We didn’t see that one coming! March Madness has lived up to its name, conjuring up some major surprises that have not only shocked fans but also messed up our bracket! Click to see the biggest upsets of the NCAA Tournament so far!
They must be absolutely heartbroken! So far, March Madness has been just that, with some major college basketball teams surprisingly falling at the first hurdle in the NCAA Tournament 2016. Here are some of the biggest upsets the competition has provided, starting with that HUGE bracket breaker — Michigan State!
You would need to have borrowed Dr. Emmett Brown‘s car in Back to the Future to have predicted this one. Michigan State, who were 9-2 joint favorites with the bookmakers and many fans’ tip, failed to live up to expectations in the First Round — collapsing to #15 seed Middle Tennessee 90-81 on Mar. 18. What made this even more astonishing is the fact that before that game Middle Tennessee were 0-22 against any team ranked in the top 10 in the country. A lot of punters lost a lot of money too, with Michigan State being the most bet on team in the NCAA Tournament this year.
# 5 seed Purdue were expected to make the Elite 8, and possibly the Final Four. But that all came crashing down in the First Round on Mar. 17 when they were stunned by little known, Little Rock in a 85-83 double-overtime loss. Little Rock’s senior guard Josh Hagins was the hero, scoring a deep 3-pointer to tie the game at 70-each and force the first over time. He then sank a layup late in over time to make it 75-75 to ensure they got a second over time. At one point Purdue were beating their opponent by 14-points with only 5 minutes left!
When President Barack Obama predicted his bracket and said Hawaii would progress against #4 seed Cal State Fullerton, not one soul believed him. How foolish we all were! The Rainbow Warriors surprised their rivals with a 77-66, even though they were terrible from beyond the arc — scoring just 3 of 14 three-pointer shots.
The way this tournament is going, we’re expecting many more upsets that’ll get us cursing our bracket choices but rejoicing in the beautiful surprises the NCAA Tournament throws at us!
HollywoodLifers, what’s been your favorite upset so far? Let us know below!