NCAA Tournament 2013 East Region — Day 1
March Madness goes for broke Thursday, with 16 NCAA Tournament games taking place. The East Region will feature four double-digit seeds looking to start Cinderella runs.
In a battle of mid-major powers, Butler managed to shake off a spirited Bucknell squad while Davidson seeks to take down a solid Big East squad in Marquette. Cal is the lower seed in a rematch of an early season tilt against UNLV, but the game is actually a stone’s throw from its campus, in San Jose. Syracuse, meanwhile, aims to fend off a solid Montana team in a #13-#4 matchup where many feel an upset is possible.
All start times are approximate. Games will be broadcast on CBS, TBS, TNT and tru TV. All times Eastern.
(6) Butler 68, (11) Bucknell 56
Butler’s inside game proved too much for Bucknell as Andrew Smith was a beast on the boards with 16 rebounds to go along with his 14 points. Bulldogs star Rotnei Clarke struggled shooting the ball, but still led his team with 17 points, while Alex Barlow notched four steals to set the tone for Butler. Bucknell’s star, Mike Muscala, shot a dreadful four of 17 from the field, but teammate Joe Willman was masterful in defeat, going 10 for 17, en route to a game-high 20 points for Bucknell, which wrapped up its season with a school record 28 wins.
(14) Davidson vs (3) Marquette 3:10 p.m.
(12) California vs (5) UNLV 7:27 p.m.
(13) Montana vs (4) Syracuse 9:57 p.m.