In only the second game of this year’s NCAA tournament, we have our first bracket-buster.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) a 14th-seed, upset the third-seed in the south, Big 12 tournament champions, Iowa State, by the slimmest of margins, 60-59.
UAB (20-15), came into the tournament as the youngest team of the field and without a single player with experience in the big dance. The Blazers’ upset victory marks its first tournament win since 2005 and will now move on to play the winner of (6) SMU and (11) UCLA on Saturday.
According ESPN’s bracket challenge, 95 percent of America’s brackets were busted by the one point Blazers victory.
The game remained close throughout, but UAB pulled away at the end with a dagger of a three-pointer in the closing seconds.