MTSU 81, Gophers 72

Indiana head coach Tom Crean reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan in Bloomington Ind. Indiana coach Crean has been fired after five seasons. Athletic director Fred Glass ann

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said.

The Fighting Irish (26-9) almost squandered an 11-point second half lead. "Their guards like to shoot pull-up and it's going to be a fun game". Northwestern squandered a 15-point lead before McIntosh was inexplicably fouled by Matthew Fisher-Davis in the backcourt with the Wildcats in the double-bonus. Butler shot 49 percent while going 20 of 30 from the free throw line.

The Musketeers move on in the West region, marking the third straight year they have advanced to the second round. Been there, done that - seven other times this season, to be exact.

After a slow start, Bluiett came through with 18 second-half points to help the Musketeers rally from an early 6-point deficit. Curry was the only one of the four who scored a point.

It looked possible for a while. Two of them are gone after Day 1; another one was this close.

Williams, who transferred from Arkansas after being kicked off the team, has rebuilt his reputation and averages 17.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

Minnesota Golden Gophers guard Dupree McBrayer (1) reacts after being defeated by the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Senior forward Reggie Upshaw scores 14.6 points a game and grabs 6.9 rebounds.

Thursday morning the NCAA Tournament would open, and one full day of hoops later only two upsets would occur. With all those 3-pointer attempts, the Gophers really could have used Springs on the floor.

Butler (24-8) handled No. 13 Winthrop 76-64 in the first round on Thursday.

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Xavier Cooks had 23 points to lead Big South champion Winthrop (26-7).

The Bulldogs won by playing Butler basketball. More descriptive, they exposed Minnesota's flaws in its 81-72 first-round loss to No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee on Thursday in Milwaukee.

A year ago the Blue Raiders pulled off the upset of the tournament as a 15 seed beating one of the tournament favorite's Michigan State.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — No. 4 seed Butler (24-18) vs.

North Carolina will be playing 16 seeded Texas Southern, the victor of the Southwestern Conference Tournament. "Whether they're a 12 seed or any number of seed, I don't really know how to answer that question". Villanova is trying to be the first back-to-back titlist since Florida in 2007. "They do it because they defend it so well".

Freshman Miles Wilson scored 22 to lead Mount St. Mary's.

He led the team with a season-high 23 points in a 85-78 loss to Maryland on January 28.

Will Martin get himself going again? But Shayok answered on the other end, banking in a runner that gave the Cavs some breathing room in the closing seconds. Caleb Swanigan added 16 points, 14 rebounds and four assists as the fourth-seeded Boilermakers earned their first tourney win in five years. The Cavs can thank Perrantes and Shayok for making it happen.

After the embarrassment that was the 2015-16 season on and off the court, the Gophers quickly caught up to and passed most of their conference competitors. He made 10 of 17 shots and chipped in seven rebounds. That run put the game out of reach. He broke the school record for steals in an NCAA Tournament game. Dakota Mathias made three of Purdue's nine 3-pointers and finished with 13 points.

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