The most exciting time of the NCAA college basketball season is slowly with March Madness on the horizon. From nail bitter finishes to Office March Madness Pools to $1 million dollar March Madness Brackets to the most memorable moments of a big time March Madness upset. Over the years, March Madness delivers some big time heart break for top seeds while delivering sports fans and sports bettors an unknown Cinderella team.
The biggest of upsets came back on March 17th, 2018 as number 16 seed University of Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers upset the number 1 overall seed the Virginia Cavaliers. This marked the first time in the history of March Madness that a sixteen seed knocked off a number one seed. Prior to losing, the Cavaliers were 31-3 during the regular season. While many of the top upsets in the history of March Madness are close, this contest was the same at the half with the scored 21-21. Despite being tied at the half, the Retrievers were red hot in the second half outscoring the Cavaliers 53-33 in route to a 74-54 win.
A second notable March Madness upset came back on March 14th, 1997 when another Baltimore based college team pulled off an upset. Coppin State Eagles entered the tournament as a 15th seed going up against a South Carolina Game Cocks team that was a second seed. Unfortunately for the Game Cocks, the Eagles were too much in the second half outscoring the number two seed 38-18 down the final 13 minutes in route to a 78-52 win.
A third notable upset featured a much higher ranked team the 8th seed Villanova Wildcats taking down the #1 seeded Georgetown Hoyas. A Hoyas team that loaded with talent including future NBA Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing. This matchup took place in the Final Four, which was the third straight trip for the Hoyas.
Despite being the heavy favorite, the Hoyas just could not find a way to build a big lead in this matchup. In the end, the hot shooting Wildcats were just too much pulling up the 66-64 upset while leading them to the National Championship. In addition to Ewing, the Hoyas had Reggie Williams and David Wingate who were both big time contributors. For the Wildcats, they still are the lowest seeded team to ever win the NCAA tournament.
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Another March Madness upset that stands out came back on March 16th, 2012 when the number 15th seeded Lehigh Mountain Hawks knocked off the second seeded Duke Blue Devils. A Blue Devils team that consistently made their way to the Final Four throughout the 2000’s. In addition a Blue Devils squad that most fans, sports handicappers and bettors expected to win this contest easily. Despite being the underdog, nobody told future NBA star C.J. McCollum the Mountain Hawks didn’t have a chance. McCollum led all scorers with 30 points while adding six rebounds, six assists and two steals to his resume. The impressive marked landed McCollum on the NBA radar.