Live March Madness scores, highlights from Friday's NCAA Tournament games

Live March Madness scores, highlights from Friday's NCAA Tournament games

"A big key to the game is our ability to handle the ball and get shots at the basket and not turn the ball over and lead to transition baskets for them", A&M coach Billy Kennedy said. "I didn't feel our team played with the goal and energy that we've played with in the past".

Butler was led by senior forward Kelan Martin's 27 points and nine rebounds and sophomore guard Kamar Baldwin's 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists. The four-point final margin makes the game look closer than it was; Providence trailed by 11 in the final two minutes and made things look more dignified with a few garbage-time points.

A&M's offense wasn't anything special against PC.

As a team the Aggies shot just 33 percent in the first half, but still managed to go into the half up 28-27 on the Friars. Perhaps a little of both. Admon Gilder led the offense with 18 points and freshman T.J. Starks scored all 15 of his points in the decisive second half. The Friars' lead was 6-2. A&M then used a 12-2 run midway through the second half to put away the Friars, who lost to Villanova in the championship game of last week's Big East tournament. The opportunity to grab momentum, and the lead, was at hand.

WEST VIRGINIA 85, MURRAY STATE 68: Jevon Carter scored 21 points, had eight assists and six steals, Teddy Allen added 16 points and No. 5 seed West Virginia (25-10) overwhelmed 12th-seeded Murray State (26-6) at San Diego. Two points in seven minutes pretty much sealed their fate from that point. "That's what I told the guys at half".

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"I feel like we always have the advantage inside, but their bigs are really talented", Davis said.

The Drake women had their 21-game winning streak snapped on Friday with a first-round loss in the NCAA Tournament.

"But, part of our Achilles Heel this entire year was not being able to complete an assignment and that's missing shots". "And their length was very impressive and definitely bothered us. We wanted to guard them and show them and be more aggressive doing what they do".

Rodney Bullock, Kyron Cartwright, Alpha Diallo, Jalen Lindsey and Nate Watson each participated in the press conference designated for student-athletes, while Ed Cooley took to the dais shortly after for his media session. They single-handedly out-rebounded undersized Providence in Friday's first round (29 combined rebounds to the Friars' team total of 26). They're a popular upset pick against Texas A&M, but North Carolina looms in the second round.

The Aggies didn't hit a field goal until the 12:41 mark but were thrilled to only trail, 8-5.