NCAA Tournament 2013 Results: Most Shocking Scores from Day 5 of March Madness

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 23:  Cleanthony Early #11 of the Wichita State Shockers celebrates as he walks to the bench during the third round of the 2013 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament at EnergySolutions Arena on March 23, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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There is a reason this time of year is called March Madness. After some interesting results in earlier rounds, Day 5 of the NCAA tournament once again provided some shocking finishes.

With a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line, a few squads stepped up their efforts and played as well as they had all season long. Those on the losing side had no answer and will end the year earlier than expected.

Here are the most surprising results from the round of 32 that caused most of America to tear up brackets.


No. 9 Wichita State 76, No. 1 Gonzaga 70

There were plenty of people claiming that Gonzaga was not as good as its record and that the Bulldogs did not deserve a No. 1 seed. While they did not live up to expectations, that was mostly due to the great play of Wichita State.

The Shockers lived up to their name by pulling the biggest upset of the tournament so far, knocking out the top seed in the round of 32.

Led by Cleanthony Early, Wichita State made 14 of 28 three-point shots, including five in a row down the stretch to take the lead. Gonzaga tried to keep up, but the shots simply were not falling.

Wichita State now gets to take advantage of a bracket that has not gone according to plan. The team will face the winner of No. 12 Ole Miss and No. 13 La Salle. While either opponent will provide a challenge, an appearance in the Elite Eight is not out of the question for this sleeper team.


No. 12 Oregon 74, No. 4 Saint Louis 57

When the brackets were released on Selection Sunday, the general consensus was that Oregon was one of the most underseeded teams in the field. The Pac-12 tournament champions should have gotten a lot more respect after a solid season.

However, that simply meant bad news for the opponents in that region.

Oklahoma State was one of the hotter teams in the country heading into the NCAA tournament, winning 12 of 15. Still, the Cowboys were no match for Oregon and lost by 13. 

The same thing happened with Saint Louis, a popular sleeper pick in the Midwest region. The Billikens played great defense all season, but they could not prevent the Ducks from making 52.8 percent of shots from the floor on Saturday.

Despite the low seed, Oregon is playing extremely well at this time of the year and should provide Louisville with a very tough test next round.


No. 4 Michigan 78, No. 5 VCU 53

While the end result might not be surprising, the final score certainly qualifies.

Virginia Commonwealth was a popular upset pick to make a run and possibly reach the Final Four for the second time in three years. Considering the way the Rams played defense, this was not out of the question.

However, they faced potentially the worst matchup possible in Michigan. Not only do the Wolverines have arguably the best point guard in the nation in Trey Burke, but they also have a starting lineup full of ball-handlers and shooters built to beat a full-court press.

Michigan got easy shots all game and pulled away from VCU by halftime. In addition, Mitch McGary dominated inside with 21 points and 14 rebounds. 

The Atlantic 10 team never really had a chance to come back, and this battle turned into a blowout.

After being ranked in the Top 10 for much of the season, Michigan is ready to once again prove that it is one of the top teams in the country. 


Full Day 5 Scoreboard

No. 4 Michigan 78, No. 5 VCU 53

No. 3 Michigan State 70, No. 6 Memphis 48

No. 1 Louisville 82, No. 8 Colorado State 56

No. 6 Arizona 74, No. 14 Harvard 51

No. 12 Oregon 74, No. 4 Saint Louis 57

No. 3 Marquette 74, No. 6 Butler 72

No. 9 Wichita State 76, No. 1 Gonzaga 70

No. 4 Syracuse 66, No. 12 California 60


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