NCAA Tournament Live Updates: Will St. Patrick’s Day Bring More March Madness Surprises?

Welcome to Happy Confluence on the first Friday of March madness And St. Patrick’s Day.

This promising day of cool and fun features 16 men’s NCAA tournament games in the round of 64. Will there be any other big surprises? On Thursday, No. 15 Princeton stunned No. 2 Arizona and the The 13-man Paladins of Furman anger No. 4 Virginia.

The first game on Friday is at 12:15 p.m. ET between No. 10 USC and No. 7 Michigan State (CBS), and the action doesn’t end until around midnight on the East Coast with No. 11 Arizona State and No. 6 TCU tipping at 10:05 p.m. ET (truTV).

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Winners and losers of Thursday’s promotion

That’s what we want on the first day of Madness: Brackets are breaking across the country and double-digit seeds are shocking everyone (except yourself, at least if you’re Princeton).

But other top seeds looked dominant – that’s how they should look, especially in their first-round games. All of this comes together to offer an intriguing second round. But first we have a full day of first-round matches, which can create even more chaos.

– Lindsay Schnell

Ranking of Friday games

Oddly enough, Day 2 of March Madness features all four #3 seeds in action, and with it all of the often-riveting #6 vs. #11 matches. This is the area of ​​the bracket where chaos often occurs in the first and second rounds.

Here is the list of Friday’s games ranked by how worth seeing they will be in our opinion. But here, too, you should keep the remote control handy in case unexpected situations arise.

  1. No. 6 Kentucky vs. No. 11 Providence

  2. No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 Florida Atlantic

  3. No. 5 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 12 Virginia Commonwealth

  4. No. 6 TCU vs. No. 11 Arizona State

  5. #7 Michigan State vs. #10 Southern California

– Eddie Timanos

Houston ruins title hopes by playing Marcus Sasser before he was ready

That backfired spectacularly.

Just five days after Marcus Sasser pulled his groin in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament, he was back on the Cougars starting lineup Thursday night. For a first round match against a No. 16 team.

To a surprise to almost no one, Sasser didn’t even make it to halftime. Now, top-seeded Houston may not make it to the second weekend, let alone the Final Four in his hometown.

– Nancy armor

Alabama’s greatest adversary may be exhaustion from the endless chaos

The athletics director made a statement at halftime. The most tested 20-year-old in basketball couldn’t get a shot before eventually going to the bench to rest a sore groin. The Walk-On, which no one had heard of before Wednesday night, threatened the New York Times with a lawsuit. And for two hours the coach loses his mind every time he dribbles a game he didn’t even come close to losing.

In other words, It was just another day in Alabama basketball.

– Dan clouds

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: March Madness Live Bracket Updates: USC-Michigan State Tip on Friday

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