The North Carolina State Wolfpack's 66-65 win over the LSU Tigers on Thursday night made NCAA tournament history. It was the fifth game with a one-point differential, which set a record, per CBS Sports.
Below are the five results:
- No. 14 UAB defeats No. 3 Iowa State, 60-59
- No. 14 Georgia State defeats No. 3 Baylor, 57-56
- No. 11 UCLA defeats No. 6 SMU, 60-59
- No. 8 Cincinnati defeats No. 9 Purdue, 66-65
- No. 8 NC State defeats No. 9 LSU, 66-65
The UAB Blazers' upset of the Iowa State Cyclones was by far the most shocking result. Some had the Cyclones pegged as a Final Four team. Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger wasn't alone in mourning his ruined bracket:
UCLA's 60-59 win over SMU was arguably the most dramatic of the five games, with the Bruins needing a last-second goaltending call to get past the Mustangs. Yanick Moreira made contact with Bryce Alford's three-point attempt before it hit the rim, and the officials gave UCLA the three points.
Moreira offered an apology on Twitter for his gaffe:
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant was one of those who felt the officials made the right call:
Between the number of upsets and close games, it's hard to envision how the second round could've started off much better for college basketball fans. The NCAA tournament lived up to its "March Madness" moniker on Thursday.
With another 16 games on tap Friday, there's almost certainly plenty of magic in store, even if it fails to match the drama from Day 1 of the round of 64.
Your bracket could be a pile of rubble before you know it.