Madness!, Tressel's request, Bulls streak, Goodell reaches out
Delmonte Harper is mobbed by his teammates after hitting the game-winning shot to beat Louisville.
March 18th, 2011
11:49 AM ET Madness!, Tressel's request, Bulls streak, Goodell reaches out

The NCAA Tournament lived up to its “March Madness” moniker Thursday, particularly in the Mile High City.

Three double-digit seeds pulled off stunning upsets in Denver alone, highlighted by No. 13 Morehead State’s shocking 62-61 victory over Louisville, the biggest victory in the program’s history. Twelfth-seeded Richmond held off No. 5 Vanderbilt in the closing seconds and Gonzaga, a No. 11 seed, rocked sixth-seeded St. John’s.

As if that weren’t enough action, both Temple and Butler pulled off buzzer-beating victories to snag vintage March Madness wins on Day 1 of the tournament. No. 4 Kentucky avoided maybe the biggest upset of the day with a late pressure-packed bucket of its own to slip past Princeton.

Madness, I tell you.

Thursday’s carnage has likely left your bracket in tatters, but a full slate of Friday college basketball should help ease the pain. Like Thursday, 16 games will be played today with the first game tipping off shortly after noon.’s Luke Winn recaps Thursday’s madness and tells you what to keep an eye on Friday.

You can watch all 16 games live throughout the day by clicking over to

Here’s the NCAA Tournament’s schedule for the day (all times Eastern):

–No. 4 Texas vs. No. 13 Oakland (12:15 p.m., CBS)
–No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 9 Tennessee (12:40 p.m., truTV)
–No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 15 Akron (1:40 p.m., TBS)
–No. 8 George Mason vs. No. 9 Villanova (2:10 p.m., TNT)
–No. 5 Arizona vs. No. 12 Memphis (2:45 p.m., CBS)
–No. 1 Duke vs. No. 16 Hampton (3:10 p.m., truTV)
–No. 7 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Florida State (4:10 p.m., CBS)
–No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 16 UT-San Antonio (4:40 p.m., TNT)
–No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Boston University (6:50 p.m., TBS)
–No. 2 North Carolina vs. No. 15 Long Island (7:15 p.m., CBS)
–No. 3 Purdue vs. No. 14 St. Peter’s (7:20 p.m., TNT)
–No. 6 Xavier vs. No. 11 Marquette (7:27 p.m., truTV)
–No. 8 UNLV vs. No. 9 Illinois (9:20 p.m., TBS)
–No. 7 Washington vs. No. 10 Georgia (9:45 p.m., CBS)
–No. 6 Georgetown vs. No. 11 VCU (9:50 p.m., TNT)
–No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 14 Indiana State (9:57 p.m., truTV)

By the numbers

5 – Games Ohio State coach Jim Tressel requested he should be suspended, the same his players received, for his knowledge of a scandal involving team memorabilia being exchanged for cash and tattoos.’s Andy Staples explains why Tressel’s olive branch isn’t all that it seems.

8 – Consecutive wins for the Chicago Bulls after rolling to an 84-73 victory over the New Jersey Nets, who had won five straight games going into Thursday night’s game.

1,900 –  NFL players who received an e-mail Thursday from commissioner Roger Goodell outlining the league’s latest proposal to the players’ union to resolve labor discussions. Talks between the two parties broke off last Friday.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Cesar

    The NCAA is most likely filled with Tea-Partiers. What a disgrace. I hate it!!!!

    March 18, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    Sorry folks, I am the true Cesar, and I did NOT post the above. Hey Sillie boy, are you sick? Enough already. If you are going to politicize every post, please use your name, not mine. Thank you.

    March 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bizprof

    Tressell is not finished. If the players get 5 games, he should get the whole season. After all, he is the responsible adult. He did sell merchandise because he was poor and underpaid. He merely condoned it so he could go to the national championship. He is much worse than the students in this case. Plus the program should lose 10-15 scholarships. Because really, if the head coach knows the assistants know too. The head coach is less in contact with the players than the assistants. So they knew too.

    March 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bizprof

    Oh, and neither of you is the real Ceasar. He died 2055 years ago this week. You were merely named after him. He was assassinated by his friends and relatives. Good luck with that.

    March 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    @bizprof and @The person that posts after me: Marsh Mellow Pie in your face.

    March 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jazz7

    March 19, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |