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Greatest NCAA Tournament Upset of All-Time?

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by user Pean

Every March, America falls in love with a new NCAA Tournament Cinderella. Rarely does one of these teams advance past a few rounds, let alone make the Final Four. On Saturday night, 11th Seed George Mason continued their magical tournament success with a stunning upset over #1 Seed Connecticut. George Mason barely made the Tournament itself coming from small Colonial Athletic Conference. Can this be considered the greatest upset of all Time in the NCAA Tournament? Let's look at some of the facts

  • They were the 11th seed
  • They are not from one of the Power Six Conferences
  • They didn't win *their own* Conference tournament
  • They beat the top team from the top Conference (Big East) to make the Final Four
  • They came into the tournament never having won a tourney game
  • They won the first game without their 2nd leading scorer who was suspended.
  • They beat 3 of 6 previous champions along the way (Michigan State 2000, UNC 2005, UCONN 2004).

Here are some of the other games considered to be the greatest upsets.


NC State 54, Houston 52

April 4, 1983 NCAA Championship Game

Everyone has seen the famous highlight of NC State's Lorenzo Charles catching his teammatesDereck Whittenburg's desperation three-point airball, only to dunk it home as time expired. They also remember the late Jimmy Valvano, coach of NC State running around the court looking for someone to hug. The dunk gave NC State a stunning upset over #1 ranked (and heavily favorite) Houston, who had Akeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Larry Micheaux, Michael Young and Benny Anders. Four of those players would go on the NBA, and 2 (Olajuwon and Drexler) would be named to the 50 greatest NBA players of All-Time.


Villanova 66, Georgetown 64

April 1, 1985 NCAA Championship Game

Georgetown, led by All-American Patrick Ewing, dominated the entire season and was looking to win their 2nd consecutive NCAA Championship. Rollie Massimino's Villanova came in as the 8th seed in their region, and was given absolutely no chance against the potential dynasty team. However, Nova shot an NCAA-record 78.6 percent (22 of 28) from the field against the nation's top-ranked defense, on their way to an improbable national championship.


Date

Mon 03/27/06, 8:58 am EST



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