March Madness is one of the most exciting times of the year. That’s because the NCAA basketball tournament always throws up curveballs. Tiny underdogs face Goliath teams with massive funding, talent pools, and future NBA stars. But there are always dramatic March Madness upsets in the tourney.
Today, we’ll look at 40 of the biggest upsets in NCAA basketball tournament history. Some of the top programs across the nation have suffered shocking defeats. These have happened right through the decades. We celebrated them here via Medium.
40. Mercer vs. Duke (2014)
Duke has been on the wrong side of several upsets throughout the years. This isn’t as famous as the others but it’s worthy of a place on this list. Mercer came into this game as a No. 14 seed. They shouldn’t have had much hope against the No. 2 seed.
But March Madness loves to throw a curveball. That’s exactly what happened here as one of the tournament favorites suffered a freak result. Mercer knocked Duke out in the first round despite the latter having future NBA stars on its roster. They earned their 78-71 win (via USA Today).