NCAA Tournament: UT-San Antonio Holds Off Alabama State To Draw Ohio State

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NCAA Tournament 2011 Bracket Update: Texas San-Antonio Defeats Alabama State, Advances To Play Ohio State

The Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners have won their play-in game by a score of 70-61 over the Alabama State Hornets and advance to play Ohio State on Friday. Melvin Johnson III cooled off in the second half, scoring just four points after dropping 25 in the first half, but his teammates Jeromie Hill and Devin Gibson chipped in with double digit scoring performances.

It looked like UTSA were going to run away with the game after a dominant first half performance, but Alabama State were much better in the second half. Their containment of Johnson was key, but in the end, the deficit was too much to make up. 

Both teams shot well under 50 percent from the field as a team, and that's certainly not going to get the job done against Ohio State. If UTSA wants to avoid being embarrassed in the first round, Johnson is going to have to put together a complete performance.

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Updated 2011 NCAA Tournament East region bracket and schedule:

No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 16 Texas-San Antonio, March 18 at 4:40 pm ET on TNT

No. 8 George Mason vs. No. 9 Villanova, March 18 at 2:10 on TNT

No. 5 WVU vs. No. 12 Clemson, March 17 at 12:15 on CBS

No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Princeton, March 17 at 2:45 on CBS

No. 2 UNC vs. No. 15 Long Island, March 18 at 7:15 on CBS

No. 7 Washington vs. No. 10 Georgia, March 18 at 9:45 on CBS

No. 3 Syracuse vs.No. 14 Indiana State, March 18 at 9:57 on TruTV

No. 6 Xavier vs. No. 11 Marquette, March 18 at 7:27 on TruTV

Need help picking your bracket? Check out SB Nation's full 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket predictions, picking every game of March Madness, or our region by region breakdowns for the East RegionWest RegionSoutheast Region, and Southwest Region.

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Texas-San Antonio Vs. Alabama State Score: UTSA On Its Way To Playing Ohio State

The University of Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners are absolutely bulldozing the Alabama State Hornets in their 2011 March Madness playoff game, leading by a score of 48-21 at halftime. Melvin Johnson III is the man doing the damage, dropping a Jimmer-esque 25 points in the first half. He's shooting 8-13 from the field and 8-8 from the free throw line, which would be an impressive performance even if he were playing a team of eighth graders.

UTSA could probably bench Johnson at halftime and still coast to a meeting with the East Region's No. 1 seed, the Ohio State Buckeyes. It seems unlikely that they'll be able to drop such an outrageous score against the Big Ten champions, but maybe Johnson can continue Jimmering it up and pull off some serious magic on Friday.

Now watch Alabama State come back in the second half.

For more on mid-major hoops, visit Mid Major Madness.

Need help picking your bracket? Check out SB Nation's full 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket predictions, picking every game of March Madness, or our region by region breakdowns for the East RegionWest RegionSoutheast Region, and Southwest Region.

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NCAA Bracket Preview, Predictions: UT-San Antonio Vs. Alabama State

Southland champs UTSA taken on SWAC surprise Alabama State in Gus Johnson's first game of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The winner of the East region play-in game gets Ohio State. San Antonio made it in by upsetting conference frontrunner McNeese State, while Alabama State gave Texas Southern two of its three SWAC losses within the past two weeks.

Star Watch: Alabama State senior forward Tramayne Moorer; with him, the Hornets are 10-2. When he missed the first half of the season due to injury, they went 7-15.

Prediction: With Moorer in the lineup, I'll take Alabama State in a minor upset -- the Roadrunners are favored by about four points. UTSA is led by Devin Gibson, who leads the team in points and assists and somehow grabs more than five boards per game despite being only six feet tall.

More Reading: For more on mid-major and just plain mid college basketball, visit Mid Major Madness.

Need help picking your bracket? Check out SB Nation's full 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket predictions, picking every game of March Madness, or our region by region breakdowns for the East RegionWest RegionSoutheast Region, and Southwest Region.

Did your team miss the 2011 NCAA Tournament? We have you covered: check out the 2011 NIT bracket.

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