Furman and Princeton Fuel the Madness


Ethan Dean, Sports Writer

The first day of March Madness 2023 has wrapped up, and the level of play we saw exceeded expectations. Here are all the final scores: 

(South) 8 Maryland defeats 9 West Virginia, 67-65  

(South) 13 Furman defeats 4 Virginia, 68-67 

(South) 7 Missouri defeats 10 Utah State, 76-65 

(West) 1 Kansas defeats 16 Howard, 96-68 

(South) 1 Alabama defeats 16 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 96-75 

(South) 5 San Diego State defeats 12 Charleston, 63-57 

(South) 15 Princeton defeats 2 Arizona, 59-55 

(West) 8 Arkansas defeats 9 Illinois, 73-63 

(Midwest) 9 Auburn defeats 8 Iowa, 83-75 

(East) 5 Duke defeats 12 Oral Roberts, 74-51 

(West) 7 Northwestern defeats 10 Boise State, 75-67 

(Midwest) 2 Texas defeats 15 Colgate, 81-61 

(East) 4 Tennessee defeats 13 Louisiana, 58-55 

(Midwest) 1 Houston defeats 16 Northern Kentucky, 63-52 

(West) 2 UCLA defeats 15 UNC-Asheville, 86-53 

(Midwest) 10 Penn State defeats 7 Texas A&M, 76-59 


The headliners of the day were Furman and Princeton upsetting Virginia and Arizona respectively. Last year, 15 seed Saint Peters made a historic run to the Elite Eight, and Princeton is looking to replicate that this year. A last second 3-pointer sent Furman to the 2nd round after Virginia fumbled their time management.  

While there were some blowouts, like UCLA, Kansas, and Alabama, it helped us get a good look at who the true contenders are this March. Houston, who was Net Rank 1 coming in, only beat 16 seed Northern Kentucky by 11 points, after 80% of the game was back and forth. While an injury to their star point guard definitely affected them, it goes without saying that the once favorites have been knocked down a few pegs. 

Big teams like Marquette, Purdue, Gonzaga, and Baylor are up to bat today, and I have a feeling that we will be seeing more upsets from teams like Arizona State, Providence, or even Kent State. Let’s get this madness started!