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MARK MADNESS: 2020 NCAA TOURNAMENT

Kentucky defeats Hofstra; Louisville stunned

With the help of a computer game, Dave Koch Sports, the 2020 NCAA Tournament is being played on Holt Street in Ashland, Kentucky.

It’s computer vs. computer except when Kentucky plays and that’s when yours truly becomes Coach Cal. The Cats were a No. 3 seed in an East bracket where Dayton was No. 1 and Villanova was No. 2.

Ashton Hagans was MVP of the win over Hofstra. (Tammie Brown photo)

Kentucky was matched against Hofstra in the opening round and came away with a 61-48 victory. Nick Richards had two fouls in the first 45 seconds and was rendered ineffective. The Cats still led most of the way and looked like they might pull away, but then Hofstra fought back to keep it close (sound familiar?) before falling.

UK’s Immanuel Quickley scored 13 and Tyrese Maxey added 10. Ashton Hagans, the game MVP, had nine points and eight assists. UK shot only 38 percent and went 2-for-12 on 3-pointers – a bad overall shooting game. But the Cats defended well and especially on the 3-point line, where Hofstra was 3-for-21.

Quickley was hot early, scoring nine, as Kentucky took a 22-7 lead, matching the largest margin in the game. The Cats maintained a double-figure advantage most of the game.

Kentucky plays 11th seed East Tennessee in the second round. The Bucs shocked No. 3 seeded BYU 90-76.

Elsewhere in the tournament, Bradley stunned Louisville 89-81, North Texas shocked Seton Hall 74-67, Texas Tech pummeled defending champion Virginia 71-39. Akron upset Ohio State 82-74 and West Virginia edged Indiana 74-73.

In the SEC, Auburn advanced but LSU and Florida both fell in the opening round.

Looks like MARK MADNESS has as many surprises as they real thing. Tune in tomorrow for the second-round games.

First-round scores

EAST

1-Dayton 67, 16-Boston U. 62

8-Marquette 81, 9-Colorado 73

4-Maryland 66, New Mexico State 42

12-Akron 82, 5-Ohio State 74

2-Villanova 79, 15-Northern Kentucky 60

7-Illinois 66, 10-Cincinnati 62

3-Kentucky 61, 14-Hofstra 48

11-East Tenn. State 90, 3-BYU 76

MIDWEST

1-Kansas 73, 16-NC Central 57

8-USC 85, 9-Florida 55

13-Liberty 64, 4-Wisconsin 53

12-Stanford 61, 5-Butler 55

2-Creighton 84, 15-Eastern Mich. 69

7-Iowa 85, 10-Arizona State 76

3-Duke 94, 14-UC Irvine 57

6-West Virginia 74, Indiana 73

SOUTH

1-Baylor 87, 16-Winthrop 79

8-St. Mary’s 70, 9-LSU 65

13-Bradley 89, 4-Louisville 81

5-Auburn 80, 12-Yale 67

2-Florida State 82, 15-North Dakota State 46

7-Providence 70, 10-Utah State 64

3-Michigan State 102, 14-Belmont 80

11-Texas Tech 71, 6-Virginia 39

WEST

1-Gonzaga 89, 16-Sienna 72

8-Houston 75, 9-Oklahoma 68

4-Oregon 84, 13-Vermont 57

5-Penn State 64, 12-Stephen F. Austin 59

2-San Diego State 82, 15-Arkansas-Little Rock 79

10-Rutgers 85, 7-Arizona 74

14-North Texas 74, 3-Seton Hall 67

6-Michigan 73, 11-UCLA 64

By Mark Maynard

Managing editor of Kentucky Today, the digital newspaper of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, since July 2017. Worked 42 years for The Daily Independent in Ashland, Kentucky, the last 12 as managing editor and editor and the previous 30 before that in the sports department, including 17 years as sports editor. I have been in the business since 1975 with more than 75 writing awards from the Kentucky Press Association. I have also have written eight books, used to run fast but now look more like I have a piano on my back. President of Amy For Africa, a faith-based Christian ministry serving Uganda. I'm a husband to Beth and father to Stephen and Sally, grandfather to Brooks and human to Opie!

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