NCAA Tournament 2012: 50 Biggest Surprises of March Madness

Josh Schoch@JoshSchochAnalyst IIIMarch 27, 2017

NCAA Tournament 2012: 50 Biggest Surprises of March Madness

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    March Madness is a time of surprises, which makes the NCAA tournament the best sporting event of the year. Kyle O'Quinn and Norfolk State shocked the world by upsetting No. 2 Missouri, and that might not even be the biggest surprise of the tournament.

    The 2012 NCAA bracket has been one of the most interesting in tournament history and full of surprises. We've only entered the Final Four, which is the most exciting time of the tournament, but we have already watched a great tournament containing some of the best basketball in years.

    Of the many surprises from this year's tournament, these are the top 50.

Seton Hall and Drexel Miss out on the Fun

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    The surprises started on Selection Sunday, when the college basketball world saw that Seton Hall and Drexel would both miss out on the festivities.

    ESPN Bracketology legend Joe Lunardi had Seton Hall as his last team in the field of 68. Lunardi's fourth team out, Iona, replaced the Pirates. Drexel was also his first team out.

    If the bracket were to have been perfect, we would have seen BYU and South Florida sitting at home instead of these teams.

    I know that USF actually made a run to the Round of 32, but regardless of what it did during the tournament, the Bulls did not have as impressive a resume as either of these two teams.

South Florida Wins Two Games

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    Speaking of the Bulls, South Florida surprised us all by beating California in its play-in game, let alone upsetting Temple in the Round of 64.

    The Bulls do not have a single player who averages double-digit points per game. The team suffered bad losses to Old Dominion, Penn State, VCU and Auburn, and had only one significant win, coming against Louisville.

    South Florida is not a great team, and it was amazing that it even won a game in the Big Dance.

Western Kentucky

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    Western Kentucky was one of the No. 16 seeds to play in the First Four, playing against Mississippi Valley State.

    The Hilltoppers started the season 5-14 before firing head coach Ken McDonald. After looking like all hope was lost, the team named Ray Harper interim head coach and they finished the season winning 10 of their last 14 games, including the Sun Belt conference tournament.

    Western Kentucky had to win six straight games to end the season. It was surprising just to see that it made the tournament, but then it provided a great thrill against Mississippi Valley State.

    The Hilltoppers were down by 16 points with 4:51 left in the game, and they finished the game on a 22-5 run to win the game by a single point on Cor-J Cox's layup with one second left.

    That comeback definitely surprised anyone who watched that game, as the Hilltoppers finished the game shooting 7-of-10 from the field after starting 12-of-52 from the floor.

First Four Provides Entertainment

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    The First Four has become a bit of a joke when it comes to the NCAA tournament. Having 60 teams with a bye does not constitute a round of the Big Dance, but this year it actually provided some entertainment.

    With Western Kentucky and Mississippi Valley State coming down to the wire, it didn't matter that these are two mediocre teams, as they were exciting nonetheless.

    BYU and Iona also had a close game, while Lamar vs. Vermont and South Florida vs. California were more one-sided yet still enjoyable.

    Arguably the biggest surprise this year was that the joke of the tournament was actually exciting for once.

Deshaun Thomas Steps Up

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    Deshaun Thomas has been arguably the hottest player in the NCAA tournament.

    If one of Ohio State's big men was going to step up, you would expect it to be Jared Sullinger, but it was Thomas who became the team's hero.

    Thomas is averaging 21.8 points per game during the tournament, not to mention 8.5 rebounds per game. He has become possibly the best player in the tournament, and he will look to help lead the Buckeyes to a national title.

Southern Miss Hurls Racial Chant

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    In Kansas State's first game of the tournament, the Wildcats played Southern Miss. Angel Rodriguez stepped to the free-throw line, and the Southern Miss band began a racially insensitive chant.

    As Rodriguez stepped to the line, the band began to chant, "Where's your green card?" at Rodriguez, which led to a nightmarish situation for Southern Miss as a school.

    The school later issued an apology, which Rodriguez accepted, and then the school rescinded scholarships from several members of the band.

UNC-Asheville Almost Beats Syracuse

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    When we found out that No. 1 Syracuse would be without Fab Melo for the NCAA tournament, we immediately began to question how far the Orange would go. In fact, after he was known to be out, the Orange became the only No. 1 seed that Jay Bilas did not have in the Final Four.

    In the team's first game it was almost upset by No. 16 UNC-Asheville in what could have been the biggest upset in tournament history.

    The Orange were trailing in the game until 9:46 left in the second half, and even after that the game was very close, rarely becoming a two-possession game.

    We were so close to seeing a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed for the first time in history, which was shocking considering that Syracuse only lost two games this season.

But the Orange Rebound Nicely

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    After barely beating No. 16 UNC-Asheville, Syracuse struggled for 20 minutes against Kansas State, competing in a close game.

    However, after the first 60 minutes of their NCAA tournament, the Orange bounced back and made it all the way to the Elite Eight, eventually losing to No. 2 Ohio State by a slim margin.

    Not bad for a team that was without its seven-footer.

No Buzzer-Beaters

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    Despite seeing some of the best basketball of the season, we haven't seen a single game-winning buzzer-beater in the 2012 NCAA tournament.

    The closest we have come to seeing one of March Madness' best features was when Western Kentucky scored with one second left to beat Mississippi Valley State in the First Four.

    We've seen a lot of buzzer-beating shots that just missed, including in the Indiana-VCU and Missouri-Norfolk State games. However, we have not seen one...yet.

No Overtime Through First Three Rounds

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    Despite having no fewer than 21 games determined by two possessions or fewer, not a single game in the first three rounds of the 2012 NCAA tournament went to overtime.

    Through the First Four, Round of 64 and Round of 32, there was not a single overtime game, which is the first time in years that this has happened.

    The only overtime game in this NCAA tournament has come between No. 1 North Carolina and No. 13 Ohio. This may also be the last one of the tournament.

VCU Pulls off Another Upset

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    After pulling off a miraculous run to the Final Four last year, Shaka Smart marked his return to the NCAA tournament with an upset over No. 5 Wichita State, considered to be the best mid-major in the tournament.

    VCU became last year's Cinderella, going from the First Four to the Final Four and capturing the hearts of America.

    It was surprising to see the Rams win another game this year after losing four of last year's starters.

Colorado Stuns UNLV

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    UNLV made headlines this season when it became the first team to beat No. 1 North Carolina. It became a Top 25 team and looked to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament.

    The Rebels knew that their biggest threat in the South region before the Elite Eight was Baylor, but it appears that they overlooked a dangerous Colorado team.

    The Buffaloes were up 11 after the first half, which is why they hung on to win by four points. UNLV was a trendy pick to make it to the Sweet 16, but it fell to a double-digit-seeded team that was only there because it won the Pac-12 tournament.

MWC Struggles

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    After such a great season, the Mountain West Conference flopped in the NCAA tournament.

    With UNLV, San Diego State, Colorado State and New Mexico all making it, the MWC sent half of its teams to the Big Dance, which is a better ratio than most of the power conferences.

    The MWC went 1-4 in the NCAA tournament, however, which busted more than a few brackets.

Ohio Becomes New State of Basketball

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    With four teams in the Sweet 16, the state of Ohio became the new state of basketball.

    Taking the crown from North Carolina (which has Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest), the Buckeye State had No. 2 Ohio State, No. 13 Ohio, No. 10 Xavier and No. 6 Cincinnati in the Sweet 16.

    Did you see Ohio teams going 8-0 in the first three rounds?

Big Ten Dominates First Three Rounds

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    The Big Ten was regarded as a good conference, but we learned it's a great conference after watching up to the Sweet 16.

    Big Ten teams went 5-1 in the Round of 64 and 4-1 in the Round of 32. No. 4 Michigan was the only conference member that lost in the second round and No. 10 Purdue was the only one that lost in the third round.

    The Big Ten has displayed its dominance by going 9-2. It was the most well-represented conference in the Sweet 16, with one-fourth of the teams.

...but Then Collapses

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    After going 9-2 through the first three rounds, the Big Ten collapsed in the Sweet 16.

    While Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Indiana all made the Sweet 16, Ohio State was the only team to advance to the Elite Eight.

    Even No. 1 Michigan State lost to No. 4 Louisville, and the Big Ten's representation significantly decreased.

Purdue Sends Robbie Hummel out with a Bang

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    Robbie Hummel is one of the most likable players in college basketball history, and this was his final season in college.

    After suffering an injury and missing the 2010 tournament, Hummel then tore his ACL during Midnight Madness last season, missing the entire season.

    Hummel was back in the NCAA tournament for the last time this year, and his Purdue teammates helped him go out with a bang, upsetting No. 7 Saint Mary's and narrowly losing a game to No. 2 Kansas.

    Purdue could have just rolled over like most people expected, but it upset the Gaels before almost knocking off Kansas, which would have been one of the biggest upsets of the tournament.

Michigan State Is the First No. 1 Seed to Fall

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    It was nothing short of shocking to see that Michigan State was the first No. 1 seed to fall in this year's NCAA tournament.

    Not only did the Spartans have the easiest road to the Final Four, but there were two depleted No. 1 seed that should have lost before them.

    Syracuse lost its seven-footer before the tournament, while North Carolina lost its best defender and its point guard at different times. Either team could have gone down early, but they outlasted Michigan State.

    After winning the Big Ten tournament, Louisville sent the Spartans packing after the Sweet 16. Michigan State had to settle for only two wins in the tournament.

    This was one of the hottest and most talented teams in the country, but it suffered an early exit.

Brady Who?

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    Brady who? Brady Heslip.

    That's a name that Colorado fans won't forget any time soon.

    Heslip is a sophomore who had never played a single minute in college before this year, but he played well during the regular season, shooting over 45 percent from three.

    When Heslip and Baylor faced Colorado, he decided that he was going to shoot threes—a lot of them.

    Heslip went 9-of-12 from behind the arc, racking up 27 points in a 17-point rout of Colorado.

    Heslip was the best shooter of this year's tournament, and his first 14 made shots were threes. Wow.

Garrett Stutz Disappears

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    Wichita State's seven-footer was one of the best players in the country this year, averaging 13.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 54.2 percent from the floor.

    However, in the Big Dance he completely disappeared, and he essentially lost Wichita State's game against VCU.

    Stutz went for only four points and seven rebounds, shooting 2-of-11 from the floor. Stutz had his worst game of the season when it mattered most, and he let the Shockers down.

Kentucky Reaches Century Mark in Rematch

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    Kentucky's only loss in the regular season came against Indiana in a rivalry game. Christian Watford's buzzer-beating three gave the Hoosiers a 73-72 win in Indiana.

    The Wildcats wanted revenge coming into their game against Indiana in the Sweet 16, and they certainly got some, reaching 102 points against the Hoosiers.

    Kentucky reached the century mark despite having National Player of the Year favorite Anthony Davis in foul trouble for most of the game. We thought getting him out was the key to beating the best team in the country, but the 'Cats proved just how good they are without him in this game.

Kentucky Blows out Baylor

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    The Wildcats were riding high after reaching 100 points against Indiana in their rematch, and they continued that trend against Baylor.

    The team was up by 20 points at halftime, leading 42-22 after dismantling the Bears. While the final score showed only a 12-point difference, the Wildcats shut down every member of Baylor except for senior Quincy Acy.

    This game wasn't even close, which was shocking, as Baylor's elite frontcourt and hot backcourt gave them the best chance to beat Kentucky of any team the Wildcats had played in their region.

Kentucky Survives Bracket of Death

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    As the No. 1 team in the country, the Kentucky Wildcats should have had the easiest road to the Final Four. However, had to deal with the toughest.

    Kentucky played in the bracket of death that included last year's champion (UConn), last year's Cinderella (VCU), the only team it lost to in the regular season (Indiana), the best frontcourt in the nation (Baylor) and a streaky team that could beat any team in the country when it hit its threes (Duke).

    The South region was easily the toughest in the 2012 NCAA bracket, but the Wildcats waltzed through it, winning every game by double digits. That has most people picking Kentucky to win it all this year.

C.J. McCollum Drops Duke

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    For those who scrutinize college basketball, C.J. McCollum needed no introduction. As one of the best scorers in the country, he always had potential, but he reached it against Duke.

    Duke's defense is typically among the best in the nation, but the Blue Devils struggled this year. McColllum torched them with 30 points, six boards and six dimes.

    McCollum had arguably the best game of his life on the biggest stage, and he fueled one of the biggest upsets in tournament history.

Refs Call Lane Violations

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    We won't forget the lane violation calls in this year's NCAA tournament that ended Notre Dame's season and potentially cost UNC-Asheville the biggest upset in history.

    In the Syracuse/UNC-Asheville game, there was a lane violation call against UNC-Asheville, with the refs saying that the guard on the outside of the three-point line left early. While the call was correct, it was so unheard of that fans and experts alike were wondering why it they called it.

    With two seconds left in the Notre Dame-Xavier game, Notre Dame stepped to the free-throw line down 65-63, shooting one-and-one. On the first shot the refs called a lane violation on Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant, who was just past the three-point line at the release of the shot.

    These calls potentially ended the seasons of UNC-Asheville and Notre Dame, and it was a huge surprise to see this happen twice in one round.

Refs Send Wrong Player to Line

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    I already talked about the refs making interesting calls with lane violations, but there's no getting around the fact that they simply screwed up in the Louisville-Michigan State.

    On a confusing play in transition where a Michigan State player tried to draw a charge, there was a foul away from the ball. The refs called a foul on Michigan State, but sent the wrong Louisville player to the line for two shots.

    After Gorgui Dieng missed the first shot, the refs realized that they had made a mistake and went to the monitors to look again. They then sent the right player—Chane Benahan—to the line for two shots, giving the Cardinals three free throws instead of two.

    In such a crucial moment in the game, the refs made a huge blunder and the Cardinals went on to upset the Spartans.

Baylor's Backcourt Steps Up

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    Baylor earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament because of its talented frontcourt. However, it was the backcourt that stepped up during the Big Dance.

    Pierre Jackson and Brady Heslip did the heavy lifting in the first two games, combining for 38.5 points per game.

    The backcourt played well for Baylor when it mattered most, but it was shocking to see them play so well.

North Carolina's Wrist Injuries

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    North Carolina was the No. 1 team in the preseason poll, returning all five starters from last year's team and having National Player of the Year favorite Harrison Barnes.

    This team looked like it had a great chance to win it all, but wrist injuries killed the Tar Heels.

    Their 6'11" big man, John Henson, missed the first game of the tournament. When he came back, starting point guard Kendall Marshall went down with a fractured wrist.

    These two injuries ended the Tar Heels' season, and it was shocking to see.

Stilman White Does Not Let UNC Down

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    Stilman White was an unknown coming into the Big Dance. He was just a freshman who had never played a game and was stuck behind Kendall Marshall.

    We all thought that White would lose the big games for North Carolina when Marshall went down, but he played well enough to give his team a chance. He racked up 13 assists and didn't turn the ball over a single time in two games.

    While the team may have gotten to the Final Four with Marshall at the helm, White gave the team a chance to win, which was what coach Roy Williams told him to do.

    The lesser point guard was actually Justin Watts, and the team looked much worse with him playing than it did with White on the court.

Seven Double-Digit Seeds Advance on Friday

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    No fewer than seven teams seeded in double digits moved on during the first Friday of the NCAA tournament.

    After a quiet Thursday without many upsets, we had seven big upsets in 16 games on Friday.

    No. 10 Purdue, No. 10 Xavier, No. 11 North Carolina State, No. 12 South Florida, No. 13 Ohio, No. 15 Norfolk State and No. 15 Lehigh all won on Friday, beating some of the best teams in the field of 68.

    That Friday was filled with surprises and made up one of the best days in tournament history.

Xavier Finds Its Way to the Sweet 16

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    Xavier had an interesting season, climbing the Top 25 rankings up to No. 8 in the country on December 5. However, after winning a game that ended in a brawl against Cincinnati, the team dropped five of its next six games and fell out of the Top 25 before scraping its way into the field of 68.

    This team had an up-and-down season, but it finished on a high note.

    After beating No. 7 Notre Dame on a questionable lane violation call, the team then beat No. 15 Lehigh to advance to the Sweet 16 before barely losing to Baylor in a very close game.

    This team could have lost in the first round, but it worked its way into the Sweet 16.

Ohio U Wins Twice

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    The Ohio Bobcats were only in the NCAA tournament because they won the MAC tournament, but they made their presence felt by winning two games.

    Ohio upset No. 4 Michigan by five points in the Round of 64 and then beat No. 12 South Florida to make it to the Sweet 16, led by guards Walter Offutt and D.J. Cooper.

    Most shocking about this team's run in the tournament was that it challenged No. 1 North Carolina, losing an overtime game that it could have easily won.

    This team made a great run in the Big Dance, surprising us all.

Florida Makes It to the Elite Eight

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    The Florida Gators have arguably the best backcourt in the country with Bradley Beal, Mike Rosario, Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker. Led by their shooters, this team has the potential to beat any team in the country, and it proved it during the tournament.

    After beating No. 10 Virginia by 26 points, this team beat No. 15 Norfolk State by 34 points and No. 3 Marquette by 10 points.

    This team got hot at the right time, and it came within four minutes of making it to the Final Four.

Florida Collapses in the Elite Eight

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    Florida had a huge lead on No. 4 Louisville in the Elite Eight thanks to its shooters. However, the Gators blew it by allowing the Cardinals to finish on a 17-3 run.

    It was nothing short of shocking to see such a hot-shooting team go cold, making only one field-goal attempt in the last eight minutes of the game.

    While we could have seen an SEC matchup in the Final Four between Florida and Kentucky, the Gators imploded and Louisville will take their place.

Louisville Starts to Look Like UConn

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    After winning the Big East tournament, Louisville became a trendy pick to go far in the Big Dance because the memory of UConn winning the Big East tournament and then the Big Dance was still fresh in our memory.

    Louisville is now in the Final Four and two games from completing the comparison.

    With Peyton Siva and Rick Pitino instead of Kemba Walker and Jim Calhoun, this team is dangerous and has the potential to repeat the success of the Huskies.

Marquis Teague Plays Well

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    Marquis Teague was the big question mark for Kentucky coming into the NCAA tournament.

    Through the first three games, Teague averaged 16.7 points and 6.0 assists per game. He played incredibly well, leading the team through the first three games.

    The Wildcats looked like a true championship team with him playing well. The only question now is whether he will continue his solid play.

Tyshawn Taylor Struggles

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    Tyshawn Taylor is the point guard for the Kansas Jayhawks, and the senior is the team's X-factor. Taylor struggled through the first three games, and the team had problems with double-digit-seeded teams.

    Taylor averaged 16.7 points and 4.7 assists per game coming into the tournament. However, he averaged fewer than nine points per game and had as many turnovers as assists during the first three games.

    Taylor struggled against the three teams seeded in double digits, which is why Kansas almost lost to both No. 10 Purdue and No. 11 North Carolina State.

Walter Offutt Steps Up for Ohio

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    Walter Offutt is a guard for the Ohio Bobcats, and he played the best basketball of his life during the Big Dance.

    Offutt had an average game against No. 4 Michigan, dropping 11 points. In the next two games, he averaged 23.5 points while shooting 10-of-14 from behind the arc.

Kim English Cools Off

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    Kim English was the hottest player in the country coming into the tournament. Norfolk State found a way to stop him, holding him to just two points on 1-of-7 shooting, including 0-of-5 from three.

    The Missouri star had a great Big 12 tournament, averaging 23.0 points per game and shooting 26-of-33 from the field, including 10-of-15 from three.

    English looked like he could lead Missouri to a title, and it was nothing short of shocking to see him flop so pathetically against Norfolk State.

Freshmen Dominate

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    The Class of 2011 was one of the best college basketball recruiting classes we've seen in years, and the freshmen dominated in this year's NCAA tournament.

    ESPN rated eight players 98 out of 100, and these eight recruits played extremely well.

    Kentucky's trio of Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague has led the Wildcats to four wins in the Big Dance, all of which have been by double digits.

    Austin Rivers also played well in his only game, scoring 19 points. Bradley Beal led Florida to the Elite Eight, averaging 15.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, not to mention shooting at least 50 percent from the field in every game.

    James Michael-McAdoo played well off the bench for North Carolina, averaging 11.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

    These freshmen all dominated in the NCAA tournament.

...and Then Declare Before the Tournament Is Over

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    While the freshmen dominated in the Big Dance, they also had their eyes set on the NBA and they made their feelings known.

    We first heard that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had declared for the NBA when his team was still playing (per ESPN's Chad Ford), followed by a denial.

    Then we heard that Austin Rivers was leaving when the tournament was only half-finished (according to the AP, per Sports Illustrated). He will sign an agent and enter the draft at the end of the season.

    It's sad to see that the one-and-done rule has changed college, as many players simply enroll as a formality before entering the NBA draft.

Cincinnati Upsets Florida State

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    One of the trendiest picks to win it all as a lower seed was No. 3 Florida State. The Seminoles had just won the ACC tournament for the first time in history, and had become the fifth team to beat both Duke and North Carolina twice each in one season.

    The Cincinnati Bearcats were also a hot team, making a deep run in the Big East tournament and upsetting Syracuse en route to the final.

    Cincy then upset the Seminoles, which busted brackets everywhere and surprised a lot of people.

North Carolina State Continues Hot Streak

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    North Carolina State didn't have a huge upset in the weeks leading up to the NCAA tournament, but the team was hot.

    After knocking off Virginia in the ACC tournament, the Wolfpack almost upset North Carolina, coming up just short thanks to a few interesting calls by the refs and C.J. Leslie fouling out.

    This team had a lot of potential, and it upset San Diego State and Georgetown in the Big Dance before falling just short against Kansas.

Kenny Frease Plays Big

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    Kenny Frease played the best game of his life against a smaller Lehigh team in the Round of 32.

    The seven-footer went for a dominant 25 points and 12 rebounds, leading Xavier to the Sweet 16.

    Frease shot 11-of-13 from the field and led a team with one of the best backcourts in the country, doing much more than he usually would.

Kansas Makes It to the Final Four by Playing Mediocre Basketball

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    Kansas did not play its best basketball yet, and the Jayhawks are they only team in the Final Four not to have done so yet. Kentucky, Louisville and Ohio State are all playing excellent basketball, but Kansas has been only mediocre.

    The Jayhawks had a subpar showing from point guard Tyshawn Taylor in the first three games, which led to three tough games against weaker opponents.

    Taylor finally hit his stride in the last game, while Thomas Robinson only had one good half. If they can both turn it on during the Final Four, this team will go far.

Lehigh Topples Duke

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    Duke is considered to be one of the best schools in college basketball history. With the winningest coach in college basketball history, Mike Krzyzewski, at the helm, the Blue Devils were a No. 2 seed in the 2012 NCAA tournament.

    No. 15 Lehigh knew that it could be the David to take down Goliath in this matchup.

    Lehigh came out and shocked Duke, beating the Blue Devils in a game that was close throughout. Many feel this is the biggest upset in tournament history due to Duke's storied tradition.

Only One No. 1 Seed Makes the Final Four

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    In a year when we didn't think that we would see a lot of upsets, only one No. 1 seed made it to the Final Four, with that being No. 1 overall seed Kentucky.

    With a Syracuse team that lost only twice this year, a North Carolina team that was regarded as one of the best in history coming into the season and a Michigan State team led by genius Tom Izzo with an easy road to New Orleans, we thought this could be the second year we saw all four No. 1 seeds in the Final Four.

    However, there was a glaring flaw that hurt each team.

    Syracuse was without seven-footer Fab Melo. North Carolina lost shooting guard Dexter Strickland and backup point guard Leslie McDonald earlier in the season before point guard Kendall Marshall fractured his wrist. Michigan State did not have the firepower to overcome Louisville's stingy defense.

    With a single No. 1 in the Final Four, brackets everywhere suffered.

Rivals Fill Kentucky's Path

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    Kentucky has a few non-conference rivals, and the selection committee apparently decided that it had to beat them in order to win it all.

    The Wildcats had to beat Indiana, which beat Kentucky during the regular season on a buzzer-beating three-pointer. Kentucky brushed the Hoosiers aside for a 12-point victory.

    Now Kentucky must play rival Louisville in the Final Four in a game that will challenge Kentucky beyond what it has faced in the Big Dance so far. The rivalry between these two is so intense that two fans fought in a dialysis clinic over who would win, according to

    Kentucky has a tough road to win it all, but champions must beat the best.

Kyle O'Quinn Steps Up

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    In his senior season, 6'10" center Kyle O'Quinn averaged a double-double, with 15.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.

    In his first (and what seemed like would be his last) game in the 2012 NCAA tournament, O'Quinn and Norfolk State faced a talented Missouri team.

    O'Quinn led Norfolk State to a huge upset, going for 26 points and 14 rebounds against the Tigers. O'Quinn is now a household name, and some analysts even went as far to refer to this game as O'Quinn-sanity.

Norfolk State Pulls off Incredible Upset

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    In what I consider the biggest upset in tournament history, No. 15 Norfolk State upset No. 2 Missouri.

    Missouri looked like a championship team, winning the Big 12 tournament and playing its best basketball of the year.

    Norfolk State apparently didn't get the memo that this was supposed to be a blowout. With three players scoring 20 or more points, it pulled off a ridiculous upset that had people tearing up their brackets after the Round of 64.