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Biggest NCAA tournament upsets of the 64-team era (721 hits)

While double-digit seeds always win games in the NCAA tournament, which upsets were the largest from a Vegas perspective?

Since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, there have been 46 double-digit upsets based on the point spread. Below are the largest in that span.


1. March 16, 2012 -- round of 64

No. 15 Norfolk State Spartans vs. No. 2 Missouri Tigers

Closing line: Missouri -21.5

The biggest tournament upset win in the 64-team era belongs to Norfolk State, which defied the 21.5-point spread and shocked Missouri. The Spartans were led by Kyle O'Quinn, who scored a game-high 26 points to go along with 14 rebounds. Up two with 3.8 seconds left, O'Quinn, despite his great game, missed two free throws and opened the door for the Tigers. Phil Pressey, however, missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer, and Norfolk State had officially shocked the college basketball world.

It turned out to be one of two wins by a 15-seed over a 2-seed that day -- the only time that has happened in tournament history -- as No. 15 Lehigh beat No. 2 Duke as a 12-point underdog.

Final score: Norfolk State 86, Missouri 84


More: http://www.espn.com/chalk/story/_/id/18898139/college-basketball-biggest-ncaa-tournament-point-spread-upsets-64-team-era
Posted By: Elynor Moss
Wednesday, March 21st 2018 at 11:20AM
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