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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

March 16, 2012 at 8:56 PM

So how’s your bracket looking?

Well, let’s call it what it was: The most shocking day in the history of the NCAA tournament.

Can there have been anything to rival this? There have been stunning games in the past, unbelievable runs like North Carolina State’s in 1983 and Villanova’s in 1985, but two upsets of No. 2 seeds by 15s within the span of five hours? Crazy. In 1979, there was the day in North Carolina they remember as “Black Sunday,” when top-seeded North Carolina lost to Penn and No. 2-seeded Duke lost to St. John’s in the round of 32 — in Raleigh. But this tops that.

Throw in Ohio U.’s victory over No. 4-seeded Michigan, and it doesn’t seem that there would be an argument against the one-day magnitude of Friday’s shockers.

Think about this: The 64-team tournament began in 1985, so this is year No. 28 for it. That means there have been 112 matchups of Nos. 2s and 15s, and Friday, we had the fifth and sixth shockers of those 112.

And it came after a pretty chalky start to the tournament.

What does it say? Just about everybody has a player or two, for one. And when Mike Krzyzewski loses a 15-versus-2 matchup, you know nobody is immune to the madness.

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