The 2019 NCAA Tournament opened Thursday with the typical pulse-pounding mix: anarchy for Auburn, a close shave for No. 2 seed Michigan State and a national coming-out party for super-prospect Ja Morant, the Murray State point guard who recorded a triple-double in his Big Dance debut.
What can the rest of the first round on Friday offer as an encore? A buzzer-beater? The arrival of a new Cinderella at the ball? Or the arrival of Zion Williamson at the rim?
Here is a guide to the best games of Day 2:
Ken Pomeroy's No. 31 and No. 36 teams in the country meet in what should be a well-calibrated battle between Cincinnati's methodical defense and Iowa's high-octane offense. Keep an eye on Fran McCaffery if the Hawkeyes don't get a favorable whistle in Ohio.
No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 Gardner-Webb, 3:10 p.m. ET
Will this be one of the most compelling games of the day? Probably not. But after Virginia's epic first-round loss last year as a No. 1 seed -- the first of its kind in tournament history -- there's drama in it anyway. The Cavaliers have De'Andre Hunter this time to make sure history does not repeat.
Calling an Oregon win in this spot an "upset" would be a misnomer, as the mere two-point spread indicates. Oregon, the Pac-12 tournament champion, has won eight games in a row, and got the shorter trip to Northern California. Do the Ducks have an answer for Wisconsin star Ethan Happ?
Even if you just watch the competitive portion of the game -- the first 10 or 12 minutes, say -- Duke's vaunted freshman class of R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish, Tre Jones and the incomparable Zion Williamson is appointment television.
No. 8 VCU vs. No. 9 UCF, 9:40 p.m. ET
Come for the peek at UCF's 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall, a bespectacled senior from Senegal who averages 2.5 blocks per game and makes more than 75 percent of his shots. Stay for what should be a nail-biter of a game, for the chance to knock off Duke in Round 2.
*Lines via The Action Network