Things always get a little crazy during March Madness, and the first weekend was no exception. USA Today summed it up in a neat little package of 15 “insane” moments.
Those Ivy Leaguers from Yale, in their first NCAA tournament since 1962, upset No. 5 seed Baylor. They've been dubbed the “loveable underdogs”.
Wichita State recovered from almost not making the tournament by crushing No. 6 seed Arizona. They also cost coach Sean Miller two dress shirts.
Two Things:— Matt Barrie (@MattBarrieESPN) March 18, 2016
1. Sean Miller makes over 3-million a year. Under shirts aren't that expensive.
2. It's 11-mins in. pic.twitter.com/pjch5Pz5tp
Arkansas, the team with a first-year coach and almost an entire roster of transfers defeated No. 5 Purdue. They can thank Josh Hagins for all that clutch shooting.
In what could be the biggest upset in tournament history, No. 2 Michigan State were toppled by the No. 15 Middle Tennessee. Michigan were almost the No. 1 seed. Go figure.
Some say Syracuse shouldn't even be in the NCAA tournament, but they shut the critics up by downing MYSU to reach the Sweet 16.
Iowa beat Templeton in overtime on an airballed shot. Nice.
No. 13 seed Hawaii won their first ever NCAA tournament game. BUT it was against an injury-ridden Cal team.
No. 14 Stephen F. Austin beat no. 3 West Virginia by putting the pressure on, doing exactly what West Virginia usually does to other teams. And the nation realise that Thomas Walkup looks like the Lumberjack mascot.
On the left, you have the SFA Lumberjack. On the right, Thomas Walkup. pic.twitter.com/xrTJg4UynM— Laura Albanese (@AlbaneseLaura) March 20, 2016
Texas fell to Northern Iowa when Paul Jesperson JUST beat the buzzer.
Cincinnati’s Octavius Ellis seems to tie the game at the buzzer, but it was waived and St Joseph’s won 78-76. Life is unfair.
Indiana beat a white-hot Kentucky team for the first time since the two teams stopped scheduling each other in the regular season.
Villanova actually made it past the first weekend. They haven't done that in seven years.
Notre Dame won against Stephen F. Austin, all thanks to a freshman who'd never scored in a NCAA tournament game.
Texas A&M rallied in the final 33 seconds to force overtime, then proceeded to stun Northern IOWA in two OTs. It was the largest last-minute deficit overcome in college basketball history.
Bronson Koenig took Wisconsin past No. 2 Xavier into the Sweet 16 by shooting a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired
According to many, all this craziness has already broken brackets. But that's the best kind of March Madness.