Bracket-busting starts today...Knicks impress the new boss

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Associated Press

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:40 PM

UNDATED (AP) — The first full day of the 64-team NCAA men's basketball tournament is today with 16 games at various venues around the country. Florida, the Number-1 overall seed, plays Albany this afternoon (4:40 p.m. Eastern time) in a first-round game in the South Region in Orlando, Fla.

UNDATED (AP)— The Florida Gators are the only Number-1 seed in action today with the other top seeds getting another day of rest and practice. Arizona, top seed in the West, plays Weber (WEE'-bur) State; unbeaten Wichita State, No. 1 in the Midwest, plays Cal Poly; and Virginia, the No. 1 seed in the East, plays Central Carolina with all those games starting on Friday.

UNDATED (AP)— Cal Poly and Tennessee played their way into the 64-team field last night by winning first-round games in Dayton last night. Cal Poly shot 54 percent and beat Texas Southern 81-69 while Tennessee beat Iowa 78-65 in overtime.

BOSTON (AP)— The Miami Heat didn't have LeBron James last night, and it showed. The Miami superstar sat out with back spasms one night after scoring 43 in Cleveland, and the Boston Celtics took advantage of the superstar's absence with a 101-96 victory behind Avery Bradley's 23 points.

NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and the New York Knicks opened the Phil Jackson era by beating the Indiana Pacers 92-86 for their season-high seventh straight victory. Jackson, their new team president, was watching from a midcourt seat.

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