami, Friday, March 20.
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Guard James Harden #13 of the Arizona State Sun Devils drives past guard Eric Boateng #2 of the Temple Owls during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the American Airlines Arena on March 20, 2009 in Miami, Florida.
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Stephen F.Austins' Eric Bell, left, attempts to stop Syracuse' Jonny Flynn (10) during the second half of a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Miami, Friday, March 20. Syracuse won 59 to 44.
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Syracuse guard Eric Devenport (23) eyes the basket as Stephen F. Austin's Matt Kigsley (44) and Walt Harris, center, defend during the second half of a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Miami, Friday, March 20.
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Guard Arinze Onuaku #21 of the Syracuse Orange dunks past center Matt Kingsley #44 and forward Nick Shaw #12 of the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the American Airlines Arena on March 20.
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Forward Jimmy Butler #33 of the Marquette Golden Eagles shoots the ball against the Utah State Aggies in the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Taco Bell Arena on March 20. Marquette won 58 to 57.
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Forward Dwight Burke #12 of the the Marquette Golden Eagles drives with the ball against the Utah State Aggies during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Taco Bell Arena on March 20.
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Jerime Anderson #5 of the UCLA Bruins looks to pass against Kirill Pishchalnikov #11 of the VCU Rams during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Wachovia Center on March 19. UCLA won 65 to 64.
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Josh Shipp #3 of the UCLA Bruins drives against Ed Nixon #50 of the VCU Rams during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Wachovia Center on March 19.
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Eric Maynor #3 of the VCU Rams shoots against Darren Collison #2 of the UCLA Bruins during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Wachovia Center on March 19.
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Quincy Pondexter #20 of the Washington Huskies moves the ball as Phil Turner #25 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs goes after it during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Rose Garden on March 19, 2009 in Portland, Oregon. The Huskies defeated the Bulldgos 71-58.
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Isaiah Thomas #2 of the Washington Huskies goes up for a shot over Jarvis Varnado #32 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the second half during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Rose Garden on March 19.
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Justin Dentmon #5 of the Washington Huskies and Barry Stewart #22 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs go after a loose ball as the referee calls Dentmon out of bound in the second half during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Rose Garden on March 19.
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Upset Special: Western Kentucky, a 12 seed, knocked out the Fighting Illini, a 5th seed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, becoming 2009's first Cinderella story.
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Illini's Demetri McCamey goes up for a shot against Jeremy Evans of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. The 12 seed Hilltoppers battled their way to a first round upset., beating the fifth seeded Illini 76-72.
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The Hilltoppers kept the pressure on the Illini all night. As the first Cinderella story to emerge from the tourney, all eyes will be on Western Kentucky as they take on Gonzaga (27-5) in a second round on Saturday.
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Butler's Avery Jukes fouls LSU's Chris Johnson. Johnson put up 12 points and blocked 4 shots and helped knock Butler out of the tournament, as LSU won the first round game 75-71.
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Butler's Avery Jukes drives against LSU's Storm Warren during their first round matchup. Eight seed LSU built an early 13-point lead and shot 49 percent against Butler, one of the nation's toughest defenses and advancing to Saturday's second round.
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Shelvin Mack of the Butler Bulldogs drives to the basket between Tigers Marcus Thornton and Chris Johnson. Mack ended up with 18 points and 3 assists in the loss. Thorton put up 30 points and Johnson finished with 4 blocks for the Tigers, who moved on to the second round.
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Shelvin Mack knocks the ball loose from Garrett Temple. Mack led the Butler squad with two steals in the loss to LSU.
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Texas' Dexter Pittman, left, and Minnesota's Jonathan Williams, right, chase a loose ball during the first half. Pittman put up 17 points and pulled in 11 boards for seventh seed Texas. The Longhorns won easily, 76-62 against the 10-seed Gophers.
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Texas' Dexter Pittman (54) is guarded by Minnesota's Al Nolen (0) during the first half of a first-round men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Greensboro, N.C., March 19.
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Clemson's Trevor Booker dunks in the second half as DeShawn Sims looks on. But the theatrics mattered not, the Wolverines, who haven't been to the big dance in 11 years, defeated the Tigers 62-59.
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Michigan's Anthony Wright pounces on a loose ball as Trevor Booker and Bryan Narcisse reach for the rock. Wright finished with 4 rebounds in the win.
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Gonzaga's Josh Heytvelt dunks over Akron's Nikola Cvetinovic. Gonzaga, the Tournament's annual dark-horse, won 77-64.
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Nikola Cvetinovic drives on Jeremy Pargo of Gonzaga. Cvetinovic, a Serb, finished with 7 points and 3 rebounds in the loss.
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Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin drives on Akron's Darryl Roberts. Bouldin had led the Bulldogs with 5 assists.
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Josh Heytvelt, who finished with 22 points for Gonzaga, throws down a two hand dunk. Gonzaga was forced to play aggressively; upstart Akron led by six in the second half due in large part to their bruising style of play.
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American University sure gave Villanova fans a scare. The Eagles shot lights out from the three point line and led 'Nova up until late in the second half. But the Wildcats began attacking the basket, with shots like this one from Dante Cunningham and salvaged a victory.
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Villanova's Dwayne Anderson drives against Jordan Nichols of the American Eagles. Once 'Nova started to drive the lane, they were able to take control of the game and win 80-67.
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American's Nick Hendra takes a shot in front of Villanova's Dante Cunningham in the first half. American stunned the Eagles early with shots like this one. But they eventually bowed out of the Tourney due to the first round loss.
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Garrison Carr drives against Corey Stokes in the first half of the game. Carr finished the game with 22 points for American, but still went home after the first round. The loss ended the Eagles' 13-game winning streak, the second longest in the country.
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UConn's Stanley Robinson slams one down with two hands. UConn, a 1 seed, dismantled 16 seed Chatanooga 103-47. But the win was bittersweet for the Huskies who played with out Coach Jim Calhoun who was hospitalized prior to the game.
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Connecticut's Jeff Adrien, left, looks to pass the ball as Chattanooga's Nicchaeus Doaks and Keyron Sheard block his path in the first half. Adrien notched 16 boards in the rout. UConn will take on Texas A&M in the second round.
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Jeff Adrien gets tripped up by Zach Ferrell and Kevin Goffney of the Chattanooga Mocs. The Mocs defense didn't stand a chance against the Huskies who beat them by more than 50. It was UConn's first postseason win in three years.
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Danny Green goes in for an easy layup against Radford. North Carolina won 101-58, and green finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
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North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough, center, battles for a loose ball with Eric Hall, right, and Joey Lynch-Flohr. Hansbrough set the Atlantic Coast Conference career scoring mark in the opening minutes and finished with 22 points to help the Tar Heels beat Radford 101-58 on Thursday, giving the South Regional's top seed another easy tournament opener in their home state.
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Ed Davis and Bobby Frasor trap Radford's Joey Lynch-Flohr. Lynch-Flohr led the Highlanders, who haven't been to the Tournament since 1998, with 12 points.
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Memphis' Roburt Sallie takes a shot in the second half as Cal State Northridge's, Kenny Daniels, Xavier Crawford and Willie Galick watch. Sallie hit 10 3-pointers and scored 35 as the second-seeded Tigers came from behind to beat the Matadors 81-70 on Thursday and dodge what would have been one of the biggest upsets in tournament history.
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Memphis' Robert Dozier gets above Cal State Northridge's Mark Hill to block his shot. Dozier ended the game with 8 rebounds and 1 block.
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Memphis' Roburt Sallie tries to defend a lay up attempt by Mark Hill. The Matadors (17-14) seized a six-point lead with a little more than 10 minutes to play, bringing a roar from a capacity crowd that quickly became enchanted with the 19-point underdogs, but ultimately lost during the first round.
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Northern Iowa's Travis Brown is guarded by Chris Kramer of the Purdue Boilermakers. Fifth-seeded Purdue held off a late charge by 12th-seeded Northern Iowa for a 61-56 victory Thursday in a rugged first-round game, and showed it afterward.
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Boilermaker Lewis Jackson goes up for a shot in front of Kwadzo Ahelegbe and Johnny Moran. Jackson finished with 5 points and 2 steals and a pair of clutch free throws with 7.7 seconds left.
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Boilermaker Robbie Hummel shoots a three-pointer from the corner over Lucas O'Rear. Hummel finished with 9 points and 11 rebounds for the victorious Bolierrmakers.
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Texas A&M's Donald Sloan drives against Jackson Emery of the Brigham Young Cougars. Sloan put up 14 points for the 9-seed Aggies who won 79-66.
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Jimmer Fredette of the Brigham Young Cougars fights for the ball against Chinemelu Elonu of the Texas A&M Aggies. Despite Fredette's 18 points and 4 steals the 8-seed Cougars still lost.
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Maryland's Sean Mosley gets a hand on the ball as California's Jamal Boykin tries to make a shot in the first half. Maryland didn't force a lot of turnovers, didn't block a bunch of shots, didn't even create a lot of mistake but they did enough to beat the 7-seed Bears 84-71.
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Maryland's Greivis Vasquez lays up a shot an easy shot. Vasquez finished with 27 points for the Terps.
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Jamal Boykin of the California Golden Bears goes up for a shot against Dino Gregory. Tenth-seeded Maryland (21-13) knew what it was up against. Cal was the nation's best-shooting team from 3-point range during the regular season, hitting 43 percent, but disrupted them enough to notch the win.
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The Bruins (26-8) kept alive their hopes of a fourth straight trip to the Final Four, advancing to play Villanova (27-7) on Saturday. Josh Shipp, pictured here driving for the basket, scored 16, for the sixth-seeded Bruins.
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Duke's Nolan Smith lays in a basket against Kyrie Sutton of Binghamton. Duke, a perennial Final Four threat dismantled the Bearcats 86-62.
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Gerald Henderson battles for a rebound against D.J. Rivera of the Binghamton Bearcats . Duke had six players score in double figures and made short work of the Bearcats, who made their first ever tournament appearance.
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Blake Griffin of the Oklahoma Sooners shoots the free thrwo after a technical foul. Griffin came into the tournament reeling from a jaw injury, but the Sooner posted a 28-point, 13-rebound performance en route to a blow out win against Morgan State.
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Tony Crocker and Taylor Griffin of the Oklahoma Sooners battle for the ball with Marquise Kately of the Morgan State Golden Bears . The Sooners beat the Golden Bears 82-54.
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