June 18, 2021

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Covid-19 claims first game of NCAA Men’s Tournament

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Tobias Cameron kisses the head of teammate Joe Pleasant after Pleasant’s two clutch free throws gave Abilene Christian a 53-52 win over Texas on Saturday. It was the last of several first-round upsets in this NCAA Tournament. Abilene Christian was a 14-seed. Texas was a 3-seed.

Iowa’s Luka Garza and Grand Canyon’s Asbjorn Midtgaard take part in the opening tip-off of a first-round game on Saturday.

Ohio players celebrate after their 62-58 win over Virginia on Saturday. Ohio is a 13-seed in the West Region. Virginia, the 2019 champions, came into the tournament as a 4-seed.

Florida State’s Balsa Koprivica, left, hits the boards along with UNC-Greensboro’s Isaiah Miller on Saturday.

Drake players walk off the court after their first-round loss to USC on Saturday.

Ohio’s Dwight Wilson III watches his layup fall through the net during the Virginia game on Saturday.

Creighton’s Mitch Ballock, right, and UC-Santa Barbara’s Amadou Sow reach for a loose ball on Saturday.

The scoreboard goes dark at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum earlier than expected on Saturday night. VCU and Oregon were scheduled to play a first-round game, but it was called off after VCU had some positive Covid-19 tests. Oregon advanced to the next round.

Grand Canyon fans show their support for their team prior to the Iowa game on Saturday.

Virginia’s Sam Hauser shoots over Ohio’s Ben Roderick on Saturday.

Eastern Washington’s Michael Meadows drives to the basket during the first half against Kansas on Saturday.

LSU players cheer on their teammates during their first-round win against St. Bonaventure on Saturday.

Michigan fans wait for the team’s opening game against Texas Southern on Saturday.

Houston’s Tramon Mark dribbles past Cleveland State’s Tre Gomillion during their first-round game on Friday.

North Texas players celebrate after they upset Purdue on Friday. The Mean Green, a 13-seed, won 78-69 in overtime.

Television commentators Ian Eagle, left, and Grant Hill watch a game in West Lafayette, Indiana, on Friday.

Arkansas’ Davonte Davis rises for a layup during the Razorbacks’ first-round win over Colgate on Friday.

Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle celebrates a 3-pointer with his players during their upset win over Tennessee on Friday. The 12th-seeded Beavers defeated the fifth-seeded Volunteers 70-56.

Baylor takes on Hartford at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Utah State forward Justin Bean tries to save a ball from going out of bounds during a first-round game against Texas Tech.

A man wears a face shield and mask at the North Texas-Purdue game.

Players from Oral Roberts celebrate after their upset win over Ohio State on Friday. The Golden Eagles won 75-72 in overtime. It’s only the ninth time in tournament history that a 15-seed has defeated a 2-seed.

Ohio State’s Zed Key, left, and Duane Washington Jr. react after the loss to Oral Roberts.

Florida’s Colin Castleton blocks Virginia Tech’s Tyrece Radford during their first-round game on Friday. Florida won 75-70 in overtime.

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams reacts after his team turned the ball over against Wisconsin on Friday. Wisconsin won 85-62. It is the first time that Williams has lost in the first round as a head coach. He had been 29-0.

A staff member sprays disinfectant on a handrail Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Texas Tech’s Clarence Nadolny reacts during his team’s first-round win against Utah State on Friday. Texas Tech was the tournament runner-up in 2019.

Oral Roberts star Max Abmas, the leading scorer in the country, shoots a floater in the first half against Ohio State. He finished with 29 points in his team’s upset victory.

Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman barks out defensive instructions on Friday.

Mezie Offurum, a forward for Mount St. Mary’s, reacts after a dunk in the tournament’s opening game on Thursday. The game was played at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana.

Drake’s Darnell Brodie, left, and Wichita State’s Tyson Etienne battle for a loose ball during their “First Four” play-in game on Thursday. Drake won 53-52 for its first NCAA Tournament win in 50 years.

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo has a heated conversation with Gabe Brown during their game against UCLA on Thursday. UCLA won 86-80 in overtime.

Appalachian State fans are spread out while cheering on the Mountaineers against Norfolk State on Thursday.

Norfolk State guard Jalen Hawkins gets off a shot against Appalachian State.

An arena worker sprays down a team bench area between games in Bloomington on Thursday. The players were spread out in areas normally meant for fans.

Texas Southern celebrates after defeating Mount St. Mary’s 60-52 in the first game of the tournament.

UCLA’s Cody Riley shoots the ball over Michigan State’s Mady Sissoko on Thursday.

Wichita State’s Morris Udeze walks over to teammate Tyson Etienne after Etienne was called for a foul against Drake on Thursday.

A worker cleans the backboard and rim at halftime of the Texas Southern-Mount St. Mary’s game on Thursday.

Appalachian State’s Donovan Gregory dives for a loose ball on Thursday.

A worker holds a sign encouraging spectators to wear masks before the Michigan State-UCLA game in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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