NCAA Tournament 2013 Scores: Recapping Biggest Surprises from Friday's Action
You wanted upsets, but you couldn't have imagined these 2013 NCAA Tournament scores.
There are always upsets we never see coming even though we are looking for them. No matter how hard we try, predicting the fall of a top team to a relatively unknown program will never be an exact science.
Underdogs have an advantage in the win-or-go-home format of the tournament. They don't need to outplay their opponents consistently. All they have to do is execute for 40 minutes and come out on top one time. That one performance can catapult their program into the national spotlight.
Some schools, like Florida Gulf Coast University, did just that during Friday's action.
Let's take a look at some of the biggest surprises of the final Round of 64 games.
(15) Florida Gulf Coast 78, (2) Georgetown 68
It happens every year without fail. There is always at least one head-scratching loss that keeps the intrigue of March Madness alive. Georgetown’s collapse to virtual unknown Florida Gulf Coast will go down as this year’s upset to remember.
Most shockingly, the win came in the school’s first-ever NCAA tournament appearance.
Least shockingly, Georgetown has now been eliminated by a double-digit seeded team in each of its last four tournament appearances, according to an AP game recap (via ESPN).
(12) Ole Miss 57, (5) Wisconsin 46
Marshall Henderson of Ole Miss, the SEC’s leading scorer, was inept for much of the night before turning on a switch and propelling his team to victory.
Henderson was awful, initially missing 12 of his first 13 attempts from the field. That was, of course, until his three-pointer midway through the second half changed the game in the Rebels' favor. Trailing 36-30 and coming off of an ugly turnover, Henderson stroked a three-pointer after missing his first six attempts from long distance.
The Wisconsin Badgers didn’t do themselves any favors, failing to capitalize on Henderson’s slow start. They shot just over 25 percent from the field for the game.
(13) La Salle 63, (4) Kansas State 61
The Cinderella-minded La Salle Explorers exploded in the first half, building a lead to as big as 19 points in the first half with an 18-point advantage at the break.
Kansas State bounced back in the second half, though, but came up just short after having a final shot in the closing moments to tie things up.
La Salle hadn’t won a tournament game since an opening-round win over Southern Mississippi in 1990. To its credit, the school did reach back-to-back Final Fours in 1954 and ’55, winning the National Championship in ’54.
(11) Minnesota 83, (6) UCLA 63
We knew the tournament was going to be an uphill struggle for Shabazz Muhammad and the UCLA Bruins without Jordan Adams. We didn’t know how bad it could get, though.
Minnesota, an average team from a strong Big Ten Conference field, played great basketball down the stretch to advance to the Round of 32. It widened a 10-point halftime lead into a 20-point margin of victory.
Andre Hollins, who led all scorers with 28 points, drained back-to-back three-pointers after the Bruins closed the gap to five points in the second half. The Golden Gophers never looked back and poured it on the reeling UCLA team.
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