Eight takeaways from Thursday's NCAA Tournament games


There’s always a ton of pressure during the first two days of tournament play. The years full of shocking upsets and buzzer-beaters have spoiled us. We expect that every year on the first Thursday and Friday of tournament play. When a day like this Thursday comes along, you’ll hear some complaining the action didn’t quite reach chaotic levels. Even without the wildest surprise upsets or heroic game-winners, we saw 16 basketball games, all of which taught us something about this tournament and the teams in it. We also saw a ton of close calls, one-possession games, and some mind-boggling performances. Here’s what we learned from the action. 1. Ja Morant lives up to the billing Until March, Ja Morant received more attention as an NBA Draft prospect than as a college star. He was ready for the spotlight Thursday, leading Murray State to a blowout over Marquette. Morant recorded the 17th triple-double in NCAA Tournament history and the first since Draymond Green in 2012. Morant drew attention for a monster two-h

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