Here is a quick look at the good, the bad and the ugly of the second day of the men's NCAA Tournament.
By Josh Cook
The second day of the men's NCAA Tournament
might not have had the drama of Thursday, but Friday was more than fine.
Here is a quick look at the good, the bad and the ugly of Day 2 of the NCAA Tournament.
The Big Red gave the Ivy League a rare win in the Big Dance by beating Temple 78-65.
The Indiana University transfer, who was the infamous college player who dunked on NBA superstar LeBron James at a summer camp, scored 28 points to lead Xavier over Minnesota. His team's victory improved IU transfers to 3-0 in the Big Dance after Armon Bassett (Ohio) and Ben Allen (St. Mary's, Calif.) won first-round games Thursday.
The lone bright spot for the University of Louisville in its 77-62 loss to California was the freshman forward from Miami. Buckles scored a career-high 20 points, hitting 10 of 11 shots, and grabbing nine rebounds for the Cardinals.
The junior center scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Purdue, a team many predicted would lose its opening game, to a comeback win over Siena.
West Virginia's start:
The Mountaineers quickly fell behind Morgan State (who?!) 10-0 in their first-round before outscoring the Bears 77-40 the rest of the way.
The comments of New Mexico State junior guard Jahmar Young:
After his team's three-point loss to Michigan State, Young all but blamed the officials.
"They took the air out of the game," he said. "The refs...they did their jobs I guess, but (that's) not NCAA basketball."
Granted a suspect technical foul call on Young, as well as a late lane violation call, didn't help the Aggies, but officials' calls are part of the game. A part, no matter how good or bad, that both teams have to accept.
UofL's start and finish:
There was nothing pretty about the way the Cards fell behind 22-4 against Cal, or the way they ended the game (being outscored 12-2 after UofL had pulled within five points with 6:36 to play). The comeback in between wasn't bad, but the Cards' ugly start and ugly finish led to the end of their season.
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