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The terrific 12s

Yale, in its first NCAA Tournament in 54 years and 0-3 until Thursday, celebrates an upset victory as Baylor guard Lester Medford walks off in a West Region opener in Providence, R.I.

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Yale, in its first NCAA Tournament in 54 years and 0-3 until Thursday, celebrates an upset victory as Baylor guard Lester Medford walks off in a West Region opener in Providence, R.I.

The NCAA Tournament opened Thursday in muted rather than madness mode — until Yale came into the picture late in the afternoon. The No. 12-seeded Bulldogs, who had waited 54 years to return to the tournament and were 0-3 in previous appearances, upset No. 5 seed Baylor 79-75 in the West Region. Then another No. 12 seed, Arkansas-Little Rock, came back from a 14-point deficit in the final four minutes and beat No. 5 seed Purdue 85-83 in double overtime in the Midwest Region. Little Rock guard Josh Hagins had the first buzzer-beating shot of the day, a step-back 3-pointer from the edge of the halfcourt logo to tie it with four seconds left in regulation. "Don't ever count the little guys out," first-year coach Chris Beard shouted. Yale next faces Duke, which trailed at halftime then fought off UNC Wilmington 93-85. "This was bigger than us, and we wanted to do it for all the Yale faithful out there," Yale's Justin Sears said. North Carolina, the top seed in the East, turned a one-point halftime lead into a rout of Florida Gulf Coast, and Miami, the No. 3 seed in the South, held off Buffalo 79-72. Full coverage, 6-8C

The terrific 12s 03/17/16 [Last modified: Thursday, March 17, 2016 10:12pm]
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