Arizona took care of business in a manner most expected. Utah got an expectedly tough game from Stephen F. Austin, but held on. And UCLA needed the most criticized call of the first full day of the NCAA tournament to sneak past SMU.
But at the end of the day, the Pac-12 finished the first day of the tourney with a 3-0 record. One more team is in action later today. Let's recap it all, and look ahead with some links.
--- Arizona rolled to an easy 93-72 victory over Texas Southern, but the Wildcats say they "have to be better." The Wildcats advance to face Ohio State.
--- Utah shook off its jitters and held off Stephen F. Austin for a 57-50 victory in Portland. The Utes advance to face Georgetown.
--- On one of the most controversial calls in an NCAA tournament in recent memory, the 11th-seeded UCLA Bruins escaped with a 60-59 victory over 6th-seed SMU. The Bruins advance to face 14th-seed Alabama-Birmingham.
--- Of local interest: Georgetown beat Eastern Washington, 84-74, in Portland last night.
--- Of national interest: one of the most memorable NCAA tournament finishes of the last decade.
Here's the schedule of games at KeyArena in Seattle today. I'll be covering Gonzaga this weekend, and wrote this preview of the Bulldogs' game in today's newspaper. TNT columnist John McGrath writes about the beneficial transfer this season of Bryon Wesley, who left USC to play at Gonzaga as a senior. And Gregg Bell writes about UC-Irvine and 7-foot-6 center Mamadou Ndiaye, the biggest basketball player in America.
10:40 a.m. – No. 12 Wyoming vs. No. 5 UNI (TBS)
1:10 p.m. – No. 13 UC Irvine vs. No. 4 Louisville (TBS)
4:30 p.m. – No. 10 Davidson vs. No. 7 Iowa (TNT)
6:50 p.m. – No. 15 North Dakota State vs. No. 2 Gonzaga (TNT)
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