NCAA Tournament 2012: Madness Missing As Favorites Rule Day 1

The first day of March Madness was missing the madness. Two upsets, a lot of blowouts and not a ton of action defined the day. | NCAA Tournament Scoreboard

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2012 NCAA Bracket, Wisconsin Vs. Montana Final Score: Badgers Dominate, Win 73-49

The No 4-seeded Wisconsin Badgers had no trouble with the No. 13-seeded Montana Grizzlies in the NCAA Tournament's Round of 64, advancing with a resounding 73-49 win on Thursday. It marks the fifth straight year in which the Badgers have advanced at least as far as the Round of 32 and the ninth time in 10 years that they've advanced that far.

The Badgers got off to a bit of a slow start, but grabbed their first lead of the game on a Ryan Evans jumper with 16:26 left in the first half. From there, they never really looked back and built a 10-point lead by halftime. By the time Montana scored its first field goal of the second half with 13:01 remaining, the Badgers had built a 16-point lead.

Wisconsin held the Grizzlies to just 38.3 percent shooting from the floor and blocked eight shots, seven of them by Jared Berggren. The Badgers dominated the glass, too, outrebounding their opponents 32-19. Evans led the way for the Badgers with eight rebounds to go along with his 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

The Badgers will now play the winner of the first-round game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and Harvard Crimson on Saturday.

For up-to-the-minute scores on all NCAA Tournament games, please check out SI.com's complete 2012 NCAA Tournament scoreboard.

For more on the Badgers, head over to Wisconsin Badgers blog Bucky's Fifth Quarter. You can find an updated printable 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket here. For more on today's games and the entire tournament, keep it on our NCAA Tournament Second Round StoryStream and our dedicated 2012 NCAA Tournament Hub.

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2012 NCAA Bracket, Louisville Vs. Davidson Final Score: Cardinals Win 69-62 To End Drought

Ending a two-year run of NCAA Tournament Round of 64 futility, the No. 4-seeded Louisville Cardinals took care of the No. 13-seeded Davidson Wildcats, 69-62, in a game that was more comfortable than the final score suggested on Thursday. The Cardinals led basically from the middle of the first half on and were up by as many as 15 points late in the second half.

Davidson, which was the 12th-highest scoring team in the nation this year, were held to their second lowest point total of the season, the lowest coming when they scored 61 in a loss to the Charlotte 49ers on Dec. 21, 2011. The Wildcats shot just 35 percent from the field and made only four of 19 3-point attempts. Leading scorer De'Mon Brooks was held to just five points, hitting only one of seven attempts in this game.

The Cardinals (27-9) did not get any huge individual performances, but really didn't need any. Peyton Siva led the Cardinals with 17 points and six assists, and the team made just one of five 3-point attempts. The difference really came at the free-throw line, where the Cardinals shot 26-of-36 and outscored the Wildcats by 10 points.

The Cardinals will now face the winner of New Mexico-Long Beach State in the Round of 32 on Saturday.

For up-to-the-minute scores on all NCAA Tournament games, please check out SI.com's complete 2012 NCAA Tournament scoreboard.

For more on the Cardinals, head over to Card Chronicles. You can find an updated printable 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket here. For more on today's games and the entire tournament, keep it on our NCAA Tournament Second Round StoryStream and our dedicated 2012 NCAA Tournament hub.

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