Brackets Busted as Upsets Abound in NCAA Tournament

Including a 15-seed beating a 2-seed for only the 8th time in tournament history
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2016 5:29 PM CDT
Brackets Busted as Upsets Abound in NCAA Tournament
Middle Tennessee's Darnell Harris (0) and Perrin Buford (2) celebrate as they walk off the court after winning a first-round men's college basketball game against Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament on Friday.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

For only the eighth time in history—and the first since 2013—a 15th-seeded team beat a 2nd-seeded team in the NCAA men's basketball tournament when Middle Tennessee State bested Michigan State on Friday, the New York Times reports. And just like that, nary a perfect bracket was to be found. CBS Sports and Yahoo! Sports tweeted after the game that all brackets submitted to them had been busted. ESPN basketball fans are apparently a bit more savvy, as Sports Center tweets there are three perfect brackets left there. But it wasn't just Middle Tennessee State causing trouble. According to the AP, lower-seeded teams were 11-9 through 20 games of the tournament.

The Times calls Middle Tennessee State's 90-81 victory over Michigan State "one of the most stunning upsets in NCAA tournament history." More than 99% of Yahoo! brackets had Michigan State winning the game. About 25% of Yahoo! and ESPN brackets had Michigan State advancing to the Final Four. And More than 27% of Yahoo! brackets and 22% of ESPN brackets had Michigan State winning the whole thing. Meanwhile, Middle Tennessee State was playing in only its second NCAA tournament in 27 years. (Read more March Madness stories.)

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