Saturday’s NCAA Tournament action started off as an underwhelming day in college basketball, but concluded with memorable finishes that will enter into March Madness lore.
Wichita State, Marquette and Michigan all prevailed in dramatic fashion, with one pulling off the most improbable upset of all.
Which games from Saturday’s action changed the makeup of this tournament? Read on the find out.
Wichita State’s Three-Point Frenzy Against Gonzaga
All the shots Wichita State didn't hit against Pittsburgh went in against Gonzaga. And it was raining threes.
Five straight treys from beyond the arc toppled No. 1 seed Gonzaga, including two pivotal threes from freshman Ron Baker.
They now will head on to Los Angeles in a wide-open West bracket, in which the No. 9 seed Shockers hold the second-best ranking.
Marquette Survives In Final Moments Once Again
If Gonzaga-Wichita State was Saturday's big upset, Butler-Marquette took home the Game of the Day award.
Featuring several lead changes and a frantic finish, NCAA tournament viewers were greeted with their first potential buzzer beater when Andrew Smith's desperation heave clanked off the backboard.
In the end, Vander Blue and his Wildcats won the game in the final moments, including a huge corner three that put Marquette up for good.
Marquette may be playing with house money now, but its proving its strong mettle in the final moments.
Michigan Turns "Havoc" Onto VCU
The VCU press got all of the publicity going into this matchup, but Michigan talent won the day in dominating fashion.
Trey Burke had no trouble handling “Havoc” in the backcourt and coupled that with making plays in the frontcourt. With that in mind, Mitch McGary put up the best numbers in his career. While in truth, his numbers were inflated due to the Rams’ failure with the press, all is fair in the game of basketball.
The main takeaway from the game’s result is Michigan will not go away as easy as many analysts predicted. ESPN’s Chad Ford summed it up best:
Chad Ford @chadfordinsider
Great game for the Michigan Big 3 of Burke, Hardaway & Robinson. When they play like that, they can beat anyone in the country.3/23/2013, 6:24:20 PM
If Michigan can get fantastic interior play from McGary like on Saturday, it will be an offensive juggernaut to even the best defensive teams left in the tournament.
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Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow his March Madness coverage on Twitter.
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