Finally, a win for Winthrop

NCAA tournament

March 17, 2007

Fly like an Eagle

Making its seventh NCAA tournament appearance in the past nine years, Winthrop finally broke into the win column. The 11th-seeded Eagles, who last year lost to Tennessee by two points as a No. 15 seed, wasted a 20-point second-half lead before knocking off sixth-seeded Notre Dame, 74-64, in a Midwest Regional game in Spokane, Wash. Article, PG 8C; NCAA coverage, PGS 6-12C

Big Ten muscle

Big Ten teams were 2-1 yesterday for a first-round record of 5-1. Illinois was the only loser, blowing a 13-point second-half lead and a chance to upset No. 5 seed Virginia Tech. Wisconsin survived a scare from No. 15 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and Purdue beat Arizona.

Going home

The ACC teams could do without the drama. In a tournament lacking many fantastic finishes, the conference has lost two of its seven teams in close games. Javaris Crittenton (right) and Georgia Tech joined Duke as a first-round exit by falling to UNLV, 67-63. The Runnin' Rebels outscored the Yellow Jackets 8-4 in the final two minutes.

Where's the Madness?

Upsets help make a tournament great, and we're still waiting. Higher seeds prevailed in 13 of 16 games Thursday - two of the three wins by the lower seeds were in the 8-9 games - and followed up by going 14-2 in yesterday's games. No. 11 seed VCU takes its shot at becoming this year's Cinderella today when it takes on No. 3 seed Pittsburgh in Buffalo, N.Y.

On TV today

Channel 13 will televise these games today:

1:10 p.m.: Xavier vs. Ohio State

3:20 p.m.: Maryland vs. Butler

5:50 p.m.: Georgetown vs. Boston College

8:20 p.m.*: North Carolina vs. Michigan State

*-Approximate time

Online

Exclusive reports from Paul McMullen on March Madness and Heather A. Dinich on the Maryland men, plus archived stories and more.

baltimoresun.com/sports/college/basketball

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