NCAA Mens Tournament: Day 1 review of March Madness

Mar 21, 2024; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oakland Golden Grizzlies guard Jack Gohlke (3) reacts to a play
Mar 21, 2024; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oakland Golden Grizzlies guard Jack Gohlke (3) reacts to a play / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately, Ole Miss men's basketball did not make this year's NCAA Tournament. However, it wasn't going to stop us from watching March Madness.

Day 1 of March Madness is in the books, with 16 games decided in a hectic round 1. There were a few shocks and a disappointing day for several SEC teams.

The day started with Ole Miss's rivals, Mississippi State, who played Michigan State. They were the first SEC team to be eliminated from the tournament, going down 69-51. The Bulldogs chased the game for large periods, failing to put pressure on the Spartans. One bright spot was the performance of freshman Josh Hubbard, who put up 15 points for the State.

Teams seeded in the top three moved on without any real scares. UNC, Arizona, Creighton and Illinois all advanced with double-digit margin victories.

The second SEC team to take the court was South Carolina. Seeded 6, they were knocked off by 11-seed Oregon. Ducks guard Jermaine Couisnard dropped 40 points against his old team, spending three seasons with the Gamecocks. The first viral moment of the tournament came from South Carolina's Ta'Lon Copper, dropping a shot from beyond half court on the halftime buzzer.

Tennessee made round two with a win over Saint Peter's, with future SEC team Texas also advancing.

The big shock of the night came at the hands of Oakland over SEC powerhouse Kentucky. The 14 seed took down the 3-seed Kentucky 80-76, thanks to a masterclass in 3-point shooting from Jack Gohlke.

Gohlke hit 10/20 from deep on his way to scoring 32 points in the upset win. He was just one 3-point success from tying the NCAA Tournament single-game record. Gohlke also hit us with one of the best post-game press conference speeches.

It was the second time in three seasons Kentucky has been involved in an upset loss. Two years ago, they fell as the 2-seed to 15-seed Saint Peter's in overtime.

Kansas were the last team on, getting past Samford to join Gonzaga, Iowa State and Washington State in round 2. However, it was far from cut and dried victory, with a controversial moment at the end of the game.

With the Jayhawks up 90-89 with 15 seconds left to play, what looked like a clean block from Samford was called a foul by the officials. Kansas made both free throws, with the Bulldogs missing a 3-point jumper to tie the game.

It was a sour end to a high-quality day of basketball. On to day 2, with another 16 games from round 1 on the schedule.