Marshall forward Ajdin Penava (11) blocks a shot by Wichita State forward Rashard Kelly (0) during the first half of a first-round NCAA college basketball tournament game Friday, March 16, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The Latest: Fans show up for early start in San Diego

March 16, 2018 - 1:59 pm

The Latest on the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):

1:58 p.m.

Even with no local connections, basketball fans in San Diego showed up on Friday morning.

Most of the seats in Viejas Arena were filled for the opening session which tipped at 10:30 a.m. local time with No. 4 seed Wichita State taking on 13th-seeded Marshall.

The NCAA sent a random assortment of teams to San Diego for the tournament this time. The closest team sent here was New Mexico State — about a 10-hour drive away. The last time the tournament was held in San Diego in 2014, the group of teams included UCLA, Arizona and Gonzaga.

The fans are being treated to a good first game. No. 13 seed Marshall is leading the Shockers 22-21 with 7 ½ minutes left in the half.

__ Tim Booth reporting from San Diego.


1:47 p.m.

That 0-for-10 start seems like a long time ago for Texas A&M. The Aggies used a 10-0 run, including 3s by T.J. Starks and D.J. Hogg, to go up 45-37 on No. 10 seed Providence with 13 minutes left in the second half at Charlotte. Texas A&M was shooting 60 percent in the second half after hitting on 33 percent in the first.


1:38 p.m.—

Carsen Edwards has 13 points, and second-seeded Purdue finished the first half strong to take a 30-21 lead over 15th-seeded Cal State Fullerton.

The Boilermakers, one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the country, are just 3 of 11 from long distance. The Titans kept it close for much of the half, but Purdue closed with an 8-1 run.

Kyle Allman has nine points and Khalil Ahmad has seven for Cal State Fullerton, but the Titans are just 8 of 25 from the field, and they have eight turnovers.

— Noah Trister reporting from Detroit.


1:25 p.m.

Texas A&M and Providence are getting ready to start the second half after an ugly first in Charlotte.

The seventh-seeded Aggies lead the 10th-seeded Friars 28-27 at halftime in the West Region first round. Texas A&M missed its first 10 shots and made just 9 of 27 (33 percent) for the first 20 minutes, while Providence wasn't a lot better at 39 percent (11 of 28).

No surprise: Texas A&M is dominating the boards. The bigger Aggies are up 23-16 on the glass, including eight offensive boards.

— Aaron Beard reporting from Charlotte, North Carolina.


1:05 p.m.

Remember the tear-away jersey in football? Cal State Fullerton freshman basketball player Josh Pitts has one, too.

As he and Purdue's Isaac Haas battled in a first-round game in Detroit, Haas grabbed a handful of Pitts' jersey while falling down.

Pitts went to the bench with a piece from the side and back of his No. 24 jersey torn away. Moments later he changed into No. 41.

The 15th-seeded Titans were hanging tough with No. 2 Purdue, trailing 13-12 in the middle of the first half.


12:58 p.m.

After a rough start, missing 10 straight shots, Texas A&M righted itself and briefly took a lead Providence in West Region game in Charlotte. The Friars are up 24-23 with three minutes left. And in Detroit, No. 2 seed Purdue is underway against Cal State Fullerton.


12:25 p.m.

The second full day of NCAA Tournament games is underway, with No. 7 seed Texas A&M facing No. 10 Providence in a West Region game at Charlotte, North Carolina.

It's off to an ugly start for the Aggies, who had 10 straight offensive possessions with no point in the first six minutes. The Friars are up 6-0, and so far so good for Providence coach Ed Cooley's pants.

Cooley ripped his pants during the Big East championship game and had to wear a towel to cover up.


Virginia, the overall top seed, starts its NCAA Tournament Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina, the day after double-digit seeds Buffalo and Loyola-Chicago provided first-round upsets.

Day two of round of 64 begins at 12:15 p.m. ET with No. 7 seed Texas A&M playing No. 10 Providence in a West Region game in Charlotte.

No. 2 Purdue tips off against No. 15 Cal State Fullerton 25 minutes later in the East Region in Detroit. No. 4 Wichita State meets No. 13 Marshall in San Diego at 1:30 p.m. in another East game

Virginia opens against No. 16 UMBC in the South Region in the late game in Charlotte.

On Thursday, No. 13 Buffalo knocked out No. 4 Arizona 89-68, leaving the Pac-12 without a win in the tournament for the first time since 1986.

No. 11 Loyola-Chicago used a long 3-pointer right before the buzzer to eliminate No. 6 Miami.


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