March Madness 2011 Update: Northern Colorado Falls To San Diego State, 68-50

The Northern Colorado Bears toughed it out over the San Diego St. Aztecs, but in the end they were unable to pull off the upset. They lost, 68-50.

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March Madness 2011 Bracket Update: San Diego State Takes Control In Second Half, Defeats Northern Colorado, 68-50

The San Diego Aztecs finally broke on through to the other side and won their first NCAA Tournament game in seven tries, defeating the Northern Colorado Bears, 68-50. The Bears played a first close half, down only six when that buzzer went off, but outside of Devon Beitzel the Bears lacked another scoring option to keep the score close in the second half.

Senior guard Devon Beitzel scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half, his teammates scoring only nine points then. Beitzel made six three-pointers on 10 attempts, though as a team the Bears were 8-of-22. The team never found its scoring stroke, shooting on 33.9 percent from the field. They Bears were also hurt by their inability to get to the free throw line, making only eight trips. Chris Montgomery pulled down 12 boards.

Kawhi Leonard and Billy White lead the Aztecs with doubles-doubles in points and rebounds. Leonard finished with 21 points and 11, and White added 12 and 13. They improved their shooting in the second half, finishing with 40.9 percent of their shots scoring points.

The Northern Colorado Bears finished the season with a 21-11 record and a Big Sky Championship. The Aztecs move on to the next round of the NCAA Tournament and will face No. 7 Temple over the weekend.

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San Diego State Vs. Northern Colorado Halftime Update: UNC Bears Hanging In There But Down, 30-24

The No. 15 University of Northern Colorado Bears are staying competitive with the No. 2 San Diego St. Aztecs, though losing, 30-24, at halftime. This being the Bears' first game, the first half is definitely a positive in the books. San Diego State, meanwhile, will need to hold on for its first NCAA Tournament win. They are 0-6 all-time in the tournament.

UNC's star guard, Devon Beitzel, has eight points, while Chris Kaba has five points and five rebounds. For the Aztecs, Kawhi Leonard scored 10 points and pulled down six boards in the first half. Billy White has added eight points and grabbed five rebounds, but D.J. Gay has yet to score any points and has attempted only two shots (both threes).

Neither team is shooting too well, the Bears at 35.7 percent and the Aztecs at 32.4 percent.

While Morehead State over Louisville is the biggest upset so far on the first day of the second round, a UNC upset over San Diego State would be even wilder than the earlier shocker.

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Northern Colorado Vs. San Diego State: Is A 15th Seed Upset In The Making?

The Northern Colorado Bears play their first-ever NCAA Tournament game at 2:40 p.m. MT on Thursday, March 17, and as a No. 15 seed in the tournament they are taking on one of the top teams in the nation, the No. 2 seed San Diego St. Aztecs.

As we previously looked at, there have been a total of four games in which a 15 seed upset their opponent in a second round game (previously the opening round, but the addition of the First Four round shifted everything). If there were to be a 15-2 upset in the tournament, this might be the best bet. Both teams are coming off huge wins: Northern Colorado winning the Big Sky championship and San Diego St. beating BYU on the third try. So both teams are definitely pumped for this game, but the Aztecs have a six-game losing streak in the tournament.

During the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, the teams played a home-and-home series, which the road team won each time. Northern Colorado's Devon Beitzel and Chris Kaba were on the team for those two games, and D.J. Gay was with the Aztecs. There's probably not much else to read into that history.

However, the key to this game for each team will likely rest in their star players. For the Bears that is senior guard Devon Beitzel and his 21.4 points this season. For the Aztecs, sophomore Kawhi Leonard chips in 15.4 points and 10.7 rebounds per contest.

Tune into TNT at 2:40 p.m. MT for the game. Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller and Dan Bonner will have the call.

For your last minute predictions needs, check out SB Nation's NCAA bracket predictions StoryStream. From expert brackets to TV times, there's plenty of help as you fill out your bracket.

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