Embrace the insanity.
Making up for the dearth of a event in 2020, the 2021 NCAA Event is now, formally, insanity, with UCLA’s stunning 51-49 downing of No. 1 seed Michigan on Tuesday evening penning a chapter within the historical past books:
Haven’t seen this tossed out but, however UCLA beating Michigan means that is essentially the most upset-riddled NCAA Event in historical past primarily based on what the NCAA defines as an upset (5 seed traces or extra between groups). There have been 14, which passes 1985 and 2014’s earlier report of 13.
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 31, 2021
The NCAA defines an upset as 5 seed traces or extra between groups. UCLA’s win turned the 14th upset within the event this March, the Bruins themselves accounting for 3 of these upsets on their method to the Ultimate 4.
- No. 15 Oral Roberts over No. 2 Ohio State (Spherical 1)
- No. 11 Syracuse over No. 6 San Diego State (Spherical 1)
- No. 12 Oregon State over No. 5 Tennessee (Spherical 1)
- No. 13 Ohio over No. 4 Virginia (Spherical 1)
- No. 13 North Texas over No. 4 Purdue (Spherical 1)
- No. 14 Abilene Christian over No. 3 Texas (Spherical 1)
- No. 11 UCLA over No. 6 BYU (Spherical 1)
- No. 8 Loyola Chicago over No. 1 Illinois (Spherical 2)
- No. 11 Syracuse over No. 3 West Virginia (Spherical 2)
- No. 15 Oral Roberts over No. 7 Florida (Spherical 2)
- No. 13 Oregon State over No. 4 Oklahoma State (Spherical 2)
- No. 7 Oregon over No. 2 Iowa (Spherical 2)
- No. 11 UCLA over No. 2 Alabama (Candy 16)
As anticipated, there are not any extra excellent brackets left within the nation, a indisputable fact that got here some days in the past — the Maryland-UConn matchup proving to be the straw that broke the bracket’s again.
The Bruins have been a First 4 group, dealing with off and defeating Michigan State in one of many opening two matchups of the event. The state of Michigan weeps. Now, No. 11 UCLA advances to the Ultimate 4 to face No. 1 Gonzaga on Saturday for an opportunity at extra insanity.
As a smart man as soon as mentioned (a number of instances): That is March.