Bob Knight got his money's worth, and so did Richmond fans.
Knight, who paid a $10,000 fine for the right to coach Indiana in the first round of the NCAA tournament, watched his seventh-seeded Hoosiers recover after blowing a big lead to beat No. 10 Oklahoma 94-87 in overtime Thursday night at the East Regional in Washington, D.C.Given a choice of paying the fine or serving a one-game suspension for lashing out at a referee two weeks ago, Knight forked over the money. He was rewarded with a seat on the bench for Indiana's first NCAA tournament victory since 1994.
"The last three years we lose the first game of the tournament, OK?" Knight said. "In the four years prior to that, we were the only team that went to the regionals four times. So maybe it balances out a little bit."
In an earlier game at the same site, 14th-seeded Richmond pulled off the biggest upset of the day by shocking No. 3 South Carolina 62-61.
It was the fourth major upset the Spiders have pulled off in the opening round in the past 14 years.
In 1991, as a 15th seed, they beat second-seeded Syracuse. In 1988, as the 13th seed, they knocked out defending national champion Indiana. And in 1984, as the 12th seed, they beat an Auburn team led by Charles Barkley.
The South and Midwest regionals begin today.
In the South, it's Syracuse-Iona, New Mexico-Butler, Oklahoma State-George Washington, Duke-Radford, Kentucky-South Carolina State, Massachusetts-Saint Louis, Michigan-Davidson and UCLA-Miami.
In the Midwest, it's Mississippi-Valparaiso, Texas Christian-Florida State, Rhode Island-Murray State, Kansas-Prairie View, Western Michigan, Stanford-College of Charleston, Purdue-Delaware and St. John's-Detroit.
At Hartford, Conn.
NORTH CAROLINA 88, NAVY 52: Antawn Jamison had 17 points and 14 rebounds as top-ranked North Carolina (31-3) pulled away from Navy (19-11) in the second half.
UNC CHARLOTTE 77, ILL.-CHICAGO 62: DeMarco Johnson had 30 points and 10 rebounds and Sean Colson added 18 points and 13 assists for Charlotte (20-10).
PRINCETON 69, UNLV 57: Princeton closed the first half with a 20-2 run and went on to beat UNLV to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 20 games.
Brian Earl led the Tigers (27-1) with 21 points, while Tyrone Nesby topped UNLV (20-13) with 19.
MICHIGAN ST. 83, E. MICHIGAN 71: Mateen Cleaves, playing with foul problems, scored 20 points as Michigan State beat Eastern Michigan.
At Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON 69, XAVIER 68: Deon Luton's 17-foot jumper with 11 seconds left gave the Huskies (19-9) their first NCAA victory since 1984.
RICHMOND 62, SO. CAROLINA 61: Jarod Stevenson scored 24 points for Richmond (23-7), which handed South Carolina its second straight embarrassing opening-round loss.
INDIANA 94, OKLAHOMA 87, OT: Andrae Patterson scored 26 points for Indiana (20-11), which shot 59 percent from the field.
Corey Brewer scored 22 points for the Sooners (22-11), who have lost their last five opening-round games in the tournament.
UCONN 93, FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 85: Richard Hamilton and Khalid El-Amin each scored 30 points as Connecticut (30-4) held off Fairleigh Dickinson (23-7).
CINCINNATI 65, N. ARIZONA 62: D'Juan Baker sank a 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds left as Cincinnati avoided a huge upset.
Northern Arizona (21-8), a 15-point underdog in its first NCAA tournament, frustrated the Bearcats (27-5) with a swarming defense and patient offense.
WEST VIRGINIA 82, TEMPLE 52: The Mountaineers (23-8) started with a 9-0 run and Temple never got close in a matchup of teams that were regular Atlantic 10 rivals before West Virginia moved to the Big East.
ARKANSAS 74, NEBRASKA 65: Nebraska fumbled away a 10-point second-half lead and lost to Arkansas in a sloppy game that featured 43 turnovers.
At Sacramento, Calif.
ILLINOIS 64, SO. ALABAMA 51: Kevin Turner scored 18 points and Matt Heldman added 15 for Illinois (23-9), which forced 20 turnovers with a tenacious defense.
ILLINOIS ST. 82, TENNESSEE 81: Dan Muller hit a layup with 1.8 seconds left in overtime to give Illinois State the victory over Tennessee.
ARIZONA 99, NICHOLLS ST. 60: Defending national champion Arizona took a 25-point halftime lead and coasted to a victory over Nicholls State.
Miles Simon scored 24 points and Mike Bibby had 19 for the Wildcats (28-4), who led by as many as 42 points late in the game.