Keep track of all 16 games on Friday's NCAA tournament schedule with our live recaps as the results go final.

By The SI Staff
March 16, 2018

The second full day of the NCAA tournament is in the books. If only for one reason, Friday will forever be remembered as one of the most remarkable days in the history of sports.

No. 16 seed UMBC pulled off the first-ever upset of a No. 1 seed in the first round of the men's tournament, toppling Virginia by 20. The Retrievers' impossible win overshadowed what looked to be the biggest upset of the day, when No. 13 seed Marshall claimed its first NCAA Tournament win by beating No. 4 seed Wichita State.

Below you’ll find recaps of every game of the first round’s second day, along with a full schedule and TV guide for a look at what’s ahead. Follow along for results and updates on all of the games as the final buzzer sounds, and click here for a live look at the bracket.



Friday's Results

Texas A&M 73, Providence 69

The SEC has extended its record in this year’s first round to 5–0 after Friday’s first game, which found a measure of continuity at last down the stretch. Texas A&M missed its first 10 shots of the game, needing over six minutes of action to score, but the Friars failed to take advantage, trailed by one at halftime and ultimately couldn’t find the firepower once the Aggies started hitting shots. A&M’s two best pro prospects Robert Williams and Tyler Davis dominated inside, combining for 29 rebounds and 27 points.

Purdue 74, Cal State Fullerton 48

No. 2-seed Purdue looked a little bit rusty early—perhaps expected given the long layoff since their loss in the Big Ten final to Michigan more than 10 days ago—but the Boilermakers locked in after the half. The Edwards combo of Vincent and Carsen (no relation) finished with 15 points each, but Boilermakers big man Isaac Haas took a hard fall and left the court with ice on his elbow. Purdue awaits the Arkansas-Butler winner.

Marshall 81, Wichita State 75

A gripping second-half three-point shootout (with several exhausting breaks for replay reviews at the scorer’s table) ended with the Thundering Herd’s first NCAA tournament win in six tries, the second 13-4 upset of the first round. Locked in a showdown with Shockers sharpshooter Conner Frankamp, Marshall junior Jon Elmore scored 27 points and drew the attention of the Wichita State defense away from Ajdin Penava for a dunk off an inbounds play with 34 seconds left, and the Shockers’ shots from outside finally stopped falling.

Cincinnati 68, Georgia State 53

Cincinnati entered Friday’s game as a top 2-seed for the first time since 2002, when it was knocked out in the first round, while No. 15 Georgia State was no stranger to winning NCAA tournament games as a double-digit seed. Ron Hunter’s upset-minded squad hung with the defensive-minded Bearcats for the first half, but the AAC champs pulled away in the second half, thanks in part to Gary Clark’s fourth-straight double-double performance, and in part to the Panthers going cold in the last minutes of the game.

North Carolina 84, Lipscomb 66

The defending national champs are off and running, shrugging off an early volley of three-pointers from a 15-seed making its first NCAA tournament appearance and pulling away late to advance to a Sunday matchup with Texas A&M. Junior guard Kenny Williams continued the hot streak he came out of the ACC tournament on, leading all scorers with 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field.

Butler 79, Arkansas 62

The SEC undefeated first-round streak in this year’s tournament is no more: The Razorbacks were the first team from the conference fall, succumbing to LaVall Jordan’s press-heavy squad. At one point in the first half, Butler led 21-1 before Arkansas outscored the Bulldogs 28–7 to even the score. After the break, the Razorbacks put up a fight but Butler ultimately pulled away behind a combined 51 points from Kamar Baldwin and Kelan Martin. On Sunday, the Bulldogs get a Purdue team without senior center Issac Haas, who will miss the rest of the tournament with a fractured elbow.

West Virginia 85, Murray State 68

With senior guard Jevon Carter leading the way, the Mountaineers dictated the pace from start to finish, forcing 16 turnovers and keeping the Racers at arm’s length from late in the first half onward. Carter gave the Murray State backcourt fits on the defensive end, finishing with 21 points and six steals. The win set up an all-West Virginia showdown in the Round of 32 after Marshall’s upset of Wichita State.

Nevada 87, Texas 83

If you missed this one, you missed a good one. The Longhorns seemed in control for the majority of the game, but late in the second half the Wolf Pack started to claw their way back from as much as 14 points down. The battle extended into overtime—it was the Longhorns’ eighth OT game of the season, a school record and tied for the most in a season in Division I history, but it was Nevada who rose to the occasion and showed experience in the end. With Texas star Mo Bamba fouled out and two minutes to go in OT, Nevada stormed back to grab its first lead since 5-2 in the first half and took it home. The Wolf Pack gets No. 2 Cincinnati on Sunday.

Kansas State 69, Creighton 59

No. 9 Kansas State led wire-to-wire in a double-digit win over No. 8 Creighton in the South Region. Bluejays star Marcus Foster, who led the team with 20.3 ppg this season, didn’t score until halfway through the second half and finished with just five points on 2-for-11 shooting against his former team. Wildcats freshman guard Mike McGuirl was an unlikely hero, coming off the bench to score 17 points and shooting 3 of 5 from three.

Michigan State 82, Bucknell 78

Miles Bridges scored 29 points to lead No. 3 Michigan State past No. 14 Bucknell. The Bison hung around with the Spartans for much of the first half and were down only four at halftime, but Bridges asserted himself in the second half as MSU pulled away and staved off a late Bison charge. The Spartans shot just 29.4% from three as a team but made up for it by out-rebounding Bucknell by 12 and limiting its turnovers to 10.

Auburn 62, Charleston 58

Auburn avoided becoming the latest No. 4 seed to be upset by hanging on to beat No. 13 Charleston.​ The Tigers shot just 35.6% from the floor, including a 5 for 24 mark from three, but a strong defensive effort forced 21 Cougars turnovers to make up for the lack of offense. Sophomore Mustapha Heron led Auburn with 16 points, adding five rebounds and two steals.

Xavier 102, Texas Southern 83

No. 1 Xavier overcame an early seven-point deficit to cruise past No. 16 Texas Southern in the first round. The backcourt duo of J.P. Macura and Trevon Bluiett combined to score 55 points, while forward Kerem Kanter added another 24 in the win. Macura made 5 of 6 three-pointers to lead a 45.8% team mark for the Musketeers, who dished out 19 assists in the victory.

UMBC 74, Virginia 54

What is there to even say?! No. 16 UMBC went out and shocked the world, becoming the first men’s No. 16 seed ever to knock off a No. 1 seed. But the Retrievers didn’t just beat No. 1 overall seed Virginia—they blew them out by 20. After playing to a first-half tie, they got off to a roaring start in the second and stunned the Cavaliers’ No. 1-ranked defense with 53 second-half points. For the game, UMBC shot 12 for 24 from three and were led by Jairus Lyles’s game-high 28 points.

Syracuse 57, TCU 52

No. 11 Syracuse, which previously beat Arizona State in the First Four Wednesday night, used its stifling defense to upset No. 6 TCU in the first round. Orange freshman Marek Dolezaj scored 17 points before fouling out to lead the offense, while fellow freshman Oshae Brissett added 13. The defense held the Horned Frogs, who entered the day 13th nationally in three-point shooting, to a 3-for-17 mark from the perimeter and forced 13 TCU turnovers.

Clemson 79, New Mexico State 68

No. 5 Clemson handled popular upset pick No. 12 New Mexico State to advance to face No. 4 Auburn. The Tigers built a 12-point halftime lead and held off an Aggies’ comeback bid in the second half to win by 11. Shelton Mitchell and Gabe DeVoe combined for 45 points on 18-for-28 shooting to lead Clemson, which picked up its first NCAA tournament win since 2011.

Florida State 67, Missouri 54

Michael Porter Jr.’s NCAA tournament stay was a short one. The freshman scored 16 off the bench in just his second game back from injury, but No. 8 Missouri fell to No. 9 Florida State by 13. The Seminoles’ defense stifled the Tigers as they built a 22-point halftime lead en route to the win. Mfiondu Kabengele led FSU, which advances to face No. 1 Xavier, with 14 points.

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