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.
Review the rest of Saturday’s action below.
What to read about college basketball
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.