Lehigh Upsets Duke in Memorable Bracket Buster

Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 16:  C.J. McCollum #3 of the Lehigh Mountain Hawks reacts after a made basket in the second half while taking on the Duke Blue Devils during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 16, 2012 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Take your bracket and light it on fire. Duke became the second No. 2 seed to fall victim to a massive upset to a No. 15 seed today, at the hands of a fearless Lehigh squad that refused to back down.

Undaunted by Coach K's track record and the historic "Duke" name emblazoned on its opposition's jerseys, Lehigh took down the Blue Devils in an unprecedented 75-70 victory. CJ McCollum's 30 points willed Lehigh to a win, and the Mountain Hawks survive and advance after this remarkable upset.

Early foul trouble allowed Lehigh to gain an advantage on Duke, and despite a 21-point night from Mason Plumlee, the Blue Devils join Missouri in disbelief after a crushing upset.

After taking down Mizzou, Norfolk State may have thought it was a lock to be the tournament darling. The Spartans will have to share the Cinderella title with Lehigh in the Round of 32.

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 16:  Austin Rivers #0 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after making a shot in the second half while taking on the Lehigh Mountain Hawks during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on Mar
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While nobody could have predicted that Duke would crumble this quickly in the tournament, it's not all that surprising the over-seeded Blue Devils fell well short of expectations. They were dealt two losses in their last three outings coming into the tournament and stumbled into March Madness with their confidence visibly shaken.

Syracuse narrowly avoided an upset by fighting off UNC-Asheville, but we haven't had a shortage of upsets in the Round of 64. With favorites falling hard, the entire complexion of the tournament has been turned on its ear.

We all saw VCU make a Final Four run as a No. 11 seed a year ago. With juggernauts being slain in their very first game, it's clear that there are far more contenders in this tournament than originally anticipated.