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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.

AND THE UPSETS WERE

  • 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?

BUT THE FAVORITES ROLLED, TOO

  • 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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BUT THEY STRUGGLED

  • 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)
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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.