LAS VEGAS, KXNT/Associated Press – You might have noticed extra empty parking spaces at the office this morning. NCAA Tournament fever seems to account for a lot of workplace absences. Dayton vs. Ohio State tipped off the first of 16 NCAA tournament second round games at four different sites including one involving the top overall seed.
That would be Florida which opens South Regional play Thursday afternoon against Albany in Orlando. The Gators will be trying to avoid becoming the first No. 1 seed in tournament history to be upset by a No. 16 seed.
Albany has already notched a tournament win, knocking off Mount St. Mary’s in a First Four game Tuesday.
Defending national champ Louisville tips off against Manhattan.
President Obama’s pick to win it all, Michigan State, opens play in Spokane against Colonial Athletic Association champ Delaware.
Former top-ranked Syracuse tries to stop its late season skid when it takes on Mid-American Conference champ Western Michigan in Buffalo. The Orange have stumbled down the stretch losing five of their last seven, including their opening game in the ACC tournament.