Top Ten March Madness Upsets of 2012

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It might have been all the way back in March, but the 2012 March Madness tournament in college basketball gave us some pretty unforgettable games, moments, and more importantly upsets.

The following Top Ten contains the best upsets from March Madness in 2012. They were graded by these three points:

  • Each teams’ seed
  • Where did the upset happen? (Which Round?)
  • The Final Score

Here are the Top Ten March Madness Upsets of 2012.

10) 6 Cincinnati Upset 3 Florida State in the 3rd Round, 62-56

Before this game even happened, the Florida State Seminoles were almost a lot higher on this list. In their 2nd round game of the tournament, the Seminoles narrowly escaped an upset at the hands of St. Bonaventure. However, this game between Cincinnati and Florida State was tied at 50-50 with 1:40 left in the game. At that moment, Dion Dixon of Cincinnati stole the ball from Luke Loucks and used a slam dunk to put the Bearcats ahead 52-50. Florida State then missed jumpers on two straight possessions and Cincinnati used free throws to pull of this upset.

Mar 24, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes guard Lenzelle Smith, Jr. (32) shoots as he is defended by Syracuse Orange center Baye Keita (12) in the second half of the 2012 NCAA men

9) 7 Florida Upsets 3 Marquette in the Sweet 16, 68-58

In their first two games before this one, the Florida Gators were not letting team score many points against them. Neither of their first two opponents were able to score over 50 points going into the Sweet 16. Marquette was coming off of a nice win against the “Cinderella” of 2012, Murray State. Many thought this was the year that Marquette would make a name for themselves. However, Florida’s Bradley Beal did that instead as he scored 21 points and went 8-of-10 shooting in the game. In the second half, Kenny Boynton made five of six free throws down the stretch to ice the game for the Gators.

8) 2 Kansas Upsets 1 North Carolina in the Elite Eight, 80-67

Many might not consider a (2) over a (1) an upset, but it could be see as one. North Carolina was a team that many had in the Final Four and other had in the championship game of the tournament. On the other hand, Kansas was just bumped from being a (1) seed after they lost in the Big 12 tournament. This upset came down to the Kansas starters getting the job done. They all reach double-digit points and were led by Tyshawn Taylor (22 points).

7) 2 Ohio State Upsets 1 Syracuse in the Elite Eight, 77-70

Just like #8, this game was another (2) over a (1). Not everyone, but some believed Syracuse was a threat to make the Final Four last March. Coming into this game, the Orange had two scared against UNC-Asheville and Wisconsin. Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger led the way in the second half. He got into first half foul trouble, but finished with 19 points for the Buckeyes. At the end of the game, it was free throws that won the game for Ohio State. With two seconds left, Deshaun Thomas nailed two free throws to put the Bukeyes up 77-70.

6) 4 Louisville Upsets 1 Michigan State in the Sweet 16, 57-44

I will admit, I had Michigan State going all the way back in March. Boy was I wrong. In this Sweet 16 match-up, the Louisville Cardinals held the Spartans to their lowest point total all tournament. The biggest key in the game for the Cardinals was Gorgui Deng. He scored just five points, but recorded nine rebounds and blocked seven shots. According to ESPN, “Michigan State’s 44 points against Louisville are the fewest for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament in the shot clock era.”


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