2023 NCAA Tournament, First Four scores: Arizona State routs Nevada, will face TCU in first round

Arizona State began its NCAA Tournament run with a statement victory on Wednesday night in the First Four as the Sun Devils throttled Nevada 98-73 in a battle of No. 11 seeds. With the win, the Sun Devils advance to play No. 6 seed TCU on Friday in the first round of the Big Dance. 

ASU jumped out to a 53-26 halftime lead behind a stunning 67.7% shooting mark. The Sun Devils committed just one turnover in the first half and only allowed two 2-pointers against a Nevada squad that was outscored 24-4 in the paint before the break. The Wolf Pack rallied to salvage some dignity in the second half but couldn’t overcome the massive halftime deficit.

The other First Four game on Wednesday also ended up as a blowout with Fairleigh Dickinson throttled Texas Southern 84-61. The No. 16 seed Knights got 23 points from Ansley Almonor and hit 27 of 31 free throws against the cold-shooting Tigers. Texas Southern made just of 1 of 17 attempts from 3-point range while FDU made 11 of 27. With the win FDU advances to play No. 1 seed Purdue on Friday.

On Tuesday, as the March Madness festivities got underway, No. 16 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and No. 11 seed Pitt played their way into the main bracket with wins in the first slate of First Four games. The Islanders and Panthers defeated Southeast Missouri State and Mississippi State, respectively, in close-shave wins.

The No. 16 seeded Islanders came to the First Four last year but were sent home before advancing. They took advantage of their opportunity this year by defeating the Redhawks 75-71 in a near wire-to-wire win to notch their first NCAA Tournament win in school history. 

No. 11 seed Pitt survived a back-and-forth affair with the Bulldogs in a 60-59 win in a game that featured numerous lead changes, nine ties and a tug-of-war down to the end. Pitt’s Jamarius Burton made a bucket in the final 10 seconds to seal the win for the Panthers.

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First Four schedule, scores

Wednesday, March 15

  • (16) Fairleigh Dickinson 84, (16) Texas Southern 61 — Recap 
  • (11) Arizona State 98, (11) Nevada 73 — Recap

Tuesday, March 14

  • (16) Texas A&M Corpus-Christi 75, (16) Southeast Missouri State 71 — Recap
  • (11) Pittsburgh 60, (11) Mississippi State 59 — Recap 

CBS Sports was with you the entire way updating this story with the latest from every First Four game on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

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