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Abilene Christian bounces No. 3 seed Texas to put the first round of March Madness in the books

Joe Pleasant (11 points) and No. 14 seed Abilene Christian are headed to the round of 32 after the clinching the first men's tournament victory in program history Saturday in Indianapolis. (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament continued Saturday with what was supposed to be 16 more first-round games. But a few hours before the scheduled tip-off of Oregon-VCU, the NCAA announced the game would not be played and Oregon would advance after an issue with covid protocols in VCU’s program.

Advancing alongside Oregon are two opportunistic mid-majors. Ohio’s Ben Vander Plas sank timely three-pointers to help the 13th-seeded Bobcats expel the 2019 national champion and fourth-seeded Virginia Cavaliers. Virginia bowed out in the first round for the second time in the past three NCAA tournaments while Ohio is headed to a second-round matchup with Creighton on Monday.

What to know about Saturday’s first-round games

Abilene Christian earned its first men’s tournament win early Sunday morning, stunning No. 3 Texas and setting up the second round’s lowest-seeded matchup between the No. 14 Wildcats and No. 11 UCLA in the East region on Monday.

The second round will also include Colorado, which sent Georgetown packing Saturday. The Hoyas were making their first trip to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament since 2015 before being bounced by the Buffaloes, who sank 16 of 25 from beyond the arc in a rout.

Review the rest of Saturday’s action below.

What to read about college basketball

Men’s bracket | Women’s bracket

Way-too-early top 25: Kentucky, North Carolina, Houston, Gonzaga, Arkansas and Duke should be in the mix again next season.

Rock Chalk, Jayhawk: Kansas forged the biggest comeback in the 83 championship games to date to beat North Carolina and win the men’s national title.

Gamecocks dominate: The women’s national championship is officially heading back to Columbia, S.C., for the second time in program history after a wire-to-wire 64-49 victory by South Carolina over Connecticut.

Mike Krzyzewski’s last game: Coach K’s career ends with joy and agony in college basketball Armageddon.

One day, two title games: A decade after Title IX, a battle for control of women’s basketball split loyalties and produced two national champions.

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