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2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament First Four Schedule

John Beilein and Michigan still have a chance to make some noise this season starting with First Four. They play Tulsa on Wednesday, March 16. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America)
John Beilein and Michigan still have a chance to make some noise this season starting with First Four. They play Tulsa on Wednesday, March 16. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America)

2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament First Four Schedule

The First Four games are now known with announcement of the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament teams. There will be two games played on Tuesday, March 15 and two more played on Wednesday, March 16. All four games will be played in Dayton, Ohio and can be seen on TruTV. The schedule for the First Four games is broken down below by date.

First Four Games – Tuesday, March 15, 2016

#16 Florida Gulf Coast versus #16 Fairleigh Dickinson will be played at 6:40 PM Eastern Time with winner facing #1 North Carolina in the East Region on Thursday, March 17.

The second game will be played at 9:10 PM Eastern Time between #11 Vanderbilt and #11 Wichita State. The winner of that contest will play #6 Arizona on Thursday, March 17 in the South Region.

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location Regional
3/15/2016 6:40 PM #16 Fairleigh Dickinson 65 #16 Florida Gulf Coast  96 TruTV Dayton, Ohio East
3/15/2016 9:10 PM #11 Wichita State  70 #11 Vanderbilt  50 TruTV Dayton, Ohio South

First Four Games – Wednesday, March 16, 2016

#16 Holy Cross plays #16 Southern in the first Wednesday game starting at 6:40 PM Eastern Time. The winner will move on to #1 Oregon in the West Region on Friday, March 18.

The final First Four game will be #11 Michigan and #11 Tulsa with a start time of 8:10 PM Eastern Time. Whichever team comes out on top will then move on to face #6 Notre Dame on Friday, March 18 in the East Region.

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location Regional
3/16/2016 6:40 PM #16 Holy Cross  59 #16 Southern  55 TruTV Dayton, Ohio West
3/16/2016 9:10 PM #11 Tulsa  62 #11 Michigan 67 TruTV Dayton, Ohio East

Check back for the first and second round schedules.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 11/19/2014

Lafayette Uses Strong Second Half To Pull Away From Princeton

An exciting and offensive first half gave way to defensive battle in the second half with Lafayette coming out on top over Princeton 83-66. Lafayette’s five starters accounted for 82 of the team’s 83 points.

Both teams were on fire during the first 20 minutes from everywhere on the court. Lafayette claimed the largest first half lead with 7 points when the score was 11-4 after two and a half minutes and later 37-30. By the end of the first half, the score was 47-44 in favor of Lafayette, but the percentages from the field were astounding. Princeton shot 60.9% from the field (14 of 23) and 69.2% from three point range. Lafayette put up better numbers with 68% from the field (17 of 25) and 71.4% from beyond the arc (5 of 7). Hans Brase had 14 points and Spencer Weisz had 12 points for Princeton. Bryce Scott scored 12 points and Dan Trist added 11 points for Lafayette.

The second half was dramatically different, especially for Princeton. The Tigers quickly found themselves down 54-44, but were able to chop that deficit in half at 64-59 midway through the second half. However, the Leopards continually built that lead back up to reach the final score of 83-66. Princeton saw their field goal percentage drop to 36.8% in the second half (7 of 19) and were just 1 of 6 from three point land (16.7%). Lafayette continued to shoot decently going 12 of 28 from the field for a percentage of 42.9. They also hit 5 of their 10 three pointers in the second half.

Princeton was led by Weisz with 19 points and 7 boards with Brase scoring 17 points with 6 rebounds. Pete Miller added in 14 points, but the drop off to the next scorer was 8 points as Steven Cook had only 6 points. For the game, the Tigers shot 50% and were 10 of 19 on three pointers (52.6%). They went 14 of 21 on free throws (66.7%) and committed 17 turnovers.

Lafayette saw nearly all their points come from the starters. Joey Ptasinski had 21 points, Seth Hinrichs scored 19 points, Nick Lindner added 17 points, Dan Trist scored 13 points, and Bryce Scott had 12 points. Zach Rufer scored the one solitary point off the bench for the Leopards. For the game, Lafayette went 29 of 53 from the field (54.7%) and 10 of 17 from three point land (58.8%). They drained 15 of 21 free throws (71.4%) and committed just 7 turnovers in the game.

Princeton (1-2) has dropped back-to-back games after they opened the season with a win. Next up for them is Incarnate Word (2-0) on Saturday night. Lafayette (2-1) faces Penn (0-2) on the road Saturday night. It will be the second of three straight games against Ivy League opponents for the Leopards.


Dartmouth Loses Close Game On The Road At Hartford

An improved performance from Gabas Maldunas was not enough for Dartmouth to get the victory, as they fell to Hartford 53-48 in a closely contested game.

Both teams traded buckets to start the game before Hartford went on an 8-0 midway through the first half to take a 19-11 lead. Hartford managed to build the lead up to 30-19 but Dartmouth closed on a 7-0 run to make it 30-26 at halftime. The Big Green was far more efficient shooting the ball than their opponents by going 10 of 22 from the field (45.5%) and were 4 of 10 on three pointers. Hartford went 9 of 32 from the field (28.1%) and hit 6 of 15 three pointers (40%). Dartmouth did have 9 first half turnovers compared to just two for the Eagles. The Big Green were led by Alex Mitola’s 12 points in the first half while Nate Sikma was the top scorer for Hartford with 7 points.

The second half was more of the same with both teams finding that scoring was at a premium. Hartford led 42-34 halfway through the second half, but three straight layups from Maldunas tied the game in addition to a couple of free throws from Miles Wright. Hartford took the lead immediately after that and did not look back though Dartmouth was always within striking distance. Ultimately, Hartford hit their free throws to win 52-46. Dartmouth went 9 of 22 from the field in the second half (40.9%) and were 0 for 7 on three pointers. The committed 10 turnovers as well and Maldunas scored 10 points in the second half to lead the Big Green. Hartford went 8 of 20 from the field (40%) while they also missed all three of their three pointers. Yolonzo Moore was the leading scorer for the Eagles at 10 points in the second half.

Alex Mitola led Dartmouth with 16 points for the game and Maldunas had 12 points and 9 rebounds. The Big Green shot 19 of 44 from the field (43.2%) and were a poor 4 of 17 on three pointers (23.5%). Dartmouth was 6 of 7 on free throws (85.7%) and committed 19 turnovers, which led to their demise.

Yolonzo Moore had 13 points for Hartford to lead the team in scoring and also had 5 rebounds. Mark Nwakamma and Nate Sikma both had 9 points while John Carroll scored 8 points. For the game, Hartford shot 17 of 52 from the field (32.7%) and were 6 of 18 from three point land. They hit 13 of 19 free throws (68.4%) and committed 10 turnovers.

Dartmouth (0-2) does not play again until Friday, November 28 when they take on IPFW (2-0) at home. Hartford (2-1) travels on the road to face Niagara (0-1).

Mistake Filled First Half Dooms Brown Against Holy Cross

Three days after beating then #25 Harvard, Holy Cross made sure there was no let down against Brown on Wednesday night. The Crusaders took advantage of 12 first half turnovers by Brown en route to an 80-65 victory.

It was tied at 9 apiece at the 13:24 mark, but it was all Holy Cross after that with a 31-16 run to end the half. The Crusaders were not overly impressive with their shooting percentages, but they were able to build their lead due to 12 Brown turnovers. They shot 15 of 33 from the floor (45.5%) and were only 3 of 12 from beyond the arc (25%). Anthony Thompson had 10 first half points with Malachi Alexander scoring 9 points. Brown went 10 of 26 from the field (38.5%) and were only 2 of 9 on three pointers (22.2%). Cedric Kuakumensah led the Bears with 9 points and Leland King chipped in 7 points.

The second half started off poorly for Brown as they quickly fell behind 49-29 going into the under 16 media timeout. The Bears were able to to cut the lead down to 52-45 within a few minutes thanks to 8 points from King, but the Crusaders reasserted themselves and reestablished the 15 point lead. That would hold until the end of the game with the 80-65 final score line and both teams shot well in the second half. Leland King went off with 18 points and 6 rebounds in the second half while Kuakumensah scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Bears went 13 of 25 from the field (52%) and 2 of 8 from beyond the arc, but committed 11 turnovers. Eric Green scored 13 points for Holy Cross and Justin Burrell had 10 points. The Crusaders went 15 of 27 from the field in the second half (55.6%) and were 4 of 9 from beyond the arc (44.4%).

Brown was led by two 20 point scorers in King (25 points and 8 rebounds) and Kuakumensah (20 points and 8 rebounds). For the game, the Bears shot 23 of 51 from the field (45.1%), 4 of 17 from three point range (23.5%), and 15 of 17 from the free throw line (88.2%). They out-rebounded Holy Cross 32-26, but committed 23 turnovers.

The Crusaders had four scorers in double figures with Eric Green (16), Anthony Thompson (15), Justin Burrell (14), and Malachi Alexander (14). Cullen Hamilton had 9 points as well. Holy Cross shot 50% from the field (30 of 60), were 7 of 21 on three pointers (33.3%), and 13 of 18 on free throws (72.2%). They committed 14 turnovers, but were able to take advantage of the 23 by Brown.

Brown (1-2) travels to face Indiana State (1-1) on Saturday. Holy Cross (2-0) faces Nichols College on Sunday afternoon.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 11/16/2014

Princeton’s Second Half Rally Falls Short

Princeton made a furious rally in the second half, but it came up four points short in the 63-60 loss to George Mason. The Tigers trailed 32-19 at the break before outscoring the Patriots by 10 points in the second half.

From the start of the game George Mason took it to the Tigers. By the first media timeout, the Patriots lead 10-6 before slowly building the lead up throughout the first half. Princeton attempted 18 first half three pointers and connected on only 4 of those. George Mason made them pay converting their short shots and taking a 32-19 lead after the first half.

The second half started with Princeton hitting two of their first three three-pointers and cutting the lead to 32-25. GMU built the lead back up to 40-29, but an 8-0 Tigers run, with 5 points from Hans Brase, allowed them to climb within 3.

That run would be countered by the Patriots going on a 10-3 run of their own to take a 50-40 lead with under 8 minutes left. The lead was 59-48 with 3:06 left, before the Tigers went on a 10-2 run to close the deficit to 2 points. Jalen Jenkins’ free throws bookended a missed three by Steven Cook and GMU would hold on for the 63-60 win.

Princeton was led by Hans Brase’s 17 points and 14 rebounds. Spencer Weisz had 10 points on 3 of 9 shooting with Clay Wilson adding 9 points, Pete Miller scoring 8 points, and Steven Cook contributing 8 points. The Tigers were a paltry 19 of 56 from the field (33.9%) and 9 of 30 from beyond the arc (30%). They went 13 of 17 from the free throw line (76.5%), committed 11 turnovers, and were out-rebounded 43-34.

Patrick Holloway scored a game high 19 points for George Mason. Marquise Moore had 11 points on 5 of 6 shooting and Shevon Thompson had 8 points and 9 boards. Vaughn Gray added 8 points and Jalen Jenkins scored 7 points and 7 boards.

Princeton (1-1) travels to face Lafayette on Wednesday night. George Mason (1-1) has a tough game against West Virginia on Thursday night.


Cornell Cannot Complete Comeback Bid Against Loyola (MD)

Cornell trailed by 13 points in the first half and despite a valiant effort, they could not pull out the win against Loyola (MD) on Sunday. The Big Red ultimately fell by a score of 76-71.

Cornell took an early 6-0 lead, but Loyola (MD) erased the deficit by the second TV timeout by taking a 13-11 lead. They continued their ascent from there with a 9-1 run. Andre Walker hit a 3 pointer to make it 34-21 with the Greyhounds taking a 38-27 lead into halftime.

Cornell’s three-headed monster Shonn Miller, Robert Hatter, and Galal Cancer scored the opening 23 points and closed the deficit to 6 points at 56-50 with 11 minutes left in the game. The Big Red actually took a 63-62 lead on David Onuorah’s free throw, however, they let that lead slip away. Down the stretch, Loyola (MD) hit 7 of their final 9 free throws to secure the victory by a final score of 76-71.

Shonn Miller led the Big Red with 20 points and 9 boards on 5 of 15 shooting including 1 of 5 from beyond the arc. He drained 9 of his 10 free throws. Galal Cancer had a big game as well with 19 points on 5 of 7 shooting and 9 of 12 on free throws. Robert Hatter added 17 points on 6 of 16 shooting (1 of 7 from three point range). As a team, they went 21 of 53 (39.6%) from the floor, 3 of 19 from three point land (15.8%), and 26 of 36 from the free throw line (72.2%). They were out-rebounded 43-34, but had 9 blocks. They also cut their turnovers from 16 in the season opener to 10 on Sunday.

The Greyhounds had four players score in double figures led by Tyler Hubbard with 15 points. Eric Laster added 13 points, Franz Rassman scored 12 points, and Andre Walker had 11 points and 6 boards. Loyola (MD) shot 22 of 59 overall (37.3%) and were a solid 8 of 19 from three point range (42.1%). They went 24 of 34 from the free throw line and committed 10 turnovers.

Cornell (1-1) plays their first home game on Tuesday night against Colgate. Loyola (MD) (1-1) has a home game against Maryland-Baltimore County on Wednesday night.

Holy Cross Shocks #25 Harvard

Harvard committed 24 turnovers and still had a chance to pull out the win against Holy Cross. However, Wesley Saunders’ last second shot hit off the front iron and Holy Cross held on for the 58-57 victory.

It was clear from the start that Harvard would not have an easy game. The Crusaders took an early 8-0 lead before Harvard found their feet and would make it a close game. By the second TV timeout of the first half, Holy Cross led 12-9 with Malcolm Miller accounting for 6 of those points. Both teams played strong defense, but Holy Cross was more of a nuisance. A late 10-4 surge by Harvard allowed them to take a slim 28-27 lead into halftime.

The second half was similar to the first half in the way it began. Holy Cross went on a 9-0 run to take a 36-28 lead thanks to 5 points from Justin Burrell. Once again, Harvard need a response and they did by going on a 15-5 run to take a 43-41 lead with 11 minutes left in the game. Still, the Crusaders did not go away.

With 2:30 left in the game, Harvard held a 55-54 lead. Siyani Chambers committed back-to-back turnovers and Holy Cross hit four free throws to lead 58-55. Steve Moundou-Missi slammed the ball home to make it 58-57 with Harvard having a final chance to win. That is when Saunders’ off-balance shot was no good and Holy Cross pulled the upset of the #25 Harvard team.

Harvard was led by Saunders’ 24 points and 11 rebounds. Jonah Travis added 9 points while Corbin Miller contributed 8 points. Moundou-Missi had 8 points as well, with all of those coming in the second half. The most surprising part of Harvard’s offense was Chambers being held to one point while committing 8 turnovers. The Crimson went 21 of 48 from the floor (43.8%) and 5 of 13 from beyond the arc (38.5%). Harvard went 10 of 13 from the charity stripe (76.9%) and out-rebounded the smaller Holy Cross team 36-29.

Holy Cross was led by Justin Burrell’s 16 points on 5 of 9 shooting. He was active on the defensive end as well with 3 steals. Malcolm Miller added 12 points as did Eric Green. The Crusaders went 23 of 56 overall (41.1%) and 3 of 12 from three point land (25%). They hit only 9 of 17 free throws (52.9%), but committed just 11 turnovers, and had 15 steals.

Harvard (1-1) will definitely need to work on their turnovers going forward. Against MIT on Friday night, the Crimson had 15 turnovers and saw that rise to 24 against a very good Holy Cross team. Harvard faces Florida Atlantic on Thursday night at home.

Holy Cross (1-0) has a big win on their resume with a few chances still left in the non-conference part of their schedule. They face another Ivy League team on Wednesday night in Brown (1-0).