Princeton, Furman kick off March Madness with stunning upsets

The madness is fully underway.

The first full day of the men’s NCAA Tournament began Thursday with some dramatic upsets, with No. 13 seed Furman scoring the day’s first upset when the Paladins shocked No. 4 Virginia. Then, No. 15 Princeton busted brackets everywhere by upending No. 2 Arizona after trailing most of the game – and marking the third straight year a No. 15 seed advanced to the second round.

We are halfway through the first day of the first round, with games like No. 5 Duke vs. No. 12 Oral Roberts and No. 7 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Penn State highlighting the night slate that won’t stop until around midnight Eastern.

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Final: No. 8 Arkansas 73, No. 9 Illinois 63

Despite Illinois’ torrid comeback attempt, No. 8 Arkansas held on for a first-round victory over the ninth-seeded Fighting Illini.

Ricky Council IV was a force for the Razorbacks, tallying 18 points and 10 rebounds. Teammate Davonte Davis added 16 points.

Meanwhile, Illinois’ Terrence Shannon Jr. led all scorers with 20 while teammates Coleman Hawkins and RJ Melendez added 10 points apiece.

The Fighting Illini were hampered by turnovers, giving away 17 possessions compared to Arkansas’ 11 turnovers in the game. Both teams shot less than 40% from the field, but the Razorbacks won the rebound battle 42-34 and advanced to the round of 32.

Final: No. 15 Princeton 59, No. 2 Arizona 55

Biggest upset of the tournament? The No. 15-seeded Tigers erased a double-digit deficit in the second half to knock off the second-seeded Wildcats.

Arizona was out-rebounded 39-37 and fell victim to six blocked shots in the loss. Princeton’s Tosan Evbuomwan paced the team with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

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The Wildcats received a 22-point effort from Azuolas Tubelis and got a double-double…

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