NCAA March Madness 2011: Thursday Early Games

West Virginia 84, Clemson 76

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Bob Huggins' West Virginia Mountaineers overcame early worries to hold off the upstart Clemson Tigers. Huggins likely will face John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats next round, and it should be noted that Huggy Bear is 8-1 alltime versus Coach Cal.

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Play of the game: 1:35, the Mountaineer's Dalton "Roadhouse" Pepper with the steal, into a dunk, into a steal, into a layup, into a steal, into a possession. As dominant a forty second stretch as you will see in college basketball.

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Butler 60 , Old Dominion 58

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A matchup which led up to it's hype, two evenly matched teams fought tooth and nail to the buzzer, as Butler's Matt Howard put in an offensive rebound off of a terrible possession for the win. And we got the first terribly cheesy call of the tournament with a snappy "AND THE BUTLER DID IT AGAIN!"

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Play of the game: Howard at the buzzer. Any doubt about that one?

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Morehead State 62, Louisville 61

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In the first big upset of the day, #13 Morehead State knocks off Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals squad on a late three pointer. Gonna be a bad weekend for sleezy coaches in the state of Kentucky.

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Play of the game: Morehead's Demonte Harper's top o' the key to ya three with six second left to win the game.

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Temple 66, Penn State 64

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In the first of may losses by the Big Ten this weekend, Bill Cosby beat Joe Paterno is a classic old people crabbing about youth contest Temple outlasted Penn State in a thriller.

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Play of the game: Juan Fernandez with the game winning shot with 0.4 seconds left, twisting his body around the defender and hitting nothing but the bottom of the net.

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