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March Madness: Best of the First Round

Stunning moments from the opening round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

Year of the Dog Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images Year of the Dog A lot of underdogs make statements, but UMBC made history. The Retrievers pulled one of the biggest sports upset of all time, dismantling Virginia 74-54 to become the first 16-seed to beat a 1-seed in men's NCAA Tournament history. Cattle Drive Andy Lyons/Getty Images Cattle Drive The No. 10 Texas Longhorns may have lost 87-83 to No. 7 Nevada, but Kerwin Roach II was still flying high. Herd is the Word Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images Herd is the Word Playing in the Tournament for the first time since 1987, No. 13 Marshall notched their first-ever March Madness win with a 81-75 upset of Wichita State. Big, Big Loss Gregory Shamus/Getty Images Big, Big Loss No. 2 Purdue rolled past No. 15 Cal State Fullerton, but 7-foot-2 senior center Isaac Haas suffered a fractured elbow, knocking him out for the rest of the Tournament. Brothers in Arms Frederick Breedon/Getty Images Brothers in Arms The No. 15 Georgia State Panthers' players showed the true meaning of team after falling 68-53 to No. 2 Cincinnati. Cat Fight Donald Miralle/Getty Images Cat Fight The No. 13 Auburn Tigers survived a wild one, clawing past No. 4 College of Charleston 62-58, denying the Cougars their first NCAA Tournament win since 1997. Ramble Young Men, Ramble Tom Pennington/Getty Images Ramble Young Men, Ramble It's their first trip to the Big Dance since 1985, and the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers aren't ready to go home just yet. Donte Ingram's buzzer-beating three pointer brought deafening cheers from the crowd, and sealed a 64-62 upset over No. 6 Miami. It's a Wild World Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images It's a Wild World One Wildcats squad had to win. Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made sure it was No. 5 Kentucky, scoring a combined 44 points to stave off No. 12 Davidson's upset bid. Buffalo Thrills Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Buffalo Thrills The No. 13 Buffalo Bulls broke the hearts of Arizona fans — and busted brackets everywhere — with their 89-68 drubbing of the No. 4 Wildcats. Even more impressive? It was the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament win. Freshman, FTW Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Freshman, FTW Playing in his first-ever NCAA Tournament game, Zach Norvell Jr. drained a clutch three in the final minute to seal No. 4 Gonzaga's hard-fought win over No. 13 UNC-Greensboro. Seton Pretty Jamie Squire/Getty Images Seton Pretty No. 9 N.C. State couldn't contain senior guard Khadeen Carrington (not pictured), who went for 26 points to give the No. 8 Pirates their first March Madness victory since 2004 Collin the Shots Justin K. Aller/Getty Images Collin the Shots Crimson Tide freshman Collin Sexton saved his best for last, scoring 22 of his 25 points in the second half to lift No. 9 Alabama to an 86-83 victory over No. 8 Virginia Tech. Next up for Bama? No. 1 Villanova. Gray Matters Jamie Squire/Getty Images Gray Matters No. 6 Houston's Rob Gray capped a dominant 39-point performance with a last second up-and-under to beat No. 11 San Diego State in a first-round thriller. Island in the Fun Ben Solomon/NCAA Photos via Getty Images Island in the Fun The No. 7 Rhode Island Rams kicked off the 2018 edition of March Madness in dramatic fashion, outlasting No. 10 Oklahoma 83-78 in an overtime thriller. Watch Chalk Jayhawk Jamie Squire/Getty Images Watch Chalk Jayhawk After a slow start, No. 1 Kansas squashed Penn's upset bid with 29 points from Devonte' Graham (not pictured).