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The Big Ten Dominated The First Day Of The NCAA Tournament

Center court of an NCAA Tournament basketball court.

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: A general view of the court with March Madness signage is seen prior to the start of the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Rhode Island Rams in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 15, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The NCAA Tournament officially kicked off on Thursday afternoon with the first set of Round of 64 games. Two Power-5 conferences finished the day with impressive records.

The SEC finished with a 3-0 mark, but was bested by the Big Ten. Consistently one of the best conferences in both basketball and football, the Big Ten put on a show Thursday.

The conference finished the day with a 5-0 mark. College basketball insider/analyst Jon Rothstein dubbed the Big Ten the "biggest winner" of the NCAA Tournament thus far.

Minnesota got the action started with the first upset of the day when the Gophers took down Louisville by a final score of 86-76.

Michigan State received a scare from Bradley before pulling away late with a 76-65 win. In-state rival Michigan was never threatened by Montana as the Wolverines raced to a 19-point victory.

Maryland fended off upset-minded Belmont Thursday afternoon, overcoming a halftime deficit to set up a date with LSU in the Round of 32.

The late game for the Big Ten saw No. 3 Purdue against No. 14 Old Dominion. The Boilermakers pulled away early, but Old Dominion used a late charge to scare Purdue fans.

No worry, though, Purdue used a strong finish to escape with a 13-point win.