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NCAA Tourney Quick Takes: A Double-Digit Day 1

Dave2015If Day 1 of the 2021 NCAA tournament was any indication, we are in for a Madness-filled ride.  Three overtimes.  Five double-digit seeds advanced.  You’re next, Saturday.

(15) Oral Roberts knocks out (2) Ohio State
Most importantly, let’s give ORU credit; they played with confidence and never let OSU find its rhythm.  There are also these statistical markers: Ohio State failed to check Max Ambas (29 points) or Kevin Obanor (30 points), the Buckeyes turned it over 16 times, and they made just 9 of 18 free throws, including several late-game misses.

(13) North Texas takes down (4) Purdue
While Trevion Williams and Jaden Ivey played well for the Boilermakers, several key pieces struggled.  Purdue made just 36 percent of its FG’s, while allowing North Texas to connect on over 47 percent of its shots.  Missed free-throws down the stretch were costly, too.

(11) Syracuse sends (6) San Diego State home
While an upset due to seed lines, the Orange entered playing their best basketball, especially Buddy Boeheim, who poured in 30 points, making 11 of 15 three-pointers.  Against the Syracuse zone, you have to knock down shots and SDSU simply did not connect at a high-enough clip, going 11 of 40 from deep and 35.8 percent overall.

(12) Oregon State bounces (5) Tennessee
An up-and-down season for the Volunteers ended with a thudding “down” on Friday. UT shot a disastrous 5-26 from beyond the arc (19 percent), turnover it over 12 times and were out rebounded by the Beavers.  That’s a troubling recipe.

(10) Rutgers over (7) Clemson
A rare NCAA tournament ride continues for the Scarlet Knights, who rallied to knock out Clemson.  Defense held the day, as Rutgers advanced despite 14 turnovers and shooting under 40 percent.

Additional Quick Takes:

  • Big Ten teams went 3-2 on Friday, with Illinois, Wisconsin and Rutgers advancing. It was Purdue and Ohio State to fall short, ironically.  Flip the latter two and today’s talk about Big Ten failures isn’t as poignant.
  • The Mountain West exited stage left, with Utah State and San Diego State bowing out.
  • ACC teams finished 1-4 on Friday.  A down season for the league continued into the tournament as North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Clemson all left without a whimper. (update after first post, Syracuse won)
  • Arkansas’ size and athleticism overwhelmed Colgate down the stretch.
  • Illinois played like a No. 1 seed, dominating Drexel.
  • Villanova overcame the loss to Collin Gillespie to beat Winthrop and now finds North Texas, rather than Purdue, as the barrier to another Sweet 16 appearance.

Will Saturday live up to Friday?  That’s a tough task.  Let’s hope so.

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