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Midnight links: Oregon advances, Colorado and Arizona State head home

Post by Christian Caple on March 20, 2014 at 10:55 pm with No Comments »
March 20, 2014 10:55 pm

On a day that produced a handful of NCAA tournament thrillers, Pac-12 participants ran the gamut — one of them won fairly easily, one of them got blown out, and one lost at the buzzer.

— First, here are the standings after Day 1 in our TNT Bracket Challenge. As you can see, several folks are tied for first place with 14 correct predictions out of 16 on the first day.

Oregon was the only Pac-12 team to win on Thursday, coasting past Brigham Young 87-68 to advance to a second-round matchup with No. 2 seed Wisconsin on Saturday.

— Colorado didn’t fare so well, falling to No. 9 seed Pittsburgh in a 77-48 blowout.

— Arizona State, playing as a 10-seed, almost pulled off a mild upset but lost, 87-85, on a buzzer-beater to No. 7 seed Texas.

Here are all of yesterday’s scores, which, for the first time in NCAA tournament history, featured four overtime games.

— And here’s what the bracket looks like after the first day.

In today’s Pac-12 action …

— 10-seed Stanford gets it started with its first-round game against No. 7 seed New Mexico (10:40 a.m., TBS). Cardinal guard Anthony Brown has been hobbling.

No. 1 seed Arizona is up next, facing No. 16 seed Weber State (11:10 a.m., TNT).

No. 4 seed UCLA has the last game of the day, playing against No. 13 seed Tulsa (6:57 p.m., truTV).

Christian Caple can be reached at christian.caple@thenewstribune.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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