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Evening observations from Day 2

Updated: March 20, 2009, 11:14 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach

A couple of observations from Friday night's early set of games in the NCAA tournament:

1. Arizona and USC were two of the last teams to make the NCAA's 65-team field, but you hardly knew it watching those teams play Friday night.

Arizona, which was a controversial at-large choice after it finished 9-9 in Pac-10 play, blasted No. 5 seed Utah 84-71 in a first-round game of the Midwest Region in Miami. USC, which had to win last weekend's Pac-10 tournament in Los Angeles to secure an ...

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