Biggest NCAA tournament upsets
2014: (11) Dayton 55, (3) Syracuse 53
With their victory over No. 2 Syracuse, the 11th seed in the South Dayton (25-10) now advances to the regional semifinals against fellow upsetter, 10th-seeded Stanford. Syracuse was in position to pull this one out, but Tyler Ennis missed a foul-line jumper with eight seconds left and a game-winning shot at the top of the key with two seconds.
2014: (10) Stanford 60, (2) Kansas 57
After an ugly first half that saw both teams commit 16 turnovers and shoot 32 percent from the field, No. 10 seed Stanford settled down and pulled away from No. 2 seed Kansas to earn a 60-57 upset win in a Round of 32 game in the South Regional.
Dwight Powell had 15 points and seven rebounds despite playing with four fouls much of the second half and Randle added 13 points, six steals and four assists for the Cardinal (23-12), who were making their first NCAA appearance since 2008.
Andrew Wiggins, a likely NBA lottery pick if he decides to leave school, was saddled with four turnovers for Kansas (25-10). Wiggins had averaged 28 points the previous four games but the Jayhawks were missing 7-foot freshman Joel Embiid who was sidelined by a stress fracture in his back.
Stanford is now tasked with cinderella Dayton in Sweet 16.
2014: (14) Mercer 78, (3) Duke 71
The fourteenth-seeded Mercer Bears take down perenial Final Four contender and third-seeded Duke Blue Devils. Senior Jakob Gollon led the way for the Bears with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists, while fellow senior Daniel Coursey chipped in 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Duke's freshman phenom Jabari Parker had 14 points, with four turnovers and shot just 4/14 from the field.
2013: (9) Wichita State 70, (2) Ohio State 66
The No. 9 seed Wichita State Shockers dominated the game for the first 30 minutes, but No. 2 seed Ohio State mounted a furious comeback and cut the defecit down to three at 62-59. This Final Four for the Shockers is the first in school history and marks the first time a Missouri Valley program has gone to the last weekend since Larry Bird and the 1979 Indiana State Sycamores.
2013: La Salle 76, Ole Miss 74
Even though this was a 12-13 third round matchup, this was still a very big upset. The La Salle Explorers were a team that no one was talking about going into the tournament, they magically found a way to advance to their first sweet 16 in 58 years.
2013: Florida Gulf Coast 81, San Diego St. 71
The Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles became the first 15 seed in NCAA tournament history to advance to the sweet 16. It would be an amazing feat by any team, but it's even more impressive that the school's basketball program was granted full division I status in August of 2011.
2013: Wichita State 76, Gonzaga 70
Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker (pictured) scored 16 points apiece and Wichita State hit a season-high 14 3-pointers, including seven straight late, to knock the No. 1 seeded Bulldogs out of the NCAA tournament 76-70.
2013: Florida Gulf Coast 78, Georgetown 68
In his school's first ever NCAA tournament game, Sherwood Brown (left) led the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles to a stunning 78-68 upset over the Georgetown Hoyas.
Brown led the game with 24 points, but more importantly, his energy propelled the 15th seeded Eagles to their first ever win in the tournament.
2013: La Salle 63, Kansas St. 61
Jerrell Wright of the La Salle Explorers dunks on Jordan Henriquez of the Kansas State Wildcats on March 22, 2013.
Wright led all players with 21 points and guided the Explorers to a 63-61 upset victory over the Wildcats of Kansas State.
2013: Harvard 68, New Mexico 62
Siyani Chambers (1) and Laurent Rivard (0) of the Harvard Crimson celebrate as the Crimson defeat the New Mexico Lobos 68-62 during the second round on March 21, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Rivard scored 17 points for the Crimson to help lift them over the Lobos.
2012: Norfolk State 86, Missouri 84
Phil Pressey, right, of the Missouri Tigers is consoled by Kyle O'Quinn of the Norfolk State Spartans after Pressey missed the potential winning basket at the buzzer in the second round on March 16, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Norfolk became only the fifth No. 15 seed to win a game in the tournament.
2012: Lehigh 75, Duke 70
Duke's Andre Dawkins reacts in the second half of his team's loss to the Lehigh Mountain Hawks during the second round on March 16, 2012 in Greensboro, N.C.
C.J. McCollum scored 30 points to lead Lehigh, which was the second No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2.
2012: Ohio 65, Michigan 60
Walter Offutt of the No. 13 seed Ohio Bobcats celebrates after defeating the Michigan Wolverines during the second round on March 16, 2012 in Nashville, Tenn.
2011: Virginia Commonwealth 71, Kansas 61
Virginia Commonwealth had to fight its way into the tournament by defeating USC in a play-in game and then had to pull off upsets against 6-seed Georgetown, 3-seed Purdue and 10-seed Florida State (in overtime) just to make it to the Elite 8. After a run like that, no one gave them a chance against Kansas, who was the only remaining No. 1 seed left in the tournament. But VCU overcame the odds again and jumped out to a 14-point halftime lead. Kansas made a run in the second half, but VCU never gave up and walked away with one of the most improbable trips to the Final Four in tournament history.
2010: Northern Iowa 69, Kansas 67
Favored to win the entire tournament, No. 1 Kansas didn't even make it out of the second round in 2010. The Jayhawks fell behind early against No. 9 Northern Iowa but had pulled within one point with under a minute to go. That's when Ali Farokhmanesh drained a three pointer to give the Panthers a four-point edge. Northern Iowa's first-round win snapped its 20-year NCAA winless drought.
2010: Ohio 97, Georgetown 83
Armon Bassett scored 32 points as the Bobcats -- who were seeded ninth in the MAC tournament yet won the automatic berth -- handed the Hoyas their worst-ever loss in the NCAA tournament. Georgetown entered as 16.5-point favorites. Ohio became just the 16th No. 14 seed to win a tournament game.
2009: Cleveland State 84, Wake Forest 69
The Demon Deacons spent 12 weeks ranked in the Top 10, including one week atop the polls. Led by future first-round NBA draft picks Jeff Teague and James Johnson, they were a No. 4 seed in the 2009 tourney, but were dismantled by the Horizon League tournament champs. It wasn't a fluke, either. Cleveland State had beaten Syracuse earlier in the season.
2007: VCU 79, Duke 77
With the game tied at 77 in the closing seconds, No. 11 VCU could have congratulated itself on a close game and succumbed to the inevitable Duke victory. After all, Duke had made it to the second round every year since 1996. Instead, the Rams drained a pull-up jumper with 1.8 seconds to upset the heavily-favored Blue Devils.
2006: George Mason 86, Connecticut 84
Heading into the 2006 NCAA tournament, George Mason was enjoying one of its best seasons ever, winning a school-record 23 games. They received an 11 seed, but not everyone believed they deserved to be one of the 65 teams competing. George Mason proved them wrong, shocking consensus favorite Connecticut in the Elite Eight. The win came just nine days after George Mason had earned its first-ever victory in the tournament.
2005: West Virginia 111, Wake Forest 105
No. 2 Wake Forest had more star power and a better record than their second-round opponent, but No. 7 West Virginia had more depth down the stretch. The Mountaineers overcame a 13-point halftime deficit to knock off the Demon Deacons in double overtime, 111-105. The game was West Virginia's sixth in 11 nights, but they got stronger as the game progressed instead of showing fatigue.
2005: Vermont 60, Syracuse 59
Forcing No. 4 Syracuse to commit a season-high 24 turnovers and controlling the game with a deliberate pace, No. 13 Vermont earned the biggest win in school history, 60-57, in the first round of the 2005 tournament. The game was tied 11 times, and there were eight lead changes before Vermont finally prevailed in overtime.
2005: Bucknell 64, Kansas 63
Trailing No. 3 Kansas 63-62 with just seconds remaining, No. 14 Bucknell needed someone to step up. That's what 6-1 center Chris McNaughton did, receiving the ball down low and banking in a hook shot with eight seconds remaining for a one-point lead. In its 110 seasons, it was Bucknell's first NCAA tournament victory and came against a team that began the season ranked No. 1.
2001: Hampton 58, Iowa State 57
No. 15 Hampton upset No. 2 Iowa State in the first round of the 2001 tournament. Hampton, which had a 24-6 record coming into the game, knocked off its 25-5 opponents by one point when Tarvis Williams flipped in a four-foot shot in the lane with 6.9 seconds remaining. After a 19-4 run midway through the second half, Iowa State looked to be in control, but Hampton battled back for the upset win.
1997: Coppin State 78, South Carolina 65
In 1997, Coppin State's basketball team didn't have a single starter over 6-7. That was just one of the many reasons no one gave the No. 15 seed much of a chance against No. 2 South Carolina. Instead, with a large majority of the crowd rooting for them, Coppin State pulled off a 78-65 victory. South Carolina took a 52-49 lead with just over eight and a half minutes to play, but Coppin State answered with a 15-4 run to take a lead it would never relinquish.
1996: Princeton 43 , UCLA 41
UCLA, the defending national champions, didn't expect any trouble from No. 13 Princeton when the two teams faced off in the first round of the 1996 tournament. But the Tigers kept the game close by pestering UCLA with a matchup zone that limited the Bruins to just 38.5 percent shooting and forced them to commit 16 turnovers. Princeton finally broke a 41-41 tie with just 3.9 seconds to go. The winning basket was scored on a backdoor pass, the Tigers' trademark play under head coach Pete Carril.
1994: Boston College 75, North Carolina 72
When Boston College shocked the University of North Carolina by a 75-72 score in the second round of the 1994 tournament, it snapped a 13-year stretch in which the Tar Heels had made it at least to the Sweet 16. The game saw UNC's point guard, Derrick Phelps, suffer a concussion early in the second half. The defending champions worked their way back from a 14-point deficit but couldn't pull off the complete comeback, bowing out in a huge upset.
1993: Santa Clara 64, Arizona 61
Prior to the 1993 NCAA tournament, one oddsmaker rated No. 2 Arizona as a 7-to-1 choice to win the championship. The Wildcats' first-round opponent, No. 15 Santa Clara, on the other hand, had 800 million-to-1 odds. Neither one would win that year, but Santa Clara would best Arizona. The Broncos outrebounded, outscored and outplayed the Wildcats en route to the upset victory. Santa Clara was just 16-11 heading into the tournament and likely would not have received a tournament spot if it hadn't won its conference title.
1991: Duke 79 , UNLV 77
In the 1990 tournament, UNLV trounced Duke by 30 points. After another strong year, the Rebels were heavily favored again in the 1991 tournament when the two teams met in the Final Four. Duke's defense shut down UNLV's running game, however, and the Blue Devils were scrappy on offense. It all added up to Duke snapping UNLV's 45-game win streak.
1991: Richmond 73, Syracuse 69
After the field was expanded to 64 teams in 1985, it took seven tournaments for a No. 2 seed to lose in the first round. That changed in 1991 when No. 15 Richmond toppled No. 2 Syracuse, 73-69. The Spiders never trailed. Richmond was no stranger to tournament upsets, having knocked off defending champion Indiana in the first round just three years earlier.
1988: Kansas 83, Oklahoma 79
With 11 regular-season losses in 1988 and player issues that had plagued them throughout the year, Kansas was an extreme longshot. But the Jayhawks came on strong when it counted, storming through the tournament and beating No. 5 Duke in the Final Four to advance to a championship showdown against Oklahoma. No. 4 Oklahoma had defeated Kansas twice previously in the season but couldn't sweep. The Jayhawks were on fire in the finals, draining 17 of its first 20 field-goal tries en route to the victory.
1989: Siena 80, Stanford 78
In the five weeks prior to the 1989 NCAA tournament, Siena hadn't played a single game in front of a crowd because of an outbreak of measles. That combined with the fact that the Saints were making their first-ever national tournament appearance didn't bode well for their chances against No. 3 Stanford in the first round. Siena stepped up its game, however, taking a 16-point second-half lead and then holding off Stanford's late charge.
1987: Providence 88, Georgetown 73
Providence, the No. 6 seed, knocked off No. 2 Alabama by 21 points in the Sweet Sixteen to set up a meeting with No. 1 Georgetown. Georgetown had lost one and won two against Providence earlier in the season, including a commanding 84-66 victory in the Big East tournament semifinals. This time, it was Providence that would dominate, upsetting the Hoyas to advance to the Final Four.
1986: LSU 59, Kentucky 57
Despite starting the season with a perfect 14-0 record, LSU looked to have lost all momentum by the time they entered the 1986 NCAA tournament; the team's bad luck included players suffering from the chicken pox and the loss of their captain and scoring leader. Seeded 11th in the tournament, they reeled off upset victories over Purdue, Memphis State and Georgia Tech before downing No. 3 Kentucky in the Elite Eight to become the lowest seed to reach the Final Four.
1985: Villanova 66, Georgetown 64
Even though No. 8 Villanova had dispatched talented opponents like No. 2 Michigan and No. 7 North Carolina en route to the 1985 championship game, the Wildcats were still big underdogs against No. 1 Georgetown. Putting together a nearly perfect game -- shooting 22-28 from the field and 22-27 from the free-throw line -- Villanova earned the upset. Their shooting success was even more impressive considering Georgetown had held its opponents to just 39 percent that season.
1983: North Carolina State 54, Houston 52
Even if North Carolina State hasn't lost 10 games in the regular season, they still would have been underdogs facing powerhouse Houston in the 1983 NCAA tournament finals. Houston had started the second half with a 17-2 run, but N.C. State didn't let that discourage them, tying the game with two minutes to go. Although Houston boasted an impressive lineup featuring Akeem Abdul Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Michael Young, it was N.C. State that escaped with a 54-52 victory after Lorenzo Charles slammed in a dunk with one second remaining.
1966: Texas Western 72, Kentucky 65
Sporting an all-back starting five, the first team ever to do so, Texas Western was a huge underdog against Kentucky in the 1966 tournament. Kentucky boasted two legendary guards and one of the best coaching minds of all time, but Texas Western was too strong.