NCAA basketball tournament kicks off in earnest today

Mar 16, 2016; Providence , RI, USA; Baylor Bears head coach Scott Drew speaks to the media during a practice day before the first round of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament at Dunkin Donuts Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament kicks off in earnest on Thursday as the round of 64 gets underway. In two play-in games on Wednesday night, No. 11 seed Michigan beat Tulsa, 67-62, and Holy Cross, the only team in the tournament with a losing record, beat Southern 59-55. Michigan moves on to a first-round game against No. 6 seed Notre Dame in the East Region, and No. 16 Holy Cross will play No. 1 seed Oregon in the West. Kansas, North Carolina, and Virginia are the other top-seeded teams.

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