NCAA Tournament 2012 Results: Duke and the Biggest Upsets so Far

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 16:  (C) Austin Rivers #0 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts as he stands between Gabe Knutson #42 and B.J. Bailey #32 of the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in the second half 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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After two rounds of action in the 2012 NCAA tournament, we have seen some of the biggest programs in the sport fall at the hands of lesser foes.

Teams like Duke, Missouri and Michigan were all supposed to make deep runs in the NCAA tourney, but fate didn’t have them written in on his bracket.

All of the following teams disappointed us, but to think that the sadness is over is just wrong. The third round will break our hearts all over again.



The Duke Blue Devils were playing just miles from their own home arena in North Carolina, but that advantage didn’t scare the Mountain Hawks of Lehigh Valley, PA.

Despite being the No. 15 seed overmatched against a Blue Devils team full of NBA-worthy talent, the Mountain Hawks led by junior guard C.J. McCollum and his 30 points, six rebounds and six assists rolled over Duke and shocked the world.

While Lehigh Valley deserves much credit for their effort, this game was lost by the Blue Devils. A lack of responsibility on the defensive end of the court and selfishness on the offensive end was the downfall of this team. I think coach K wants Austin Rivers to jump ship.



OMAHA, NE - MARCH 16:  Kyle O'Quinn #10 and Brandon Wheeless #24 of the Norfolk State Spartans celebrate after they won 86-84 against the Missouri Tigers during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at CenturyLink Center on March 1
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The Missouri Tigers entered this tournament as one of the ultimate X-factors. Their 30-5 record showed that they had the skill and talent to make a deep run, but a lack of experience was thought to be a possible Achilles heel.

In true March Madness fashion, the Tigers brought their A-game to the second round against the No. 15 ranked Norfolk State Spartans, but faced the hot shooting of a team that showed no quit.

When the dust settled, the scoreboard saw Norfolk St. as the winners, 86-84. In what was my favorite game of the tournament so far, college basketball got everything they wanted in one place.



NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 16:  Evan Smotrycz #23 of the Michigan Wolverines talks with Trey Burke #3 of the Michigan Wolverines against the Ohio Bobcats during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 16, 201
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The Michigan Wolverines basketball program hasn’t been legitimate in a long time, but this was the year the experts were calling for a revival. As good as their season was, the 13-5 Big Ten conference record could save them from the Ohio Bobcats.

The No. 13 seeded Bobcats attacked the No. 4 ranked Wolverines right out from the jump and held the lead throughout. Michigan had no answer to stop Ohio or get themselves past the Bobcats on the scoreboard.

Michigan was touted as one of the surprise picks of this season, but the only thing surprising is how early they were bounced.


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