By Michael Donovan
Day 1 of March Madness is in the books, and here is a summary of the 16 games:
► No. 12 Princeton suffered heartbreak, coming up just short against fifth-seeded Notre Dame, despite two chances to win in the game’s closing seconds; the Tigers lost 60-58.
► No. 12 UNC Wilmington similarly couldn’t pull it off against fifth-seeded Virginia, despite taking a commanding double-digit lead early in the first half; the Seahawks lost76-71.
► No. 13 Winthrop got walloped by fourth-seeded Butler; the Eagles lost 76-64.
► No. 13 East Tennessee State was trounced by fourth-seeded Florida; theBuccaneers lost 80-65, which followed ETSU’s coach dissing Florida as not a great team.
► No. 13 Bucknell used hot shooting to nearly offset fourth-seed West Virginia’s pressing defense, but ultimately lost 86-80.
► Top-seeded Gonzaga took care of business against No. 16 South Dakota State, pulling away for a 66-46 win after a sluggish start.
► No. 1 Villanova avoided the biggest upset of all-time in finally shaking off Mount Saint Mary’s, 76-56. The Wildcats led by just one at halftime, cooking up the buzz for the streak of 130-0 by top seeds to be snapped.
► Purdue made sure to advance this year after last year’s first-round upset,dispatching Cinderella favorite Vermont, 80-70.
► Monte Morris and No. 5 Iowa avoided the final 12-5 scare of the day, holding on for an 84-73 win. Morris almost had a triple-double with 19 points, eight assists and eight rebounds.
► Saint Mary’s has been overshadowed by Gonzaga all season but has a chance to step further into the spotlight in the NCAAs. The Gaels looked impressive in an 85-77win over VCU. Jock Landale had 18 points and 13 rebounds.
► No. 8 Wisconsin got past Virginia Tech, 84-74, thanks to eight three-pointers from veteran Bronson Koenig.
► No. 14 Florida Gulf Coast hung with third-seeded Florida State all game butultimately didn’t have enough in an 86-80 decision.
► No. 2 Arizona was too much for 15th-seeded North Dakota to handle in a 100-82outcome.