The top Arizona hit a light hit on the road, while the Notre Dame de Paris was enjoying a turbulent Friday as the Viejas Arena hosted four first-round matches at NCAA Tournament.
The winners in West, Texas Tech and Notre Dame, and in the South, Arizona and TCU, meet Sunday in Viejas as teams try to reach Sweet Sixteen. Tip times are TBA.
On the day of the NCAA inaugural action in Viejas:
- (Western Region) No. 3 seed Texas Tech (26-9) easily beat No. 14 Montana State (27-8) 97-62 in the morning game. The Red Raiders, led by Terrence Shannon Jr. and Bryson Williams, who each scored 20 points, bounced off the Bobcats in their first tournament appearance since 1996.
- (West) Alabama No. 6 (19-14) dropped to Notre Dame No. 11 (24-10), a top four team, 78-64. Guard Cormac Ryan had a huge game with 29 points – three times the season average – along with seven three-pointers, for the Fighting Irish. Alabama was hurt by loss of guard Jahvon Quinerlywho left early with a knee injury.
- (Southern District) No. 1 Arizona (32-3), despite suffering a reversal, beat No. 16 Wright State (22-14), another First Four team, 87-70. Three players stood out for the Wildcats, Pac-12 regular season and tournament champions – Bennedict Mathurin led the team with 18 points, while Christian Koloko added 17 and Dalen Terry added 16.
- (Southern Region) No. 8 Seton Hall (21-11) fell to No. 9 TCU (21-12) 69-42. The Horned Frogs, having won the last five games of the regular season, remained warm as Mike Miles scored 21 in a game in which the TCU was ahead throughout.
The State of San Diego last hosted early rounds of Viejas tournaments in 2018 and will do so again in 2026.
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