The first day of the men’s NCAA Tournament more than made up for the 2020 hiatus, with three overtime games, a healthy dose of upsets and already several emerging storylines to track – particularly the dichotomy between the presentation of the men’s tournament compared to what the women are experiencing.
On the court, both No. 1 seeds dominated, while a two-seed – Ohio State – fell to Cinderella candidate Oral Roberts. With 16 more games on tap for Saturday, which other top teams should steel themselves for heartbreak?
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No. 4 Virginia should be cleared for its first-round matchup against No. 13 Ohio later Saturday (7:15 p.m. EST, truTV), as ESPN reported the Cavaliers cleared COVID-19 testing twice upon arrival in Indianapolis – once Friday afternoon and again early Saturday morning.
Virginia had to forfeit ahead of the ACC Tournament semifinals after a positive test within the program. At least five Cavaliers need to be cleared for Virginia to play,
Sister Jean confident
Known for her emails to players and coaches following every game, Sister Jean Schmidt had to improvise after her email apparently went awry during her stay in Indiana to watch her eight-seeded Loyola-Chicago Ramblers.
The 101-year-old went old-school and wrote her missives to the team by hand.
The Ramblers defeated No. 9 Georgia Tech during the first round Friday, setting up a Sunday date against in-state foe and No. 1 seed Illinois. Don’t expect Sister Jean to tell the Ramblers to back down.
“I believe we can do it,” she said.
Contributing: Scott Gleeson, Nancy Armour, Chris Bumbaca