First-round action in the NCAA Men’s Tournament got underway last night with two games, part of the new "First Four" portion in the expanded field of 68. They’re essentially what used to be called “play-in” games to set the pairings for the field of 64 and the real beginning of March Madness tomorrow.
Last night at Dayton, where two more first round games are scheduled for tonight, it was UNC-Asheville beating Arkansas Little Rock 81-77 in overtime. The Bulldogs will next face No. 1 seed Pittsburgh tomorrow in Washington, D.C.
In the second game of the night, Clemson made easy work of UAB, 70-to-52, earning the Tigers a number-12 seed in the East Regional. Most of those office pools don’t start until Thursday when your brackets need to be filled out before tomorrow afternoon.
Michigan State plays UCLA tomorrow night while Michigan takes on Tennessee Friday afternoon. Michigan’s third team in the Big Dance, Oakland University, also plays on Friday, taking on Texas.