NCAA Tournament 2018: Syracuse, Texas Southern advance to the first round

The NCAA Tournament is here. But you've still got time to fill out your bracket. CBS Sports' Bracket Games allow you to pick against friends or play solo to compete for the trip of a lifetime.

Texas Southern and Syracuse joined Radford and St. Bonaventure by advancing to the Round of 64 with wins in Dayton on Wednesday. The Orange, who were the last team into the field of 68, advance into the first round where they face No. 6 seed TCU after eking out a 60-56 nail-biter over Arizona State.

Texas Southern reserved its spot in significantly less dramatic fashion. The Tigers dominated NC Central 64-46, and cruised to secure a first round showdown against No. 1 seed Xavier behind a 25-point, 8-rebound showing from sophomore guard Demontrae Jefferson. It was Texas Southern coach Mike Davis' first NCAA Tournament win since 2006 when he was coach at Indiana.

The final games on Wednesday mean only one thing: the first round of the NCAA Tournament is upon us. Action tips early on Thursday afternoon, but before it does, don't forget to sign up and play Bracket Games through CBS Sports by creating a pool with your office, family or friends, or filling out your bracket online.

The last two years, SportsLine's computer simulation correctly predicted nine out of 12 double-digit NCAA Tournament upsets in the first round with their computer algorithm. This year they have plenty of upsets again, like one region where you need to pick the 11, 12, AND 13 seeds, and another region with a 4-seed in the Final Four. Click here to see SportsLine's Optimized NCAA Tournament bracket

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Wednesday, March 14

  • No. 16 Texas Southern 64, No. 16 NC Central 46
  • No. 11 Syracuse 60, No. 11 Arizona State 56
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