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AFTER-THOUGHTS: FRIDAY
March 17, 2006

Last Update: 4:25 PM CST

(1) Memphis over (16) Oral Roberts

The Golden Eagles put up a valiant effort, but it wasn't enough to down one-seed Memphis. The Tigers prevailed by 16 points and now move on to round two. UM was led by star senior Rodney Carney's 19 points; four other Tigers were also in double-figures. Caleb Green battled foul trouble early but still led the Eagles in scoring, tallying 19 of his own points in a losing effort.

(1) Villanova over (16) Monmouth

The Hawks made Villanova work down to the final minutes, but in the end, it was the top-seeded Wildcats who came out on top by 13 points. Back from injury, Allan Ray led the way for 'Nova, pumping in 19 points on the afternoon, while Randy Foye contributed 17 of his own. Monmouth's upset attempt was led by Dejan Delic who scored 17 points, including nine from beyond the arc. Though Villanova shot just 30% on the day, they'll move on to round two to face Arizona on Sunday.

(6) West Virginia over (11) Southern Illinois

The Mountaineers jumped to an early lead and never really got much of a battle from the Salukis, prevailing by 18 points in their first round matchup. WVU extended a twelve-point halftime lead early in the second half thanks to the play of leading-scorer Kevin Pittsnoggle, one of only two West Virginia players in double figures. SIU was led by Matt Shaw and Jamaal Tatum who had a dozen each.

(7) Georgetown over (10) Northern Iowa

The Panthers led for most of the first 20 minutes and took a four-point advantage into the locker room. But Georgetown came out and jumped back on top early in the second half and eventually held on for the five-point victory. Hoyas big man Roy Hibbert was the key player for G'Town, scoring 17 points on the day while also controlling the boards. Ashanti Cook was the only other Georgetown player in double figures, while NIU was led by the play of John Little and Nick Jacobson.

(9) Bucknell over (8) Arkansas

The Bison pulled out a four-point win in one of the best games the Tournament has seen so far. Charles Lee and Kevin Bettnecourt combined to score 42 of the Bison's 59 points, while also keeping Arkansas star guard Ronnie Brewer in check. The Hogs made a late rally to tie the game with a couple minutes left, but missed free-throws throughout the second half hurt UA's hopes. A pair of conversions from the charity stripe sealed the deal for Bucknell, sending them to the second round for the second consecutive season.

(14) Northwestern State over (3) Iowa

The finish of the Tournament thus far goes to the Demons of Northwestern State. After trailing most of the way, NSU made a late push to get within striking distance in the final minutes. After their first three-point attempt failed with just seconds remaining, the Demons grabbed the rebound, and a fade-away shot from the corner was nailed to put NSU up 1 with less than a second to go. A final attempt by the Hawkeyes hit the front of the iron, and the Demons capped off the biggest upset of the Big Dance so far.

(8) Arizona over (9) Wisconsin

The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead, saw UW make a few minor pushes throughout the game, but never saw their margin sink into single-digits on the way to a 19-point victory. Hassan Adams came back from suspension to lead the 'Cats with 21 points, while four additional players scored in double-figures as well. Alando Tucker's 19 was not enough as the Badgers were sent home after a single game.

(2) Ohio State over (15) Davidson

It wasn't easy, but the Buckeyes got past Davidson in round one. It was a bad shooting performance from beyond the arc for Ohio State, the team connecting on less than 25% of their attempts from downtown. The Wildcats' Ian Johnson was great in the losing effort, going for 26 points on the afternoon. OSU was led by the play of Terence Dials and Ron Lewis, who scored 19 points apiece in the victory.

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