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Dayton's Dyshawn Pierre (21) and Syracuse's Tyler Roberson keep their eye on a loose ball during the second half in a first-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA tournament, Friday, March 18, 2016, in St. Louis. Syracuse won 70-51. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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No. 10 Syracuse advances past No. 7 Dayton after controversial at-large bid


Syracuse was one of the most controversial additions to the NCAA tournament field, getting a No. 10 seed when they were considered by many to be on the wrong side of the bubble entering Selection Sunday, but the Orange proved their doubters wrong in their NCAA tournament debut.

Malachi Richard had 21 points and Tyler Roberson chipped in with 10 points and 18 boards as the Orange cruised past an under-manned No. 7 Dayton team, 70-51.

The Flyers kept things interesting through the first half, but they could not parse their way through the Syracuse zone in the second 20 minutes. Dayton does not have a lot of shooting on their roster, and when that was combined with Kendall Pollard being banged up and an off-night from Dyshawn Pierre and Steve McElvene, this is the result that you get.

The Orange will advance to face No. 2 Michigan State, as long as the Spartans avoid an upset at the hands of No. 15 Middle Tennessee State, and their National Player of the Year, Denzel Valentine. That’s a nightmare matchup for the Orange. Michigan State is, quite literally, the nation’s best three-point shooting team and the only high major program in the country to rank in the top 20 of offensive and defensive rebounding percentage.

That 2-3 zone Syracuse loves?

It gives up offensive rebounds and three-pointers.

PHOTOS: Temple took the subway to Barclays for their tournament game

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No. 10 Temple is playing at the Barclays Center today in the NCAA tournament, taking on No. 7 seed Iowa with the winner advancing to square off with No. 2 Villanova in the second round.

The Owls opted to take the subway to the game.

Because they’re the team of the people:

VIDEO: Yale’s Makai Mason joins the DP Show to talk Duke matchup

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Yale guard Makai Mason joins DPS and talks about how Duke started to recruit him during his freshman year in high school, then stopped. Now he is using it as motivation in the Yale vs. Duke match-up in the NCAA tourney.

Monte’ Ross out as head coach at Delaware

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Monte’ Ross has been relieved of his duties as Delaware’s head coach.

“I had a great run at UD, 10 years,” Ross wrote on twitter on Tuesday morning. “Thanks to UD for the opportunity, really appreciate you guys, you were great to me and my family!”

Ross just finished his tenth season with the Blue Hens, and it was one of his worst in Newark. Delaware went 7-26 this season and just 2-16 in the CAA. His best player, Kory Holden, announced earlier this week that he would be transferring out of the program.

Ross went 132-184 as the head coach at Delaware, winning the CAA in 2014 and reaching the NCAA tournament. He nearly lost his job last season, as his athletic director did not want to renew his contract. He was eventually given a three year deal.

2016 NCAA Tournament: Friday’s schedule, tip times and channel guide

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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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)
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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.


2016 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Bracket - 3.17.16THURSDAY’S STARS


  • 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.