The Kansas Jayhawks had a few times when they were on the edge of their seats in their round of 64 battle against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. The Hilltoppers only lossed by a score 64-57 and they were kept in the game by Jamal Cook who had 13 points, 4 assists, and 9 rebounds. The Jayhwaks team leaders Ben McLemore and Jeff Withey played very well. Withey had 7 blocks, 17 points, and 6 rebounds, McLemore had 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Another game occurred yesterday, the Villanova Wildcats played the UNC Tar Heels. The Tar Heels were all offense with 4 players with 10 or more points, the Wildcats had 4 as well. The Tar Heels had much help from P.J Hairston, Hairston had 23 points and 5 rebounds. JayVaughn Pinkston had the most points and rebounds for 'Nova with 20 points and 8 rebounds. This win was number 700 for the UNC coach Roy Williams, as the final score was 78-71.
Romero Osby had a heck of a game for the Oklahoma Sooners in their 55-70 loss to the San Diego State Aztecs. Osby had 22 points and 8 rebounds for his Sooners, but in the end Jamal Franklin and San Diego States' offense was to much with Franklin scoring 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers won their first round match-up against the UCLA Bruins in a slaughter. The final score was 83-63 Gophers on top. Andre Hollins had 28 points to go along with 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Shabazz Muhammed had 20 points for the Bruins in the loss.
There is still more to come on this fast moving tournament, so stay tuned!
By David B.