It only took one day of the 2013 NCAA tournament to see a slew of upsets, highlighted by a favorite No. 3 seed being ousted in the round of 64.
While one-seeds Louisville and Gonzaga kept their title hopes alive on Thursday, other favorites can't say the same.
What I've done is break down each region (with the exception of the South) and highlight the biggest disappointment from Thursday's action. You'll also find updated standings denoted in italics.
Let's delve into Thursday's action.
Midwest: No. 5 Oklahoma St.
I won't say I told you so, but I did call Oregon upsetting Oklahoma State.
The Ducks got 12 big points and nine rebounds off the bench from senior forward Carlos Emory, but it was all Arsalan Kazemi in this one. Kazemi posted a double-double, snagging 17 rebounds and netting 11 points, as Oregon out-rebounded the Cowboys 44-30.
The Ducks' freshman backcourt duo of Dominic Artis Damyean Dotson combined for 30 points in Oregon's 68-55 victory.
Even though Oregon turned it over 18 times and shot a mere 39 percent from the floor, the Ducks got it done on the offensive glass, out-hustling the Cowboys 14-4 on the offensive boards.
Freshman stud Marcus Smart, who was supposed to lead Oklahoma State to victory, scored 14 points and grabbed nine boards but shot just 5-for-13 from the field and turned it over five times.
The Cowboys' 29 percent mark from beyond the arc surely didin't help their cause, but there's no doubting that Oregon was the better team on Thursday.
Oregon will face fourth-seeded Saint Louis on Saturday.
Advanced: No. 1 Louisville, No. 8 Colorado St., No. 12 Oregon, No. 4 Saint Louis, No. 6 Memphis and No. 3 Michigan State
West: No. 3 New Mexico
The New Mexico Lobos busted a lot of brackets on Thursday.
New Mexico was a team picked by some to make it all the way to the Final Four, but after a terrible showing against Harvard, the Lobos will be watching the rest of the NCAA tournament from home after a 68-62 loss to the Crimson.
To put this loss into perspective, peep this tweet from ESPN:
Only 1,339 of the 8.15M brackets in http://t.co/8Gd8hukcA0 Tournament Challenge are perfect. Just 5.6% picked Harvard. (via @ESPNStatsInfo)2013-3-22 04:36:44
New Mexico shot a dismal 37 percent from the field and an even worse 21 percent from beyond the arc. Compare that to the Crimson's plus-50 percent field goal mark and 44 percent three-point percentage.
Despite winning both the rebound and turnover battle, the Lobos had no answer for Harvard's starting lineup. The Crimson saw four of their five starters score in double figures, highlighted by 17 points and five rebounds from junior guard Laurent Rivard.
Aside from a stellar performance from center Alex Kirk, New Mexico received little help from the rest of its lineup, including guard Tony Snell, who was just 4-for-12 from the field and finished with nine points.
Harvard advances to the third round to play sixth-seeded Arizona on Saturday.
Advanced: No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 9 Wichita St., No. 6 Arizona and No. 14 Harvard
East: No. 5 UNLV
From the get-go, we knew fifth-seeded UNLV drew a tough matchup against California. What we didn't know was that Cal's zone would stifle the Rebels' offense.
The Bears' defense held UNLV to 32 percent from the field and a 30 percent mark from three-point range as Cal upset UNLV 64-61.
Junior guard Allen Crabbe was the man for the Golden Bears, scoring 19 points and posting nine rebounds to go with four assists and two steals. Crabbe's Bears shot better than 40 percent from the field and beyond the arc, including a 45 percent mark from three-point range.
California received a huge boost off the bench from senior forward Robert Thurman, who was a perfect 6-for-6 off the bench and finished with 12 points.
Despite a double-double effort from freshman forward Anthony Bennett (15 points and 11 rebounds), the Rebels couldn't find the range against Cal's staunch zone defense.
California draws the task of playing a Syracuse team on Saturday that's coming off a 47-point drubbing of Montana.
Advanced: No. 12 California, No. 4 Syracuse, No. 6 Butler and No. 3 Marquette
Since there were only two games in the South region on Thursday and both favorites won, we'll skip the disappointment section for today. VCU absolutely destroyed Akron 88-42 while Michigan earned a 15-point victory over South Dakota State.
Both teams advance to the third round and will take the floor on Saturday against each other.
Be sure to catch all of Friday's action, starting at 12:15 ET, with No. 2 Duke looking to avoid another 2-15 upset against No. 15 Albany.
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