Tidbits from day one of the NCAA tournament:
Star of the day: Deshaun Thomas of Ohio State. 31 points. 12 rebounds. Seven on the offensive end. Beastly.
Second star: Jordan Taylor. He had a mere 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 36 minutes. Oh, and no turnovers.
Third star: The other Jordan – Jordan Hulls, who had 22 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals. He all but put the game away in the second half when he repeatedly destroyed New Mexico State as they stubbornly stayed in a 1-3-1 zone.
Money, money, money: Not only did the Badgers, Hoosiers and Buckeyes go 3-0, all three covered as well (though Thad Matta needed to reinsert his starters late to get there after the lead dropped to 12). That means if you had bet $1 million on each of the games, you’d have nearly $3 million more. Live and learn.
Bombs away: Wisconsin shot 52.6 percent (10-19) from three against Montana, while Indiana shot 53.8 percent (7-13). Ohio State? A more pedestrian 35.7 percent (5-14).
Thief: Cody Zeller had six steals in Indiana’s win over New Mexico State. That’s a Big Ten record for an NCAA tournament game.
Bickering: New Mexico State’s Renaldo Dixon and Bandja Sy got into such a heated argument in the second half, the referee took them to the bench to talk to their coach. They were made to feel shame.
Buckeye boards: Ohio State out rebounded Loyola (Maryland) 45-23. Thomas, Jared Sullinger and Lenzelle Smith Jr. outrebounded Saint Mary’s 28-23.
Bucky D: The Badgers held Montana star guard Will Cherry to a mere nine points on 3 of 14 shooting. That’s not very good. At all.
History: Indiana improved to 61-30 all time in the tournament. The Buckeyes are now 48-26, and the Badgers are 23-16.
On to tomorrow and the Spartans, Wolverines and Boilermakers.