TAMPA, FL - MARCH 17: Kevin Jones #5 of the West Virginia Mountaineers reacts after he made a 3-point shot at the buzzer of the end of the first half against the Clemson Tigers during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 17, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

NCAA Tournament: WVU Is First Team In Round Of 32 After Knocking Out Clemson

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March Madness Scores: WVU Advances In NCAA Bracket Past Clemson, 84-76

West Virginia is the first team in the 2011 NCAA Tournament advancing to the March Madness bracket's round of 32. The Mountaineers defeated No. 12 Clemson on Thursday, 84-76, and will face the winner of Kentucky vs. Princeton.

Andre Young led the Clemson scoring with 22 points, along with three other Tigers in double-digit scoring. For WVU, Darryl Bryant led the way, dropping 19. Kevin Jones also played a big role, scoring 17 points to go along with nine boards.

Clemson appeared to be in control of the game early, leading by 10 several different times in the first half. But WVU went on a 9-0 run to close out the half, tying the contest at 40-all at halftime. In the second half, the game was all Mountaineers as Clemson quickly faded. WVU took the lead less than a minute into the second half and never relinquished it. It'll be argued that Clemson was tired from having playing its first round game less than 48 hours prior, but the Tigers do have a history of blowing leads. Either way, the Tigers are going home, and WVU is moving on.

Here's the updated look at the East region of the 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket.

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 defeats No. 12 Clemson, 84-76; will face winner of Kentucky-Princeton

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


NCAA Tournament Update: Clemson, West Virginia Tied At 40 Entering Second Half

We have our first halftime score of the 2011 NCAA Tournament with No. 12 Clemson and No. 5 West Virginia tied, 40-40. Clemson stormed out to a double-digit lead in the first 10 minutes of the half, before WVU finally got into the game, and put together a huge comeback, capped off with a 9-0 run to end the half.

There was some talk that the Tigers may be tired for having already playing one March Madness game in their Tuesday First Four domination of UAB. But the opposite seems to be true so far: Clemson has come out with more energy, and playing looser than the Mountaineers. Instead of tiring from having already played a game, Clemson appears to have settled into the Tournament a bit sooner than its opponent, and has built confidence from such a decisive performance on Tuesday. Despite that, the game is tied, but we could still see the Tournament's first 12-5 upset.

The winner of this game goes on to play the winner of Kentucky vs. Princeton. You can view the full 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule here.


NCAA Bracket Preview, Predictions: No. 5 West Virginia Vs. No. 12 Clemson

The addition of the First Four to the 2011 NCAA Tournament Bracket created a really interesting matchup in the first game of the "Second Round" that everyone in your office pool will be calling the opening round: No. 5 West Virginia Vs. No. 12 Clemson, in a game played about 36 hours after Clemson's 70-52 win over UAB in Dayton. The game is at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday from Tampa, and the tired Tigers get to lead off an entire round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule. That might be consolation should they crash and burn against the Mountaineers.

West Virginia's not the rugged, talented squad it was last year, when Da'Sean Butler helped carry Bob Huggins' team all the way to the Final Four. But the Mountaineers are great at two things that are very valuable come March: offensive rebounding and three-point defense. The Mountaineers snag 39.7% of available offensive rebounds and allow opponents to shoot a mere 29.1% from deep, which means this team might be able to keep scores down and bang inside. In less positive numbers, West Virginia racked up just three road wins in the rugged Big East, the best coming in a 65-59 win over Georgetown on Jan. 8. Look for Darryl "Truck" Bryant and John Flowers to lead the Mountaineers, and for Casey Mitchell to do a bit of support.

Clemson has to worry about fatigue, but the Tigers shouldn't worry about defense: they have the sixth-best defensive efficiency in the nation, and fare well in component statistics, ranking in the top 25 nationally in defensive effective field goal percentage, two-point field goal percentage allowed, block percentage, and steal percentage. All that makes up for a mediocre offense that Demontez Stitt and Jerai Grant power. Grant is undersized, but can be a load down low, while Stitt and mighty mite point guard Andre Young provide adequate shooting from outside.

Star Watch: Andre Young's shot selection could be Clemson's key. He shoots nearly 40% from three-point range and just under 42% on twos, meaning that if he can avoid wasting possessions on bad long two-pointers and convert them into made threes, the Tigers might benefit.

Prediction: Clemson has one less run than is needed, and West Virginia pulls away late for a 71-59 win.

More Reading: SB Nation's West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket is your Mountaineer fan community, while Shakin The Southland, our Clemson blog, has you covered for everything Tigers.

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 Region, West Region, Southeast 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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