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Good news, hoops fans: the wait is finally over. Yesterday, the first round of the NCAA Tournament kicked off in grand fashion, with plenty of thrilling triumphs, heartbreaking upsets, and (more than likely) a fair amount of busted brackets.

For some of the nation's top teams, it was business as usual. Michigan State cruised by Delaware after a monstrous 41 point, 8 rebound showing from Adreian Payne. Things also went well for the Michigan Wolverines, who held 15th-seed Wofford to just 40 points in an easy win as they advanced to the second round against Texas. From Buffalo, New York, the Syracuse Orange dominated Western Michigan on the back of a strong performance from Tyler Ennis (pictured.)

Of course, with such a wide field, there's a high level of unpredictability involved, and yesterday also provided two high-profile upsets. Dayton managed to shock Ohio State 60-59, and they'll head to the round of 32 against Syracuse. And from Spokane, Washington, the Cincinnati Bearcats failed to stop a first half rally from the Harvard Crimson, falling 57-61.

Chances are, you've been paying close attention to the winners of the games, but what about the shoes? Catch a full recap of yesterday's best after the jump and be sure to keep it locked with Sneaker Report for ongoing March Madness coverage.

Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.

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Jordan Morgan
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Jordan Morgan Roars for Wolverines with Double-Double in the adidas Crazyquick

Shoe: adidas Crazyquick
Player: Jordan Morgan
Game: Michigan vs. Wofford
Key Stat: 10 points, 10 rebounds

$112

Jordan Morgan
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Jordan Morgan
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Jayvaughn Pinkston
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JayVaughn Pinkston Sparks Villanova to 2nd Round in the Zoom Crusader

Shoe: Nike Zoom Crusader
Player: JayVaughn Pinkston
Game: Villanova vs. Milwaukee
Key Stat: 13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks

$110

Jayvaughn Pinkston
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Jayvaughn Pinkston
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Elgin Cook
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Elgin Cook Gets Busy in KD VI Oregon PEs

Shoe: Nike KD VI "Oregon Ducks" PE
Player: Elgin Cook
Game: Oregon vs. BYU
Key Stat: 23 points, 8 rebounds

$130

Elgin Cook
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Adreian Payne
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Adreian Payne Puts up Colossal Numbers in the Hyperdunk 2013

Shoe: Nike Hyperdunk 2013
Player: Adreian Payne
Game: Michigan State vs. Delaware
Key Stat: 41 points, 8 rebounds

$90

Adreian Payne
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Adreian Payne
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Tyler Ennis
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Tyler Ennis Plays Smart in the Nike KD VI

Shoe: Nike KD VI
Player: Tyler Ennis
Game: Syracuse vs. Western Michigan
Key Stat: 16 points, 6 assists

$130

Tyler Ennis
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Tyler Ennis
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Shabazz Napier
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Shabazz Napier Leads Huskies to OT Win in the Zoom Crusader

Shoe: Nike Zoom Crusader
Player: Shabazz Napier
Game: Connecticut vs. Saint Joseph's
Key Stat: 24 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals

$110

Shabazz Napier
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Lawrence Alexander
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Lawrence Alexander Breaks out for Bison in OT Win

Shoe: Nike Zoom HyperRev
Player: Lawrence Alexander
Game: North Dakota State vs. Oklahoma
Key Stat: 28 points, 8 rebounds

$120

Lawrence Alexander
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Lawrence Alexander
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Kevin Durant
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Durant Goes "Neutral," Leads NBA Night in Scoring

Shoe: Nike KD VI "Neutral"
Player: Kevin Durant
Game: Oklahoma City vs. Cleveland
Key Stat: 35 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists

$130

Kevin Durant
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Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.

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