Ouch, ouch, ouch! These last few days were exciting and painful to watch. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament has completely turned upside down. The biggest upset of all came from 16th seed Maryland-Baltimore County, which upset top seed Virginia 74-54. Since the tournament expanded to 64 teams, no 16th seed had beaten a top seed in the first round (0-135). The UMBC Retrievers went from underdogs to big dogs in one night.
Though UMBC was knocked out the next round, other schools upset several favorites along the way. Texas A&M knocked off defending national champion North Carolina to advance to the Sweet 16. Eleventh seed Syracuse shocked the world by beating sixth seed TCU and third seed Michigan State. Another top seed, Xavier, was upset by ninth seed Florida State and 11th seed Loyola University from Chicago knocked off third seed Tennessee. Kansas and Villanova were the two top seeds remaining at press time while Texas A&M and Texas Tech are two games away from the Final Four in San Antonio.