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NCAA Tournament set to begin

Welcome to Newsday's NCAA Tournament blog. Marcus Henry and Greg Logan will carry through the action today. Logan will deal with the Buffalo games and Marcus will take you through everywhere else.

Check back here for updates, press conference notes and anything else you may need to get you through the day. Good luck with your brackets.

We are less than a half-hour away from the opening tip. Here's a quick breakdown.

South Region first round games

At New Orleans: No.11 Old Dominion (26-8) vs. No.6 Notre Dame (23-11) - Beware of the Monarchs. Notre Dame had a great run the last two weeks of the regular season, which carried over into the Big East Tournament. But Old Dominion upset Georgetown on the road. Gerald Lee is the Monarch's only double-digit scorer, but he played great in leading the Monarchs to the CAA title. Notre Dame will barely get by here.  

West Region first round games

At Oklahoma City: No.10 Florida (21-12) vs. No.7 BYU (29-5) - There were some who thought the Gators should've even made the tournament. Although I'm not one of those who believe that, this Florida team isn't that good. But Queens product Erving Walker could be deadly from three-point range. Of course the Cougars have arguably the most dangerous player in the country in Jimmer Fredette. He had games of 49 and 45 points this season. BYU will advance.

*Note: BYU freshman guard Tyler Haws is going to play. He broke is orbital bone under his right eye during the MWC tournament. He averaged 11.3 points during the season and shot 49 percent from the field and 37 percent from beyond the arc.

At Providence: No.15 Robert Morris (23-11) vs. No.2 Villanova (24-7) - So Villanova didn't deserve a No.2 seed. That doesn't mean they won't romp in this one. Scottie Reynolds, Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes will be way too much for Robert Morris to deal with.  Robert Morris has a nice run through the NEC and upset Quinnipiac. But it ends today.



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