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UWM pulls a shocker; Pacific rolls


March 17, 2005 | ESPN.com's NCAA Tournament coverage

CO-PLAYERS OF THE DAY: Adam Morrison, Gonzaga and Ronald Ross, Texas Tech
Morrison came through with 27 points (12-of-19 field goals) and five assists, but the Zags didn't have an easy time vs. Winthrop. The game was much closer than the final score of 74-64 indicated.

Ross, a former walk-on turned All-Big 12 player, scored 28 big points as Texas Tech pulled away in the second half in a 78-66 win over UCLA.

TEAM OF THE DAY: Cincinnati
There were some who wondered how the Bearcats would respond after a loss to South Florida in the Conference USA tournament. Coach Bob Huggins' squad came out and played a stifling defense that held Iowa to one basket on its first 13 shots.

Jason Maxiell had a super performance with 22 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots.

COACH OF THE DAY: Bob Thomason, Pacific
The Tigers showed a lot by racing to a 15-point halftime lead against a Pittsburgh team that was considered a sleeper by many, including me. Guess what, the Panthers went to sleep.

Thomason led his Tigers to a win over Providence in the first round last season, so he must love facing the Big East, baby! Now Pacific has a challenge against No. 1-seed Washington.

SHOCK OF THE DAY: Wisconsin-Milwaukee over Alabama, 83-73
Yes, the 5 vs. 12 "upset" has been common over the years. The Tide was rolled by coach Bruce Pearl's Panthers as Wisconsin-Milwaukee built a double-digit halftime lead.

Ed McCants and Joah Tucker each scored 21 points as UWM moved on to a game against Boston College, Pearl's alma mater.

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