OKLAHOMA CITY, Sporting Alert – March Madness scores and results from the first round games that took place on Friday, March 18.
The tournament has seen several upsets already, but none was bigger than Middle Tennessee State’s shocking win against one of the NCAA Tournament pre-championships title favorites and No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region, Michigan State.
The Blue Raiders (25-9) managed to keep Spartans star Denzel Valentine quiet for most of the contest and that helped to setup their 90-81 victory.
Reggie Upshaw scored 21 points to lead Middle Tennessee State, which had all five starters scoring in double-figures.
Giddy Potts scored 19 points and Perrin Buford and Darnell Harris each added 15 points in the win, with Buford also finishing with seven rebounds and six assists for the No. 15 seed.
Valentine ended with 13 points and 12 assists and six rebounds for Michigan State, while Matt Costello had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for the Spartans (29-6), who became the eighth second-seeded team to be beaten by a No. 15 seed since seeding began in 1985.
It was also happening for the first time since Florida Gulf Coast defeated Georgetown in 2013.
In the West Region, Buddy Hield scored 27 points, Isaiah Cousins added 16 points and Jordan Woodard finished with 15 and the No. 2 seed Oklahoma beat Cal State Bakersfield 82-68 in Oklahoma City.
The Sooners (26-7) shot 50 percent from the floor overall and were 55 percent from 3-point range on 11 of 20 shooting from long-range.
Aly Ahmed had 16 points and eight rebounds while Kevin Mays ended with 14 points and eight rebounds in the defeat for to Roadrunners (24-9).
In other March Madness NCAA Tournament scores, No. 13 seed Hawaii shocked No. 4 California 77-66 in the South Region to capture its first NCAA Tournament game in school history, No. 5 seed Maryland topped the 12th seeded South Dakota State 79-74 in the South Region, while No. 14 seed Stephen F. Austin upset No. 3 seed West Virginia 70-56 in the East Region.
March Madness First Round Scores – March 18
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NO. 15 MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE 90, NO. 2 MICHIGAN STATE 81
NO. 10 SYRACUSE 70, NO. 7 DAYTON 51
NO. 13 HAWAII 77, NO. 4 CALIFORNIA 66
NO. 5 MARYLAND 79, NO. 12 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 74
NO. 7 IOWA 72, NO. 10 TEMPLE 70
NO. 2 VILLANOVA 86, UNC ASHEVILLE 56
NO. 2 XAVIER 71, NO. 15 WEBER STATE 53
NO. 14 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 70, NO. 3 WEST VIRGINIA 56
NO. 6 NOTRE DAME 70, NO. 11 MICHIGAN 63
NO. 7 WISCONSIN 47, NO. 10 PITTSBURGH 43
NO. 1 OREGON 91, NO. 16 HOLY CROSS 52
NO. 2 OKLAHOMA 82, NO. 15 CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD 68
NO. 8 SAINT JOSEPH’S 78, NO. 8 CINCINNATI 76
NO. 3 TEXAS A&M 92, NO. 14 GREEN BAY 65
NO. 11 NORTHERN IOWA 75, NO. 6 TEXAS 72
NO. 10 VCU 75, NO. 7 OREGON STATE