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Thursday, March 15, 2012
Syracuse survives close call in 2nd round


(1) Syracuse 72, (16) UNC-Asheville 65
In 1991, the Orange became the first 2-seed to lose to a 15-seed.

Thursday, it looked like Syracuse might become the first 1-seed to lose in the Round of 64.

Jim Boeheim’s team was the first 1-seed to be trailing at halftime since Kansas in 2002, but the Orange were able to hold on late, winning by seven.

UNC-Asheville led by four at halftime. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Bulldogs are the seventh 16-seed to lead at halftime. The largest halftime lead by a 16-seed is eight points, done twice in 1989 by Princeton (over Georgetown) and East Tennessee State (over Oklahoma).

Syracuse’s seven-point win was the 12th time since 1985 that a 1-seed defeated a 16-seed by fewer than 10 points.

(3) Marquette 88, (14) BYU 68
Jae Crowder had a double-double by halftime, finishing with 25 points, 16 rebounds, four assists and four steals. He's just the third player to reach those totals in an NCAA Tournament game. Crowder is only the fifth Big East player to go 25-15 in a Men’s Basketball Championship game, and the first since DeJuan Blair in 2009.

(6) Murray State 58, (11) Colorado State 41
Colorado State had the lead at halftime, then came out in the second half and made just seven field goals (0-7 behind the 3-point line) and scored 17 points.

The 41 points scored by CSU is the fewest by a Mountain West team in a Men's Basketball Championship game. The previous low was 47 by New Mexico in 2005 vs Villanova in the Round of 64.

Murray State advances to the Round of 32 for the third time in school history, but the Racers have never reached the Sweet 16. In fact, since 1985 Ohio Valley Conference schools are a combined 0-5 in the Round of 32.

And although it was just a point deficit at halftime, Murray State now is 6-0 this season when trailing at half.

(4) Wisconsin 73, (13) Montana 49
Bo Ryan is 10-1 as a head coach in Round of 64 games, and the Badgers extended their school record of reaching the Round of 32 for a sixth consecutive year.

(8) Kansas State 70, (9) Southern Miss64
Rodney McGruder had 30 points and no turnovers as the Wildcats reach the Round of 32 for a school record third straight season. McGruder is the fifth player in the past five years of the Men’s Basketball Championship to score at least 30 points in a game without committing a turnover.

(4) Louisville 69, (13) Davidson 62
Louisville snaps a streak of three straight losses in the Men's Basketball Championship. Louisville only attempted five 3-point field goals, the fewest in a tournament win since Boston College attempted four in 2004.

(5) New Mexico 75, (12) Long Beach State 68
New Mexico wins its 28th game of the season, tied for the second-most in school history (30 wins in 2009-10). Long Beach State loses its fifth straight game in the Men's Basketball Championship and has not won since 1973.

(5) Vanderbilt 79, (12) Harvard 70
After leading by as much as 18 in the 2nd half, Vanderbilt advances to the Round of 32 for the first time since 2007. Harvard lost in its first Men's Basketball Championship since 1946.