Nevada's Lindsey Drew (14) goes up for a shot against Iowa State's Deonte Burton (30) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball tournament first-round game Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
A few familiar faces returned to Milwaukee for the NCAA Tournament.
Iowa State guard Deonte Burton used to play at Marquette, which plays its home games at the Bradley Center. It's exactly where the fifth-seeded Cyclones played their first-round game on Thursday night against No. 12 seed Nevada.
Burton didn't disappoint his fans in the stands.
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 17, 2017
A few minutes later, the crowd got riled up again after Burton blocked a shot by Nevada's Jordan Caroline.
Burton had six points in the first half with the Cyclones leading by 13 at the break.
Minnesota's Akeem Springs didn't have quite as much fun in his return to Milwaukee after the Golden Gophers lost 81-72 to Middle Tennessee. Springs played previously at Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Springs tore his right Achilles tendon last week during the Big Ten Tournament, so the senior was reduced to being an unofficial assistant coach on the bench.
Springs is the only key contributor who won't return next season for Minnesota, which rebounded from an eight-win campaign in 2015-16 to return to the NCAA Tournament. But teammate Jordan Murphy said the Gophers will miss Springs.
"Akeem is one of my main leaders, so of course it was a big impact. Other guys are just going to have to step up." Murphy, on Springs.
— Minnesota MBB (@GopherMBB) March 16, 2017
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