Morant first with tourney triple-double since '12

NCAA Basketball NCAA Tournament First Round Marquette vs Murray State

His 16 dimes tied for the most in any first-round game and are the second most in tournament history, according to NCAA director of media coordination and statistics David Worlock.

"They'd be good without him, but with him, they're pretty unique", Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski said.

NDSU athletes will have the opportunity to meet Donald Trump, Zion Williamson and Mike Krzyzewski all in the same month.

There are bound to be insane upsets and there is likely a Cinderella out there that's going to prove me wrong and make a run to the Sweet 16 or even further.

Michigan is coming off a tough loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament title game, but coach John Beilein put a positive spin on the showing in Chicago. They have so much talent and have only lost two games when Zion Williamson is on the court for the full game. I just snatched it and said, 'It's my ball, ' " Morant said with a smile.

Obama is going pretty chalk in the men's bracket this year, picking No. 1 Duke, No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Tennessee, and No. 2 MI to reach the Final Four in Minneapolis. The Boilermakers have proven they can beat top teams with a win over Michigan State, and Carsen Edwards is among the best players in the region. Well, it's because you were scared.

This year Obama made a few jarring picks that would definitely make for compelling basketball should they come to fruition - including a Duke-UNC men's final. I think No. 14 seed Georgia State can keep it close with No. 3 seed Houston.

Statistically, a No. 12 defeats a No. 5 seed almost every year.

Reigning champion Villanova is playing and so is MI, the runner-up from previous year.

But there is still plenty of intrigue as the first round gets going Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa, with a matchup in the East Region between seventh-seeded Louisville and No. 10 seed Minnesota - the school coached by Richard Pitino, the son of disgraced Cardinals coach Rick Pitino. Marquette finished the season with a 24-9 record and went 3-1 against nationally ranked teams, including a pair of impressive wins over Kansas State and Wisconsin.

Obama has two other double-digit seeds pulling off upsets in the Round of 64 with the No. 10-seed Seton Hall Pirates and No. 10 seed Florida Gators winning their first-round matchups. Either team could win, and the victor likely faces No. 2 seed Kentucky in the next round.

The rest of Obama's Sweet 16 is mostly filled with favorites. No matter how much thought, research and preparation goes into filling out the flawless bracket, nearly everyone's bracket will be busted by the conclusion of the tournament's first weekend.

Favorites: Naturally, the higher the seed, the better the team. Games shown on CBS won't count against that time limit (except on Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Xbox One and Chromecast).

In the last game, Duke finally got over the hump, besting the Tar Heels by a point in the ACC Tournament. You won't regret it.

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