NCAA Tournament: The Day Could Be Full of Upsets As Notre Dame Falls

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IMarch 18, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 18:  Tim Abromaitis #21 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish shoots the ball over Ben Finney #35 of the Old Dominion Monarchs during the first round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the New Orleans Arena on March 18, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Congratulations to Notre Dame for making it to the NCAA Tournament, now pack your bags and head on back to South Bend with your tails tucked between your legs.

Yes, you heard it right, Old Dom came in as the 11th seed and knocked off the sixth seeded Irish 51-50 to send the Irish out in the very first round.

Old Dominion got 15 points and nine boards from Frank Hassell and outscored the Irish 29-22 in the second half to steal a victory in the first round.

Other upsets we have brewing today, possibly the most stunning, is Robert Morris holding off second seed Villanova. 'Nova had the chance to win the in the closing minutes but a missed shot inside ten feet from Scottie Reynolds and another late attempt from Maurice Sutton and the game will go into overtime.

Hey 'Nova, did someone forget to tell you this wasn't the start to the season but the first round of the NCAA Tournament?

I'm just wondering when they're going to flip the switch and take care of business. Keep playing this way and I may as well rip up my bracket now.

Maybe this is just ironic, but Robert Morris is the name of the pastor at my church here in North Texas. I can just hear a "I beat them single-handidly" joke coming if they pull off this upset.

The question is, if this game does finish this way, is this the biggest upset in tournament history? It's certainly going to be one of the biggest but we'll have to talk about that after it goes final.

Another game that needed double overtime was seventh seed BYU and tenth seed Florida. Both teams were tied at 75-75 after regulation and then 81-81 after the first overtime, but BYU has jumped out to a 14-7 run in the second overtime and looks to be ready to escape a first round exit.