Brackets Busted as March Madness Upsets Continue


Ty Green, Staff Reporter

The first two rounds of March Madness came to an exciting end over the weekend with a record number of upsets. Twelve major upsets occurred over the weekend including two number one seed dynasties, Purdue and Kansas falling. Small schools such as Furman, Princeton, and Fairleigh Dickinson shocked the world with their upset heroics.

Princeton continued the upsets into the Second Round where they beat seven seed Missouri on their way to becoming only the second fifteen seed in history to make the Sweet 16. Some other upsets in the First Round included thirteen seed Furman’s game winning three-pointer over four seed Virginia and sixteen seed Fairleigh Dickinson’s conquer of number one seed Purdue. Nine seed Florida Atlantic defeated eight seed Memphis in a 66-65 contest and then continued on to beat Fairleigh Dickinson en route to their first Sweet 16. Another nine seed upset was Auburn going on to defeat Iowa by 8 points. First Four winner Pitt took home an upset win over Iowa State in a low scoring 59-41 contest. Ten seed Penn State took an expected upset win over number seven Texas A&M.

The Second Round upsets began with Creighton taking a nine point win over three seed Baylor. A very unexpected upset was number seven Michigan State taking a 9 point win over a potential champion favorite number two seed, Marquette. Five seed Miami (FL) was able to take an upset win over four seed Indiana. Rounding out the upsets for the Second Round is a big one, eight seed Arkansas with a nail biting, 72-71 victory over number one seed Kansas.

Sixteen teams remain in this year’s tournament, with the Sweet 16 taking place Thursday (3/23) and Friday (3/24). The Elite Eight will tip off right after, on Saturday (3/25) and Sunday (3/26). Last but not least, this year’s edition of the Final Four will be held April 1, with the National Championship two days later on April 3.