Maryland guard Varun Ram knocks the ball away from Valparaiso guard Keith Carter on the final play of the Terrapins’ win. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

The second half of the 2015 NCAA tournament bracket gets underway Friday and you can take it all in from right here. Each day the Post will compile the best of the bracket, from the day’s top upset bets to on-site reporting of the night’s final buzzer-beater.

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[Friday’s full NCAA tournament scoreboard]

Friday: Round of 64

Latest Updates

Maryland’s depth comes through against Valparaiso

Mark Turgeon got major contributions from his bench in the Terps’ round-of-64 win on Friday. (Read More)

Five things to know about unlikely Maryland hero Varun Ram

Get to know the Terps reserve who saved the day Friday against Valparaiso (Read More)

Trawick means more to Hoyas than just numbers

With a toughness that makes Big John proud, Jabril Trawick is a huge contributor for Georgetown. (Read More)

John Thompson Jr. watches Georgetown from afar

Hoyas Coach John Thompson III said his father is “doing fine” after a recent operation. (Read More)

Cincinnati takes a two-coach approach

The Bearcats will face No. 1 seed Kentucky on Saturday. Coach Mick Cronin’s health has forced him to stay away from the bench. (Read More)

Steinberg: Another close call for the Cardiac Terps

Dan Steinberg on how this Maryland team never does anything the easy way. (Read More)

Maryland escapes Valparaiso to reach round of 32

The Terps’ first tournament appearance since 2010 came down to the final seconds. (Read More)

Anderson, Brogdon help Virginia fight off Belmont

Cavaliers will face Michigan State on Sunday in a rematch from last season. (Read More)

West Virginia fends off feisty Buffalo

Mountaineers will face the Maryland-Valparaiso winner on Sunday. (Read More)

Embattled Rick Barnes faces uncertain future at Texas

Longhorns’ loss on Thursday ended a disappointing season for a team with high expectations. (Read More)

Spartans hold off Georgia to advance

Surging Michigan State showed both its strengths (such as guard play) and weaknesses (such as free throws) in advancing to face the winner of Virginia vs. Belmont. (Read More)

NCAA official: Refs blew it with non-call on Hoyas’ Trawick

Fans of both Georgetown and Eastern Washington agreed that an odd bit of contact between Georgetown’s Jabril Trawick and Eastern Washington star Tyler Harvey was a turning point in Thursday night’s Hoyas victory.  (Read More)

Why do Buffalo’s uniforms say ‘New York’ instead of ‘Buffalo’?

Yeah, Buffalo is in New York, but still … what gives? (Read More)

High-percentage shots equal high comedy for Kansas

Jayhawks are doing everything well against New Mexico State … but dunk. (Read More)

Five upsets that will blow up your office pool

Two early shockers shattered brackets Thursday. Which potential upsets would wreak the most havoc Friday? (Read More)

Fancy Stats: Terps on Upset Watch vs. Valpo

Maryland may have all it can handle in its first NCAA tournament game. (Read More)

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Fancy Stats: SDSU-St. John’s highlights Friday’s top games

The No. 8 vs. No. 9 clash projects to be the day’s closest game. (Read More)

Friday viewer’s guide

When and how to catch Friday’s best matchups. (Read More)

Fancy Stats: Day 2’s pivotal player matchups

The one-on-one battles that can shape the bracket on Friday. (Read More)

Hoyas’ JTIII roasts foe after ‘guarantee’

“I kind of looked down there at him. He doesn’t fit the bill of guys who usually guarantee victory.” (Read More)

Notes from the Charlotte tournament pod

Belmont talks Virginia, Tom Izzo won’t complain about Michigan State’s seeding, and more from Duke and Georgia’s media availability. (Read More)

Terps keep it light at practice in Columbus

“It’s good to be back,” Coach Mark Turgeon said of the NCAA tournament, and the upbeat mood carried over to his team during the workout at Nationwide Arena. (Read More)

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Pre-game reads


The Terps are back in action Friday. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

First-round ATS pick tips

Which teams look like winners in the Round of 64? (Read More)

Juan Dixon explains why Terps fans love Dez Wells

Fans are flocking to his banner. (Read More)

Terps expect challenge from Valparaiso’s front court

The Crusaders have rare size for a mid-major, with three starters 6-feet-8 or taller – and they hope that will translate into matchup problems for Maryland on both ends of the floor. (Read More)

Will the ‘old Justin’ Anderson return in time for U-Va.?

The standout wing player is back from injury, but questions remain about his health and how it will affect the Cavaliers. (Read More)

Terps enter tournament holding three aces

The team’s “big three” of Melo Trimble, Dez Wells and Jake Layman provides a multitude off options on offense. (Read More)

D.C. native Derek Cooke Jr. goes from hoops novice to Wyoming’s dunk artist

Cooke, a 6-3 football standout at Friendly High School, never played organized basketball in high school. But five years later, he’s a 6-9 starting forward on the Cowboys tournament team. (Read More)

Thursday recaps

Iowa State and Baylor, on the other side of March Madness

For every famous Cinderella celebration in the NCAA tournament, there is the telltale hush in the locker rooms of the fallen favorite. (Read More)

Hoyas take care of business, top Eastern Washington

Georgetown topped the trendy upset pick with a solid first-round offensive display. (Read More)

Hampton fared better than some against Kentucky

The Pirates’ dance came to an end as the top seeded Wildcats cruised to victory. (Read More)

For Larry Brown and SMU, loss is ‘pretty heartbreaking’

Game No. 2,593 for the Hall of Fame coach, a loss to UCLA on a controversial goaltending call, is one of the strangest. (Read More)

Did refs get controversial goaltending call right?

Among the many wacky finishes in the early Thursday games was the end of UCLA-SMU, which featured a goaltending call that will be debated for years to come, especially in Dallas. (Read More)

A closer look at the UCLA Bruins

The Bruins aren’t your typical 11th-seed Cinderella, but they could be poised for a run after squeaking past No. 6 SMU. (Read More)

Georgia State Panthers on the prowl for another win

Why the Hunters, Kevin Ware and Ryan Harrow can keep the surprising run going. (Read More)

Why Cinderella UAB is likely done dancing

One win was a stunner and the Blazers will be hardpressed to do it again, regardless of their Round of 32 foe. (Read More)