Tag:NCAA tournament
Posted on: March 20, 2010 9:41 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2010 9:50 pm

History lesson of 9 seeds to upset 1 seeds

In the history of the NCAA tournament, a No. 9 seed had beaten a No. 1 seed in the second round just three times. Northern Iowa's 69-67 victory over Kansas on Saturday made it four. But what does the future hold for the Panthers? Well, history says momentum is fleeting.


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UTEP was the first No. 9 seed to earn a second round victory over a No. 1 seed, taking down Kansas 66-60.

It was quite an interesting strategy employed by the Miners, who had defeated Evansville 55-50 in the first round. For the first time all season, they used a spread offense, slowing down the game and befuddling coach Roy Williams and his Jayhawks.

Read the AP recap

UTEP hasn't won an NCAA tournament game since. They lost to Cincinnati, 69-67, in the next round.


A couple of years after UTEP, Boston College became the second No. 9 seed to stage a second-round upset of a No. 1 seed. The Eagles hit 12 3-pointers en route to a 75-72 victory over North Carolina, the defending national champions.

Boston College would go on to defeat Bobby Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers in the regional semifinals before its Cinderella run came to an end at the hands of the Florida Gators in the regional final.

Read more about Boston College's 1994 NCAA tournament run


It would be a decade before another 9 seed cracked the code on a 1 seed, this time UAB doing the honors against Kentucky. Mo Finley made a 17-foot jumper with 12.2 seconds left to lift UAB to a 76-75 victory as Kentucky's Gerald Fitch missed a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left and Chuck Hayes' tip rolled off the rim just before the final horn.

Read the AP recap

UAB, though, couldn't keep the upset train going as it was blown out in the next round by Kansas 100-74.

Posted on: March 26, 2009 3:37 pm

March Madness! How are your brackets doing?

Wow. I can't believe it has been more than a month since I last put finger to keyboard to post a blog. After the Daytona 500, all my energy has been focused on college basketball for the most part.

With our Bubble Watch feature I correctly pegged 64 of the 65 teams in the NCAA tournament field. I included San Diego State and left out Arizona. I had Arizona as one of the last two out along with St. Mary's.

So then it was on to making bracket predictions.

On my "expert" bracket posted on the site, I picked a Lousville-UNC final with the Cardinals taking the championship. I'm the only one of our CBSSports.com "experts" that didn't choose UNC as the champion. Overall that bracket has taken quite a beating, though seven of my Elite 8 are still alive and all my Final Four teams remain intact.

But I'm a man of many brackets, and because I'm not sold entirely Louisville, I have UNC as champion in one of my brackets and UConn in another. I think the champion will come from among those three teams.

I'm not sold on Pitt, but I think that's due in large part because they've failed me in the past. That backfired on me last year when I strayed away from Memphis and Kansas because of past tourney transgressions. We'll see if it hurts me again.

There are some commonalties among all my brackets.

1. Louisville and Pitt were the two teams that I had in the Final Four of all my brackets.

2. In addition to Louisville and Pitt, I had UConn, UNC, Gonzaga, Syracuse and Oklahoma reaching the Sweet 16 in all my brackets.

3. In the West I generally had UConn or Memphis reaching the Final Four and in the South either UNC or Oklahoma

The biggest mistake -- up to this point at least -- that I made in all my brackets:

1. I didn't have Villanova or Michigan State making it out of the second round of any of my brackets. 

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