- Fred Van Vleet, Wichita State: Van Vleet scored 19 of his 27 points in the first half, adding four assists with just a single turnovers, as the Shockers knocked off No. 10 Indiana, 81-76.
- Frank Mason, Kansas: Mason had 17 points, nine boards and four assists to lead No. 2 Kansas past No. 15 New Mexico State, 75-56, in the opening round.
- Wayne Blackshear and Quentin Snider, Louisville: On a day where Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier struggled, Blackshear and Snider carried the Cardinals to the win. They combined for 35 points, making a series of massive plays down the stretch, including a game-tying layup and the game-winning free throws.
- Joseph Young, Oregon: Young scored 23 points in an eight minute stretch — including a personal 15-3 run — as Oregon knocked off Oklahoma State.
- Aaron White, Iowa: Is there a player anywhere in the country playing better basketball than Aaron White right now? In a blowout win over No. 10 Davidson, White had 26 points, the sixth straight game where he went for more than 20.
GAME OF THE DAY: No. 7 Wichita State 81, No. 10 Indiana 76
The Shockers and the Hoosiers went back and fourth for 40 minutes, with a pair of massive momentum swings in the second half. Fred Van Vleet carried the Shockers for the first 20 minutes, keeping them within striking distance in the second half. The best news of this result? We get No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 7 Wichita State on Sunday.
SHOT OF THE DAY: Tarik Phillips, West Virginia
No. 12 Buffalo had come storming back against No. 5 West Virginia, tying the game with just two minutes left in the game. West Virginia answered with a bucket of their own, and after getting a stop, Phillips hit this three with 30 seconds left to give the Mountaineers an insurmountable 67-62 lead.
BLOWN CALL OF THE DAY: No. 4 Maryland 65, No. 13 Valpo 62
This is becoming all too familiar of a theme in this tournament. This time, it’s Varun Ram avoiding a whistle as he raked the arms of Keith Carter as he tried to get off a desperation, last-second three.
- The only upset of the day came in the final game of the day, as No. 11 Dayton knocked off No. 6 Providence in a glorified home game in Columbus, Ohio.
- Kyle Wiltjer scored 23 and Kevin Pangos added 18 points and five assists as the Zags pulled away from No. 15 North Dakota State down the stretch.
- No. 15 Belmont gave No. 2 Virginia a scare, but the Cavs pulled away down the stretch to knock off the Bruins.
- Frank Kaminsky led the way with 27 points and 12 boards as No. 1 Wisconsin cruised past Coastal Carolina.
- Tashawn Thomas led No. 3 Oklahoma to a 69-60 win over No. 14 Albany. The Sooners could never pull away down the stretch, but this game never felt as close as the final score indicates.
- No. 5 Northern Iowa did a good job showing off their balanced offensive attack as they knocked off No. 12 Wyoming, 71-54.
- Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine combined for 12 assists as No. 7 Michigan State survived No. 10 Georgia, 70-63. The Spartans were up big most of the second half, but came very close to blowing that lead in the final minutes.
- No. 8 San Diego State got hot from the perimeter as they knocked off No. 9 St. John’s and will now get a shot at No. 1 Duke.