NCAA Tournament 2017: Memorable moments from a Thursday with few surprises

With Thursday's win in its back pocket, West Virginia's focus shifts to continuing the season at least another game.

- Ivy League teams have won first-round games in four of the last eight NCAA Tournaments and each of the losses have been by single digits.

As it turns out, the West Region's other game being played in Buffalo have a connection. Perrantes scored 19 points in the second half, including a driving bank shot with 1:37 remaining to put the Cavs up 5.

South No. 1 seed North Carolina and East No. 2 seed Duke are also playing in Greenville, games that should've been held roughly an hour from their campuses in their home state. The Fighting Irish escaped with a two-point win.

The Mountaineers are 2-2 on neutral courts against Notre Dame and owns a 53-51 postseason victory when the two met in the semifinal round of the Big East tournament in 2010 at Madison Square Garden.

The first game of the NCAA Tournament's round of 64 is at 11:15 Thursday and features an upset special, 12-seed Princeton vs. 5- seed Notre Dame. It's tough to count on Gonzaga though, since not only was the West Coast Conference particularly weak this year outside of them and St. Mary's (28-4) but they have never reached a Final Four in program history.

"It was something we've been through", forward Bonzie Colson said. It is one of the most brutal - I have heard some of the most unbelievable stuff. Devin Cannady and Steven Cook pace the Tigers with 13.7 points a night each, but Princeton is one of the nation's 10 best teams defensively.

On the season, Princeton basketball is averaging 72.1 points, 33.5 rebounds and 14.3 assists per game. The Mountaineers found a flourish, too. By the time the next media timeout arrived, the Bison had five turnovers and trailed 25-12.

Spencer Weisz led the Tigers with 15 points. To say they didn't pull their weight in what could have been their final game in those gold uniforms is generous.

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"I don't think I was upset because we won". Notre Dame made the second weekend in 2015 by beating Northeastern by three points and Butler by three in overtime.

White Steve shot 3-of-12 from the floor with 10 points. "We need to somehow find somebody on the team to provide energy for whatever happens in that moment".

Bonzie: We're spoiled, we're blessed, we've got the tools to get there. They had big shots, but we stayed composed.

Unquestionably, the Fighting Irish and St. Patrick's Day are forever entwined. He hit several three-pointers early on, including one that tied the game at 11 with 12:47 to go, and netted himself eight points before the halfway mark of the first half. In the lead-up to the game, Tigers coach Mitch Henderson spoke of waking up Wednesday morning to see half his team holed up in a makeshift study hall at the team hotel by 8 a.m.

"We've got a lot of good players on this team; we always have", Farrell said. "They try to outscore everyone". We're not ideal and that's what they do. The correct version: Notre Dame covered 22 punts in 2015, allowing 194 yards for an average of 8.82. Princeton began playing sloppier than they had in the first 20 minutes, turning the ball over nine times.

Point spread: The Mountaineers opened as three-point favorites; the total is at 145, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.

The consensus was the Mountaineers mirror elements of both Florida State and Louisville. We understand it's not going to be easy, we're going to have to fight through adversity, but I think we have a coaching staff and the experience that can help us get there. "I'm so happy to be their coach".

And then, if you want to look at other facets of the game, it doesn't get much better. A nod toward everyone's preferred "Inside the Irish" writer, Keith Arnold, for taking advantage of the sun in Los Angeles to let me know about the Brown interview.


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