Fly like an Eagle
Making its seventh NCAA tournament appearance in the past nine years, Winthrop finally broke into the win column. The 11th-seeded Eagles, who last year lost to Tennessee by two points as a No. 15 seed, wasted a 20-point second-half lead before knocking off sixth-seeded Notre Dame, 74-64, in a Midwest Regional game in Spokane, Wash. Article, PG 8C; NCAA coverage, PGS 6-12C
Big Ten muscle
Big Ten teams were 2-1 yesterday for a first-round record of 5-1. Illinois was the only loser, blowing a 13-point second-half lead and a chance to upset No. 5 seed Virginia Tech. Wisconsin survived a scare from No. 15 seed Texas A&M-Corpus; Christi, and Purdue beat Arizona.
The ACC teams could do without the drama. In a tournament lacking many fantastic finishes, the conference has lost two of its seven teams in close games. Javaris Crittenton (right) and Georgia Tech joined Duke as a first-round exit by falling to UNLV, 67-63. The Runnin' Rebels outscored the Yellow Jackets 8-4 in the final two minutes.
Where's the Madness?
Upsets help make a tournament great, and we're still waiting. Higher seeds prevailed in 13 of 16 games Thursday - two of the three wins by the lower seeds were in the 8-9 games - and followed up by going 14-2 in yesterday's games. No. 11 seed VCU takes its shot at becoming this year's Cinderella today when it takes on No. 3 seed Pittsburgh in Buffalo, N.Y.
On TV today
Channel 13 will televise these games today:
1:10 p.m.: Xavier vs. Ohio State
3:20 p.m.: Maryland vs. Butler
5:50 p.m.: Georgetown vs. Boston College
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