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NCAA tournament 2021 live: Ohio knocks out defending champion Virginia

Ready for another day of March madness? How is your brace?? The first round of 2021 NCAA tournament continues on Saturday.

The first round games on Friday weren’t good for the Big Ten. The league lost two top-4 seeds (Ohio State and Purdue). According to ESPN Stats & Information, this marked the first time the league has happened since the tournament’s expansion in 1985.

The day wasn’t good for the ACC either. The league lost four teams (Clemson, UNC, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech) on the same day in the NCAA tournament for the first time in conference history. But, Buddy Buckets and Syracuse started.

Here’s a look at the best stuff from Saturday’s NCAA tournament action:

The defending champions go down!

For the second time in three NCAA tournaments, the Virginia Cavaliers were upset in the first round. This time the loss came from the 13th seed Ohio Bobcats. The Cavs are the fourth reigning champion to be eliminated in the 64th round (UConn 2012, UCLA 1996 and Indiana 1988) according to ESPN Stats & Information.

For Bobcats fans, however, the game was not without nerves.

Big 3s and Clutch free throws helped send the Bobcats through to the next round. It was the team’s third consecutive win in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

The win was a reminder that another Ohio state team deserves respect.

And the Bobcats even got a call from Joe Burrow, who attended Athens High School in Ohio.


The Jabari Walker Show

Colorado absolutely dusty Georgetown. It was the Buffaloes’ biggest NCAA tournament win, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

student in the first year Jabari Walker had a career height of 24 points and was 5 out of 5 from the 3 point line, his most 3 in a game of his career and a Colorado NCAA tournament single game record. Walker hadn’t even tried four threes in a game before Saturday. Teammate D’Shawn Schwartz also hit 5 threes on Saturday and now shares that record with Walker.

McKinley Wright IV had 13 assists, a CU tournament record. That included 8 assists in the first half alone. In the last six NCAA tournaments, only one player had at least 13 assists in a game: Murray State’s Ja Morant in 2019 (16).

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Colorado’s McKinley Wright IV drives to an impressive bucket and has a moment with his father in the stands.


Socially distant madness

Unprecedented times call for new solutions. The Gonzaga Kennel Club found a unique way to bring the game closer to fans.

Garden State pride

There’s no question who the New Jersey Devils care about after seeing UConn Junior R.J. Cole‘s shoulder, especially after Rutgers advanced on Friday.

Boomers used to be

Great jams!

Michigan Isaiah liversAside from fashion statement

The rising cult heroes in east Washington

No. 14 Set up seeds of EMU a fight against No. 3 seeds Kansas. That was in large part thanks to the Groves brothers. Tanner (Saturday’s bearded star) had 35 points and Jacob 23.

Early top games

Michigan’s managers work


We’re all those drummers today


Soccer shoutouts

You missed the following on Friday:

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Javion Hamlets Floater is in the middle of North Texas 11-0 run with 13 seeds in overtime when they stun Purdue with 4 seeds.

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