If you are a fan of college basketball like me, you are probably salivating because it's March, and nothing is more synonymous with March than college basketball. The NCAA tournament is an event where dreams are made, and simultaneously crushed. This is also for a lot of players, one more chance to play ball at the collegiate level. Some use this stage to put on one final show for NBA scouts, with aspirations of becoming pro. But, there is no doubt that the number one most fascinating part about the tournament are the upsets. With plenty of upsets handed out almost every year, here’s a look back at the biggest upsets in the last decade.
2015: No. 14 Georgia State 57, No. 3 Baylor 56 R.J. Hunter’s game-winner and coach Ron Hunter falling off his stool will likely rank among the tournament's most iconic moments for years to come.
2015: No. 14 UAB 60, No. 3 Iowa State 59
What better way to avenge the loss of your school's football program, then to re-write school history? That's what UAB had in mind when they upset the third seed Iowa Hawkeyes. Senior Robert Brown scored 21 points lead the Blazers to their first tourney win since 2005.
2010: No. 14 Ohio 97, No. 3 Georgetown 83
The Bobcats had a losing season that year, but that didn't stop them for making this list. They punched their ticket to the tourney by winning the MAC championship to end the season. Ohio made it count by winning in dominant fashion, only trailing for a total of 25 seconds the entire game.
2012: No. 15 Norfolk State 86, No. 2 Missouri 84
Norfolk State made their first ever tourney berth count by beating a number 2 team in Mizzou. This would be the first time in 11 years a 15 seed won a game in the tourney. Current New York Knick Kyle O'Quinn led the Spartans with 26 points and 14 rebounds.
2012: No. 15 Lehigh 75, No. 2 Duke 70
Future Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum dropped 30 points leading Lehigh to the sixth No. 15 seed to win a game in the tourney. To make matters worse for Duke, it was essentially a home game for the Blue Devils, playing in nearby Greensboro but, Leigh had different plans. That's gotta sting.
2013: No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast 78. No. 2 Georgetown 68
Florida Gulf Coast is probably the most famous team on this list. If you can recall, the team was comprised of high flying dunkers that gave got crowds out of their seats, even earning the nickname, "Dunk City". FGC dunked all over Georgetown in the first round, and even advanced to the Sweet 16!
2014: No. 14 Mercer 78, No. 3 Duke 71
Anytime a small school upsets a powerhouse like Duke, it will automatically make any list of best upsets ever. Future NBA pro Jabari Parker and Duke could not handle the Southern Conference champs that year, and were eliminated in the first round. The Bears never trailed by more than four points in the second half and pulled away by the final minute.
2006: No. 14 Northwestern St. 64, No. 3 Iowa 63
This all-time classic upset went down to the wire and wasn't decided until the final seconds, courtesy of Jermaine Wallace’s epic game-winning 3-pointer. Want to know what made the upset all the more remarkable? NWST stormed back from an improbable 17 point deficit in the second half, just to get into striking distance.
2011: No. 11 VCU 71, No. 1 Kansas 61
The Rams became just the third No. 11 seed to advance to the final four after a strong win over top-ranked Kansas. Many tapped Kansas as the favorite to win it all that year but Jamie Skeen and the Rams could careless about your silly predictions. They would eventually fall to Butler in the Final Four semis, which ended a magical and improbable run through the tourney.
2006: No. 11 George Mason 86, No. 1 Connecticut 84
What made this upset so special is the road George Mason had to take just to get there. George Mason barely snuck in the field, after losing early in their conf tourney, back in 2006. Just don't tell them that though. Boy, did they ever make that bid count. The Patriots made one of the most prolific and improbable tourney history, knocking off No. 6 Michigan State, then No. 3 North Carolina, and No. 7 Wichita State. But the overtime victory in the Elite eight over top-ranked seeded UCONN in OT icing on the cake, it what many consider the most memorable game in tourney history.
2016: No. 15 Middle Tennessee State 90, No. 2 Michigan State 81
Michigan State had it going on. They were ranked number one at various points throughout the regular season, just won the Big Ten tourney, and had a player of the year candidate in Denzel Valentine. The Spartans were clicking at the right time, and everyone knew it too. In fact, a total of 13.02 million brackets were entered that year on ESPN.com, and 22.3 percent of them had Michigan State winning it all. But, the Blue Raiders played the ultimate party crashers, in what many dub as the biggest upset in tournament history. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Reggie Upshaw's 21 points. As a team, MTSU lit up MSU, shooting 55.9 percent from the field, and connected on 11 of its 19 3-point attempts.