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Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine (45) drives on Maryland guard Rasheed Sulaimon (0) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game during the semifinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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2016 NCAA Tournament: Friday’s schedule, tip times and channel guide

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First Round Games
Friday Afternoon, March 18

12:15 p.m., CBS, St. Louis
No. 7 Dayton vs. No. 10 Syracuse (Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, Dana Jacobson)

12:40 p.m., truTV, Brooklyn
No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 15 UNC Asheville (Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce)

1:30 p.m., TNT, Oklahoma City
No. 7 Oregon St. vs. No. 10 VCU (Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Jaime Maggio)

2:00 p.m., TBS, Spokane
No. 4 California vs. No. 13 Hawaii (Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb, Ros Gold-Onwude)

2:45 p.m., CBS, St. Louis
No. 2 Michigan St. vs. No. 15 Middle Tennessee St. (Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, Dana Jacobson)

3:10 p.m., truTV, Brooklyn
No. 7 Iowa vs. No. 10 Temple (Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce)

4:00 p.m., TNT, Oklahoma City
No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 15 CSU Bakersfield (Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Jaime Maggio)

4:30 p.m., TBS, Spokane
No. 5 Maryland vs. No. 12 South Dakota St. (Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb, Ros Gold-Onwude)

First Round Games
Friday Evening, March 18

6:50 p.m., TNT, St. Louis
No. 7 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Pittsburgh (Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, Dana Jacobson)

7:10 p.m., CBS, Brooklyn
No. 3 West Virginia vs. No. 14 Stephen F. Austin (Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce)

7:20 p.m., TBS, Oklahoma City
No. 3 Texas A&M vs. No. 14 UW-Green Bay (Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Jaime Maggio)

7:27 p.m., truTV, Spokane
No. 1 Oregon vs. Holy Cross-Southern U. winner (Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb, Ros Gold-Onwude)

9:20 p.m., TNT, St. Louis
No. 2 Xavier vs. No. 15 Weber St. (Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, Dana Jacobson)

9:40 p.m., CBS, Brooklyn
No. 6 Notre Dame vs. Michigan-Tulsa winner (Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce)

9:50 p.m., TBS, Oklahoma City
No. 6 Texas vs. No. 11 Northern Iowa (Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, Jaime Maggio)

9:57 p.m., truTV, Spokane
No. 8 St. Joseph’s vs. No. 9 Cincinnati (Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb, Ros Gold-Onwude)

Tournament Snacks: Everything you need to know to get you caught up on Thursday’s action

Yale forward Justin Sears (22)  dunks against Baylor during the first half in the first round of the NCAA college men's basketball tournament in Providence, R.I., Thursday, March 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

GAME OF THE DAY: No. 12 Little Rock 85, No. 5 Purdue 83 2OT

The Boilermakers blew a 13 point lead in the final three minutes and got sent to overtime — and double-overtime — by Josh Hagins, who scored 31 points, a career-high, on his birthday. Hagins is going to have a tough time topping Thursday when it comes to the best day of his life. (You can see the ridiculous shot he hit to force OT here.)

THIS WAS GOOD, TOO: Providence 70, USC 69

In a game with one of the weirdest finishes I can remember, USC missed three straight free throws in the final minute — two of them front ends of 1-and-1s — and Providence missed a pair of potential game-winning shots before they were able to draw up this beautiful baseline out-of-bounds play to get Rodney Bullock a layup for the win. Kris Dunn had 16 points but he hit a number of big threes down the stretch. Bullock finished with 16 points and 10 boards while Ben Bentil added 19 points.


  • Makai Mason was the star of the afternoon session, popping off for 31 points as No. 12 Yale overcame No. 5 Baylor’s size advantage in a 79-75 win over the Bears. The Elis will now get another shot at an undermanned No. 4 Duke team for a trip to the Sweet 16. It was Yale’s first-ever tournament win.
  • No. 11 Wichita State totally manhandled No. 6 Arizona. The final score (65-55) didn’t do the beatdown justice. The Shockers were up 53-29 at one point, and the 31-19 deficit that the Wildcats faced at the half felt like a gift. The question we need to ask: Were the Shockers really that underseeded?


  • No. 1 Kansas rolled over No. 16 Austin Peay on the strength of 23 points from Svi Mykhailiuk. The Jayhawks will get No. 9 UConn in the next round.
  • No. 16 FGCU put up more of a fight than I expected, trailing by just a point at half time, but Brice Johnson (18 points, eight blocks, seven boards, three assists) took over in the second half. The Tar Heels get Providence next.
  • No. 13 UNC Wilmington gave it everything they had, but No. 4 Duke’s talent was just too much for them to overtime as the Blue Devils knocked off the Seahawks, 93-85.
  • Georges Niang had 28 points and Monte’ Morris added 20 points and eight assists as No. 4 Iowa State beat No. 13 Iona in relatively easy fashion.


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  • Isaiah Whitehead was 4-for-24 from the floor as No. 6 Seton Hall looked totally gassed from the get-go in a 68-52 loss to No. 11 Gonzaga. It was not pretty for the Pirates.
  • Jameel Warney had 23 points and 15 boards against No. 4 Kentucky on Thursday. The rest of his team shot 17.4 percent from the floor.
  • No. 1 Virginia head coach Tony Bennett had a little bout with dehydration and collapsed on the sideline, but his ego probably took the biggest hit of all; wins make everyone feel healthy. He’ll be ready to coach against Butler. Tony Bennett, the singer, is fine, too, if you were wondering.
  • Everyone on Arizona. Ouch.

No. 4 Kentucky wins, advances to face No. 5 Indiana on Saturday

Kentucky guard Jamal Murray reacts after making a 3-point basket during the second half of a first-round men's college basketball game against Stony Brook in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. Murray scored 19 points as Kentucky won 85-57. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Jameel Warney got his, but No. 13 Stony Brook just nothing else as they fell to No. 4 Kentucky, 85-57.

And to be frank, that’s about all there is to take out of that game.

The Seawolves shot under 20 percent in the first half — at one point, they were 4-for-30 from the floor — and Kentucky wasn’t all that much better. The Cats got it going in the second half, as Jamal Murray finally found his stroke and Stony Brook tried to pressure UK’s dynamic back court, but the game went about as expected: Warney’s 23 points, 15 boards and two massive blocks of Skal Labissiere at the rim proved that he was the best big man on the floor, but Kentucky just flat out had too much talent for the Seawolves to deal with.

What the win sets up, however, is the ideal second round matchup: No. 4 Kentucky squaring off with No. 5 Indiana.

The Wildcats and the Hoosiers do not like each other. Well, the fans don’t and the coaches don’t, but the players probably much of an opinion on the matter. That’s what happens when you go four years without playing a rival. The reasons why are irrelevant at this point, because the bottom line is that John Calipari and Tom Crean cannot find a middle ground to reignite the rivalry during the regular season.

Which means that we have to wait until March to hope for Kentucky and Indiana ending up in the same region.

This season they did.

And they’ll play each other, giving us one of the most anticipated second round games that I can remember.

Tom Crean’s job could end up being on the line. I know he won the Big Ten regular season title, but if he can’t get this group out of the first weekend of the tournament because he lost to the guy that’s coaching in Lexington? At the very least, he’s going to have an unpleasant offseason and quite a bit of pressure on him for next season.

And Cal?

A loss here would ensure that he goes four years without a title. And yes, it’s crazy for a fanbase to be upset because a coach goes four years without winning a title when he gets to the Final Four in two of those four years. But when have we ever considered Kentucky fans to be sane, particularly when they keep hearing about how Cal should be going 40-0 with the kids they bring in?

So while the game itself is going to be amazing — two top five offenses, two sub-50 defenses, Yogi Ferrell vs. Tyler Ulis, etc. — the subplots and subsequent reactions are what really get my juices playing here.

After evisceration of No. 6 Arizona, can we say No. 11 Wichita State was seeded too low?

Wichita State's Fred VanVleet points to fans after the team's First Four game against Vanderbilt in the NCAA mens college basketball tournament, Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in Dayton, Ohio. Wichita State won 70-50. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Kentucky head coach John Calipari had himself a nice little rant on ESPN after the news became official that his Wildcats would be a No. 4 seed in the same region as Indiana and North Carolina.

Most of his rant was directed at his players. At heart, it was a motivational tactic — oh, they hate us, they don’t respect us, it’s us against the world — but Cal did speak some truths during that rant: When a team gets miss-seeded, the people that actually get hurt are the ones that have to play the team that is seeded too low.

Just ask No. 6 Arizona.

The Wildcats drew No. 11 Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA tournament, and the Shockers — owners of the nation’s No. 1 adjusted defensive efficiency, according to — totally stifled Arizona, beating them 65-55. The Wildcats managed just 19 first half points and found themselves down 53-29 before they finally were to string a couple of baskets.

Fred VanVleet led the way for the Shockers with 16 points while Ron Baker chipped in with 13 points and six assists.

Arizona committed 19 turnovers, as Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Kadeem Allen and Gabe York were totally out of sorts as they tried to get Arizona into offensive sets. It was as bad as we’ve seen Arizona player this season, and this isn’t a typical Arizona team.

And it begs the question: Should the Shockers have been seeded higher?

The story was beaten to death throughout Championship Week, but the bottom-line is this: Wichita State had the most unique tournament profile that we may ever see. Their résumé, whether you subscribe to KenPom or the RPI, consisted of wins over one top 50 team and three more top 100 teams. That’s not enough to be considered for an at-large bid in any year, even one where two tournament teams were ineligible and Syracuse got a No. 10 seed.

But Wichita State, prior to Thursday’s beatdown of the Wildcats, was the No. 9 team in the country according to, which is widely regarded as the most accurate ranking metric in college basketball. It’s not often that you see a team get seeded lower than their ranking on, but that’s precisely what happened in this situation.

Here’s the catch: KenPom’s formula is not designed to measure accomplishment. It’s a measure of possession-by-possession efficiency. It’s predictive, a way to determine who will be whom on a neutral court. The RPI is a measure of what a team has accomplished based on how good their opponents are. It was invented in 1980, and it’s terrible. (You can take my word for it, or you can let Andy Glockner explain it to you.)

KenPom isn’t perfect either, though. Just like there are way to game the RPI, there are ways to game KenPom’s numbers: You beat the brakes off of mediocre-to-bad competition. That’s why Wisconsin and Pitt always ended up higher in his formula that they should have been.

I say all that to say this: None of the metrics are perfect. No rankings system is perfect.

But hopefully, after seeing the Shockers go from the play-in game to the second round, to Selection Committee will realize that maybe — just maybe — when the outlier happens to be a KenPom ranking that is completely out of whack, we should believe what the number is telling us.

I’m not saying that the Shockers should have been a top three seed.

But maybe it yould have made sense to have them on the No. 6 seed line instead of playing a No. 6 seed on the opening day of the Big Dance?

VIDEO: Stony Brook’s Jameel Warney blocks Skal Labissiere dunk attempt

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This is a sick block from the mid-major superstar:

UPDATE: He did it again!!!!

Yogi Ferrell’s double-double leads No. 5 Indiana past No. 12 Chattanooga

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Yogi Ferrell went for 20 points and 10 assists and O.G. Anunoby chipped in with 14 points off the bench as No. 5 Indiana steam-rolled No. 12 Chattanooga, 99-74, to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2013.

The Mocs kept things close through much of the first half, but a 13-4 run late in the half combined with a blistering start to the second half was too much for Matt McCall’s team to handle.

This was a promising win for the Hoosiers after the way that they flamed out in the Big Ten tournament, losing to Michigan in the quarterfinals in a decidedly uninspired performance. Chattanooga isn’t a great team — not without star guard Casey Jones — but they were built by Will Wade, a disciple of Shaka Smart, and they won games at Illinois and at Dayton this season. This wasn’t a case of the Hoosiers rolling over an overmatched and scared low-major league winner.

There are two key numbers to look at in this one:

For starters, Anunoby was once again terrific. He’s typically known for his athleticism and his presence on the defensive end of the floor, but he’s making some strides offensively. Getting 14 points out of him is a nice boost, and with the potential of squaring off with No. 4 Kentucky on Saturday, they’re going to need Anunoby to help slow down Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis.

The other part is that Robert Johnson returned to the lineup. He’s been banged up in recent weeks, but he saw action and was quite productive, going for seven points and six assists. His presence gives the Hoosiers more depth and lineup versatility.

Again, that’s something that IU will need if they draw Kentucky next.

And as long as you’re not a Stony Brook fan, that’s precisely what you should be rooting for.

Especially now that Yogi Ferrell is trying to be Jamal Murray;