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5 Biggest March Madness Upsets We Saw

Posted by Washington Tucker on 4/8/2013 7:21:00 PM

It has to be said that sport betting odds were shattered on a few occasions this past March. The NCAA tournament was expected to be wild and nutty, but individual upsets are upsets for a reason: They’re not expected. Everyone expects a surprise or two in general, but the source of the surprise always catches people off guard. Here are the five biggest March Madness upsets we saw over the past few weeks:

When football betting is involved, raw physical strength wins out, but part of the beauty of college basketball is found in the reality that superior shot-making can prevail over brawn. This was very much the case when the La Salle Explorers defeated the Kansas State Wildcats in the round of 64. The game was played in Kansas City, making it essentially a home game for Kansas State, the No. 4 seed. Yet, La Salle, the No. 13 seed, was able to walk away with a victory. The Explorers’ backcourt combination of Ramon Galloway and Tyrone Garland outflanked the Wildcats for the first 25 minutes. In the final 15 minutes, Kansas State carried the play but gave up too many free throws to La Salle, with Jerrell Wright knocking down foul shots in the closing minutes.

If you care for online casino games, you know that the primacy and centrality of the dealer is unmistakable, and the second upset on our list comes from the round of 64 as well. Brett Comer dealt a lot of assist passes to his teammates on the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles. FGCU didn’t merely beat the second-seeded Georgetown Hoyas; it won by 10 points in a convincing display. Yes, Georgetown has suffered substantial defeats in previous NCAA tournaments and has been an underachieving team in March since its run to the Final Four in 2007, but Florida Gulf Coast was still not expected to win this game. Georgetown had won the regular season championship in the Big East Conference. The Hoyas had a meal-ticket scorer, Otto Porter, who seemed likely to deliver them from trouble in a close game. Yet, in this game against Florida Gulf Coast, Porter struggled from start to finish, and the Eagles took advantage, eventually becoming the first No. 15 seed to make the Sweet 16.

The third upset on this list is No. 14 seed Harvard beating No. 3 seed New Mexico in Salt Lake City. New Mexico was supposed to make the Sweet 16 for the first time in 39 years. The Lobos had not been to the Sweet 16 since 1974, and were hungering for a chance to make the second weekend of the Big Dance. However, Harvard won its first-ever NCAA tournament game with clutch three-point shooting in the final minutes. New Mexico coach Steve Alford then bolted for UCLA, leaving New Mexico with no choice but to hire assistant coach Craig Neal.

The fourth upset on this list is Wichita State’s win over Ohio State in the West Regional final, not because Wichita State did not belong on the same court (it always did), but because Ohio State had seemed to have turned the corner when the game began. Ohio State had ripened into a very mature team, one with a commitment to attacking the basket and playing airtight defense. These characteristics were not in evidence for the first 25 minutes, as Wichita State gained a massive lead before holding on to win by four. Ohio State’s abrupt regression to its January level is what was so surprising about that event.

The fifth upset was Ole Miss’ victory over fifth-seeded Wisconsin in the first round. Wisconsin won twice against Indiana and Michigan, but could not beat one of the last teams to make the field of 68.

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