In 2011 I was stuck in an office typing numbers into a computer doing a job I had no passion for.I knew what I loved, and that was basketball. The history of college sports is filled with dramatic endings, compelling storylines and underdog victories. In February, the Boston College Men’s Basketball team had a meager 7-18 record coming into the matchup against the number one team in the nation, Syracuse. In honor of all underdog victories past, present and future, here are our top five tournament upsets in college basketball history.
Documentaries and television specials have spent countless hours examining this matchup, and rightfully so. 1 seed Houston came into the national championship game touting a future NBA hall-of-famer, Akeem Olajuwon. Led by Coach Jim Valvano, North Carolina State embraced their uphill battle and took the lead going into halftime. In March of 2006, George Mason played the role of the Cinderella Story (a team that advances much further than originally anticipated). George Mason was outmatched in skill and physicality, but they managed to defeat UConn in overtime, 86-84, in front of what could be considered a home crowd. Led by future NBA all-star Steve Nash, Santa Clara accomplished what very few have done: beat the 2 seed as a 15 seed.


In 1991, Richmond beat all odds to defeat powerhouse Syracuse to become the first 15 seed to beat a 2 seed since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in the 1980s.
I would have to agree that the UTEP (Texas Western) win over Kentucky ranks as one of the greatest upsets of all time, and without a doubt in the top 5. Easy…Florida Gulf Coast become the first number 15 seed to make it to the Sweet 16 by defeating number 2 seed Georgetown and then 3 seed San Diego State.
Since the late 19th century, David has occasionally appeared and defeated Goliath, shocking the collegiate sporting world.
Playing extremely close to campus (about 20 miles), George Mason and their supporters didn’t take the task of playing 1 seed UConn lightly.
It wasn’t smooth sailing, however, as Arizona went on a 25-0 scoring run halfway through the game. Like Santa Clara, Richmond almost saw their victory slip through their hands by almost giving up a 10-point lead.
I thought about my selections carefully and using your rankings as a guide, I was surprised by those defeats.
This upset rocked the sport, taking Syracuse out of the number one spot and injecting a sense of pride and excitement into the Boston College team.
The game finally ended when Lorenzo Charles of North Carolina State grabbed a shot that fell short and dunked it with one second left, giving North Carolina State the national championship.


Despite the scare, Santa Clara was able to hold off Arizona due to six free throws made by Steve Nash. Luckily for Richmond, Syracuse missed a couple of crucial 3-pointers at the end of the game and gave up a foul that led to a pair of Richmond free throws, and ultimately, a Richmond upset victory. I leave no stone unturned when it comes to ensuring that everything we do is being done as well as it possibly can be. Led by 7-footer all-star Patrick Ewing, Georgetown came into the national championship game with the confidence that comes along with being a 1 seed.
This upset marked the second time a 15 seed had beaten a 2 seed, and also set the stage for Nash to have an excellent career at the next level. However, the statistics did not predict the determination and tenacity of Villanova, who shot a staggering 78.6% from the floor that night, beating Georgetown 66-64.



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