Day 1 ended strong with the Oregon Ducks playing better than they have in a while, The Ducks put up 68 points against the 5 seed Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Cowboys could only put 55 points up in this PAC-12 battle. Arsalan Kazemi had a HUGE game with 17 rebounds and 11 points for his Ducks. Marcus Smart played well also with 9 rebounds and 14 points for the Cowboys. The Cowboys would have standed a chance if they had not turned the ball over as much.
The Mizzouri Tigers had their turn to battle it out against the Colorado State Rams when they lost 84-72. Phil Pressey a senior guard for the Tigers had his last game turn out to be a good one with 20 points and 7 assists in the loss. Dorian Green played just well enough to put his team on top with 26 points for the Rams.
North Carolina A&T barely made the tournament and the team they had to play was, the Louisville Cardinals. The Cardinals had just won the Big East and they won this match up too, with a final score of 48-79. Russ Smith played extraordinary with 23 points and an unheard of 8 steals. He was the only real power player except for Blackshear of the Cardinals who had a great game with 12 points and 5 rebounds.
The Duke Blue Devils got the first whack at it today against the Albany Great Danes. Duke would prevail almost losing to a 15 seed like last year, but they didn't this time. The Blue Devils' Seth Curry played great with 6 rebounds and 26 points, Mason Plumlee did good as well with 23 points and 8 rebounds. The number that stood out to me though was Quin Cooks 11 assists all of those for the Blue Devils. Jacob Iati played very well in his teams' loss, he had 15 points, 6 assists, and 6 rebounds.
The Wisconsin Badgers just lossed and ruined many brackets after their loss to the Ole Miss Rebels. The final score was a disappointing 57-46, and the Rebel leader, Marshal Henderson paved the way with 19 points and Reginald Buckner helped quite a bit with 12 rebounds and 9 points. If Ben Brust had a hotter hand for Wisconsin a win would have been possible, but his hand was cold and that lead to a loss.
More news on the Tournament will be out as soon as possible!
By David B.