NCAA Tournament scores: Live updates, highlights from Thursday's early March Madness games

The 2017 NCAA Tournament is here, and you've got a lot of college basketball to watch. Sporting News will keep you updated all day long as March Madness truly begins.

There's no time for work. Tell your boss you've come down with a case of March Madness. The 2017 NCAA Tournament is here, and you've got a lot of college basketball to watch.

The First Fouron Tuesday and Wednesday served as a great appetizer with wins by Mount St. Mary's, Kansas State, UC Davis and USC giving us the traditional field of 64for the start of Thursday's games. Now it's time for the main course, and Sporting News has all thescores, updates and highlights so you don't miss anybuzzer-beaters or major upsets.

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No. 12 Princeton and No. 5 Notre Dame kick things off in the West Region at 12:15 p.m. ET, so we'llstart there and add updates below as the first round of the NCAA Tournament unfolds.(Thursday's full schedule and TV/streaming options can be foundHERE.)

NCAA Tournament scores

(12) Princeton vs. (5) Notre Dame

Princeton gets within one with a nice tip-in.

It's our first close finish of the day!

Princeton cut Notre Dame's lead to just five points (50-45) with this rare four-point play.

Notre Dame point guard Matt Farrell showing everyone why he's one of the best in the nation.

(12) UNC-Wilmington vs. (5) Virginia

UNC-Wilmington bringing the dunks early. What a beautiful alley-oop.

The Seahawks took a dominating lead early, but Virginia stormed back at the end of the first half.

Full-court press? No problem for Virginia.

(13) Winthrop vs. (4) Butler

(16) South Dakota St. vs. (1) Gonzaga

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