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NBAMarch Madness sees 2 historic upsets

Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2012 | 12:37 AM

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Duke’s Seth Curry, right, Miles Plumlee, centre, and Josh Hariston, left, look on in stunned silence as they watch their NCAA tournament come to a premature conclusion. (Chuck/Burton) Duke’s Seth Curry, right, Miles Plumlee, centre, and Josh Hariston, left, look on in stunned silence as they watch their NCAA tournament come to a premature conclusion. (Chuck/Burton)

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The NCAA basketball tournament has seen its fair share of stunning upsets. Nothing, however, comes close to the number of giants that fell on Friday night.

The NCAA basketball tournament has seen its fair share of stunning upsets. Nothing, however, comes close to the number of giants that fell on Friday night.

For the first time in the glorious history of March Madness, a pair of No. 2 seeds - Duke and Missouri - were unceremoniously ousted by No. 15s Lehigh and Norfolk State, respectively.

It didn't stop there. No. 13 Ohio also upended fourth-seeded Michigan, 65-60.

Missouri, which many considered a favourite to reach the Final Four, was eliminated by the Spartans, 86-84. Norfolk State wasn't making things easy for itself. The Spartans missed several key free throws in the dying minutes, allowing the Tigers one more shot.

But Phil Pressey's long three pointer clanked off the back iron with time expiring.

How big was this upset? Well, 7.1 per cent of all ESPN.com brackets had Missouri winning it all.

Apparently, that didn't dissuade Washington Capitals sniper Alex Ovechkin from taking Norfolk State in his bracket.

"Alex Ovechkin, college basketball expert? The Capitals star picked Norfolk State to upset Missouri," tweeted NBC Sports while proving the proof.

As for the Blue Devils, while few expected them to get out of the South Region, the 75-70 loss to Lehigh was still staggering considering the game took place just 89 kilometres from their campus.

If you listen to Mountain Hawks senior Jordan Hamilton's pre-game interview, he almost makes you believe a victory over high-powered Duke would be no big deal.

The loss prompted the NFL Network's Scott Hanson to sarcastically tweet: "Duke is a football school, anyway."

Making matters worse, Lehigh drew support from North Carolina fans who borrowed brown signs from Mountain Hawks supporters to cheer against their archrivals.

Now that's really taking it on the chin if you're a Blue Devils fan.

With files from the Associated Press

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