It’s only two days into the NCAA Men’s Tournament, but after 16th-ranked FDU’s upset of No. 1 Purdue on Friday night, there are no complete series left on CBSSports.com. FDU’s win was just the second 16-1 loss in NCAA men’s tournament history.
And even before that big upset, going into Friday’s NCAA tournament event, just .002 percent of CBSSports.com’s brackets were perfect.
That percentage actually dropped to 0.001 percent when third-ranked Xavier narrowly defeated No. 14 Kennesaw State, 72-67. But really, it’s not exactly shocking that there aren’t any perfect brackets left, given the chaos that March 1st Madness had to produce.
Thursday’s two biggest upsets happened in the southern region.
In just the second game that ended, No. 13 seed Furman was able to upset No. 4 Virginia in one of the more upsets in recent memory. In the final seconds, Virginia’s Kihei Clark was trapped by the Furman defense and tried to lift the ball up the court in an attempt to run out the clock. However, Furman was able to intercept Clark’s pass and JP Pegues connected on the game-winning layup with just 2.2 seconds left to give the Paladins a 68-67 win.
Later on Thursday afternoon, the bracket was further broken down as No. 2 Arizona upended No. 15 Princeton, 59-55. It was a tight contest throughout, as the Tigers trailed by just one point at halftime despite facing the defending Pac 12 tournament champions. Arizona raced to a 51-41 lead after eight minutes, but Princeton didn’t throw in the towel. Instead, the Tigers closed the game on a 9-0 run and held the Wildcats to a score over the final 4:44 of the contest.
Remember: they call it March Madness for a reason.