Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/22/13
8 a.m. ET: March Madness this time around is a little different than it has been in years past, with no clear-cut No. 1 team and few big-name players ready to etch themselves into NCAA Tournament lore. What’s so great about March Madness, though, is that even when the odds are stacked in one direction, anything can happen. Two players who have already grabbed some headlines before this tournament will look to continue their runs today: Marshall Henderson of Ole Miss and Doug McDermott of Creighton. Henderson has been known to taunt a team or two (Florida and Kentucky, for example), and he turned heads when he and Ole Miss went on a run to win the SEC over Florida. As far as upsets go, the Rebels are a favorite. Creighton’s Doug McDermott, meanwhile, may be the best scorer March Madness fans have seen since the likes of Stephen Curry or Jimmer Fredette. The junior, who could be NBA-bound next season, has seen his numbers notch up each year while playing for his dad, Greg McDermott. He spent considerable time this offseason polishing his game to make it pro-ready, and his scoring average this year — 23.1 points a game on 56.1 percent shooting and 49.7 percent 3-point shooting — shows how hard he has become to stop. Those are just two of the big stories heading into Friday, which has another 16 games on tap. It starts with No. 2 Duke facing No. 15 Albany, with the Great Danes surely knowing that Duke was upset by No. 15 Lehigh in last year’s tournament (albeit without Ryan Kelly, who is now healthy for the Blue Devils). Henderson and Ole Miss, a No. 12 seed, face Wisconsin next, with Bo Ryan’s Badgers looking to make a run in the bracket that also features No. 1 Gonzaga. McDermott and Creighton (No. 7) play Cincinnati at 2:45 p.m. After an opening day that featured wild finishes from Marquette and Memphis, as well as what may be the upset of the tournament in Harvard taking down New Mexico, the second day looks primed for even better action. Check back here throughout the day to see how the games unfold. We’ll provide news and updates as the day goes on. NESN.com’s college basketball coverage is presented by Bovada.net. Download a bracket here.

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