Mike Lopresti | NCAA.com | March 18, 2014 Oddities of the opener: Strange stats from Albany's win Share DAYTON, Ohio -- The first game of the NCAA Tournament was a perfect segue from the regular season -- on the screwball side.After a winter of odd twists and turns, no ordinary opener would do. Albany’s 71-64 win against Mount St. Mary’s wasn’t ordinary. MARCH MADNESS Galleries from each of the games Lopresti: UConn takes Napier's lead to national title Kroll: Deficit too much for Kentucky against UConn Bauernfeind: Kentucky players credit UConn guards Collins: Toughness leads to another title for Huskies Kroll: Calipari has run up against Connecticut before Lopresti: UConn's run to title game reflection of its coach Lopresti: Championship game numbers and words Kroll: Kentucky lives by the freshmen -- again Lopresti: UConn drawing comparisions to 2011 champs Lopresti: Notes: UConn, UK is a match with many angles Bauernfeind: Kentucky's inside game the difference Collins: Ollie's leadership keeps UConn run alive Lopresti: Napier's and Wilbekin's stories meet in Final Four Lopresti: Notes: Times have changed since 1986 Kroll: Kaminsky grows into bigger role for Wisconsin Kroll: AT&T Stadium is an un-really big deal Lopresti: Even for Kentucky, it's no easy street Lopresti: Notes: UConn's Ollie eyes title in first Final Four Lopresti: Kentucky's Randle has private cheering section Lopresti: Top tourney day in history of Final Four teams Lopresti: Meet the battle-tested final foursome 2014 DI Men's Basketball Tournament Stats Brackets: Interactive Printable Selections: East Midwest South West • Analyze Final Four: UPS Team Performance Index • Vote Now: Degree Clash of the Underdogs • Vote Now: 2014 Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T Inside Look: NCAA Courtside presented by AT&T Strangeness by the numbers:Albany opened the game with a 21-2 run. Then Mount St. Mary’s answered with a 21-2 run. So they started over again at a 23-23 tie.Albany, the winning team, had 14 turnovers.Mount St. Mary’s, the losing team, had four.Mount St. Mary’s, the losing team, had 21 points off the bench.Albany, the winning team, had none.The shooting percentage gap was staggering -- Albany at 57.4 percent Mount St. Mary’s at 36.7 percent. Yet the game was in doubt until the final minute.Mount St. Mary’s shot 37 3-pointers, or two more than it had 2-point attempts and free throws combined.Albany’s Sam Rowley flirted with a triple double – eight points, 13 rebounds and seven turnovers.Mount St. Mary’s leading scorer, Will Miller, scored 21 points off the bench. He took 12 3-pointers and no 2-pointers.The message seemed clear. Now that the party had begun, don’t expect much routine.