The Wichita State Shockers just "shocked" the No. 1 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs to advance to the Sweet 16 in the West region.
The Shockers were able to pull off the upset by draining three after three the entire second half. Ron Baker and Cleanthony Early exploded from deep and led the team to the victory by a score of 76-70.
Wichita hit seven of their final eight shots in the last 7:35 of the game, including five straight treys. Baker, Early and Fred Van Vleet combined for 45 points and the Shockers hit an astounding 14 three-pointers at a 50 percent clip.
Kelly Olynyk put up 26 points and nine boards and Kevin Pangos netted 19 for the Bulldogs, but it wasn't enough to save the Zags.
It's the first No. 1 seed to go down this season, and has now made the West region look even crazier. The region had a No. 10, 12, No. 13 and No. 14 seed all advance in the Round of 64, and now a No. 1 seed goes down.
When that happens, Twitter tends to blow up.
The Twitter account for Sports Illustrated let everyone know what the deal was at halftime:
Sports Illustrated @SInow
Upset Alert: (9) Wichita State is beating (1) Gonzaga 36-31 at halftime: http://t.co/9a4AWT16L4 #MarchMadness3/24/2013, 1:44:21 AM
There was plenty of criticism all season about Gonzaga's easy schedule, and Derek Schultz pointed out their schedule for the tourney:
People like Rich Eisen were focused on the Butler vs. Marquette game before tuning in to watch the upset:
Rich Eisen @richeisen
Go from Marquette-Butler nail biter to Gonzaga-Witchita St and it rains 3s. So much fun.3/24/2013, 2:34:03 AM
Richard Sherman @RSherman_25
#WichitaState is Hooping right now!3/24/2013, 1:16:35 AM
Greg Jennings @GregJennings
Down goes Gonzaga!3/24/2013, 3:12:32 AM
Rich Eisen @richeisen
Witchita St-Gonzaga: Lay-ups need not apply.3/24/2013, 2:46:09 AM
Bleacher Report @BleacherReport
Feel like this watching Gonzaga-Wichita State right now http://t.co/SrfuCzCIq63/24/2013, 2:50:39 AM
ESPN Fantasy Sports @ESPNFantasy
Just 3.3 percent of #TournamentChallenge brackets had Wichita State in the Sweet 16, compared to 83.6 percent for Gonzaga.3/24/2013, 3:21:07 AM
ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
Gonzaga is the third No. 1 seed to lose in the round of 32 in the last 4 years (2010 Kansas, 2011 Pittsburgh).3/24/2013, 3:19:46 AM
Jon Rothstein @JonRothstein
Gonzaga was an unproven commodity. Bulldogs weren't tested and it showed. Out in the round of 32.3/24/2013, 3:15:02 AM
Nicole Auerbach @NicoleAuerbach
It's too bad Gonzaga and Georgetown played into their stereotypes this season. Really thought it'd be different for both.3/24/2013, 3:08:39 AM
Dan Dakich openly criticized media members for voting Gonzaga as No. 1:
Dan Dakich @dandakich
I understand media members that don't follow hoops closely voting Zags#1..u guys that really follow/voted them #1 should b banned frm voting3/24/2013, 3:14:20 AM
Bomani Jones bring up a great question about Gonzaga's seeding:
El Flaco @bomani_jones
think about this: had gonzaga gotten a 3 and lost to a 6, would THAT have been too high of a seed?3/24/2013, 3:35:06 AM
Brian Murphy brought up a very good point about the Shockers:
Brian Murphy @knbrmurph
Amazing night for Wichita State, but nothing compares to how amazing the Shockers' mascot is: http://t.co/EpZE5QigHH3/24/2013, 3:27:58 AM
Welcome to March, and bring on the Madness!
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