USC vs. Louisville
If you were expecting a close simulation, I'm sorry to disappoint you. In the first real blowout of the tournament, USC throttled Louisville 68-50. Mayo scored 14 points and dished out seven assists to lead USC into the field of 16. Now things are going to get really good.
1. UCLA vs. 16. USC
The Trojans took on their in-state and Pac-12 rivals in this one. In case you're wondering why the Bruins are the No. 1 seed, think about this alumni roster: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Darren Collison, Trevor Ariza, Arron Afflalo, Matt Barnes and more.
Because of Collison's presence, Westbrook gets a chance to play his more natural position of 2-guard. In this highly-anticipated matchup, Westbrook would not disappoint. He led all scorers with 22 and Ariza added 17. The Bruins ended the Trojans Cinderella run with a 68-58 win. Check out this finish from Russ:
8. UNC vs. 9. Syracuse
The No. 8 vs. No. 9 is often one of the closest of the entire NCAA tournament. That wasn't the case in this one. Vince Carter's sharp shooting led the alumni Tar Heels to a 60-51 win.
It wasn't a complete blowout, but the game wasn't as close as the score would indicate.
Carter had 14 points and his team drained 6-of-11 three pointers to down Carmelo Anthony and the alumni Syracuse Orange.
No. 5 Kansas vs. No. 12 Memphis
No one was hollering at Mario Chalmers in this one. The former Kansas Jayhawks guard had an excellent day shooting the ball.
He also played good defense on Tyreke Evans to help limit the alumni Memphis Tigers. The game came down to the wire, but a late turnover cost Memphis the game. Kansas won it 57-55 to move on.
No. 4 Duke vs. No. 13 Marquette
Kyrie Irving out-dueled Dwyane Wade in this one. His 23 points led all scorers. As you can see, he put the ball in the hole in a variety of ways.
The Duke alumni won 64-60, but nine three pointers from Marquette nearly won them the game. Were it not for their long-range marksmanship, the game wouldn't have been this close.
Stay tuned for the next round of March Madness match-ups going live tomorrow.