NCAA Tournament Day 2 takeaways: Northwestern tops FAU in overtime behind Boo Buie, Ryan Langborg

March Madness brings back the most exciting time of the year. Thursday saw No. 14 Oakland knock out No. 3 Kentucky and No. 11 Duquesne advance to the Round of 32 for the first time since 1969.

Below is the full rundown of Friday’s action-packed schedule of the 2024 men’s NCAA Tournament, featuring tipoff times (in ET) and TV channels.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — This time of year requires both patience and a sense of urgency, as Northwestern guard Brooks Barnhizer knows better than most.

With the clock ticking down and a two-point deficit in the ninth-seeded Wildcats’ NCAA Tournament opening-round game against No. 8 Florida Atlantic, Barnhizer dribbled, dribbled and dribbled some more before passing out to Nick Martinelli who got it right back to Barnhizer with 11 seconds left. He drove to the basket for a game-tying layup that electrified both his teammates and the Barclays Center crowd. A head-scratching final possession by FAU guard Johnell Davis — who didn’t seem to recognize how little time he had before the buzzer sounded — ensured the game would head to overtime.

And overtime belonged to the ‘Cats, who were led by Ryan Langborg’s 12 points in the extra period that helped them pulled away for a 77-65 win in the first game of Friday’s action. Langborg, who played in this tournament a year ago for Princeton, finished with a game-high 27 points. Star guard Boo Buie chipped in another 22 points, as the pair dazzled in overtime in particular.

Northwestern will presumably play No. 1 overall seed Connecticut on Sunday.

Meanwhile, The Dusty May Sweepstakes can officially begin, as the FAU coach will be a hot commodity in this year’s coaching carousel. His name has been linked most to the open Louisville job. — Nicole Auerbach

Baylor handles Colgate with ease

MEMPHIS — Baylor has been here plenty of times before. It’s the only program that’s been a No. 3 seed or higher in the last four NCAA Tournaments, and in the backdrop of No. 3 seed Kentucky falling to Oakland on Thursday night, the Bears quickly squashed any thoughts of an upset. Baylor completed a wire-to-wire win over No. 14 seed Colgate by a 92-67 margin early Friday afternoon, Scott Drew’s team put forth a masterclass offensively with 58/53/71 shooting splits and five players in double figures, led by 23 points from senior Jalen Bridges, on the other end of the spectrum, Big 12 Freshman of the Year Ja’Kobe Walter added 19 points.

The matchup of the game was Baylor’s 3-point shooting (39.6% on the season, 6th best nationally) against Colgate’s 3-point defense (29.9%, 10th nationally) and the Bears won that game within the game convincingly with 16 made 3-pointers compared to just five from Colgate. With center Yves Missi limited due to an upper body injury early in the first half, Baylor relied heavily on a zone defense and it’s length from its guards and wings to disrupt a Colgate offense that found success inside the paint. The result was a 14-2 run in the final minutes of the first half that created an insurmountable 20-point advantage going into halftime.

Senior Jalen Bridges 18 second half points made sure that Baylor’s large lead wouldn’t be challenged too much in the second half, and as the result seemed inevitable, coach Scott Drew cleared the bench which paved the way for a flurry of threes by the Baylor reserves which were met with roars by the traveling crowd. Overall, it was an expected outcome for a program of Baylor’s cache, but as we saw in the first day these results are not guaranteed. Missi’s availability will be a question mark ahead of Sunday’s second round game but there’s hardly anything to nitpick from the Bears’ opening effort. The No. 3 seed will await the winner of Clemson/New Mexico. — Kennington Smith III

Friday’s schedule (tipoff times and channels)

No. 8 Florida Atlantic vs. No. 9 Northwestern, 12:15 p.m., CBS (Brooklyn)

No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 Colgate, 12:40 p.m., truTV (Memphis)

No. 5 San Diego State vs. No. 12 UAB, 1:45 p.m., TNT (Spokane)

No. 2 Marquette vs. No. 15 Western Kentucky, 2 p.m., TBS (Indianapolis)

No. 1 UConn vs. No. 16 Stetson, 2:45 p.m., CBS (Brooklyn)

No. 6 Clemson vs. No. 11 New Mexico, 3:10 p.m., truTV (Memphis)

No. 4 Auburn vs. No. 13 Yale, 4:15 p.m., TNT (Spokane)

No. 7 Florida vs. No. 10 Colorado, 4:30 p.m., TBS (Indianapolis)

No. 8 Nebraska vs. No. 9 Texas A&M, 6:50 p.m., TNT (Memphis)

No. 4 Duke vs. No. 13 Vermont, 7:10 p.m., TNT (Brooklyn)

No. 1 Purdue vs. No. 16 Grambling, 7:25 p.m., CBS (Indianapolis)

No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 13 Charleston, 7:35 p.m., TBS (Spokane)

No. 1 Houston vs. No. 16 Longwood, 9:20 p.m., TNT (Memphis)

No. 5 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 James Madison, 9:40 p.m., CBS (Brooklyn)

No. 8 Utah State vs. No. 9 TCU, 9:55 p.m., TBS (Indianapolis)

No. 5 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 12 Grand Canyon, 10:05 p.m., truTV (Spokane)

Players to watch

  • Jamal Shead, Houston: The Big 12 Player of the Year, 13.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 6.2 assists in his fourth year in Houston. He became the first player in Big 12 history to win both Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. 
  • Zach Edey, Purdue: Edey, 7-foot-4, averaged 24.4 points, 11.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game and is the reigning AP Player of the Year. 
  • Mark Sears, Alabama: The Crimson Tide star was tied for first in scoring in the SEC at 21.1 points per game. When Sears gets going, he can put up big numbers in a hurry like he did in December when he scored 35 on Purdue. 
  • Tristen Newton, UConn: Newton put the nation on notice a year ago when he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. His success continued as he was named a First Team All-American with averages of 15.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists.
  • Ja’Kobe Walter, Baylor: The Big 12 Rookie of the Year has arguably been the most consistent freshman in the country and will be a lottery pick in a few months. Walter averaged 14.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. 

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