Rick Bozich has 10 Takeaways From Thursday's NCAA Tournament play.
ST. LOUIS (WDRB) – How's your bracket? Still have Warren Buffett on speed dial?
Outstanding. My bracket didn't hold up as well. But I still loved the Thursday games as much as anybody. John Lewis and I started our day listening to Ohio State-Dayton on the radio as we drove to St. Louis and ended it by watching the finishes of the Louisville-Manhattan and New Mexico State-San Diego State.
Pretty sure it was a few minutes past 1 a.m. when I finally turned off the TV. So what's the first thing I did this morning?
Put together this list of 10 Takeaways From Thursday's Tournament Games. Enjoy the list – and enjoy Friday's games. In fact, the day was so good I even made it 10 -- plus one.
OVERTIME GAMES: Four, a record for a single day. There was only one OT game in the entire 2013 tournament (Michigan over Kansas). The tournament had crackled with three upsets in one day four other times – 2010, 2000, 1997 and 1995.
But never four.
BIGGEST UPSET (by points): Dayton (6 ½ point underdog) over Ohio State – or as the Dayton Daily News called it in World War headlines: THE University of Dayton over the Buckeyes. Ouch. Not sure which game Michigan fans enjoyed more, that one or the Wolverines' victory over Wofford.
BIGGEST UPSETS (by seed): Harvard (12) over Cincinnati (5); North Dakota State (12) over Oklahoma (5).
AVERAGE VICTORY MARGIN: 13.1 – despite all the overtime games, six teams won by 15 or more points. Pay attention. Some are convinced that teams that struggled early are destined to exit well before the Final Four.
MR. CLUTCH: America was reminded why Louisville's Luke Hancock was voted the Most Outstanding Player during the 2013 Final Four. After missing his first three three-point shots, Hancock made a pair of threes in the final 79 seconds to lift the University of Louisville past Manhattan. Hancock was confident -- and clutch.
CONFERENCE KINGPIN: Southeastern 2-0 (including Tennessee's First Four victory); AAC, ACC, Atlantic 10 all 2-1; Big Ten 3-2 (including Iowa's First Four defeat).
LEADING SCORERS: 1. Adreian Payne, Michigan State 41; 2. T.J. Warren, North Carolina State and Lawrence Alexander, North Dakota State 28.
COACHES WHO WON FIRST CAREER TOURNEY GAME: Archie Miller, Dayton; Kevin Ollie, UConn.
COACHES WITH NCAA TITLES WHO ADVANCED: Good day for the big shots.Jim Boeheim, Syracuse; Tom Izzo, Michigan State; Rick Pitino, Louisville; Billy Donovan, Florida; Steve Fisher, San Diego State.
COACHES WITH ANOTHER NCAA SMUDGE: Dave Rose, Brigham Young 4-7; Mark Gottfried, North Carolina State, 8-10; Herb Sendek, Arizona State, 7-8; Lon Kruger, Oklahoma, 14-15; Phil Martelli, St. Joseph's 6-6;