Duke Loses in Stunning Day of Upsets

Lehigh upsets Blue Devils, and Norfolk St. beats Missouri
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 16, 2012 11:06 PM CDT
Duke Loses in Stunning Day of Upsets
Norfolk State's Brandon Wheeless celebrates after defeating Missouri 86-84.   (Stephen M. Katz)

(Newser) – Oh, those fabulous 15s. Did they leave your bracket in shambles? Join the club. And sit back and enjoy this one. Because years from now, they still might be talking about Friday the 16th as the day the 15s rose up and produced one of the greatest episodes in NCAA tournament history. First, 15th-seeded Norfolk State knocked off Missouri 86-84. Later, another 15, Lehigh, beat Duke 75-70. And, just for good measure, No. 13 Ohio beat Michigan 65-60, making this the first time that three teams seeded 13th or higher all won on the same day.

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According to ESPN, there were 4,728 perfect brackets out of 6.45 million early in the day before the upsets began. After: Not a single one. "I told them they needed to suspend disbelief," Lehigh coach Brett Reed said. "Because there are so many naysayers, so many prognosticators." See details on the Duke upset here. See which Cinderella team has the best chance of advancing here. (Read more Duke Blue Devils stories.)

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