March Madness Updates: Top Seed North Carolina, Indiana, Providence Win Openers
The first round of the NCAA 2016 tournament began on Thursday with 32 games scheduled over two days. Here are the results of March Madness so far.Advertisement
Brice Johnson led the top-seeded North Carolina as they banked on their convincing second half start to beat Florida Gulf Coast 83-67. Johnson scored 18 points at Raleigh, N.C. UNC showed its superiority during the first 10 minutes of the second half when they unleashed a 20-3 run. That helped the Tar Heels to start with a win, and avoid the unprecedented result of the first seed losing to a 16 seed. Moreover the Tar Heels haven’t lost a game in their home state in long 37 years, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Indiana Wins Over Chattanooga
Yogi Ferrell was the star of the show. He had 20 points and season high 10 assists. Indiana notched up a convincing win over Chattanooga 99-74 in the opener on Thursday in the East region.
Thomas Bryant had 13 points and Troy Williams added 12 points highlighting the Hoosiers high powered offense’s supreme form. They shot 64.9%. from the floor.
Wichita State pulled off an upset win over Arizona. Wichita won 65-55, as reported by the Oregon Live. Wichita will now be facing Miami on Saturday who defeated the Buffaloes with a final score of 79-72 earlier.
In another first round match-up, Providence edged past USC 70-69 in a thrilling encounter. Utah defeated Fresno State 80-69 to advance to the next phase.
Kentucky will be facing Indiana in the next round after beating the Stony Brook 85-57.
Few Other Results of Thursday:
- Duke 93, UNC Wilmington 85
- Butler 71, Texas Tech 61
- Connecticut 74, Colorado 67
- Iowa State 94, Iona 81
- Yale 79, Baylor 75
- Virginia 81, Hampton 45
- Kansas 105, Austin Peay 79
- Arkansas Little Rock 85, Purdue 83 (2 OT)
- Gonzaga 68, Seton Hall, 52