Biggest Bracket Busters from Round of 64 in NCAA Tournament

Doug Brodess@DougbrodessCorrespondent IMarch 23, 2013

Biggest Bracket Busters from Round of 64 in NCAA Tournament

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    March Madness' round of 64 is finished and it did not disappoint!

    Plenty of double-digit-seeded teams have sent their lower seeded opponents packing.

    Here is a lightning-fast look at the biggest bracket busters from the first weekend of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

    If you love to see upsets, this tourney is for you!

    Let's go!

6. (12) Cal Bears Bounce (5) UNLV

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    There had never been two No. 12 seeds from the same conference to win on the same day.

    After Oregon beat Oklahoma State earlier Thursday, Cal took care of Day 3 business against UNLV 64-61.

    This W more than avenges an early-season defeat to these same Rebels.

    ESPN Stats and Information reported that

    UNLV is the 3rd team ever to lose 4 straight games in the Round of 64 as the better seed, joining Clemson (4 games from 1998 to 2010) and BYU (4 from 1995 to 2009).

    Cal’s 6’6” junior wing Allen Crabbe led four Bears (19 points) who each scored in double figures.

    The Rebels were cold in all three shooting categories: 32.2 percent from the floor, 65.4 percent from the line and 30 percent from beyond the arc.

    Cal plays No. 4 Syracuse Saturday in the round of 32.

5. (12) Oregon Ducks Clobber the (5) Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Oregon had every right to play its opening game with a chip on its shoulder.

    After winning the Pac-12 tournament, they were “rewarded” with being a No. 12 seed in this year’s March Madness.

    The Fighting Ducks (that’s what it said on their jerseys) got their payback by knocking off the No. 5 seed Oklahoma State Cowboys 68-55.

    Freshman guard Damyean Dotson led all Oregon’s scorers with 17 points.

    Senior PF and double-double dude Arsalan Kazemi (pictured) put in 11 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Six of his rebounds were offensive boards.

    National Freshman of the Year and Big 12 Player of the Year Marcus Smart never really got on track even though he finished with 14 points, nine rebounds, four assists and five steals. The other side to his stat line was five turnovers, 5-of-13 shooting from the field and 4-of-8 from the line.

    Oregon easily won the battle on the boards 44-30 and held the 'Pokes to 29.4 percent (5-of-17) shooting from beyond the arc.

    Oregon will play No. 4 seed Saint Louis (27-6) on Saturday in the round of 32.

4. (12) Ole Miss Bulldozes the (5) Wisconsin Badgers

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    Ole Miss’ full-throttle wild ride of a season continues.

    Even though colorful combo guard Marshall Henderson missed 10 of his 11 first-half shots, the No. 12 seed Rebels outscored No. 5 seed Wisconsin by 14 points in the second half to beat the Badgers 57-46.

    Henderson finished the game with 19 points. PF Reginald Buckner took care of things down low, scoring nine points, grabbing 12 boards and blocking five shots.

    Wisconsin couldn’t overcome an unusually cold shooting night, going 15-of-59 (25.4 percent) from the floor and 7-of-30 (23.3 percent) from downtown.

    If Ole Miss can take down (13) La Salle in the round of 32, the Rebels can get to the Sweet 16 for the second time in school history.

3. (13) La Salle Kicks out (4) Kansas State

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    La Salle went out extremely fast and built a 18-point halftime lead. The Explorers held off a ferocious Kansas State comeback to prevail 63-61.

    La Salle, who runs mostly with four guards, played almost exclusively on the perimeter. ESPN Stats and Information reported that “in the second half, the Explorers scored 19 points and shot less than 20 percent from the field, including 2-of-9 in the paint.”

    The Explorers PF Jerrell Wright led all La Salle scorers, putting in 21 points while also grabbing eight rebounds.

    (13) La Salle faces (12) Ole Miss next in a showdown of two low-seed high rollers.

2. (14) Harvard Educates (3) New Mexico

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    Harvard selected an amazing spot to get the school’s first NCAA tournament win. The No. 14 seed Crimson beat No. 3 New Mexico, 68-62.

    Very few people gave Harvard any legitimate hope of staying in this one, let alone knocking off the Mountain West Conference’s regular-season and postseason tournament champs.

    But Tommy Amaker’s crew used sizzling three-point shooting (44.4 percent) to earn this monster W. Wesley Saunders dropped in 18 points and Laurent Rivard (pictured) knocked down five shots from beyond the arc.

    The Lobos, on the other hand, shot 37.5 percent (21-of-56) from the field and 21.4 percent from downtown.

    Harvard now faces No. 6 Arizona in what could be another amazing March Madness moment.

1. (15) Florida Gulf Coast Stuns (2) Georgetown

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    Many of the most rabid college basketball fans had never heard of Florida Gulf Coast...before Friday night.

    Now, because the No. 15 seed Eagles took apart No. 2 seed Georgetown, they will go down in March Madness history.

    This was the third 15th-seeded team that has beat a No. 2 in the last two seasons. There have only been three other times that has happened in tournament history.

    From the beginning, the Hoyas looked scared and slow and unable to figure out the Atlantic Sun champs.


    ESPN’s Stats and Information reported:

    Florida Gulf Coast outscored Georgetown 25-11 in transition Friday. The 25 transition points scored by Florida Gulf Coast were the most the Hoyas have allowed in a game this season. They entered the game allowing 10.1 transition points per game. --Sherwood Brown and Bernard Thompson paced the Eagles in transition against Georgetown, scoring 17 of the team's 25 transition points.
    Brown paced the Eagles with 24 points and Thompson added 23 points. FGC now faces San Diego State in its appointment with March Madness destiny.
     Games like this are what makes the NCAA tournament pure greatness.