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We all remember the amazing visual of coach Steve Merfeld being lifted up off the court kicking his legs with glee, and for good reason.

A 15 seed hadn't knocked off a 2 seed in four years prior to that day, so this moment was certainly due. Following that win by Hampton over Iowa State in the No. If Hampton's win as a No.

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But, you know what they say about the third time being a charm. It indeed was this time around, as the Eagles cruised to a point win over 2-seeded South Carolina. But this one victory in is one we all won't soon forget.

This is the game that ended the "Season on the Brink" -- John Feinstein's famous book about the Hoosiers that delved into Bob Knight's coaching methods in memorable ways. The second of the infamous No. It was seemingly impossible. But, led by a pretty popular current Portland Trail Blazer you may know who goes by the name C. First of all, George Mason probably shouldn't have even been in the field.

Greatest upset in (and college basketball history): No. 16 UMBC

That needs to be said because the Patriots clearly proved they had the talent to be there. This was the first mid-major double-digit seed -- i.


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The first upset in NCAA history was more than just a big deal in its day. But the Spiders forced the Orange to die on the 3-point line and made history. The Michigan State Spartans and coach Tom Izzo were Big Ten tournament champions, and heading into the NCAA Tournament, they were a trendy pick to come away with the national championship when all was said and done. But, those title hopes were dashed and brackets were lit in flames immediately in the first round when Middle Tennessee sent shockwaves throughout the college basketball world with its win. We had a bit of a staff debate over whether this or Virginia deserved to be No.

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Here's why we opted to "snub" this iconic game: pedigree and margin. Yes, Georgetown was better than Virginia and had won the previous year's national championship. But Villanova had played the Hoyas tough twice in the regular season. The first came in Odom was an assistant to Terry Holland when Virginia made a quick stopover in Hawaii to face Chaminade, a game scheduled to break up a trip back from two games in Japan.

No. 15 Lehigh 75, No. 2 Duke 70, (2012)

The Cavaliers were the No. Instead, the Silverswords, then playing in the NAIA, knocked off Virginia , pulling off what has long been considered the greatest upset in college basketball history. Playing with the fearlessness of a team with nothing to lose, the Retrievers shook the college basketball world and busted brackets across the country by routing top overall seed Virginia My tear bank — I assume humans have tear banks — emptied in about 30 seconds.