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NCAAB Championship: Standout performers from the men's first round

The first round of the NCAAB Championship is now over and there were some huge shocks on Thursday and Friday. 

Farleigh Dickinson became just the second 16-seed ever to take down a top seed with a stunning 63-58 win over Purdue on Friday, after 2-seeds Arizona had been stunned by Princeton on Thursday. 

We've taken a look over some of the standout performers from the opening round of 64 before the second round games begin on Saturday. 

Sean Moore the unexpected star for FDU 

Every Farleigh Dickinson player deserves to take a share of the credit for their stunning win over top seeds Purdue in the East Regional. 

FDU outworked and outplayed the Big Ten champions and it was an incredible team defensive effort that proved the difference. 

FDU are the shortest team at the tourney but their collective effort was immense and it began right at the start as their players swarmed around Purdue's star 7ft 4in All-America center Zach Edey – but one player that stood out in particular was Sean Moore. 

Moore scored a career-high 19 points and added five rebounds, and he was the difference maker in two vital moments down the stretch. 

The guard had averaged just 6.7 points-per-game before Friday's clash with Purdue but he produced a career-defining performance in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. 

Moore scored a career-high 19 points and added five rebounds, and he was the difference maker in two vital moments down the stretch. 

First, he hit a three-point effort to give FDU a five-point lead with just a minute on the clock and then he made a huge block at the rim with just 13 seconds left that would have seen Purdue close the gap to one. 

Florida Atlantic await FDU in the second round as the tournament's 68th overall seed bid to continue their fairytale postseason run. 

FDU are +550 to beat Florida Atlantic in the Money Line and +8000 to win the East Region. 

Nijel Pack leads Miami comeback

12 v 5 have become almost the norm in March and on Friday it seems as if Miami would become the latest victim to this particular quirk. 

Drake had built up a 55-47 lead with just 4:29 remaining but from that point on the Missouri Valley Conference tournament champions were outscored 16-1 and 10-0 in the last 2:28. 

Nijel Pack proved key as Miami avoided an upset with the go-ahead jumper and a pair of free throws in the final minute. 

Pack finished up with 21 points as Miami set up a meeting with 4-seeds Indiana, and they will know they will need to raise their game if they are to match last year's run to the regional final after scraping past Drake. 

Miami are rated at +6000 to win the NCAAB Championship outright. 

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Tosan Evbuomwan shines as Princeton stun Zona 

Had it not been for FDU's improbable win, the biggest upset of the first round would have belonged to Princeton as they recorded a 59-55 win over 2-seed Arizona. 

As a player, Princeton coach Mitch Henderson starred in a legendary tournament win over then-champions UCLA and 27 years later he had Tosan Evbuomwan to thank for helping him become the first man to win in the NCAAB Championship with the team as a player and a head coach. 

The Ivy League Tournament champions had to do it the hard way against a much taller opponent and they fought down from a double digit deficit, but senior Tosan Evbuomwan kept his composure throughout. 

The British forward saw more of the ball than any other Princeton player and finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists as he took on the role of playmaker and defensive leader on a huge night for his team. 

Princeton are +230 to beat Missouri in the Money Line in their next game or -110 with a +6.5 points start in the Spread. 

Toppin and Reeves dominate for Kentucky 

Kentucky looked a little vulnerable going into their clash with 11-seed Providence and a few observers felt UK could be on the wrong end of an upset. 

Instead, they dominated proceedings thanks largely to some big displays from Jacob Toppin and Antonio Reeves, who combined for 40 points in UK's 61-53 victory. 

The potential in-game battle between Toppin, the younger brother of New York Knicks forward Obi, and Providence's Bryce Hopkins was a huge talking point ahead of the first round meeting and in the end, it was the Kentucky star who won that personal match-up. 

Toppin's aggressive play and composure from the foul line with a perfect 6-for-6 was vital, while Hopkins was limited to just seven points as he missed all of this three-point attempts. 

Reeves led the scoring for UK with 22 and he went 5-for-9 from three-point range as the East regional's 6-seeds set up a second round game with Kansas State. 

Kentucky can be backed at +2500 to win the NCAAB Championship outright.

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