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NCAA Tournament 2013 Scores: Most Impressive Wins of the First 2 Rounds

Syracuse dismantled the Montana Grizzlies in record-setting fashion in the second round.
Syracuse dismantled the Montana Grizzlies in record-setting fashion in the second round.Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
Daine PavloskiAnalyst IIMarch 24, 2013

March Madness has certainly lived up to its name so far this week. We've had a ton of upsets, including a huge 15-2 upset, a lot of great individual performances and some of the largest margins of victory in the history of NCAA tournament history. 

While the close, exciting games get all of the coverage, some of the performances so far have been nothing short of impressive. Here are the three most impressive wins of the first two rounds. 

 

Syracuse vs Montana

Syracuse absolutely destroyed Montana. The Orange, a No. 4 seed, set the record for the most lopsided victory by a No. 3 seed or worse in an NCAA tournament as they shellacked the Grizzlies 81-34. Syracuse held Montana to less than 20 points in each half, 15 in the first and 19 in the second. 

Syracuse's record-setting win was impressive for a simple reason: they dominated. They held Montana to just over 20 percent shooting from the field and a ridiculous 4-of-31 from the three-point line.

The Cuse's Brandon Triche led the attack with 20 points as the Orange shot over 50 percent from the field and knocked down 22-of-31 free throws. 

Talk about impressive. 

 

VCU vs Akron

VCU's Round of 64 win over Akron set the record for the largest margin of victory by a team seeded three or worse—until Syracuse's score went final. 

While it no longer holds the record, VCU's 88-42 rout of the Akron Zips was darn impressive. Coach Shaka Smart had his squad ready to roll, and roll they did. Defensively, they stymied the MAC champs. They forced Akron to turn it over 22 times and played great defense, which led to a 15-of-43 performance from the floor and just 1-of-13 from three-point land. 

VCU's impressive performance didn't stop on defense. Offensively, the Rams had two players over 20 points and had 13 offensive boards on the night. 

The Rams tore up the Akron Zips in impression fashion. Unfortunately they couldn't keep the mojo flowing in the Round of 32 against Michigan. 

 

FGCU vs Georgetown

It would be a crime to leave this one out. 

Florida Gulf Coast University, a No. 15 seed, came in to take on one of the favorite No. 2 seeds in the tourney, Georgetown. 

They put on a show that was impressive, amazing and surprising. Their margin of victory was only 10, which might not sound that impressive, but a team from the Atlantic Sun conference beating THE Georgetown Hoyas? That's impressive. 

Not only was the upset victory a surprise, the manner in which they did it was shocking. They were runnin' and gunnin', throwing alley-oops and attacking the rack with thunderous dunks, the likes of which have rarely been seen, especially from a No. 15 seed, in the NCAA tournament. 

FGCU might not have scored the most points or had the largest margin of victory, but they put on an impressive show that put one school and its basketball team on the map. 

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