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March Madness 2023 scores: Results, highlights from Thursday’s Round 1 NCAA Tournament games

March Madness Day 1 is in the books, and as is tradition, it lived up to its moniker.

The dream of a perfect bracket rarely lasts long for anyone, and that was true after Thursday, with two major upsets decimating over 99 percent of brackets, according to major bracket distributors like ESPN, Yahoo, and the NCAA itself.

Fans can mostly thank Princeton and Furham. No. 15 Princeton stunned No. 2 Arizona just hours after No. 13 Furham defeated No. 4 Virginia, which served as the two biggest bracket busters of the day. No. 10 Penn State also routed No. 7 Texas A&M in the nightcap.

Even some of the higher-seeded wins weren’t without stress. No. 4 Tennessee barely edged out No. 13 Louisiana 58-55, whereas No. 1 Houston had to play all 40 minutes to hold off No. 16 Northern Kentucky.

There was, of course, some chalk to be had on the day. Kansas, Alabama, Texas, Duke, and UCLA all took care of business and dispatched their opponents easily, and the middle-seeded games (e.g. 8 vs. 9, 7 vs. 10) were generally competitive. Day 2 should see more of the same, with the day starting with a coin flip game between No. 7 Michigan State and No. 10 USC.

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The Sporting News tracked live scores, results and highlights from the opening-round action. You can recap below:

March Madness live scores

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Round 1

Thursday, March 16

(8) Maryland 67, (9) West Virginia 65
(13) Furman 68, (4) Virginia 67
(7) Missouri 76, (10) Utah State 65
(1) Kansas 96, (16) Howard 68
(1) Alabama 96, (16) Texas A&M-Corpus-Christi 75
(5) San Diego State 63, (12) Charleston 57
(15) Princeton 59, (2) Arizona 55
(8) Arkansas 73, (9) Illinois 63
(9) Auburn 83, (8) Iowa 75
(5) Duke 74, (12) Oral Roberts 51
(2) Texas 81, (15) Colgate 61
(7) Northwestern 75, (10) Boise State 67
(1) Houston 63, (16) Northern Kentucky 52
(4) Tennessee 58, (13) Louisiana 55
(10) Penn St 76, (7) Texas A&M 59
(2) UCLA 86, (15) UNC-Asheville 53

NCAA Tournament results, highlights from Thursday’s games

Maryland vs. West Virginia

2:50 p.m. — Maryland was in control for much of the final stretch, but West Virginia got a good look at the buzzer… Terps survive and advance!

2:31 p.m. — Maryland starting to gain separation in the final minutes…

1:45 p.m.: WVU back in front! Johnson is putting on a show thus far. Four-point play punctuates a 13-0 Mountaineerse run, one that helps them reclaim the lead. Up 44-38 with 15 minutes left in the second half.

1:40 p.m.: Emmitt Matthews Jr. sitting on the bench after suffering a shoulder stinger when he collided with UMD big man Julian Reese. Frustration from WVU bench that an illegal screen wasn’t called. Per Tracy Wolfson, Matthews is being tended to on the bench with painkillers.

1:13 p.m.: UMD holds the 32-30 lead at halftime, powered by solid performances by Donta Scott, Jahmir Young and Hakim Hart. Kedrian Johnson leads the way for the Mountaineers with 10 points.

12:54 p.m.: Maryland surge back to take the lead. Its defensive solidity has been crucial to getting itself back in the game.

12:34 p.m.: West Virginia defense has been stifling thus far. Forced the Terps into six turnovers in the game’s opening eight minutes. Just four points for Maryland so far.

Furman vs. Virginia

3:05 p.m. — Jalen Slawson after Virginia’s costly turnover:

2:57 p.m. — Furman has completed the upset! The Paladins are headed to the Round of 32 in their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1980, and Virginia loses to a No. 13 seed for the second time in three years.


2:29 p.m. — Furman has tied it up against Virginia! It’s a 16-4 run for the Paladins.

2:15 p.m.: Furman keeping things close. Big three by Marcus Foster cuts the Cavs’ lead to six.

2:00 p.m.: Virginia is rolling! Biggest lead of the day for the Cavs.

1:31 p.m.: UVA heads to halftime with a five-point edge. Furman has kept things tight despite a stifling start by the Cavaliers, who looked every bit like the defensive dynamos they’ve been under Bennett’s tutelage. Reece Beekman the leading point man so far, dropping 10 to power the Cavs.

1:13 p.m.: The Paladins are rallying! 7-0 run gets them right back into it. One point lead for the Cavaliers at the moment.

12:50 p.m.: Tony Bennett’s defense doing Tony Bennett defensive things early. 12-7 about four minutes into the first half.

Utah State vs. Missouri

4:00 p.m. — It was just this kind of day. Missouri’s shots went in, and Utah State’s didn’t. That’s the Tigers’ first NCAA Tournament win since 2010.

3:45 p.m. — Missouri taking control against Utah State…

2:10 p.m.: Tightly-contested affair between the Aggies and Tigers so far. Missouri leads by three with about six minutes left in the opening frame.

Howard vs. Kansas

3:57 p.m. — That didn’t last long. Kansas rolls to a 96-68 win over the Bison, who ran out of answers defensively and just couldn’t keep up.

2:38 p.m. — Don’t look now, but it’s 33-33 between Kansas and Howard. What an effort by the Bison against the defending champs.

Alabama vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

4:15 p.m. — Love TAMU-CC’s uniforms, but they have nothing defensively against Alabama right now. It’s a 20-point game at halftime.

San Diego State vs. Charleston

5:46 p.m. — San Diego State held on, and this is the shot that put the game too far out of reach for Charleston. That’s the first NCAA Tournament win for the Aztecs since 2015.

5:27 p.m. — We are tied! A goaltending call against San Diego State makes it 53-53 with under three minutes remaining.

4:25 p.m. — The Aztecs put together a nice little run leading into the break and have the advantage at halftime.

4:10 p.m. — Charleston has to get more creative against a San Diego State team with a great perimeter defense, so how about this passing? Cougars up early.

Arizona vs. Princeton

6:31 p.m. — Some ugly history for Arizona, which also found itself on the wrong end of a 13-4 upset five years ago.

6:22 p.m. — WHAT A GAME! Princeton makes it three consecutive tournaments with a victorious No. 15 seed, and this one was an absolute stunner.

6:16 p.m. — Princeton goes in front!

6:09 p.m. — It’s a close one between Arizona and Providence! Now a one-point game with under three minutes left.

5:08 p.m. — Princeton is hanging with Arizona! It’s a one-point game at the half.

4:44 p.m. — Princeton is hanging with Arizona so far, but it’s going to be tough to compete with this offense for 40 minutes.

Arkansas vs. Illinois

6:57 p.m. — Illinois made it interesting for a stretch late in the game, but Arkansas pulls away and wins comfortably. The Razorbacks get the defending champion Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday.

6:08 p.m. — Arkansas is beginning to pour it on. The Razorbacks just look like the better, more fluid team today.

5:10 p.m. — Arkansas is cruising against the Illini early on. If the Razorbacks are going to make a run this month, Nick Smith Jr. is the xa-factor.

Iowa vs. Auburn

9:19 p.m. — Nice job by Auburn to close out the game after letting Iowa jump back into it. 83 points from a defense-first team is pretty good.

8:44 p.m. — Iowa now has the lead down to four.

8:37 p.m. — Iowa is climbing back into it. The Hawkeyes trim the lead to six with plenty of time left in the second half.

7:48 p.m. — Who needs threes when you can do this?

7:31 p.m. — Auburn and Iowa are a combined 1-of-17 from beyond the arc so far. So that’s that.

Duke vs. Oral Roberts

8:29 p.m. — Duke is firing on all cylinders right now.

7:58 p.m. — Oral Roberts has started scoring, but the defense is a major issue so far. Duke has 40 points at halftime.

7:29 p.m. — An ugly start for Oral Roberts, which trailed Duke 15-0 before even scoring a point. The Golden Eagles made Maryland’s early struggles look like nothing.

Texas vs. Colgate

9:43 p.m. — Texas withstood another Colgate run in the second half and closed out a 20-point win. The Raiders continue to make strides as a program, but it has yet to turn into NCAA Tournament success.

8:40 p.m. — Colgate is starting to make some noise. The Raiders still have plenty of work to do, but they have Texas’ lead down to nine at halftime.

8:19 p.m. — Texas is cooking already, and Sir’Jabari Rice’s late-season emergence continues.

Northwestern vs. Boise State

9:33 p.m. — Boo Buie was extremely impressive for Northwestern tonight, finishing with 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.

8:21 p.m. — Northwestern and Boise State are both defensive-minded teams, but the offenses have been pretty decent so far. Northwestern leads at halftime.

Houston vs. Northern Kentucky

11:42 p.m. — It wasn’t easy, but Houston survives the night and wins 63-52 over Northern Kentucky. No. 1 moves on while the Norse head home.

11:11 p.m.: Emanuel Sharp with the back-to-back 3s for some much-needed breathing room for the Cougars:

Back-to-back threes for Emanuel Sharp! #MarchMadness

— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) March 17, 2023

10:54 p.m.: Upset warning is now in effect.

NKU ties it up 😮#MarchMadness @NKUNorseMBB

— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) March 17, 2023

10:50 p.m. Marcus Sasser re-aggravated his groin injury and is on the bench for Houston to start the second half. Northern Kentucky trails Houston by just three out of the half, and the No. 1 seed is officially on watch.

10:17 p.m.: Houston has since jumped out to a moderate lead, but Northern Kentucky came out with plenty of energy.

Tennessee vs. Louisiana

11:52 p.m. — Tennessee successfully ducks being the second No. 4 seed sent home, as they manage to edge out Louisiana 58-55.

11:46 p.m. — Tennessee looks to be in good shape now. It’s 57-53 with 8.3 left after a bad miss out of bounds. Back to the line.

11:43 p.m. — The stress has set in for Tennessee. It’s a three-point game with 23 seconds left after Louisiana hits two free throws. The Volunteers have to hit their free throws down the stretch now.

11:37 p.m. — Louisiana has made this a game again, but a technical on Bob Marlin is looming large. Tennessee leads by seven approaching two minutes, so the Cajuns have a lot of work to do.

11:19 p.m.: That’s a 13-0 run by Louisiana to make this first-round game a lot more interesting:


A 13-0 run pulls them to within 5️⃣!#MarchMadness @RaginCajunsMBB

— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) March 17, 2023

10:29 p.m. — Tennessee finished the first half on an 11-0 run to take a 30-19 lead over Louisiana. The Vols have a limited offense, but so far the defense is winning the day.

Tennessee is blowing the Ragin’ Cajuns out of the water.

UCLA vs. UNC Asheville

12:08 p.m. — Not much to say about this one, as UCLA closes out a laugher against UNC-Asheville 86-53. Bruins move on with ease.

10:59 p.m. — UCLA will take a 46-25 lead into the half over UNC-Asheville. Everything going the Bruins’ way.

10:23 p.m. — UCLA is doing its best Duke impression with a dominant start to their matchup with UNC Asheville.

Texas A&M vs. Penn State

12:14 p.m. — Penn State closes out a wire-to-wire rout 76-59.

12 a.m. — Penn State is continuing to look completely dominant in this game, as the Nittany Lions lead 69-46 with under six minutes left. Texas A&M simply has no answers on either side of the floor.

11:02 p.m. — That’s a nice dish by Penn State’s Jalen Pickett.

Jalen Pickett’s vision>>#MarchMadness

— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) March 17, 2023

10:34 p.m. — Wow, this hustle! The Aggies and Nittany Lions might be in line to play one of the best games of the first round.

March Madness schedule 2023

Round 1

Thursday, March 16

Game Time (ET) TV
(8) Maryland 67, (9) West Virginia 65 12:15 p.m. CBS
(13) Furman 68, (4) Virginia 67 12:40 p.m. TruTV, Sling TV
(7) Missouri 76, (10) Utah State 65 1:40 p.m. TNT, Sling TV
(1) Kansas 96, (16) Howard 68 2 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
(1) Alabama 96, (16) Texas A&M-CC 75 2:45 p.m. CBS
(5) San Diego State 63, (12) Charleston 57 3:10 p.m. TruTV, Sling TV
(15) Princeton 59, (2) Arizona 55 4:10 p.m. TNT, Sling TV
(8) Arkansas 73, (9) Illinois 63 4:30 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
(9) Auburn 83, (8) Iowa 75 6:50 p.m. TNT, Sling TV
(5) Duke 74, (12) Oral Roberts 51 7:10 p.m. CBS
(2) Texas 81, (15) Colgate 61 7:25 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
(7) Northwestern 75, (10) Boise State 67 7:35 p.m. TruTV, Sling TV
(1) Houston 63, (16) Northern Kentucky 52 9:20 p.m. TNT, Sling TV
(4) Tennessee 58, (13) Louisiana 55 9:40 p.m. CBS
(10) Penn State 76, (7) Texas A&M 59 9:55 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
(2) UCLA 86, 15 UNC Asheville 53 10:05 p.m. TruTV, Sling TV

Friday, March 17

Game Time (ET) TV
(10) USC vs. (7) Michigan State 12:15 p.m. CBS
(14) Kennesaw State vs. (3) Xavier 12:40 p.m. TruTV, Sling TV
(14) UC Santa Barbara vs. (3) Baylor 1:30 p.m. TNT, Sling TV
(12) VCU vs. (5) Saint Mary’s 2 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
(15) Vermont vs. (2) Marquette 2:45 p.m. CBS
(11) Pitt vs. (6) Iowa State 3:10 p.m. TruTV, Sling TV
(11) N.C. State vs. (6) Creighton 4 p.m. TNT, Sling TV
(13) Iona vs. (4) UConn 4:30 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
(16) FDU vs. (1) Purdue 6:50 p.m. TNT, Sling TV
(11) Providence vs. (6) Kentucky 7:10 p.m. CBS
(12) Drake vs. (5) Miami (Fla.) 7:25 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
(14) Grand Canyon vs. (3) Gonzaga 7:35 p.m. TruTV, Sling TV
(9) Florida Atlantic vs. (8) Memphis 9:20 p.m. TNT, Sling TV
(14) Montana State vs. (3) Kansas State 9:40 p.m. CBS
(13) Kent State vs. (4) Indiana 9:55 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
(11) Arizona State vs. (6) TCU 10:05 p.m. TruTV, Sling TV

Round 2

Round 2 game times will be released following the completion of Round 1 on Thursday and Friday.

Saturday, March 18

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD 12 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 2:30 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 5 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 6 p.m. TNT, Sling TV
TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
TBD vs. TBD 7:30 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 8:30 p.m. TNT, Sling TV
TBD vs. TBD 9:30 p.m. TBS, Sling TV

Sunday, March 19

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD 12 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 2:30 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 5 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 6 p.m. TNT, Sling TV
TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
TBD vs. TBD 7:30 p.m. TruTV, Sling TV
TBD vs. TBD 8:30 p.m. TNT, Sling TV
TBD vs. TBD 9:30 p.m. TBS, Sling TV

Sweet 16

Thursday, March 23

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD 6:15 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 8:45 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
TBD vs. TBD 9:30 p.m. CBS

Friday, March 24

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD 6:15 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 8:45 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
TBD vs. TBD 9:30 p.m. CBS

Elite Eight

Saturday, March 25

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD 6 p.m. TBS, Sling TV
TBD vs. TBD 8:30 p.m. TBS, Sling TV

Sunday, March 26

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD 2 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 4:55 p.m. CBS

Final Four

Saturday, April 1

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD 6 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD 8:30 p.m. CBS

National championship

Monday, April 3

Game Time (ET) TV
TBD vs. TBD 9 p.m. CBS


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