March Madness: The 10 Biggest NCAA Tournament Upsets Last Decade
No. 1 overall Kansas' loss and all the other shake-ups this weekend brought back memories of various upsets throughout NCAA Tournaments of years past.
Upsets tend to be some of the most memorable and fun games to watch in the Tournament, so here's a look at some of the biggest and most memorable ones the previous decade.
Be sure to leave your own feedback as to what you felt were some of the biggest upsets last decade, or any other decade for that matter. Enjoy.
10. No. 10 Davidson over No. 2 Georgetown, second round, 2008
This game brought Stephen Curry to national prominence.
Fans all over got a taste of his talent as he scored 25 of his 30 points during the second half to get the Wildcats, who were down as many as 17 points, the win over the Hoyas, who were contending for their second straight Final Four appearance.
The win sent the 'Cats to the Sweet 16.
9. No. 7 West Virginia over No. 2 Wake Forest, second round, 2005
West Virginia and Mike Gansey, who scored 19 points alone just in the two OTs, upset Chris Paul and the Deacs on their way to the regional final.
An average team to say the least throughout the regular season, the Mountaineers surprised everyone in an amazing double-overtime 111-105 win over Wake Forest.
8. No. 8 Alabama over No. 1 Stanford, second round, 2004
Similar to No. 9 UNI's win over No. 1 overall Kansas, Alabama came in as the underdog and managed to to take down No. 1 Stanford.
Stanford's last buzzer-beater attempt fell short and led to their fifth loss in the second round out of the previous six years.
7. No. 14 Northwestern State over No. 3 Iowa, first round, 2006
Despite being down by 17 with a little over eight minutes left in the second half, Northwestern State somehow managed to pull back in contention with Big 10 Champion Iowa.
Then, with 0.5 seconds left on the clock, Jermaine Wallace hit the most clutch shot of his career, giving Northwestern State a 64-63 lead. Iowa failed to make the ensuing rebuttal, resulting in a sequence of plays that are still some of the most memorable basketball highlights on YouTube.
6. No. 4 LSU over No. 1 Duke, Sweet 16, 2005
This game was dominated by players that would find themselves in pros years later.
Glen Davis, Tyrus Thomas, and Darrel Mitchell were able to stop in their tracks J.J. Redick, Shelden Williams, and the rest of the Blue Devils, who many expected to easily get to the Final Four.
Redick, a decent shooter now on the Orlando Magic, had one of the worst games of his career in his last one, going 3 for 18.
5. No. 14 Bucknell over No. 3 Kansas, first round, 2005
Chris McNaughton and the Bucknell Bison sent Kansas, with the No. 1 RPI in the nation coming into the tournament, on their way home.
Wayne Simien, a player for the Miami Heat '05-'06 Championship team, missed the potential buzzer-beating three-pointer in the last seconds of the game.
4. No. 5 Indiana over No. 1 Duke, Sweet 16, 2002
Considered by far the best team in the country, Duke was No. 1 in the AP poll for 16 weeks of the 19-week regular season.
Many expected the Blue Devils to eventually meet conference rivals Maryland in the final, but Jason Williams' missed free throw with under five seconds left in regulation ended their tournament run.
Indiana's 74-73 win eventually led them, ironically, to meet and lose to the "Twerps" in the championship game.
3. No. 15 Hampton over No. 2 Iowa State, first round, 2001
Iowa State probably didn’t deserve to be a No. 2 seed in the 2001 tournament after being ranked No. 10 in the AP poll with an RPI of 13, and that fact was proven in their 57-58 loss to Hampton in the first round.
As far as seeding is concerned, No. 15 Hampton’s win over Iowa State was the biggest upset last decade and only the fourth victory of a No. 15 seed in the history of the Tournament.
2. No. 3 Marquette over No. 1 Kentucky, regional final, 2003
The weeks prior to the 2003 tournament were all about Kentucky and Arizona, the two favorites to win the championship that year.
Dwyane Wade, considered one of the most dynamic players in the NBA today, got a triple-double—the fifth in Tournament history at the time—that eventually helped propel Marquette over the Wildcats.
Although this doesn’t look like much of an upset right now, this game was absolutely colossal “back in the day.”
1. No. 11 George Mason over No. 1 Connecticut, regional final, 2006
Low-seeded, mid-major teams that make big runs in the tournament nowadays are dubbed “the next George Mason," and this is the team and game that people are alluding to.
Despite huge wins over Michigan State and UNC, nobody gave the Patriots a chance to topple the mighty Huskies, however, they did indeed prevail with an 86-84 match, considered one of the greatest games in all of Tournament history, that sent them to Final Four.