Updated March 19, 2012
The Missouri Tigers and Duke Blue Devils became the first major upset victims of the 2012 NCAA Tournament on Friday, losing their opening round games to fifteen seeds Norfolk State and Lehigh, respectively. They became just the fifth and sixth two seeds to lose their tournament openers since the tournament expanded to 64 teams.
Many - myself included - felt the Missouri Tigers deserved a one seed in this tournament, after winning the Big XII championship and finishing in the top five of both the ESPN/USA Today and AP polls. And many - again, myself included
- expected the Tigers' frenetic defense and outside-shooting to propel Mizzou into the Final Four.
But as Norfolk State's Kyle O'Quinn so eloquently put it, "We messed up some brackets! We messed up some brackets! We even messed up my bracket."
O'Quinn was an absolute monster in this game, racking up 26 points and 14 rebounds. The Spartans weren't the least bit phased by Missouri's defense, shooting a gaudy 54.2 percent from the floor and 52.6 percent (10/16) from three-point range.
Like the Missouri Tigers, the Duke Blue Devils were on the receiving end of a career performance, as Lehigh's CJ McCollum scored 30 to lead the Mountain Hawks. It was the Blue Devils first one-and-done exit from the NCAA Tournament since 2007, but that team came in as an eight seed.
Adding insult to injury - the game was played in Greensboro, North Carolina... just 55 miles from Duke's campus.
Two Seeds Losing in the First Round
The first two seed to lose to a fifteen was the 1991 Syracuse Orange, who lost to the Richmond Spiders. Missouri and Duke are the fifth and sixth two seeds to lose their NCAA Tournament openers.
#15 Seeds Defeating #2 Seeds
|2012||Lehigh ||Duke ||75-70|
|2012||Norfolk State ||Missouri ||86-84|
|2001||Hampton ||Iowa State ||58-57|
|1997||Coppin State ||South Carolina ||78-65|
|1993||Santa Clara ||Arizona ||64-61|
|1991||Richmond ||Syracuse ||73-69|