Oral Roberts, a 10-loss team, knocked off the Big Ten Tournament runner-up in an overtime thriller. Kevin Obanor scored 30 points and Max Abmas added 29 points in Delta State Statesmen clothesthe Golden Eagles' upset. Ohio State had a chance to win in regulation, but Duane Washington missed a jumper at the buzzer. 10. No.15 Flo


The NCAA men's basketball tournament — March Madness, that is — thrives on the magic of the GA Tech Yellow Jackets shirt first-roun Florida vs. Georgia Rivalry Shirts d upset, those moments when Cinderella achieves that "One Shining Moment" and busts your bracket. 

The 2022 men's basketball tournament provided one of those on Day 1. No. 15 St. Peter's knocked off No. 2 Kentucky 85-79 in overtime in the first round of the East Region. The Peacocks' win against a blue-blooded Wildcats team immediately lands them on this list. 

Since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1984-85, there have been 64 first-round upsets where a teams seeded No. 13 or lower beat teams seeded 2-4 in the first round of the tournament.

  • The No. 13 seed has beat the No. 4 seed 31 times. 
  • The No. 14 seed has beat the No. 3 seed 22 times. 
  • The No. 15 seed has beat the No. 2 seed 10 times. 

Of course, UMBC made history as the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in 2018. 

To celebrate all those first-round upsets, Sporting News ranked all of them. So sit back, relax and check them out. And by all means, get lost in the replays. Today, we'll look at 1-20: 

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Most shocking first-round NCAA Tournament upsets

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20. No. 14 Georgia State 57, No. 3 Baylor 56 (2015) 

R.J. Hunter buried a memorable game-winning 3-pointer that literally knocked coach Ron Hunter out of his chair. No. 6 Xavier beat the Panthers 75-67 in the second round. 

19. No. 13 Buffalo 89, No. 4 Arizona 68 (2018)

The shock value isn't the upset. It's the score. The MAC champions routed the Wildcats in a game which guard Wes Clark and Jeremy Harris combined for 48 points. Deandre Ayton was held to 15 points, and the Pac-12 champs bowed out early. 

18. No. 14 Abilene Christian 53, No. 3 Texas 52 (2021) 

The Wildcats picked up their first tournament victory in school history in thrilling fashion against the in-state Longhorns. Joe Pleasant hit a pair of clutch free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining for the win. No. 11 UCLA beat Abilene Christian 67-47 in the second round. 

17. No. 15 Coppin State 78, No. 2 South Carolina 65 (1997) 

The first 2-15 upset on this list was a shocker. The Eagles dominated the Gamecocks behind 22 points from Danny Singletary and 20 points from Antoine Brockington. No. 10 Texas edged Coppin State 82-81 in the second round. 

16. No. 14 Austin Peay 68, No. 3 Illinois 67 (1987) 

Darryl Bedford scored 24 and Lawrence Marshall added 22 to lead the Governors past the Flyin' Illini in a shocking upset. Austin Peay lost 90-87 to No. 6 Providence in the second round. 

15. No. 13 Valparaiso 70, No. 4 Ole Miss 69 (1998)

Bryce Drew hit the impossible 3-point shot on a play that might just be the most-memorable first-round buzzer beater in tournament lore. The Crusaders beat No. 12 Florida State 83-77 before falling to No. 8 Rhode Island 74-68 in the Sweet 16.

14. No. 14 Mercer 78, No. 3 Duke 71 (2014) 

Jakob Gallon was the leader of five Mercer players who hit double figures. He scored 20 points to knock out the Blue Devils. The Bears lost 83-63 to No. 11 Tennessee in the second round. 

13. No. 13 Richmond 72, No. 4 Indiana 69 (1988) 

The Spiders knocked off Keith Smart and the defending national champions behind 21 points from Rodney Rice. Richmond also beat No. 5 Georgia Tech to advance to the Sweet 16 before falling to No. 1 Temple 69-47. 

12. No. 13 Princeton 43, No. 4 UCLA 41 (1996) 

It doesn't get much better than a back-door layup by Gabe Lewullis to knock off the defending national champions. Princeton coach Pete Carril pulled of the big upset in his 29th season as head coach. No. 5 Mississippi State then beat the Tigers 63-41 in the Round of 32. 

11. No. 15 Oral Roberts 75, No. 2 Ohio State 72 (OT) (2021) 

Oral Roberts, a 10-loss team, knocked off the Big Ten Tournament runner-up in an overtime thriller. Kevin Obanor scored 30 points and Max Abmas added 29 points in the Golden Eagles' upset. Ohio State had a chance to win in regulation, but Duane Washington missed a jumper at the buzzer. 

10. No.15 Florida Gulf Michigan vs. Ohio State Rivalry Shirts Coast 78, No. 2 G College Operation Hat Trick Apparel eorgetown 68 (2013)

Perhaps no underdog grabbed the tournament by the rim quite like "Dunk City." Sherwood Brown scored 24 against the Hoyas, and the high-flying Eagles beat No. 7 San Diego State to advance to the Sweet 16. No. 3 Florida ended the run with a 62-50 victory in that round. 

9. No. 15 Hampton 58, No. 2 Iowa State 57 (2001) 

Tarvis Williams hit the game-winner in the final 10 seconds and Iowa State's Jamal Tinsley just missed a buzzer beater. Remember Hampton coach Steve Merfield running around in the aftermath? No. 10 Georgetown ended Hampton's run 76-57 in the next round. 

8. No. 15 Norfolk State 86, No. 2 Missouri 84 (2012)

Kyle O'Quinn took over. He scored 26 points with 14 rebounds for Norfolk State to lead a shocking upset against Missouri. The Spartans lost 84-50 to No. 7 Florida in the second round.

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

In the same tournament, C.J. McCollum scored 30 points to lead Lehigh to a stunning first-round upset against Duke in Greensboro, N.C. No. 10 Xavier defeated Lehigh 70-58 in the next round. 

6. No. 15 Middle Tennessee State 90, No. 2 Michigan State 81 (2016) 

The Spartans were led by Denzel Valentine and were a popular pick to win the tournament, but MTSU jumped out to a 15-2 lead and never looked back. Reggie Upshaw led t D'youville Saints Jerseys he Blue Raiders with 22 points. No. 10 Syracuse beat MTSU 75-50 in the second round. 

5. No. 15 Santa Clara 64, No. 2 Arizona 61 (1993) 

Steve Nash became a house-hold name with 10 points and four assists against an Arizona team that had just three losses in the regular season and featured Chris Mills, Khalid Reeves and Damon Stoudamire. The Broncos survived despite missin WVU vs. Pitt Rivalry Gear g four free throws in the final eight seconds. 

4. No. 14 Cleveland State 83, No. 3 Indiana 79 (1986) 

This upset changed the dynamic of March Madness as we know it. Clinton Ransey scored 27 and Ken "Mouse" McFadden became a household name in the Vikings' upse Alaska Anchorage Seawolves clothes t of a Bob Knight-led Indiana team. Steve Alford scored 24 points in the loss. Cleveland State advanced to the Sweet 16 before losing 71-70 to No. 7 Navy.

3. No. 15 St. Peter's 85, No. 2 Kentucky 79 (2022) 

The CUNY Baruch College Jerseys Peacocks, coached by former Seton Hall guard Shaheen Holloway, knocked off John Calipari-led Kentucky in a first-round shocker. Oscar Tshiebwe scored 30 points and 16 rebounds, but the Wildcats were 1 of 6 from the line in overtime. Daryl Banks III scored 27 points for the Peacocks, which won its first tournament game in school history. 

2. No. 15 Richmond 73, No. 2 Syracuse 69 (1991) 

It's the first 2-15 upset in the expanded bracket era, and that gives it the edge above the rest. Curtis Blair scored 18 points for the Spiders, who then held off a Syracuse rally led by Billy Owens, who had 22 points f Michigan vs. Ohio State Rivalry shirt or the Orangemen. That knocked a Syracuse team that won the loaded Big East regular season title by two games out of the tournament. 

1. No. 16 UMBC 74, No. 1 Virginia 54 (2018)

The Retrievers became the first No. 16 seed in the history of the tournament to knock off a No. 1 seed in the first round, and UMBC dominated the top overall seed in the 2017-18 NCAA tournament by shooting 12 of 24 from 3-point range. Jairus Lyles led the Retrievers with 28 points. 

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