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**March Madness - DAY 1 GAME THREAD**


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Let the Madness Begin!


Today's slate, courtesy of CBS Sports - http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/24492282/viewers-guide-the-best-day-of-the-college-basketball-season


Note: All times are Eastern.

No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Dayton (12:15 p.m., CBS): Intrastate battle with a little extra intrigue due to Jordan Sibert transferring from Ohio State to Dayton a two years ago. Will Dayton be able to manufacture offense, especially against Ohio State's defensive backcourt of Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott?

No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 15 American (12:40 p.m., truTV): Don't expect a ton of points in this one. Both teams like to play a half-court game on the offensive end, and American is one of the slowest-paced teams in the country. Mike Brennan's squad will have to get hot from the perimeter to get a win.

No. 8 Colorado vs. No. 9 Pittsburgh (1:40 p.m., TBS): This one will be interesting. Colorado is not loved by Vegas, and the Buffaloes are obviously not the same team since Spencer Dinwiddie got hurt. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh was on the bubble until the final week. Lamar Patterson could be a tough matchup.

No. 5 Cincinnati vs. No. 12 Harvard (2:10 p.m., TNT): A popular upset pick, but Harvard could have some difficulties with Cincinnati on the glass. The Bearcats get a lot done with second-chance points, and Harvard could struggle. The Crimson should be able to guard Cincinnati, but Sean Kilpatrick can be unstoppable.

No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 14 Western Michigan (2:40 p.m., CBS): Syracuse isn't playing well lately, losing five of its last seven -- but Western Michigan should be a decent matchup for the Orange. Western Michigan likes to draw contact and get to the free-throw line, which it will find hard to do against the Syracuse zone.

No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 BYU (3:10 p.m., truTV): This two teams played earlier this season, combining for 196 points. Expect another high-scoring, up-tempo battle. The biggest question revolves around BYU's Kyle Collinsworth, who was injured in the WCC championship game. How will the Cougars perform without him?

No. 1 Florida vs. No. 16 Albany (4:10 p.m., TBS): Albany already has an NCAA Tournamentwin, beating Mount St. Mary's in the First Four on Tuesday. The Great Danes' magic March run likely comes to an end against Florida, though. Fun fact: both head coaches (Will Brown, Billy Donovan) are from Long Island.

No. 4 Michigan State vs. No. 13 Delaware (4:40 p.m., TNT): This is just a bad matchup for Delaware. The Fightin' Blue Hens will have trouble getting good looks out of their ball-screen and isolation offense, and Michigan State should be able to take advantage of their deficiencies down low. Could this be the start to a deep Spartans' run?

No. 7 Connecticut vs. No. 10 Saint Joseph's (6:55 p.m., TBS): The winner of this could push Villanova to the brink in the Round of 32. The biggest individual battle in this one will Shabazz Napier against Langston Galloway. Both players are capable of getting hot from 3, and both have shown the ability to hit big shots.

No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 15 Wofford (7:10 p.m., CBS): I wouldn't be surprised to see this one close for a hal. Wofford defends the perimeter very well, where Michigan usually thrives with its 3-point shooting. Unfortunately, Wofford can go through long droughts on the offensive end -- something that it can't afford against the Wolverines.

No. 5 Saint Louis vs. No. 12 North Carolina State (7:20 p.m., TNT): A lot of people are on the NC State bandwagon after T.J. Warren led the Wolfpack to a First Four win over Xavier. But Saint Louis is one of the best defensive teams in the country, and could slow down Warren. Can the Billikens score enough, though?

No. 5 Oklahoma vs. No. 12 North Dakota State (7:27 p.m., truTV): Another popular upset pick, as North Dakota State's duo of Taylor Braun and Marshall Bjorklund could be on the verge of breaking out on a national scale. The key will be Oklahoma knocking down its open 3s and getting out in transition -- NDSU has to get back.

No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 15 Milwaukee (9:25 p.m., TBS): Milwaukee made a great run through the Horizon League tournament, but that momentum likely stops here. The last time we saw Villanova, it lost to Seton Hall in the Big East quarterfinals. This one should help the Wildcats get their confidence back.

No. 7 Texas vs. No. 10 Arizona State (9:40 p.m., CBS): Neither team was playing its best basketball toward the end of the season, as Texas lost five of its final games, while Arizona State dropping five of its last seven games entering the tournament. Texas will have to contain Jahii Carson, but the Sun Devils need help from their secondary options.

No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 Manhattan (9:50 p.m., TNT): This one should be fun. Both teams play the same pressing style, as Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello is Rick Pitino's protege. The issues for the Jaspers is that the Cardinals do mostly the same stuff -- just better. Manhattan won't be rattled, though, and could stay in the game.

No. 4 San Diego State vs. No. 13 New Mexico State (9:57 p.m., truTV): New Mexico State has an advantage on most teams because of its size, with two 6-foot-10 guys and a 7-foot-5 guy carrying the load inside. But San Diego State should be up to the task on the interior, and NMSU has no one to guard Xavier Thames.

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American and Dayton playing tough!


Agree .....girl..


Dayton impressive in first half, but look for OSU to make adjustments and close the second half....Depth and experience should be the difference.....Would be great to see underdogs take a few today...

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The thing that drives me crazy about March Madness is the constant unbelievable potential for an upset and how quickly that can wreck your bracket. Example: I have Wisconsin going to the Championship against Florida. But they're currently losing by six in the first to American. Now I don't think American holds on and wins. But if they did, it would kill my Bracket.

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The thing that drives me crazy about March Madness is the constant unbelievable potential for an upset and how quickly that can wreck your bracket. Example: I have Wisconsin going to the Championship against Florida. But they're currently losing by six in the first to American. Now I don't think American holds on and wins. But if they did, it would kill my Bracket.


American has been impressive Bevo, but Cheeses are now coming back...May be just settling down as tourney just getting started

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four keys to the Texas/ASU game as I see it.


1. We need to play with the intensity and urgency that we played with against West Virginia in the Big 12 tournament. This is it, win or go home.


2. We have to contain their super point guard Jahii Carson. Individually, Demarcus Holland is probably best suited to defend him, but if Javan Felix and Isaiah Taylor are on the court with Holland at the same time, there will be some height mismatch at the two and three for Texas. I have read that teams with taller defenders on Carson have had the best success defending him. Javan Felix has a 6'-6" wingspan. He and Taylor will probably rotate on Carson. This might be a good time for our taller and very athletic freshman guards, Martez Walker, Damarcus Croaker, and Kendal Yancy to step up. They have all had their moments this season, more so Walker of late, but they really are not freshman anymore for all practical purposes. It is time for one of them to step up and make a statement.


3. We need to get 7'-2" Jordan Bachynski in early foul trouble. Even though ASU has some good height other than Bachynski, without him they are weak in their forecourt defense and on the glass. With Ridley and The Prince inside and Holmes and Lammert playing inside out, we have the fouls to give to neutralize Bachynski and the talent to dominate ASU inside when he is on the bench.


4. Jonathan Holmes needs to bring his best game inside and outside. ASU does not match up well with his skill set.


If Texas is able to bring their A game and win this one, they need to find a way to carry it over from one game to the next. Even though we seemed to have hit a little bit of a glass ceiling of late, as unlikely as it may seem to be, a little mini run here would really enhance what appears to be a bright future for this team for the next year or so. Probably would not hurt in the Myles Turner Sweepstakes either.

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