The Big 12 was the first-round winner among the conferences that received multiple bids.
The Big 12 was the only multi-bid league not to lose a game with all six teams winning their games. The only other time the Big 12 had a perfect first round was 2004 when it went 4-0. The league's record for first-round wins was five in 2000, 2003 and 2008.
Of the three conferences that received seven bids, the Big East had the best start with only West Virginia losing, while the Big Ten lost thee teams _ Minnesota, Illinois and Ohio State _ and the Atlantic Coast Conference was under .500 with four teams going down _ Clemson, Boston College, Florida State and Wake Forest.
The Pac-10 went 5-1 with California the only team not to advance.
The only one of the nine multi-bid leagues to not have a team advance to the second round was the Mountain West, which had Utah and Brigham Young both lose.
EXTRA TIME:@ The last two games of the first round went overtime as Siena beat Ohio State 74-72 in double overtime and Wisconsin beat Florida State 61-59 in just one extra period.
That extended the streak of at least one overtime game in the first round to 17 consecutive tournaments. The last time there wasn't a first-round overtime was 1992.
DOUBLE DIGITS:@ Eight teams seeded 10th or higher won in the first round, matching the total in 2006.
Three No. 10 seeds _ Southern California, Maryland and Michigan _ and three No. 12s _ Arizona, Western Kentucky and Wisconsin _ moved on along with No. 11 Dayton and No. 13 Cleveland State.
NO THREES:@ You could say Syracuse and Stephen F. Austin weren't in the zone because they were in zones.
The teams combined for a total of four 3-pointers in 37 attempts in Syracuse's 59-44 first-round victory Friday, but that should have been expected when teams that play zone defenses face each other.
Stephen F. Austin, making its first NCAA appearance, came into the game second in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage defense at 27.1 percent. The Orange, who missed the tournament the last two years, was eighth in the same category at 29.4.
Syracuse is known for its 2-3 zone, a staple for years under coach Jim Boeheim, while the Lumberjacks add a pretty good 1-3-1 to its man-to-man defense.
The Orange finished 2-for-16 from beyond the arc Friday, while Stephen F. Austin was 2-for-21, missing its first 15 attempts.
"The only big disappointment was when they went zone we looked like we didn't know what we were doing," Boeheim said. "That was a little disappointing. We play some zone ourselves, so we should have been a little bit better."
Lumberjacks coach Danny Kaspar second-guessed himself after the game.
"Where I might look in the mirror and say if I had to do it again I might go to that 1-3-1 zone earlier," he said. "We were so successful with our man defense all year, I didn't want to send a message to our kids that I'm going to give up on it early. But the 1-3-1 did bother them. I don't think they prepared any for it, and perhaps we should have gone to it a little sooner."
The other end of the 3-point spectrum in the NCAA tournament was last year's first-round game between Drake and Western Kentucky when the teams combined for 30 3-pointers. Drake, which lost 101-99 in overtime, had 16 3s, which tied for fifth on the all-time list.
CENTURY MARK:@ Louisville's 74-54 victory over Morehead State gave No. 1 seeds a 100-0 record over No. 16 seeds.
Since St. John's, Georgetown, Oklahoma and Michigan beat Southern University, Lehigh, North Carolina A&T and Fairleigh Dickinson, respectively, in the opening round of the 1985 tournament, top-seeded teams have won every meeting. There have been plenty of scares along the way, including Pittsburgh's 72-62 victory over East Tennessee State on Friday when the Buccaneers were within 59-57 with 4:27 to play.
There have been two one-point games _ Georgetown over Princeton and Oklahoma over East Tennessee State, both in 1989. And there was one two-point game _ Purdue over Western Carolina in 1996 _ and one that went overtime _ Michigan State 75-71 over Murray State in 1990.
"We survived. And that was a tough, hard-fought game," Panthers center DeJuan Blair said. "They're an excellent team. They've got excellent players, and we survived. So I give credit to them for fighting like they did.
"They shouldn't put their head down. They did that against the No. 1 team; that was excellent."
At halftime of the Louisville-Morehead State game, Cardinals coach Rick Pitino brought up the Pittsburgh-East Tennessee State game and No. 2 Memphis' close game with No. 15 Cal State Northridge on Thursday.
"I told them at halftime, `Don't get nervous. We're up two. We were down eight in the last two games,'" Pitino recounted. "`We understand that? I said, `You've all been following Northridge and Pittsburgh today.' I said, `We'll be fine.'"
DANCING DOZENS:@ Western Kentucky had already taken care of a No. 12 seed beating a No. 5, downing Illinois 76-72 on Thursday night. Arizona and Wisconsin added wins Friday night to match the best tournament the 12 seeds have had since their amazing run over the 5s began in 1989.
A 12 seed has beaten a 5 in 19 of the last 21 years.
Arizona's 84-71 win over Utah and Wisconsin's 61-59 overtime victory over Florida State allowed the 12s to match 2002 when Missouri, Tulsa and Creighton all won. The only years since 1989 when the 5s swept were 2000 and 2007.
The only No. 5 to win was Purdue, which beat Northern Iowa 61-56.
FIRST-TIMERS:@ North Dakota State lost 84-74 to Kansas and Stephen F. Austin lost 59-44 to Syracuse, meaning the four schools making their first NCAA tournament appearances went 0-4. Morgan State and Binghamton both lost Thursday.
North Dakota State was a true rookie, however, since this was the Bison's first year eligible for the tournament after its transition from Division II. Quite a few fans made the trip from Fargo to Minneapolis, but they weren't enough to hand the defending champion Jayhawks a first-round loss.
"That's something that I will never forget in my entire life," Ben Woodside, who had 37 points for the Bison, said of taking the court at the Metrodome. "I remember walking out there. We were doing layup lines, and I couldn't even hear my teammates who were standing right next to me it was so loud.
"You have to give the community, the Fargo fans credit. They came down, and they supported us well. You know, it's very fulfilling when you look up in the stands and all you see is green and yellow. And it definitely helped us, but it is something myself and the rest of this team I think will never forget."
ITCHING IVY:@ Cornell's 78-59 loss to Missouri on Friday extended the Ivy League's first-round losing streak to 11 years. The last Ivy team to win a game was Princeton, which beat UNLV 69-57 in 1998. This was Cornell's second straight year in the tournament; the other losses in the streak belonged to Penn (7) and Princeton (2).
Two years before the current streak started Princeton beat UCLA 43-41, the last time a defending champion lost in the first round.
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