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NCAA bracket upsets are March Madness in truest form

ncaalogo092209_optBY DAVE RAGAZZO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Upsets in the NCAA tournament are part of what makes the tournament so special, but many people are “upset” after yesterday’s record setting day destroyed many brackets and sent a few Cinderella’s to the round of 32.

Three teams with a 13th seed or higher all won Friday to cap off a memorable second round. First, no. 13 Ohio beat no. 4 Michigan 65-60. That game set the table for a set of No. 15 seeds to win their games with Norfolk State defeating Missouri 86-84, and Lehigh defeating Duke 75-70.

"We messed up some brackets! We messed up some brackets!" Norfolk State senior Kyle O'Quinn said, according to the Associated Press. O’Quinn was essential in Norfolk’s victory with 26 points and 14 rebounds.

“We even messed up my bracket," O’Quinn went on to add.

At the time, he had no idea how messed up his bracket would continue to get. As the night continued, Lehigh would pull off the second 15-2 upset when they knocked off powerhouse Duke.

"I told them they needed to suspend disbelief, because there are so many naysayers, so many prognosticators,” Lehigh coach Brett Reed said.

Friday will be a memorable day in tournament history for years to come. Entering Friday, there were only four 15-2 upsets since 1985 and the first time that two ever occurred on the same day.

With Ohio’s victory over Michigan, it was the first time that three teams seeded 13th or higher won on the same day.

According to ESPN, there were 13,570 perfect brackets after the first day of the tournament. At the end of Friday, there was not a single one left.

With two more days left this weekend, there is still plenty of time for “bracket breaking” upsets before the Sweet Sixteen. If more upsets happen, it will truly be the definition of “March Madness.”

 

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