Day two of March Madness is in the books, and without surprise, there were quite a few thrilling games and upsets.
Perhaps the biggest game of the day came in the afternoon when No. 8 George Mason edged No. 9 Villanova. SB Nation Boston broke down Friday's first six games (including George Mason and Villanova) earlier in the day, and in case you missed it, you can read it by clicking here.
In the nightcap of tournament action, No. 1 seed Kansas coasted past No. 16 seed Boston University, 73-52, to advance to the Round of 32. John Holland scored 19 points to lead BU (21-14), which had its 11-game winning streak snapped. Marcus Morris scored 16 points and nine rebounds while Markieef Morris added 15 points and eight boards for Kansas (33-2).
While the Jayhawks' win was an expected outcome, No. 11 VCU's 74-56 win over No. 6 seed Georgetown was anything but. The win was the second of the 2011 NCAA Tournament for the Rams, who defeated USC in the First Four round to advance to the second round. Brandon Rozzell had a monster game for VCU (25-11), scoring 26 points. Hollis Thompson scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the loss for Georgetown (21-11).
In other upset news, No. 11 Marquette finished off No. 6 Xavier, 60-55. Darius Johnson-Odom scored 19 points to pace the Golden Eagles (21-14). Andrew Taylor scored 16 points in the losing effort for the Musketeers (24-8).
In Cleveland, No. 3 seed Syracuse coasted past No. 14 seed Indiana State, 77-60. Rick Jackson led the way for the Orange (27-7), scoring 23 points. Jake Kelly had 12 points to pace the Sycamores (20-14).
No. 7 seed Washington edged No. 10 seed Georgia, 68-65, in a close contest. The Bulldogs nearly erased a ten-point deficit in the final two minutes, but were ultimately held in check. Isiah Thomas (no, not this Isiah Thomas) led the way for Washington (24-10) with 19 points. Trey Tompkins amassed 26 points and 11 rebounds in the loss for Georgia (21-12).
No. 9 seed Illinois took care of business against No. 8 seed UNLV, winning 73-62. Mike Davis finished with 22 points and nine boards for the Fighting Illini (20-13). Oscar Bellfield scored 14 points for UNLV (24-9).
No. 3 seed Purdue cruised past No. 14 seed St. Peter's, 65-43. E'Twaun Moore scored 19 and JaJuan Johnson added 16 points and 16 rebounds for Purdue (26-7). Ryan Bacon and Wesley Jenkins both had eight points for the Peacocks (20-14).
Continuing with the theme of blowouts, No. 1 seed Ohio State thumped No. 16 seed UT-San Antonio, 75-46. William Buford had 18 points and Jared Sullinger added 11 points and nine rebounds for Ohio State (33-2). Devin Gibson scored 24 points to pace the Roadrunners (20-14).
Moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 10 seed Florida State beat No. 7 seed Texas A&M, 57-50. Derwin Kitchen totaled 15 points and seven rebounds for the Seminoles (22-10), who were bolstered by the return of defensive stalwart Chris Singleton (five points, two rebounds). Khris Middleton scored 16 to lead the Aggies (24-9).
Last but not least, No. 2 seed North Carolina powered past No. 15 seed Long Island, 102-87. Tyler Zeller scored 32 points, John Henson totaled 28 points and 11 rebounds and freshman sensation Harrison Barnes had 24 points and 16 rebounds for the Tar Heels (27-7). Julian Boyd finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Blackbirds (27-6).