TULSA, Oklahoma -- After two full days of wall-to-wall basketball, the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament is officially in the books.
Friday provided a little flair the first day was lacking, and you can assign a lot of credit to the top-seeded teams for that. No. 1 seeds Virginia, Duke and North Carolina all had to dig out of early holes to avoid Virginia-like disaster. Each won, but there were some surreal moments when it wasn't improbable to think, at one point during the game, that a 16 seed was capable of beating a 1 -- something only UMBC has ever accomplished.
There will be no 16-over-1 this year, but upsets weren't completely ruled out. No. 13 UC Irvine pulled off the largest seed upset of the tournament to date, defeating No. 4 Kansas State. Meanwhile, No. 12 seed Oregon defeated No. 5 seed Wisconsin, No. 12 seed Liberty defeated No. 5 seed Mississippi State, and No. 11 seed Ohio State, in a battle of back-and-forth thrills, defeated No. 6 seed Iowa State. If you're not sensing the tread here, I'll fill you in: The .
Elsewhere in Friday's madness, No. 2 seed Tennessee escaped cresting Colgate, No. 3 seed Houston made quick work of Georgia State, and Buffalo dispatched of one of only three Pac-12 teams in this year's field.
So sit back, grab some snacks, check out the schedule, find your bracket and gear up for the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
Friday's first-round scores
- No. 1 Duke 85, No. 16 North Dakota State 62
- No. 1 North Carolina 88, No. 16 Iona 73
- No. 1 Virginia 71, No. 16 Gardner-Webb 56
- No. 2 Tennessee 77, No. 15 Colgate 70
- No. 3 Texas Tech 72, No. 14 Northern Kentucky 57
- No. 3 Houston 84, No. 14 Georgia State 55
- No. 4 Virginia Tech 66, No. 13 Saint Louis 52
- No. 6 Buffalo 91, No. 11 Arizona State 74
- No. 13 UC Irvine 70, No. 4 Kansas State 66
- No. 12 Oregon 72, No. 5 Wisconsin 54
- No. 9 UCF 73, No. 8 VCU 58
- No. 12 Liberty 80, No. 5 Mississippi State 76
- No. 9 Oklahoma 95, No. 8 Ole Miss 72
- No. 9 Washington 78, No. 8 Utah State 61
- No. 11 Ohio State 62, No. 6 Iowa State 59
- No. 10 Iowa 79, No. 7 Cincinnati 72
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