NCAA Basketball Scores: Breaking Down Weekend's Most Surprising Results

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIMarch 24, 2013

NCAA Basketball Scores: Breaking Down Weekend's Most Surprising Results

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    The 2013 NCAA tournament has embodied the phrase "March Madness." From unbelievable upsets to unforeseen blowouts, we had it all.

    So what were this weekend's most surprising results?

    We saw it all, with a No. 1 seed going down and another barely surviving a game against a strong underdog. We also saw trendy favorites on the losing end of games, most notably by way of blowouts.

    So what caught us by surprise during the Round of 32?

No. 12 Oregon Decimates No. 4 Saint Louis

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    Final Score: 74-57, Oregon

    Region: Midwest

    Key Factor: Three-Point Shooting

     

    The Oregon Ducks entered the NCAA tournament as an absurd No. 12 seed. This comes after the Ducks won the Pac-12 conference tournament.

    Saint Louis, meanwhile, entered as a No. 4 seed after winning the Atlantic 10 tournament, thus becoming the favorites to make the Sweet 16.

    About that.

    Oregon capitalized on a monstrous first half in which they outscored the Billikens by a score of 35-19. Even as Saint Louis kept it steady in the second half, Oregon's lead proved to be too much to overcome.

    Three-point shooting was a major reason why.

    Oregon converted 8-of-11 from beyond the arc. Saint Louis, meanwhile, converted just 3-of-21 from distance.

    The Ducks' magical run continues.

No. 4 Michigan Destroys No. 5 VCU

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    Final Score: 78-53, Michigan

    Region: South

    Key Factor: VCU's Offensive Ineptitude

     

    Entering the Round of 32 matchup between Michigan and VCU, there was a strong backing for VCU to make another Sweet 16 appearance. The Wolverines had other plans.

    Michigan destroyed VCU by 25 points.

    The Rams' vaunted Havoc defense was offset by Michigan's balance and VCU's offensive ineptitude. When it was all said and done, reputations were forgotten and a statement was made.

    Led by Big Ten Player of the Year Trey Burke, the Wolverines were the far superior team—a team capable of making a run to the Final Four.

    Four Michigan players scored at least 14 points. Mitch McGary had 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Burke dropped 18 points and seven assists.

    As for VCU, they shot 39.7 percent from the field, 18.8 percent from distance and dished out just six assists.

    It may be closer if these two teams meet again, but Michigan made a statement—a statement that came in the form of a 25-point blowout.

    It's something no honest evaluator saw coming.

No. 9 Wichita State Upsets No. 1 Gonzaga

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    Final Score: 76-70, Wichita State

    Region: West Region

    Key Factor: Three-Point Shooting

     

    In the most stunning upset of the 2013 NCAA tournament, No. 9 Wichita State took down No. 1 seed Gonzaga. This continues a run that lives up to Wichita State's nickname—the Shockers.

    It was all about the three-ball.

    Wichita State sunk 14-of-28 attempts from beyond the arc. For those who don't feel like doing the math, that accumulates to 42 points.

    Gonzaga sank eight three-point field goals—good for 24 points.

    That 18-point disparity via the three-ball proved to be the difference. Even as Gonzaga sank eight more free throws, there was no overcoming the Shockers' shooting.

    The first No. 1 has gone down, and it only took two games.

No. 2 Ohio State Survives No. 10 Iowa State

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    Final Score: 78-75, Ohio State

    Region: West Region

    Key Factor: Turnovers and Injuries

     

    If the referees had called a blocking call on Ohio State, the Iowa State Cyclones would have taken a four-point lead. That's been the conversational topic when it comes to Twitter discussions about this game.

    With that being said, there was a full 1:41 remaining—that play would not have won this game.

    The truth of the matter is, Iowa State played a better game than Ohio State for 39 minutes. They kept the Buckeyes on their heels, sinking 12 three-pointers and 17-of-23 free throws.

    Unfortunately, Iowa State also committed 16 turnovers to Ohio State's nine.

    Furthermore, the Cyclones lost elite defender Chris Babb due to a first-half injury. In his absence, OSU managed to take advantage and make a strong enough push to achieve victory.

    Aaron Craft's three-point field goal with 0.5 seconds remaining was barely enough to save OSU from a Round of 32 exit.

    It was a superb game by Fred Hoiberg and the Iowa State Cyclones.

No. 1 Indiana Escapes No. 9 Temple

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    Final Score: 58-52

    Region: East

    Key Factor: Free Throws

     

    The Indiana Hoosiers entered their game against Temple as a popular pick to win the NCAA tournament. Behind Khalif Wyatt's 31 points, however, the Owls shocked the world by holding a 52-50 lead as late as the 1:51 mark of the second half.

    When it came down to it, however, Indiana won the free-throw battle. In turn, they won the game.

    Victor Oladipo's clutch three-point field goal with 15 seconds remaining was another reason why.

    Indiana made 16-of-20 from the free-throw line. Temple, meanwhile, converted 7-of-8 from the charity stripe.

    That's a nine-point disparity in a six-point win.

    There's no denying how deserving Temple was of this win, as they were the better team for the first 38 minutes. Unfortunately, this is a 40-minute game, and the Hoosiers took over in the final two.

    Indiana survives in one of the best games you'll see all season.