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NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: Rounds 2 & 3 - Session 1: Maryland vs. Valparaiso & West Virginia vs. Buffalo Recap

Rounds two and three of the NCAA Men's tournament wouldn't disappoint. The first matchup pitted the number 13 seeded Valparaiso against the number 4 seeded Maryland was a great matchup. The first half was incredibly close, as the Terrapins lead by 4 at the half. Walker had a three pointer for Valparaiso to bring them within one point, but that was as close as they would come. It never got out of hand, and it did get back within one point, but the leader never changed again. In the second matchup, which was the number 5 seeded West Virginia vs the number 12 seeded Buffalo was a very similar matchup. The higher seeded team would be the victor, and there wasn't much drama. Mankin, for Buffalo, only had two points in the entire game. That would be the story of this one. West Virginia led the game by 10 at halftime. Jonathan Holton had a great block, although it was his only of the contest.

NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: Rounds 2 & 3 - All Sessions: Maryland vs. Valparaiso & West Virginia vs. Buffalo AND Oklahoma vs. Albany & Providence vs. Dayton Recap

Maryland would go on to take Valparaiso in the 2nd round of the NCAA tourney. The game on paper looked like Maryland should cruise past Crusaders of Valparaiso. Alec Peters of the Crusaders scored 18 points and did all he could in order to assist his team. Melo Trimble would be the high scorer for the Terrapins and also pulled in 10 boards. The Terrapins took an early lead, but the Crusaders battled with them, draining 3 pointers all game. Maryland took a 4 point lead into halftime. The Crusaders came out quickly and tied it up. With less then 2 minutes the game was 62-61 Maryland. Maryland was up 3 with 30 seconds left and Valparaiso wound the clock down and turned the ball over with 1 second left, and Maryland would go onto win the game.

Missouri Tigers vs. Valparaiso Crusaders Recap

Played at the Mizzou Arena in Missouri, both Missouri Tigers and Valparaiso Crusaders went neck to neck during the entire duration if the first half. By the end of the first half, Missouri Tigers had a slender one point lead over Valparaiso Crusaders. In the second half, Missouri Tigers started to put in more baskets right from the beginning of the second half. Crusaders tried to match their speed but couldn’t. Tiger also won the second and final half with a massive fourteen point advantage. Wes Clark was the top scorer for Missouri Tiger with 16 points while Victor Nickerson top scored for Crusaders with 12 points.