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East bracket: Top-seeded Michigan cruises past Texas Southern

Texas Southern tied its season low in first half points as Michigan raced to a 42-24 halftime lead.

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Texas Southern Tigers guard Michael Weathers (20) shoots the ball against Michigan Wolverines forward Terrance Williams II (5) and center Hunter Dickinson (1) and guard Chaundee Brown (15) during the second half in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Mackey Arena on Saturday, March 20, 2021. Mike Dinovo / USA TODAY Sports

INDIANAPOLIS - Mike Smith led a balanced attack with 18 points and five assists as top-seeded Michigan downed No. 16 seed Texas Southern 82-66 in a NCAA Tournament East Region first-round game on Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind.

Hunter Dickinson scored 16 points before fouling out for Michigan (21-4), the Big Ten regular-season champion. Eli Brooks had 11 points, six rebounds and five assists, Brandon Johns Jr. also scored 11 points and Franz Wagner supplied nine points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Wolverines.

They'll face eighth-seeded LSU, a 76-61 winner over ninth-seeded St. Bonaventure on Saturday, in the second round on Monday.

Texas Southern tied its season low in first half points as Michigan raced to a 42-24 halftime lead. Five Wolverines players scored at least six points, while Weathers carried the Tigers with 12 points.

The Wolverines established their first double-digit lead, 19-8, at 11:32 of the first half when Wagner scored after a Texas Southern turnover.

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Colorado 96, Georgetown 73

Jabari Walker hit all five of his 3-point attempts on his way to a career-high 24 points, and the fifth-seeded Colorado Buffaloes beat the No. 12 Georgetown Hoyas 96-73 in the first round in Indianapolis on Saturday.

D'Shawn Schwartz scored 18 points, McKinley Wright IV had 12 points and 13 assists and Eli Parquet finished with 10 for the Buffaloes (23-8), who hit 16 3-pointers.

Both teams were making their first NCAA Tournament appearances in years. Georgetown's last bid came in 2015 while Colorado had not been there since 2016.

Florida State 64, UNC Greensboro 54

RaiQuan Gray scored 17 points and Florida State relied on defense to take down UNC Greensboro 64-54 in Saturday afternoon's first-round game of the NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Fourth-seeded Florida State (17-6) takes on fifth-seeded Colorado, a victor against Georgetown, in Monday's second round.

Florida State won despite not connecting on any of its nine 3-point attempts. UNCG shot 7-for-27 on 3-pointers.

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LSU 76, St. Bonaventure 61

Cameron Thomas scored 27 points and LSU overcame a slow start to record a 76-61 win over St. Bonaventure in an East Region first round game of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday in Bloomington Ind.

Darius Days added 13 points and 11 rebounds, Aundre Hyatt had 13 and 10, and Trendon Watford had 11 and 11, respectively, for the Tigers, who had a 49-30 edge on the boards.

Eighth-seeded LSU (19-9) advances to meet top-seeded Michigan on Monday.

Alabama 68, Iona 55

Herbert Jones scored a game-high 20 points, leading second-seeded Alabama past 15th-seeded Iona 68-55 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Alabama (25-6), which entered as a 17-point favorite, got 23 points from its bench, including 11 from Jahvon Quinerly. The Crimson Tide also survived some poor foul shooting (13 for 23, 56.5%).

But the Tide, ranked fifth in the nation after winning their seventh SEC tournament title, won the rebounding battle 42-26, including 13-6 on the offensive glass.

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Maryland 63, UConn 54

Eric Ayala scored a season-high 23 points as 10th-seeded Maryland took control late in the first half for 63-54 victory over seventh-seeded Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night in West Lafayette, Ind.

Maryland (17-13), which withstood a late comeback attempt by the Huskies, will face second-seeded Alabama on Monday in an East Region second-round game.

UConn got within 33-26 early in the second on a hook shot by Adama Sanogo but Maryland countered with a 14-7 spurt and took a 47-34 lead 13:39 left. A 3-pointer upped the lead to 53-41 with seven minutes left but the Huskies scored the next seven points and were within 53-48 with 2:53 remaining.

UCLA 73, BYU 62

Two nights after an overtime First Four win, No. 11 seed UCLA jumped out to an early lead and never trailed en route to a 73-62 upset win over No. 6 BYU on Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Johnny Juzang was the big story of the night for the Bruins (19-9), who advanced to the second round where they'll face the winner of the No. 3 Texas-No. 14 Abilene Christian game on Monday.

Juzang was unable to finish Thursday's win over Michigan State after suffering a high ankle sprain in the last minute. The guard's status for Saturday's game was unknown until just before tipoff.

Abilene Christian 53, Texas 52

Abilene Christian's Joe Pleasant canned two free throws with 1.2 seconds to play as the 14th-seeded Wildcats stunned third-seeded Texas 53-52 on Saturday in a wild first-round NCAA Tournament East Regional game in Indianapolis.

Abilene Christian moves on to face 11th-seeded UCLA in a second-round game on Monday.

Reggie Miller hit a free throw for the Wildcats with 1:19 left to push their lead to 51-47. Andrew Jones' two free throws with 56 seconds to play pulled Texas to within two points, and Jones' 3-pointer with 13.8 seconds remaining gave the Longhorns a one-point edge.

After a time out, Damien Daniel's layup was blocked but Pleasant corralled the rebound and was fouled with 1.2 seconds to play. Pleasant, a 57% free throw shooter in the regular season, then hit his two free throws to give the Wildcats the unlikely win.

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