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Twitter Reacts as Wichita State Knocks No. 1 Seed Gonzaga out of Tournament

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 23:  Carl Hall #22 of the Wichita State Shockers celebrates after making a basket in the second half while taking on the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at EnergySolutions Arena on March 23, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIMarch 23, 2013

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.


Twitter Reaction

The Twitter account for Sports Illustrated let everyone know what the deal was at halftime:

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:


There were some big names watching, including Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings:


The three-pointers back and forth sparked a number of awed tweets, including remarks from Rich Eisen and the Bleacher Report account:

ESPN Fantasy Sports as well as ESPN Stats & Info had some interesting information regarding the upset:


Meanwhile, people are already beginning to criticize Gonzaga and losing in the Round of 32, including Jon Rothstein and Nicole Auerbach:

Dan Dakich openly criticized media members for voting Gonzaga as No. 1:


Bomani Jones bring up a great question about Gonzaga's seeding:


Brian Murphy brought up a very good point about the Shockers:


Welcome to March, and bring on the Madness!

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