Thursday’s first round action provided a few classic No. 12-seed upsets (Little Rock in double overtime against Purdue and Yale over Baylor), a last-second thriller, impressive performances by Indiana and Wichita State and so much more. But more importantly, as Matt Norlander noted, it set up an incredible Saturday of basketball.
See, that’s the thing with these first round upsets. You never want too many upsets because that will result in lopsided weekend games. Take a look at the matchups and the point spreads for Saturday (via SportsLine.com) and you’ll see a slate full of games expected to be decided by single digits.
No. 3 Miami vs. No. 11 Wichita State (-2.5)
No. 4 Duke (-6) vs. No. 12 Yale
No. 4 Kentucky (-3) vs. No. 5 Indiana
No. 4 Iowa State (-6.5) vs. No. 12 Little Rock
No. 1 Virginia (-7) vs. No. 9 Butler
No. 1 Kansas (-8) vs. No. 9 UConn
No. 3 Utah (PICK) vs. No. 11 Gonzaga
No. 1 North Carolina (-9.5) vs. No. 9 Providence