Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

March Madness: 5 can't-miss games to watch on Day 1

March Madness: 5 can't-miss games to watch on Day 1

"No matter how it looked, we got the win and that's all that matters", Colson said. The hometown kid with a shot to beat his hometown team'.

Matt Farrell was fouled and sent to the free throw line with 10.6 seconds remaining.

Though it would have been hard to usurp the news of IN head coach Tom Crean's abrupt firing, Cannady's game-winner might have been the hot story IN the Michiana area.

Notre Dame improved to 9-2 in its past 11. It culminates in April, and we haven't been able to get there. "So for us to get a win, it's a huge relief".

"We've had an unbelievable run in close games", Brey said.

Notre Dame's dry spell finally ended when the Irish fed Bonzie Colson down low for a bucket to increase the lead to three.

Said Cannady, wiping tears from his face: "I thought it was going in. It's fun. Put ice on it, and I'll be ready". Cannady airballed a 3-point attempt as the shot clock expired and on Notre Dame's offensive possession, Colson drew a foul and hit both free throws to make it 59-54. Beachem only scored two points, but added six rebounds and three assists in a game where head coach Mike Brey went nine players deep.

In a thrilling midday battle that was close from start to finish, Notre Dame took down No. 12 seed Princeton by a score of 60-58.

"I think that game lingers with us", said Farrell, who scored 16. We stayed locked in on defense and then on the offense end, we was still in our movement. After coming out strong, the Irish seemed to relax in the second half, allowing Princeton to bring the game within one with 10 seconds left. The Tigers are so intriguing because they carry numerous characteristics of lower seeds that pull surprising upsets. From there, Princeton's Devin Cannady, who entered the game tied with Cook at 13.7 points per game to lead the team, bricked what would have been a game-tying 3.

Forward Steven Cook got a handsome look at a tying 3 out of the inbound play, but Miller was there to tip Cook's miss in.

The Tigers aren't very big or athletic (what else is new), but they shoot the 3-ball extremely well, and that's what's carried them through these past 19 games. "It was a high shot". "I was just looking up, thinking 'Miss!"

Coach Muffet McGraw is hoping the three losses Notre Dame sustained during the regular season have will have the Fighting Irish better prepared for adversity they will face in the NCAA Tournament. How about this for a bold prediction: Notre Dame wins in a barnburner, then edges West Virginia and Gonzaga, before falling to Arizona in its third straight Elite Eight.

Not since Florida in 2006 and 2007 has a team won back-to-back national championships, but many think that Villanova (31-3), the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, can do it out of the East region. "It's March. We've been in a lot of these situations, and I think it showed today". They will know they don't get any more chances from here on out, and if they don't get right back on track today their March Madness adventure could be over nearly before it's really got started.

We still await the first upset of this year's NCAA tournament, but don't worry.

We all know upsets always happen in games between 5-seeds and 12-seeds.

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