"Player" of the day
We can't limit it to just one player on this special day -- rather, the entire Ball State team gets the nod. The No. 12 seed Cardinals didn't just beat No. 5 Tennessee -- they won going away, 71-55.
"It hasn't hit me yet," Ball State senior Kiley Jarrett said. "It is just unbelievable."
Three Cardinals scored in double figures, led by senior Porchia Green with 23. Audrey McDonald had 18 points and Jarrett 14.
Ball State, which has won 12 games in a row, had its best season ever in the Mid-American Conference, going 14-2.
Then the Cardinals upset Bowling Green in the league tournament final. The Falcons didn't get an at-large bid. But Ball State's win over Tennessee seems pretty good evidence that the Falcons should have. -- Mechelle Voepel
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NCAA tournament first-round scores
Ball State 71, Tennessee 55
Michigan State 60, Middle Tennessee 59
Duke 83, Austin Peay 42
Iowa State 85, ETSU 53
Baylor 87, UT-San Antonio 82 (OT)
Louisville 62, Liberty 42
Utah 60, Villanova 30
Maryland 82, Dartmouth 53
LSU 69, UW-Green Bay 59
South Dakota St. 90, TCU 55
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Oklahoma 76, Prairie View 47
Georgia Tech 76, Iowa 62
Texas A&M 80, Evansville 45
Connecticut 104, Vermont 65
Minnesota 79, Notre Dame 71
Florida 70, Temple 57
For the complete scoreboard, click here.
UConn scores 104, crushes Vermont
On Tap For Monday
(All times Eastern)
No. 11 Miss. St. vs. No. 3 Ohio St. (ESPN2, 7)
No. 10 SDSU vs. No. 2 Stanford (ESPN2, 9:30)
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No. 6 Purdue vs. No. 3 UNC (ESPN2, 7)
No. 7 Rutgers vs. No. 2 Auburn (ESPN2, 7)
No. 12 Gonzaga vs. No. 4 Pitt (ESPN2, 9:30)
No. 5 Kansas St. vs. No. 4 Vandy (ESPN2, 9:30)
No. 6 Arizona St. vs. No. 3 Florida St. (ESPN2, 7)
No. 5 Virginia vs. No. 4 Cal (ESPN2, 9:30)
All games also available on ESPN360.com. For the full schedule, click here.
Aggies advance past Evansville
Easy does it
Until such time, if it ever happens, that a No. 16 seed upsets a No. 1 again, Stanford fans will have to brace themselves for the inevitable mentions of "that game" in the first round of each NCAA tournament.
But they're through it for one more year, as all four No. 1 seeds cruised their way through first-round games Sunday, and so there doesn't have to be any more mention of "that game" again in this tournament.
Connecticut started the day doing pretty much whatever it wanted against Vermont, 104-65, led by Tina Charles' 32 points.
Like the Huskies, Maryland is playing its first two rounds at home. The Terps breezed past Dartmouth 82-53, led by Kristi Toliver, who scored 27 points but possibly could have had 72 if she'd wanted. More of Mechelle Voepel's blog ...
Michigan St. rallies, beats Blue Raiders by one
2 for the road
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Auburn isn't on a typical road trip. For one thing, the SEC regular-season champion has set up shop this weekend in the palatial locker room usually occupied by the Rutgers men's basketball team at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. It's a perk accorded to the pod's highest seed, and the traveling party of the 2-seed Tigers looked comfortable checking out other games on the big screen after beating 15-seed Lehigh on Saturday.
But the New Jersey Turnpike still beckons in the distance, and the home crowd Monday night (ESPN2, 7 ET) will be anything but welcoming when the Tigers face 7-seed Rutgers. More from Graham Hays ...
Utah holds Villanova to 30 points
Gophers? Go figure
Just when you thought you might have Minnesota figured out this season
you really didn't.
The Gophers at one point had won six of seven games, including a victory on the road at Ohio State. But then they lost three of their next four. Two of those were against Purdue and Ohio State, so that's understandable. But the other loss was to Northwestern.
Then the Gophers went to East Lansing and defeated Michigan State. But that was followed by a loss to Illinois in Minnesota's home finale. Then, after a loss to Iowa in the Big Ten tournament, the Gophers -- at 19-11 -- had to hold their breath about getting an NCAA tournament bid.
So they weren't exactly the most likely candidate to upset home-court advantage in the NCAA tournament. But that's just what the Gophers did on Sunday. Emily Fox had 23 points, Katie Ohm had 15 and No. 10 seed Minnesota beat seventh-seeded Notre Dame 79-71 in South Bend, Ind.
The Gophers made eight 3-pointers and shot 49.1 percent from the field against Notre Dame, which is not insignificant given the Irish defense. They will need a similar effort against second-seeded Texas A&M, which was expecting to have to face the Fighting Irish on their home court. -- Mechelle Voepel
Auriemma happy with Huskies' opening effort