In the evening's first game, both teams had a tough time shooting the basketball. The second half saw Mississippi Valley State build a 16-point lead with just over five minutes to go. The Hilltoppers then went on a 22-5 run to advance to a second round matchup with South No. 1 seed Kentucky, also in Louisville.
Western Kentucky guard Derrick Gordon said his team felt pressure playing in the glare of the NCAA tournament spotlight and in front of President Obama.
“We wanted to put on a show. I mean, things didn’t work out our way in 35 minutes, but it came out the W. I’m sure he liked what he saw,” Gordon told the Sporting News.