No. 10 Minnesota unseated No. 7 Louisville, 86-76, in the first game of the NCAA men's basketball tournament Thursday. No. 3 LSU followed with a surprisingly narrow 79-74 win over No. 14 Yale, and Kansas, Auburn, Florida State, Michigan State, and Maryland also won their first rounds over their lower-seeded matchups. No. 12 Murray State had a big win over No. 5 Marquette, with an 83-64 victory. First round games continue through Friday. Syracuse is set to face Mercer on Thursday night without guard Frank Howard after he violated an unspecified athletic department policy. The tournament field was settled Wednesday night when First Four games wrapped up, adding Arizona State and North Dakota State to the mix.
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