Yeah, like there’s any chance I’m not just going to write about March Madness this morning. As much as some NBA things did happen last night (Miami keeps rolling, Lakers lose to freaking Washington), it’s March Madness, baby (© Dick Vitale). And since it is March Madness, of course there were two huge upsets to get this tournament started.
No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast shocks No. 2 Georgetown
Allen Iverson isn’t walking through that door. Neither are ‘Zo, Ewing, Dikembe, or even Jahidi White. No. 2-ranked Georgetown became just the seventh no. 2 seed to lose to a no. 15 seed Friday as Florida Gulf Coast shocked the Hoyas with a 78-68 victory to advance to the next round of the NCAA tournament.
FGC guards Sherwood Brown and Bernard Thompson combined for 47 points to lead the Eagles’ offensive attack that saw that shoot 44 free throws to Georgetown’s 20. FGC also held the Hoyas to just .375 shooting from the floor en route to victory. Georgetown was led by Markel Starks with 23 points in defeat.
Oh, also, there was this monster alley-oop to put the exclamation point on the Eagles’ huge upset.
Check out the full highlights via NCAA.com:
No. 13 La Salle sneaks by no. 4 Kansas State for the upset
It was a tale of two halves. La Salle dominated the first half, Kansas State dominated the second half, but the lower-ranked Explorers managed to pull out the victory in the end, squeaking by KSU 63-61 for the upset.
Free throw shooting was the difference in this one, as K-State went just 9-17 from the charity stripe while La Salle shot 14-16 to take the victory. Both teams had similar field goal shooting, rebounding, and turnover numbers, but the discrepancy at the line proved to be the deciding factor. Leading the way for the Explorers was Jerelle Wright with 21 points on 6-6 shooting from the field and 9-10 from the free throw line. Kansas State led by Jordan Henriquez and Shane Southwell, each with 17 points on 7-10 shooting.
Check out the highlights via ESPN:
Photo via AP Photo/Matt Slocum
All statistics via ESPN.com