The second full day of March Madness is underway, and as expected, we have already had some fantastic games.
First and foremost, No. 8 seed George Mason survived a scare against No. 9 seed Villanova, thanks to a late-three from Luke Hancock with 21 seconds left, giving the Patriots (27-6) a 61-57 comeback win.
Hancock finished with 18 points and Mike Morrison totaled 10 points and 11 rebounds for George Mason, which trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half. The Patriots held Villanova (21-12) scoreless for the final 3:28 of the game.
In other NCAA Tournament action, No. 8 seed Michigan obliterated No. 9 seed Tennessee, 75-45, to advance to the Round of 32. The Wolverines (21-13) outscored the Volunteers (19-15), 42-16, in the second half. Zack Novak led the way for Michigan, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Tobias Harris scored 19 points for Tennessee.
No. 4 seed Texas outplayed No. 13 seed Oakland, winning 85-81. J'Covan Brown paced the Longhorns (28-7), scoring 21 points. Reggie Hamilton scored 25 points and had five assists for Oakland (25-10), which outscored Texas 43-39 in the final half but could not pull off the upset victory.
In Tulsa, No. 5 seed Arizona edged No. 12 seed Memphis, 77-75, due in part to Derrick Williams' block in the final seconds which helped preserve the win. Williams totaled 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats (28-7). Antonio Barton finished with 17 points for Memphis (25-10), which shot 49.1% in the losing effort.
No. 2 seed Notre Dame bested No. 15 seed Akron, 69-56. Ben Hansbrough amassed 15 points and six assists to lead the Fighting Irish (27-6). Quincy Diggs had 11 points for Akron (23-13), which trailed by four at halftime, 34-30, but was outscored 35-26 in the final twenty minutes,
In Charlotte, No. 1 seed Duke steamrolled No. 16 seed Hampton, 87-45, in the return of freshman sensation Kyrie Irving, who scored 14 points. Andre Dawkins scored 13 and Miles Plumlee added eight points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils (31-4). Charles Funches and Darrion Pellum both scored nine points for Hampton (24-9).