March Madness 2022 – Best of the upsets, action and moments from NCAA tournament Friday games

Is March Madness 2022 wild enough yet? How’s your bracket doing? The first-round NCAA tournament games Thursday saw No. 15 seed Saint Peter’s knock of No. 2 Kentucky. Two No. 12 seeds, Richmond and New Mexico State, downed No. 5 seeds Iowa and UConn, respectively.

Two No. 1 seeds — Gonzaga and Baylor — cruised through their first games while Tennessee and North Carolina put up big scores.

So, shall we do it again Friday?

Jabari Smith, a top NBA draft prospect, and No. 2 seed Auburn help start the day’s action. Later, Mike Krzyzewski begins his final NCAA tournament as Duke’s head coach. The No. 2-seeded Blue Devils play Cal State Fullerton.

“I’m just going to go for it, and that’s what I’ve tried to do all season long,” Krzyzewski said Thursday. “I just want to be in the moment. I’m excited.”

NCAA tournament schedule (all times ET)

12:15 pm: 10 Loyola Chicago Ramblers vs. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes

12:40 pm: 15 Jacksonville State Gamecocks vs. 2 Auburn Tigers

1:45 pm: 14 Montana State Bobcats vs. 3 Texas Tech Red Raiders

2 pm: 14 Yale Bulldogs vs. 3 Purdue Boilermakers

2:45 pm: 15 Delaware Blue Hens vs. 2 Villanova Wildcats

3:10 pm: 10 Miami Hurricanes vs. 7 USC Trojans

4:15 pm: 11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. 6 Alabama Crimson Tide

4:30 pm: 11 Virginia Tech Hokies vs. 6 Texas Longhorns

6:50 pm: 13 Chattanooga Mocs vs. 4 Illinois Fighting Illini

7:10 pm: 15 CSU Fullerton Titans vs. 2 Duke Blue Devils

7:20 pm: 11 Iowa State Cyclones vs. 6 LSU Tigers

7:27 pm: 16 Wright State Raiders vs. 1 Arizona Wildcats

9:20 pm: 12 UAB Blazers vs. 5 Houston Cougars

9:40 pm: 10 Davidson Wildcats vs. 7 Michigan State Spartans

9:50 pm: 14 Colgate Raiders vs. 3 Wisconsin Badgers

9:57 pm: 9 TCU Horned Frogs vs. 8 Seton Hall Pirates

Deuce Tatum’s rooting for Duke

Coach K begins his final NCAA tournament run today, and former Blue Devil and current Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum had his son pay tribute.

Sister Jean in the house

What would a Loyola Ramblers game be without their beloved chaplain Sister Jean? The 102-year-old nun is in Pittsburgh on Friday for her team’s game against Ohio State.

POTUS on their side

Sometimes you have to make bracket picks with your heart. President Joe Biden put aside seeds, odds and opponents and picked his alma mater, the Delaware Blue Hens, to win both the men’s and women’s tournaments.

Texas AD’s wild ride

Everyone’s been on a long road trip. People take too many bathroom breaks. They try to take photos from moving cars. Souvenirs are bought. According to Chris Del Conte, the Longhorns’ athletics director, he had travel issues with his flight from Austin, Texas, to Milwaukee for Texas’ first-round game Friday.

So Del Conte got a car with some Texas fans and headed north. According to the feed, Del Conte got pulled over in a traffic stop — in Oklahoma, of course.

Pregame fun and intense prep

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