The first day of the men’s NCAA Tournament more than made up for the 2020 hiatus, with three overtime games, a healthy dose of upsets and already several emerging storylines to track – particularly the dichotomy between the presentation of the men’s tournament compared to what the women are experiencing.
On the court, both No. 1 seeds dominated, while a two-seed – Ohio State – fell to Cinderella candidate Oral Roberts. With 16 more games on tap for Saturday, which other top teams should steel themselves for heartbreak?
Follow along for the latest updates and analysis from USA TODAY Sports’ team of reporters, editors and columnists.
Colorado’s Jabari Walker hot, whistled for flagrant
The Buffaloes raced out to an early lead on the Hoyas, with freshman guard Jabari Walker playing a significant role. He’s already notched a career high in 3-pointers made (four) and had 14 points.
WHOLE SQUAD HYPED! 🔥🔥🔥@CUBuffsMBB#MarchMadnesspic.twitter.com/qtz3O2jYYJ
With about seven minutes remaining in the half, Walker was whistled for a flagrant one foul after he shoved Georgetown’s Timothy Ighoefe while they were both on the ground.
Dikembe Mutombo cheering on Hoyas
Dikembe Mutombo won’t be involved in March Madness solely via Geico commercials this year. The former NBA center and Georgetown great was on hand for the Hoyas’ game against Colorado at Finkle Fieldhouse on Saturday.
Dikembe Mutombo in the house for G’Town ☝️ pic.twitter.com/QcYt6vOvXM
Georgetown vs. Colorado starts Day 2
Tipping off Saturday's (CBS) action is Big East tournament champion Georgetown, a 12-seed, taking on No. 5 Colorado. The Buffaloes, thanks to a trio of early triples and an 8-0, built early 10-point lead over Patrick Ewing’s Hoyas.
Evan Battey is bringing the ENERGY! 💪@CUBuffsMBB#MarchMadnesspic.twitter.com/GA22cvu4ya
Colorado led 17-7 at the under-12 media timeout.
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Virginia cleared to play
No. 4 Virginia should be cleared for its first-round matchup against No. 13 Ohio later Saturday (7:15 p.m. EST, truTV), as ESPN reported the Cavaliers cleared COVID-19 testing twice upon arrival in Indianapolis – once Friday afternoon and again early Saturday morning.
As I just reported on @CollegeGameDay, Virginia’s traveling party passed its two COVID-19 tests since landing in Indianapolis, sources told ESPN. One test at 1:15 p.m., one at 1:15 a.m. Cavaliers have been cleared for afternoon shootaround, will be able to play vs. Ohio tonight.
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