This year has been a good year for upsets. From Georgetown to Kansas, it seems that every bracket creator has a story that begins with "so-and-so completely messed up my bracket!" So here are my top five picks for teams that ruined it all for many bracket bets. Although these teams are doing well, no one expected them to.
Ohio makes the list for defeating Georgetown in the first round in their first tournament game in 17 years. Despite playing exceptionally leading up into the tournament and narrowly missing the Big East championship to West Virginia, Georgetown allowed Ohio an 83-97 win, the team's first in 27 years.
4. St. Mary's:
While a win against Richmond wasn't too unexpected, the tenth-seeded St. Mary's Gaels shocked everyone when they toppled No. 2 Villanova. In a 75-68 win that has been described as the team's biggest win in history, St. Mary's proved itself to be a force to be reckoned with. Star player Omar Samhan had this to say (which describes it all):
"Did it really happen? We won? For real?"
With wins against No. 6 Marquette and No. 3 New Mexico, the Washington Huskies have emerged as a real dark horse in the Sweet 16. Pac-10 teams tend to be dismissed, but the Huskies have shown to be an offensive powerhouse, especially considering their decisive 82-64 victory over New Mexico .
Who says Ivy League teams can't compete? With the first tourney win for the Ivy League in ten years , 12th-seeded Cornell is one of the biggest surprises in the whole tournament. Before this year, the team had never won an NCAA tourney game.
Now, they're in their first Sweet 16.
1. Northern Iowa:
When I heard that Northern Iowa had beat No. 1 Kansas (President Obama's pick for the tournament champion), I said, "Who?"
Northern Iowa is certainly letting everyone know who they are, especially those who had Kansas going all the way. Everyone expected an easy road for Kansas, but Northern Iowa didn't let them save it. They completed the tourney's biggest upset thus far, edging out the Jayhawks in a 67-69 win.
It is estimated that over 40 percent of brackets in ESPN's contest were shattered by this win.