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NCAA First Round: Day 2 breakdown

Welcome to Day 2 of the first round hoop people. I'll be taking you through most of the day again. My colleague Greg Logan will provide updates from the Buffalo site today. Sit back and enjoy.

Here's a quick rundown of two games that are set to tip off in a half hour or so.

West Region first round game

At Milwaukee: No.11 Minnesota (21-13) vs. No.6 Xavier (24-8) – It took a crazy run for Minnesota, which won seven of its final 10 games, to make the tournament. Minnesota doesn’t have a lot of individual firepower, but is very efficient on offense and plays excellent defense. The Golden Gophers shoot nearly 48 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc. As for Xavier, its backcourt of Jordan Crawford and Terrell Holloway is underrated and among the best in the country. The Musketeers started a little slow, but went on a tear the second half of the season. The Golden Gophers will play well early, but how much gas do they have left in the tank after such a crazy late-season run?

East Region first round game

 At Jacksonville, Fla.: No.12 Cornell (27-4) vs. No.5 Temple (29-5) – You can make an argument that both teams were under seeded. The selection committee clearly had no respect for the Ivy League or the Atlantic 10. This one of the 12 vs. 5 matchups many have picked for the upset. There’s no reason to think it can’t happen. Cornell excels in the exact facet of the game Temple defends; the three-point line, which means something has to give. If Cornell can get some points in the paint from Jeff Foote, things could be tough for Temple. On the flip side, Temple has an excellent backcourt led by Juan Fernandez and Ryan Brooks. Big man Lavoy Allen is a double-double machine. Cornell has had a memorable season, but don’t go crazy over one good game against Kansas.  




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