Another 12-Seed Winner...'Nova rallies from 14 down...UCLA Escapes

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

(AP) The first day of the NCAA men's basketball tournament went mostly according to form. If you're playing longshots in the office pool, you might be in trouble early. The top four seeds went 8-and-0 on opening day.

There were three notable upsets:

- Western Kentucky, a 12th seed in the South region, beat fifth-seed Illinois 76-72. Steffphon Pettigrew had 17 points to lead Western Kentucky, which led by as many as 17 points but had to hold off a late charge by the Illini. It's the 19th time in the last 21 years that a 12 seed has beaten a no. 5. The Hilltoppers move on to play Gonzaga tomorrow.

-Michigan, the 10th seed in the south regional, upset seventh-seed Clemson 62-59. Manny Harris scored 21 points and Stu Douglass added 12 for the wolverines, who will face the Oklahoma tomorrow.

-Maryland, the 10th seed in the West, shut down California's long-range shooters and knocked off the seventh-seeded bears 84-71. Grievis Vasquez had 27 points for the Terps, who held the nation's best 3-point shooting team to a 7-for-24 performance from behind the arc. Maryland plays Memphis next.

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