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March Madness Round of 32: Upsets Galore

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Patrick Hauf, Staff

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After a sub par first round of March Madness, college basketball fans were treated to many unexpected outcomes in the second round. This may have led to busted brackets, but nothing pleases the fans like the underdog upsetting the big dog.

The first notable upset took place on Saturday, when 8 seeded Wisconsin beat the defending champions, number 1 seeded Villanova 65-62 after Nigel Hayes made a game winning layup under the baseline.

Sunday included two more major upsets as two 2 seeds were taken down by 7 seeds. Michigan beat Louisville 73-69 and South Carolina beat Duke 88-81.

A less noticeable upset took place Saturday when 11 seeded Xavier blew out 3 seeded Florida State 91-66.

On top of these upsets were many near upsets. After losing for the majority of the game, 1 seeded North Carolina went on a huge run to end the game in order to beat Arkansas 72-65. 11 seeded USC nearly beat 3 seed Baylor, but lost 82-78. 11 seeded Rhode Island lost a heartbreaker to 3 seeded Oregon 75-72. 8 seeded Northwestern lost 79-73 in an intense game to 1 seeded Gonzaga. 2 seeded Arizona pulled out a close game verse 7 seeded Saint Mary’s as they won 69-60. 10 seeded Wichita State lost to 2 seeded Kentucky 65-62 and 12 seeded Middle Tennessee lost to 4 seeded Butler 74-65.

The rest of the second round games included 4 seeded Florida blowing out 5 seeded Virginia 65-39, 4 seeded West Virginia beating 5 seeded Notre Dame 83-71, 3 seeded UCLA beating 6 seeded Cincinnati 79-67, 4 seeded Purdue pulling out a close game verse 5 seeded Iowa State 80-76, and 1 seeded Kansas taking care of business over 9 seeded Michigan State with a 90-70 win.

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March Madness Round of 32: Upsets Galore