Four double-digit seeds advance in action-packed Friday


No. 13 seed Yale rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to stun the No. 4 seed and SEC Tournament champion Auburn Tigers, with 28 points from John Poulakidas and a key block in the waning seconds securing the school’s second-ever NCAA Tournament win.

The 12th seeded Grand Canyon Lopes earned the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament win in a big way, upsetting No. 5 seed Saint Mary’s 75-66 for the historic victory.

In one of the most exciting games of the day, No. 10 seed Colorado broke a late tie with No. 7 seed Florida on a KJ Simpson jumper with two seconds left to finish off a 102-100 upset victory and extending its record for wins in a season to 26.

No. 12 seed James Madison continued the longest active winning streak in the nation by getting off to a hot start and never trailing against fifth-seeded Wisconsin.

No. 5 seed San Diego State faced down everything that an upset-minded No. 12 seed UAB had and emerged victorious, with All-American forward Jaedon LeDee’s 32 points powering last year’s runners-up to the second round.

In what proved to be the only overtime game of the first round, No. 9 seed Northwestern prevailed over No. 8 seed Florida Atlantic, getting a career-high and school-tournament-record 27 points from Ryan Langborg for the third NCAA Tournament win in school history.

No. 9 seed Texas A&M put up the highest-scoring game of its season on its biggest stage, with five scorers in double figures and three with at least 20 points leading the way to a 98-83 win over No. 8 seed Nebraska.

No. 1 overall seed and defending champion UConn made a statement in the first game of its title defense, handling No. 16 seed Stetson 91-52 in a game that saw all five Husky starters score in double figures.

A ten-game NCAA Tournament losing streak is over, as No. 8 seed Utah State defeated No. 9 seed TCU 88-72 to earn its first tournament win since 2001.

Led by 30 points from All-American Mark Sears, No. 4 Alabama took a double-digit lead into halftime and cruised from there against No. 13 Charleston in a high-scoring 109-96 ballgame.

No. 2 seed Marquette survived an early scare, trailing by seven at the half to No. 15 seed Western Kentucky before rallying for an 87-69 victory with a dominant second half.

The fourth seeded Duke Blue Devils survived and advanced against a scrappy No. 13 seed Vermont Catamount team that hung tough but faded late in a 64-47 Duke win.

The No. 1 seed Houston Cougars handled business against the No. 16 seeded Longwood Lancers, racing out to an early lead and never taking their foot off the gas in an 86-46 win.

Zach Edey and the No. 1 seeded Purdue Boilermakers dominated on the glass, with a 48-23 rebounding advantage (including 18 offensive rebounds) keying a 78-50 win over the No. 16 seed Grambling Tigers

The No. 6 team Clemson Tigers looked strong in a 77-56 win over No. 11 seed New Mexico, with a stifling defense limiting the Lobos to just a 29.7 field goal percentage.

The third-seeded Baylor Bears never trailed in a 92-67 triumph over No. 14 seed Colgate, hitting 16 3-pointers to defeat the Raiders and advance to the second round.

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