That's a wrap on the first day of Madness

Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2009 by Travis Cody in

I had a great first day watching the tournament. I made scrambled egg burritos with bacon bits, cheese, and Ranch dressing. I snacked on corn chips and cream cheese. I had CAKE. I drank V8 Fusion juice and Stewart's Diet Root Beer.

I even caught up on blog rounds while I was watching the games. I really can multi-task.

Last year my bracket was pretty much busted on the first day. This year my day one record is 13-3.

#15 seed CS Northridge nearly pulled off the upset of the day, but #2 seed Memphis took control late and survived.

#14 seed American pushed #3 seed Villanova to the brink.

#3 seed Gonzaga survived a scare from #14 seed Akron. Hey! That was the Zags against the Zips.

#12 seed Western Kentucky held on late to score the only major upset of the day against #5 seed Illinois.

Here's a summary of the day's results.

West Regional

#1 Connecticut beat #16 Chattanooga, 103-47
#9 Texas A&M beat #8 BYU, 79-66
#5 Purdue beat #12 Northern Iowa, 61-56
#4 Washington beat #13 Mississippi St, 71-58
#10 Maryland beat #7 California, 84-71
#2 Memphis beat #15 CS Northridge, 81-70

South Reginal

#1 North Carolina beat #16 Radford, 101-59
#8 LSU beat #9 Butler, 75-71
#4 Gonzaga beat #13 Akron, 77-64
#10 Michigan beat #7 Clemson, 62-59
#2 Oklahoma beat #15 Morgan State, 82-54
#12 Western Kentucky beat #5 Illinois, 76-72

East Regional

#3 Villanova beat #14 American, 80-67
#7 Texas beat #10 Minnesota, 76-62
#6 UCLA beat #11 VCU, 65-64
#2 Duke beat #15 Binghamton, 86-62

Now after a good night's sleep I'll be ready for 16 more games.

Happy March Madness!


  1. I went 12-4 for the first day.

    I missed BYU, VCU, Butler and Illinois. But of those four, I only had Ilinois winning another game. The Villanova comeback was quite impressive, as was VCU's - although they lost by one.

  1. DrillerAA says:

    I wound up watching the OU vs Morgan State game on the web because CBS kept switching back and forth. I don't like that. I like to get involved in a game and stay with it. Of course, OU is my alma mater, so that may have had something to do with my interest.

  1. Marsha says:

    OK, so I had to hold my breath on that one......whewww. Hope those Tigers do better next round -keeping my fingers crossed!

  1. My bracket is a mess, at least for me. I filled it out at the very last second, and didn't really think it through. *Sigh* Oh well...

  1. Travis says:

    Southern: I always have a hard time with the 8-9 games, and with which 12 is going to beat a 5. And I was certain VCU had enough to pick off UCLA. But the Bruins' defense was just too strong.

    Drilleraa: I've never been a fan of CBS coverage of the tournament. The only thing they should us out here of the OU game was the flip on Blake Griffin. I thought he showed tremendous professionalism by not reacting to it.

    Marsha: That better be the kick in the pants Memphis needed to get over not being a #1 seed. Otherwise they won't last much longer.

    Songbird: This is the first time in awhile that I've done well on the first day.

    NNG: It was! And I've got more for today!